Re: Why tile in front of entry door?
The point of a solid surface at the front door is to help minimize carpet wear and to provide a "dirt break", where incoming dirt has a chance to stop before it is tracked through the house. Since you're putting new hard flooring throughout, it doesn't matter if you maintain a different type of entry flooring or carry the whole house to the front door.
When I installed hardwood in my house, I pulled the original tile entry and ran the wood all the way to the door. It made for a cleaner look, and ease of maintenance, having one flooring type throughout. IMHO, this type of installation looks better, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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