I have been looking into the same situation. I have made the choice to go with real..(since no women answered your question). We have had wood in an entryway at a previous house. While the front door wasn't used as our main in and out, our garage was and it also entered onto the wood. We never had problems. My current hove has a massive room that is the kitchen/dining and living room and I really like the look of the real thing. We aren't old timers (40s) but, our kids are grown and we aren't moving again unless it's down the road to the funeral parlor!! (At least that is what my husband said!). Good luck.