We are planning on installing hardwood floors throughout the house as time and $$$ permit, but the carpet that we bought the house with is old and nasty and has got to go! As I was shopping hardwoods, I ran into some laminate flooring that would work beautifully in place of the carpet until we can afford the hardwoods we have our hearts set on. Right now, carpet is surrounding our hearth. Our F500 sits on a faux slate/porcelain tile hearth, over Durock, and solid piece of sheet metal, and permanently secured to plywood subfloor. The hearth is bordered with a pine trim piece that I'm going to replace with a piece of oak that will coordinate with our flooring choice. The hearth meets the minimum footprint required on all three sides (not including the border piece). I know solid wood is a safe bet down the road, and we have not melted the carpet yet. Should I have any concerns over laminate flooring?