Laminate Laminate has long been one of the most popular — and least expensive — alternatives to wood flooring. Laminate closely resembles the look of wood and comes in a variety of styles, sizes and textures — plus varying degrees of durability. Traditional laminate is made up of several layers, with a photographic applique applied to the surface layer designed to replicate wood (or another material). Some laminate flooring actually uses a super-thin slice of wood known as a veneer, which is then covered in a clear protective coating. Some laminates are designed to be scratch-proof or water resistant, making them a popular choice among homeowners with children and pets.
Vinyl Planks Vinyl plank flooring is one of the most innovative products to hit the market in the last decade. These planks look and feel like hardwood, but they have the added bonus of being waterproof. Some, more luxury, varieties also come with a scratch-proof finish. Pet owners and parents alike are increasingly choosing vinyl plank flooring to stand up to daily spills and pet messes. Unlike hardwood, there isn’t a huge urgency to clean messes on vinyl planks because the spills from liquids won’t penetrate the material’s surface.
recommended for main living areas.
If you’re looking for a gray or white- washed wood look, tiles are a great options because they start with a white base and won’t show red or yellow undertones over time. Plus, tiles are completely spill-proof and easy to mop or wipe clean. Material Cost: $0.45-$3 per square foot (ceramic); $3-$10 per square foot (porcelain) Installation Cost: $5-$7 per square foot
Material Cost: $0.70-$2 per square foot Installation Cost: $2-$8 per square foot Wood-look Tiles Wood-look tiles aren’t a new
product, but they’ve recently seen a surge in popularity, especially for those living in warmer climates — they tend to be cooler on your feet, so they aren’t necessarily
Material Cost: $2-$7 per square foot Installation Cost: $2-$8 per square foot
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