Forget the expense and maintenance of real hardwood floors. More and more homeowners are turning to wood-look alternatives to get that high-quality, real wood look for a fraction of the price. And it’s not just the savings that make these alternatives so attractive. Let’s explore the benefits of each wood-look flooring option.
Vinyl flooring most closely resembles the look of real wood, and there’s a huge variety of highly realistic wood grains and colors to choose from. It’s also one of the most durable floor types that’s easy to maintain and will last years without replacement. A popular choice in kitchens and bathrooms, it’s water resistant and, in some cases, waterproof. Vinyl is the easiest flooring to install, making it a great choice for DIY projects.
Armstrong Flooring’s luxury vinyl tile is scratch and dent-resistant planks featuring natural hardwood styles with depth and texture and multiple easy installation options.
Laminate flooring also closely resembles the look of real wood. It’s a durable option that can withstand a decent amount of wear. However, it is not waterproof and is the least water-resistant wood-look option. For this reason, laminate is better suited for living rooms and bedrooms rather than kitchens and bathrooms.
Evoke laminates are rich in character: some are down-to-earth, and some are sophisticated. Pictured above is their Mason laminate flooring. It easily clicks together, water resistant, superior stain and abrasion resistant.
Porcelain and Ceramic Tile
Wood-look tile flooring is perhaps the least known option but is slowly gaining popularity. Manufacturers are increasingly making tiles that look like wood and even feature wood grains. Porcelain tile is water and stain resistant, and so is ceramic tile if it’s glazed. It’s affordable, durable, and simple to replace single damaged tiles. You’ll probably be able to tell the difference between real wood and tile under your feet, but it’ll be less obvious to your eyes.
Bryson Valley by American Olean, shown in Whiskey Barrel BV11 above, offers an ultra-realistic barn wood visual with authentic hardwood texture. The rich warmth of real wood floors is presented in large format porcelain tile.
Will You Make the Switch?
While real hardwood floors still have their place, there’s so many great options now to get that wood-look, each with their own distinct benefits. So, the question remains – will you make the switch?
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