Hi! I need to replace stained/smelly carpet in a large (for me!) 18 by 40 foot living/ dining room in a 1940s Cape Cod. Do to cost concerns, I will probably be installing the floor myself and I have very limited do-it-yourself skills.
I have been trying to decide between lamintate flooring and hardwood. My main concern is that I have four pets, two of which are rather large dogs (including a great dane/wolfhound mix at 85 pounds). The other dog is still being housetrained. I am very concerned about wear and tear and also liquid/water damage (from toe nails, running, and "mistakes").
Opinions on laminate versus hardwood for pet owners, comments on the ease of installation and brand names/lines to consider would be greatly appreciated.
I have been pricing both hardwood and laminates and have found the chain "Lumber Liquidators" to have the best prices in my area. Any comments?
Also, due to the fact that my home is not brand new...the walls are often not quite square and there are places where the floors are not perfectly level. Tips for installation?
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