Some of my friends are having some work done on their house and I was over while one of the contractors was there. My friend and I were talking about how we couldn't wait until the foundation work was done on their house so we could get rid of the nightmare carpet and start laying the new wood floors. The contractor asks what kind of wood we were laying, and I said we were thinking about bamboo or a hardwood. The contractor starts telling us that with the new types of laminate they have out there's no benefits to hardwoods as far as duability/resale value goes. I've always heard this was total BS, especially in an older house. This one is a 1909 model. So, is there any truth to what he said? Laminate would definately be cheaper with doing the whole house, but does it really stand up to a hardwood?