Hey all, So I just recently purchased my first house, and I'm moving in on April 21st. Among the various renovations that I plan on doing (Roof repair, Painting, Crown-Moulding, Kitchen remod, etc.) I intend to rip out the god-awful carpeting and install a flooring system. I'm kind of on the fence as to which kind of flooring system I want to install though. I've checked into what's available, and I'm torn between installing a Laminate, or Hardwood. I went to Home Depot and talked with their "Flooring Guy", and he basically told me that he prefers laminate. For those who are unaware of the difference, Laminate is not really hardwood - it's just a PICTURE of hardwood on long strips of plastic or some other durable surface. The laminate look very realistic (and can be of stone, marble, etc), is easy to install (tongue & groove system), and is quite durable as it will not scratch, separate, or peel. However, I was told that laminate doesn't increase the property-value as hardwood would. On the other hand, Hardwood is actually wood, but is much more difficult to install, scratches easily, and requires constant maintenance. Hardwood though is supposed to increase property value according to what I've been told. The price of the materials is about the same (between $5 and $6 per square foot). While I can purchase cheaper laminate depending on the pattern & manufacturer, hardwood pretty much stays around that price, and doesn't include the rental of all the tools, the glues, the sanding, etc. Does anyone have any experience with either of these? Anyone have them installed in their homes? I'd like to do a little bit of research before I invest thousands of dollars into either of these. Moe.