Want the look of hardwood but not the cost or the upkeep? Here are some affordable wood floor alternatives to give your floor the look you desire.

Bamboo

If you are looking for a green alternative, bamboo is an excellent choice. It is cheap, tough, and easy to clean with a look very similar to hardwood. Bamboo is naturally a light colored wood, therefore any dark colored bamboo has been unnaturally treated and is structurally weaker.

Laminate

Available in a wide variety of styles and colors, laminate is an attractive, inexpensive, and durable choice. Laminate is a good choice for people with pets and children as they tend to be harder on their floors. This flooring is resistant to moisture and stains making it a great option for kitchens and bathrooms.

Porcelain

Porcelain floors are highly durable, easy to clean, and water-resistant. The design can mimic wood-grain textures and the use of minimal grout lines can help to visually expand a room.

Vinyl Plank

A very affordable option, the vinyl plank can mimic the look of hardwood. Vinyl is more prone to scratches than other flooring options and has a limited selection of colors; however, this flooring option can last significantly longer than other flooring options while requiring low maintenance. Vinyl is quieter, easier on the feet, and waterproof making it ideal for high traffic areas, kitchens, and bathrooms.

Cork

Cork is an environmentally friendly option. It has a very particular color and texture but provides a cushiony surface that is comfortable to walk on. Cork is resistant to insects, mold, and mildew but is not extremely durable. While cork would not hold up well in high traffic areas, it’s noise-reducing qualities make it great for bedrooms and entertainment areas.

Plywood

Plywood is a very common subflooring. If you choose to stain and finish the subfloor rather than putting a new flooring on top, be sure to add in a waterproof sealer as plywood is susceptible to water damage.

Linoleum

Linoleum is a classic and inexpensive flooring choice that is also highly durable. Linoleum can be purchased in a wide variety of colors and designs to suit your wood-look desires.

Tiles

Tiles are another classic flooring choice that can be highly customized to look like whatever wood you desire. White and gray wash wood designs look best when done on tile due to tile’s white base before painting. Tile is waterproof and inexpensive to replace when damaged because single tiles can be replaced without having to redo the whole floor. Tile tends to keep spaces cooler during the hotter months, but under-floor heating can be installed to warm up the tiles during colder months.

If you are looking for a certified and licensed flooring contractor in Foley, Alabama, or the surrounding area the contact W&W Flooring and Design. We provide a wide range of flooring services including flooring installation, flooring repair, and complete flooring replacement. Call us today at 251-970-5244 or visit www.wandwflooring.com. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and follow @WandWFlorring on Twitter!

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