Alternatives To Traditional Hardwood Floors


Alternative wood floorings are becoming popular day by day. Being so durable, people are interested in installing an alternative to their house for the benefits they provide.

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Vinyl or Laminate

For those who are looking for the visual appeal of wood or stone without the devastating prices, Vinyl or laminating is a good alternative for them. They can duplicate the texture of most natural elements, so this is versatile for the home. Moreover, they are very easy to install and require very little effort to do so. On top of that, they are cheaper than their real counterparts. They are both highly resistant to stains and discoloration due to spills or sunlight. Which makes them ideal for areas that experience heavy foot traffic in your home.

Ceramic Tile Floors

Ceramic tiles are the most commonly used tiles in the household. Tiles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures, with protective glazes that prevent the penetration of water and stains. Homeowners can even replace individual tiles quickly and conveniently. It must be noted that some tiles made by a manufacturer may exhibit slightly different, making them a bit difficult to install in the house. You can install them by yourself, but if you take the help of a professional, it will be easier to do so.

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Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are cheap and easy to install in the house. They’re also very easy to remove and clean after a few days. Unlike traditional carpets with one particular color or pattern, these carpet tiles can come in various colors. And you can make a pattern using different colors of tiles.

Plank Vinyl

These are an alteration of Vinyl sheets. But they come in plank shape, which gives them a wooden plank shape. When it comes to the design of the plank vinyl, they come in multiple colors and shapes, which makes it versatile. This is why they can be seen in most modern houses. Due to being very water resistant and heat durable, almost in every corner of the house, this type of flooring can be used. Vinyl planks can be glued down or installed with a peel-and-stick, or click-and-lock system. Also, the price is very affordable.


Laminate is made up of a composite of materials and mimics various types of material, like wood, marble, stone, cement, ceramic, and any type of tile pattern you can imagine. You can add any photographic image to the sheet as you wish. If it is taken care of properly and not exposed to direct heat and water for a long time, it can last for a long time. For a very cheap price, they can be seen in every household.

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Cork is a soft, eco-friendly, budget-friendly, and durable material that is being used as flooring material for a long time. As they are made out of cork trees, they are disposable and don’t pose harm to the environment. This renewable product is very cheap because of its availability. Many people install it to add a rustic vibe to the house or particular area. Moreover, they are durable and softer.