I'm new to this forum and I hope someone out there can provide me with some help.
We had a problem where one of our dogs tore up a 3x10ft piece of carpet on the upstairs landing during a thuderstorm (she has very bad thunderphobia and we weren't home when the storm hit...) Suffice it to say that we have to at a minimum replace the carpet. However, we are thinking of pull all the carpet on the upper floor and replacing it with flooring (easier to keep clean and generally nicer).
The problem is that our staircase is solid red oak with a natural stain. Are we stuck with natural red oak flooring upstairs or can we mix it up a bit? The staircase is off to the side of the house (it's not a grand staircase right into the entrance) so generally, unless you are on the landing or at the bottom of the stairs, you never see the staircase and the floor together. Any thoughts on this?
We are thinking of either laminate (because it's easy, cheaper and durable) or full hardwood (because it's very nice...). If any of you have dogs and kids (in the near future for us...), have you had experience with flooring? What works well in this situation?
Many thanks in advance!