Wood Look Alternatives for Hardwood Unfriendly Rooms
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.
Luxury Vinyl Plank
If you want to add the hardwood aesthetic to your remodel but don’t quite have the budget to do so luxury vinyl plank or luxury vinyl tile (LVT) 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.