We all know and love the look, feel, and classic design of hardwood floors, but they aren’t always the best choice for every budget or room in your Lexington home. Fortunately, manufacturers today provide several flooring alternatives that give you the same great wood look and comparable performance, often at a fraction of the price!
Here at Floor Coverings International Lexington, we’re dedicated to helping our customers find the perfect flooring option for their needs. Today, we explore 3 great wood-look alternatives that might be just what you’re looking for!
Wood-Look Ceramic Tile
While tile may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of hardwood alternatives, wood-look ceramic tile is becoming an increasingly popular choice for humid environments and rooms with a higher exposure to moisture, such as basements and bathrooms. The ceramic construction provides that extra protection and stability needed in areas off-limits to solid hardwood planks. Now is better than ever to explore wood-look tile as an option for your home, as manufacturers continue to improve their ability to create a tile that mimics both the look and feel of real wood.
Laminate flooring is one of the more popular hardwood alternatives in the greater Lexington area for its affordability and ease of maintenance. It’s composed of 4 different layers: a moisture-resistant backing, a high-density fiberboard base layer, a high-quality graphic layer, and finished with a scratch-resistant wear layer. As opposed to solid wood, that requires gluing and nailing, laminate flooring is available in click-and-lock designs, and can even be installed as a floating floor over an existing surface that’s smooth and free of damage.
Luxury Vinyl Plank
In recent years, luxury vinyl flooring has gained a strong foothold in the flooring industry, and manufacturers continue to improve on both the look and performance of the material. Unlike sheet vinyl, this vinyl option consists of individual planks of 100% vinyl complete with wood grain graphics and texture, and highly-durable wear layer for added strength. What’s great about vinyl is its resistance to water, and when installed with a non-porous grout it is nearly impervious to moisture—a great choice to achieve that wood look in your bathroom. Thanks to its vinyl construction, this flooring’s surface is softer than hardwood and tile and will also maintain a more neutral temperature warmer and cooler months.
Your Trusted Local Experts
When you’re ready to find the perfect wood-look alternative for your home or business, get in touch with your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Lexington to schedule your free design consultation and estimate. Find your perfect floors today!
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