Best alternatives to hardwood flooring

The right floors aren’t only beautiful but very functional and durable as well. Hardwood floors are a popular and timeless choice for flooring since they’re aesthetically appealing as well as extremely durable. They add an undeniable coziness to any home and work well with almost any type of home design. However, if hardwood flooring is too pricey for you there’s no need to stress. You can still achieve a gorgeous home with a similar alternative to hardwood flooring.

Some of the best alternatives to hardwood flooring include:

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum flooring is made from all natural materials, such as wood dust, cork dust, and flaxseed oil, which means they are also renewable, and they differ from many other flooring types in that they are fire resistant and biodegradable. They also repel dirt and dust, so they are hypoallergenic, which means they also help improve the air quality.

One benefit of linoleum flooring is that instead of the color, which ranges from colorful to softer, neutral tones, just simply adorning the surface, it actually penetrates all the way through the material for a deeper, bolder, vibrant look that is sure to stand out. They are also able to survive even the toughest environments for years to come.

You can purchase linoleum flooring in tiles or sheets to enhance its look. The tiles can be used to create colorful patterns, while the sheets can be used to provide interesting insets and borders.

Linoleum flooring is best for any room, giving its cutting edge design and durability to match.

The upkeep: Just dust or sweep the linoleum surface often, and wipe it with a damp cloth or mop in between to maintain its luster. It may also require a refinishing after two to three months to a year to retain its durability.

Price: $3 to $6 per square foot + plus installation.

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is a native grass that looks similar to wood; however, it replenishes quicker than trees; therefore, it is an eco-friendlier option.

It is processed to produce three different looks: woven, horizontal, and vertical.

The woven design contains strips of bamboo that are pressed together using resin, which provides a tropical looking floor with superior strength.

Meanwhile, the horizontal design preserves the integrity of the bamboo by simply layering the strips together so that every characteristic, including the joints of the stalk, can be observed in the floor.

With the vertical design, the strips of bamboo are bonded next to each other for a refreshed, more modern look.

Similar to hardwood, bamboo flooring can be natural or manufactured and comes in different sized planks. However, the natural style is both recyclable and biodegradable, so it is good for the environment.

This flooring can be left natural, which provides a stunning blond wood look, or it can be stained, dyed, or painted various colors to suit your preference.

Bamboo floors are best for dry spaces that don’t have a lot of water or moisture. Therefore, it’s not ideal for a bathroom but will do well in a bedroom, kitchen, living room or dining room.

One great perk about bamboo flooring is it doesn’t require sealing. You can simply vacuum or sweep the floor regularly and occasionally mop it with a damp mop or cloth to maintain its essence.

Price: $3 to $9 per square foot + installation.

Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is derived from the inner bark of the cork oak tree, while the tree continues to grow, so they are recyclable, renewable, and biodegradable. It’s also a natural insulator, so it is warm, which helps decrease energy bills, soft to stand on, and absorbs sound. Likewise, it’s resistant to fire, mold, mildew, stains and is hypoallergenic.

Cork flooring is available in tile form as well as various sizes and colors, including natural color planks to suit your decor.

Cork flooring is best for dry spaces that don’t receive a lot of water or moisture. Therefore, a bedroom, kitchen, living room or dining room are ideal for this type of flooring.

Cork flooring requires sealing with a vinyl or polyurethane sealant or wax after some time. In the meantime, you can keep the floor clean and free of grit, which can scratch the surface, by sweeping, dusting, or vacuuming the floor regularly. You should also mop or wipe the surface with a damp mop or cloth to restore its shine. You can also help reduce damaging the floor by placing mats in areas of high traffic to help maintain its essence.

Price: $3 to $8 per square foot + installation.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is made using recycled wood fibers, which would otherwise end up in landfills, so their natural grain, color, and texture can be designed to mimic the look and feel of hardwood, including exotic wood species not sold domestically, but at a cheaper more environmentally cost. They can also be manufactured to mimic the look of stone or tile.

Laminate floors are highly resilient and resistant to stains, mold, mildew, fading, and moisture, and they don’t harbor allergens. Laminate flooring is available in planks or strips as well as squares to mimic the look of tiles.

Laminate flooring is ideal for most rooms in your home since it’s incredibly durable and is very aesthetically appealing.

In order to keep your laminate flooring shiny and scratch free you should vacuum and sweep it consistently. In addition, it’s wise to use a light cleaner on it so it stays shiny and looks new. If you end up spilling a liquid on your laminate flooring it should be wiped very quickly in order to avoid permanent damage to the floor. Also, since laminate flooring can separate over time, be sure to check the planks often to see any type of separation. If you notice a separation you should have a professional look at your floor.

Price:$1 to $4 per square foot + installation.

Porcelain Flooring

Porcelain is made of various raw materials, including clay minerals, which when molded into squares and baked at very high temperatures for long periods of time produces very hard, dense tiles, which can be used for various applications, including flooring.

Porcelain is less porous than other flooring materials, so it less likely to stain. It is also resistant to bacteria, odors, and fires. Its high durability also makes it highly resistant to scratches as well as chips and cracks that can occur if objects are dropped on it.

Porcelain can be unglazed, which typically produces a white or gray colored product, or glazed, which can be manufactured in various colors and designs. It can also be designed to mimic the look of natural stone. It also comes in various shapes and styles to suit various tastes.

Porcelain flooring is best for areas that receive a lot of traffic and is a desirable flooring option for areas that may receive frequent water or moisture. Therefore, porcelain flooring is ideal for a bathroom or kitchen.

Since porcelain is less porous, it is easy to clean and maintain. If there’s a spill on your porcelain floor you just need to wipe it up quickly and don’t need to fear about any type of damage being done to the floor. To keep your floor in prime condition you should regularly sweep it. You should also avoid cleaning your floor with abrasive materials, such as scouring pads, as it can damage the surface.

Price: $3 to $10 per square foot + installation.

Ultimately, there are several aesthetically appealing as well as budget friendly options for your floor. Based on the cost and characteristics of these types of floors you may find you like much more than hardwood flooring.

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