I have just moved into a house where we sanded pine floorboards that were already there after sanding they still do not look nice and apparently became too thin, because I feel some movement when I walk. Not straight away, but I am starting saving money and considering putting another floor there. My options are: 1) tiles in the kitchen area and laminate in the dining area more functional and more expensive 2) tile-style laminate throughout cheap option, convenient, but maybe will look too cheap?
We have slate tiles, but if you have a weaning baby or toddler, then they are a bugger to keep clean. Didn't know I was PG when we put the kitchen in. Wish we'd gone for posh lino or Amtico - Mum has is, v harwearing and easy to clean.
We have tile style laminate from B&Q and it looks smart. I'm not sure how long it will last though as we have an outside door onto the kitchen that we're constantly in and out of. It also doesn't cope well with knives being dropped - we've already taken a few chips out of it. It's easy to clean. Having said that, it's warmer underfoot that tiles and unless you usually wear shoes/slippers in your house I'd save some extra and put underfloor heating in - tiles can be painfully cold in winter.