Thanks Henry, actually my opinion leans towards yours, but my wife wants wood flooring or ceramic. I definately do not want ceramic. I just need to convince my wife that vinyl is a better choice for the exact reasons you mentioned. I am in the home appliance service and have seen too many wood floors stained, buckled & mildew. thats why i wanted another opinion hopefully to fully convince my wife to go with vinyl.. you know if the wife aint happy, nobody is happy!!!!!!