I am sitting here with a bowl of robust, vanilla tinctured burley, and am reading more about flooring. My wife and I are considering having new flooring installed in our home. With pets (a dog and two cats), we have grown tired of our aged carpets (installed wall-to-wall) that are in most areas of the home other than the kitchen and bathrooms. Permanently attached carpeting is a hassel with pets because it ages quickly and never looks particularly nice after 2-3 years. Our carpeting is currently 15 years old.
We have decided to take a new approach this time, and have a hard surface flooring material upon which we can then have easily removable and replaceable area rugs instead. With that in mind, there are three options that seem reasonable bets: 1) hardwood floors, 2) laminate floors, or 3) vinyl plank flooring. While I think true, traditional hardwood floors would be wonderful, both hardwood floors and laminate floors have issues that make them more difficult in some ways. Hardwood floors wear and scuff fairly easily, and pet nails (both the dog and the cats) can lead to fairly significant scratching of the finish of the hardwoods. Laminate flooring has risks too, especially with the boards fiberboard core which if it absorbs moisture of any sort (even the best dog will have an accident once in a while, or a cat will vomit out a hairball) will lead to bubbling along the seam edge of laminate flooring.
Because we both want something easier to care for, we are (much to my surprise) seriously considering vinyl plank flooring. It looks amazingly close to real wood, and is much more wear resistant and moisture resistant than the other two flooring types. In many ways it really seems the best bet for easy care, long term nicer looking results.
It seems so different to think of using vinyl planking, that I am wondering if there is something I do not realize about this type of flooring that makes it a poor choice? If anyone out there knows anything about this type of flooring, please leave a comment.