Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home. Their classic look and durability add long-term value, but they can be pricey. Luckily, Bozeman homeowners who don’t want to break their budget on hardwood floors can still achieve the same look for less. In addition, Floor Coverings International Bozeman has solutions for homeowners who want the look of hardwood yet need moisture-resistant, soundproof, or pet-friendly floors. If you have specific needs that can’t be met by traditional hardwood, here are three excellent alternatives:
Laminate Wood Flooring
Laminate flooring has many benefits, including being affordable, easy to install, and very durable. It’s also incredibly versatile, with options that replicate hardwood and other materials. Whatever your preferred hardwood – oak, maple, cherry, etc. – there’s likely a laminate version available. And laminate resists moisture better than hardwood, so it’s acceptable for kitchens and laundry rooms. To ensure your laminate floors are of good quality, be sure to look for the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) seal when comparison shopping.
Luxury Vinyl Planks
Though luxury vinyl flooring is available in different forms, the plank variety is specifically designed to replicate the look of hardwood. Grain patterns, colors, textures, and beveled edges all mimic the look of wood, but at a more affordable price. Vinyl is also durable and low-maintenance, so it’s a reliable choice for pet owners who are concerned about pets damaging their floors. It’s quieter, softer, and more water-resistant than traditional hardwood. The downside is that vinyl can contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which may be concerning to parents with small children.
Wood-Look Porcelain Tile
One of the most intriguing recent developments in flooring is wood-look porcelain tile. Though it functions as traditional porcelain tile, this flooring looks incredibly similar to hardwood. Realistic colors, grains, and textures replicate the look of wood, making it difficult to tell the difference by eye alone. However, unlike hardwood, this porcelain tile works for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other wet environments. The downside is that tile can be cold and hard on the feet, but this issue can be addressed with radiant floor heating.
Ready to compare flooring samples side-by-side? Give Floor Coverings International Bozeman a call today! Our team will help you decide which hardwood alternative is right for your Bozeman home.