Laminate vs Engineered Hardwood in a house with dogs
We are torn between laminate or engineered hardwood. We found a laminate we *really* like and it's only $2.50 per sq foot (plus install). Engineered hardwood floors would be $2 - $4 more expensive per sq foot ($5 - $7 before install). We're covering an area of around 1800 sq feet (bedrooms, single great room - living room / dining room / kitchen all in a single space so we should use the same flooring or it will look funny), so it will be a large area.
I heard engineered hardwood is better (looks better, can be refinished, etc), but it also scratches more easily with pets. We have 2 dogs and family/friends will bring their dog(s) over from time to time, and the dogs do have long nails that can scratch floors over time.
So I'm torn. Go with the cheaper laminate floor that looks nice (and more durable), or go with the engineered hardwood floor that may require more maintenance, but may look nicer and will add more value to the house in the long run?
What do you all think? Any other pro's con's to be aware of?