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In 2019, most homeowners opt for hardwood floors over carpet. Carpets are a pain to clean, harbor stains, and a home of allergens and mold. However, the cost of installing hardwood floors is a major barrier for those eager to make the switch.
If hardwood floors are out of budget, here are 5 cost-effective alternatives to consider for your next remodel.
Linoleum gets a bad rep as being stuck in the 1960’s, along with avocado green appliances and pod chairs. However, it’s making a comeback.
Linoleum is a natural, biodegradable material that imitates the look of authentic wood flooring. If you have children and pets, the floor will withstand most of the daily wear and tear. It is so durable that it will last up to 40 years with proper maintenance.
The main drawback of linoleum is that its installation is difficult and it usually requires a professional’s help. Thankfully, because of its low-cost it is still affordable to install.
2. Timber Look Tile
Timber look tilesare perfect for people who don’t want to deal with the maintenance of traditional hardwood flooring, and they are half the cost.
Tile can hold up against spills, making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. The versatility of tile floors doesn’t stop there. You can choose from a wide variety of colours and designs.
Where tile falls short is the comfort factor. It can be cold to step on and uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time. Also, you may want to consider hiring a professional if you are not DIY savvy to install tiles. If not installed properly, cracks in the tile can be a breeding ground for mold.
Timber look tiles are a challenge to put in, but they certainly make a low-cost alternative to real wood and are far easier to maintain than carpet.
Cork is associated with corkboards and wine bottles, but it is currently making a splash as an eco-friendly option for flooring.
Cork is a renewable resource; it is harvested from trees, without having to cut them down. Additionally, it has shock-absorbing qualities and maintains heat better than other alternatives. This makes it a great option for children’s bedrooms and playrooms.
It can be installed over pre-existing linoleum and wood flooring and on uneven surfaces. It does come with its disadvantages though. Cork has to be resealed about every five years to maintain waterproof qualities; if not properly maintained liquids, oils, and dirt can leave stains.
Vinyl is an affordable alternative that is both easy to install and maintain.
Vinyl flooring is waterproof and durable against spills, but it is soft and prone to damage. You should be careful while sliding furniture across vinyl or dropping objects on it as it can be punctured. There is an easy fix though! You can put chair leg caps on your furniture to protect the flooring.
Vinyl is a popular choice because you have many patterns and colours to choose from.
If you are looking for a natural, contemporary style, look no further than bamboo. flooring.
Bamboo is easy to clean, and high-quality bamboo flooring is just as durable as traditional wood. It is also easy to install if you are looking to avoid the cost of professional installation. One thing to consider is that it is susceptible to water damage, so it’s best not to install it in your laundry room or bathrooms.
All of these choices are affordable, low-maintenance flooring options in contrast to expensive hardwood. If you choose one of these for your remodel, you’ll guarantee savings that you can put towards another home makeover project.