It used to be that the best type of floor to install was natural hardwood due to its beauty and style. Hardwood floors are still popular today, although they can be pricey and time-consuming to maintain. Hardwood requires special cleaners and periodic varnishing to keep moisture and dirt from degrading the wood. For homeowners who don’t have the time or desire to maintain hardwood floors, modern technology has given you alternatives — trendy synthetic floors that look like the real thing.
While natural wood and stone floors are still considered top-of-the-line, in today’s housing market there are high-quality alternatives that you can install. Current synthetic flooring isn’t like the old vinyl floor your mother had in her kitchen. Instead, new technology has created synthetic flooring that looks exactly like wood yet is much easier to clean and maintain. If you are considering faux wood flooring, there a few options to consider:
Laminate is a popular option because it looks great and is easy to install and maintain. It is less costly than hardwood, can be installed by a knowledgeable amateur and takes a lot of wear and tear. Cleaning services can use their standard cleaners, including eco-friendly cleaning products.
2. Wood-Look Tile
This option is essentially what the name says it is — tile that looks like wood. This tile is a great option even for kitchens or bathrooms since water is not an issue like it would be on hardwood floors.
3. Luxury Vinyl
This is not your mama’s vinyl floor from the 1980s. Modern luxury vinyl is extremely durable, lower in cost than hardwood and looks great. It can also be installed in a kitchen, laundry room or bathroom and is easy to clean.
4. Soft Wood Foam Tiles
This is a great option for families with pets. These tiles are quite affordable and can be replaced easily tile by tile. Of all the hardwood alternatives, foam tiles are the easiest to clean. For families with small children, these tiles create a soft surface for crawling or falls.