Due to their overall look and durability, it is easy to see why hardwood flooring is such a popular option. In fact, most buyers are willing to pay more for a home with hardwood floors, so you will see a large return on your investment if you choose this flooring option for your own home.
Whether you need new floors in your living room, kitchen, or bedrooms, the possibilities are endless. Of course, wood is not your only option if you need new flooring for your home. This guide and your contractor will help you find a flooring alternative that offers the same appeal as hardwoods.
Faux Wood Ceramic Tile
For many people, wood and tile are the two most attractive flooring options. Thankfully, you can have the feel of tile, but with the look of wood by installing faux wood ceramic tile in your home.
Over time, you may notice scratches, dings, and dents on your hardwood floors. While this damage does give your flooring some personality, finishing the surface through sanding and re-staining may be necessary at one point.
Faux wood ceramic tile is more durable than hardwood since there is no risk of dents or scratches. Therefore, there will be no need to refinish this flooring material.
Another benefit of using tile is that it is resistant to moisture. Unlike wood that can warp and bow if it becomes wet, ceramic tile can be used in areas that see high levels of moisture, such as the kitchen and bathroom.
Ceramic tile is also available in a variety of colors, style, and installation design options. You can choose from various colors, including a classic shade of oak or a more contemporary espresso color. The ceramic tiles can also be ordered in different sizes and shapes. If you prefer the traditional hardwood look, opt for tile in longer planks.
Laminate flooring is also becoming a popular option for homeowners who want the look of hardwoods without making the large investment. Also known as composite flooring, the laminate is made mostly out of wood byproducts, so it creates a durable and attractive floor that will stand the test of time.
During the manufacturing process of laminate flooring, multiple layers of fiberboard are laminated together in long strips with the top, the outer surface is comprised of wood.
Laminate is also available in a variety of wood tone options, so finding one that complements your personality and home style is simple.
While constructed out of wood and fiberboard, the laminate is durable and easy to maintain. Spills can be cleaned up with a dry cloth. A light dust mop or vacuum can be used to remove dirt, dust, and other debris from laminate flooring. For a more involved cleaning, consider a wet mop.
Many people confuse vinyl with laminate flooring, but they are two very different options. Constructed out of layers of PVC and coated with urethane, vinyl can offer you the look of hardwood flooring without the large investment in time and money to install and maintain.
Vinyl planks offer the most similar look to traditional hardwoods since they can be coated in a texture that resembles the natural grains of wood.
Vinyl is also waterproof, so you do not need to worry about moisture warping the wood-like floors. Spills, dirt, and debris can be mopped up or vacuumed. Vinyl is also an ideal choice if you have pets because there is less risk of damage from their nails or potty-training accidents.
Hardwood floors are a great addition to any home, but if you prefer the look of wood without the cost, alternatives are available. To check out all the different flooring options available for your home, contact us at Floors Unlimited today.