Hardwood is considered the gold standard in home flooring for its ageless aesthetic and classic look and feel, but all of that comes at a considerable cost. It’s no surprise that more and more homeowners are looking for affordable alternatives to hardwood that will still look great in their home. Today’s article will take a closer look at some of these options and explore the appeal of each as a hardwood alternative.
Laminate is a durable and stain-resistant flooring alternative to hardwood that comes at a fraction of the cost of real wood, and is much more resistant to scratching and physical damage. Another One of the big advantages of laminate flooring is that it comes in a broad array of styles that closely resemble other materials such as wood, stone and ceramic. If you are looking for a sturdy flooring option that can resemble more expensive materials without the price tag, laminate may be your best bet. Finally, laminate is one of the easier DIY floors, for those who may want to install it themselves. If you like the sound of laminate but are looking for something even less expensive, with many of the same qualities, you can also consider Vinyl flooring.
Cork is one of the most environmentally friendly flooring options on the market and can really transform a room with its colour and texture. It is naturally sourced from cork trees and is growing increasingly trendy choice that is known to be incredibly warm and soft to the step. If you are thinking of flooring for a room where you stand up often (such as kitchen) cork is a great choice. It may not be as inexpensive, durable or easy to install as laminate, but does offer a unique look and feel that is hard to replicate with other materials. If you like the idea of eco-friendly flooring, but aren’t sold on cork, linoleum and bamboo are two excellent alternatives for you to consider.
Tile needs no introduction from an aesthetic perspective and is an amazing hardwood alternative that is known to be incredibly durable and easy to maintain. With a wide array of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone varieties at your disposable, you have many options from a design perspective. Tile will vary widely in cost and is also harder and cooler than the other flooring varieties discussed here today.
Carpet is often defined by its limitations, particularly its difficulty to clean and susceptibility to water damage. Yet, it is an insulating and sound proof alternative that is warm, inviting and affordable. Not to mention the fact it is available in an endless array of colours and styles.
If you are looking for a beautiful flooring alternative for your home that won’t break the bank, reach out to one of the flooring experts available to you on eieihome.com to learn more about which of these flooring options is the best fit for your home and your budget.