I have a 20 year old vinyl floor that possibly has asbestos backing. The floor is uneven in a couple of places in the kitchen. I am having a real problem deciding what to do. I have been told to lay vinyl I would need a subfloor to be laid on top of the existing vinyl at a cost of about $16 sq yard + the price of the vinyl puts me close to what a hardwood floor would cost. My concern about hardwoods in the kitchen is possible water damage. My washer and dryer are on the same floor separated by french doors. I also have a 100lb dog and I assume it scratches. I guess my first choice is ceramic tile but I have been pretty much scared off by how cold it is and how hard on the back and legs. I assume I will need a new subfloor no matter what but for the money what type of flooring is the most durable in the kitchen?