Many homeowners like the idea of revitalizing the look of a certain room in the home by junking their old flooring and installing elegant hardwood instead.
Hardwood floors are indeed a great addition to any home. But unfortunately traditional hardwoods are not the best choice for certain rooms in the home. Bathrooms, laundry rooms, below grade installations and even some kitchens are not the most hardwood friendly places in the world.
But what is a poor homeowner to do if they really want the luxurious look of hardwood in one these rooms? The good news is that there are several alternatives that look just as good and wear as well as traditional hardwood flooring, some at a fraction of the cost as well. Here are a few of the best.
Laminate flooring has come a long way in a short time. These days quality laminate flooring is barely distinguishable from real hardwood flooring but carries a slightly lower price tag. Because laminate floors can be easily "floated" the condition of the subfloor is not as big of an issue as it would be with a traditional hardwood floor.
Direct Print Bamboo
There is little argument in the home remodeling and renovation business that bamboo is one of the most eco friendly flooring options available today. However, some homeowners don't really love Bamboo's distinctive "knuckle pattern" look. There is a solution however – direct print bamboo flooring .
This method takes strand woven bamboo and overlays a hardwood pattern and color range directly on to it. The result is a flooring plank that looks remarkably like the hardwood species it is designed to simulate.
If you want to add the hardwood aesthetic to your remodel but don't quite have the budget to do so vinyl plank is a good, low cost alternative. The best part is that vinyl planks can be laid over almost any surface and again, moist or damaged subfloors are not so much of an issue.
No, we didn't put this part in the wrong blog post. A new generation of ceramic and porcelain tile that has a wood grain pattern and texture that looks so much like the real thing is gaining in popularity every day. All the durability and moisture resistance of ceramic tile combined with the beauty of hardwood? That is one combination that is hard to beat.
All of the flooring products mentioned above are great alternatives to traditional hardwood, but they all need to be properly installed to look their best as well as last as long as they are supposed to. Hiring a flooring professional to lay your new floors for you is a small investment well worth making.
There are so many little things that can go wrong and tiny miscalculations that can occur that can mar the look of the floor as a whole that it is not worth taking the riskier DIY route. Instead, while your new floors are being installed why don't you go out shopping for a great new area rug to compliment instead?