CHERYLN~I was told by several friends that have laminate flooring that you have to use a good underlayment which will slightly soften the feel of the floor when walked on and cut down on the noise. I have large area rugs (8x10) that I use to hide my old carpet now and will use those to also help cut down on the noise. We take off our shoes at the door~Asian custom and that really helps keep the floors somewhat cleaner, too. I know it might be colder in the winter months but we have 6 months of 80+ weather here and that cold floor would certainly help out with the power bill! I purchased some polypropolene rugs from JCPenney 4 years ago that are reversible and have not had to be cleaned yet! They have stayed amazingly clean and still look brand new! My carpet gets dirty so fast and I am tired of having it cleaned every 6 months. I always hold onto to the bannister when going up or down the stairs and haven't heard about any falls from my friends who already have the laminate flooring.
LADYBUGXING~That's a good idea to make a pros and cons list for deciding on which type of flooring to get. I do like carpet but I hate to keep getting it cleaned! I want something that will be easy to clean and won't hold in the allergens. Making my list right now for my husband to see ! Thanks for your ideas!
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