Planning for your home renovation project? If you’re considering getting a hardwood floor, you might be disappointed at how expensive they can be. Hardwood has its benefits. It can last over a hundred years, it’s very sturdy, can handle a lot of wear and tear, increases the value of your home, and looks very elegant. 

But for that reason, it comes at a high price point. Solid hardwood means that each plank is one plank of wood. It’s a higher quality and can get pretty expensive. Of course, cost depends on a whole bunch of things, such as the type of wood, quality of wood, the manufacturer and more. 

And you also want to consider the environmental impact of your floor. If the environment is something you care about, you might not want a hardwood floor manufacturer with a big carbon footprint. 

There are lots of alternatives to solid hardwood that can get you a lot of the same results you get with solid hardwood. We’re offering three alternatives, each bringing unique solutions to your hardwood problems. 

Engineered Hardwood

If you still want a hardwood floor but can’t shell out the money for a solid hardwood, engineered hardwood is the closest you can get. In many ways, engineered hardwood can actually be better than solid hardwood. 

Engineered hardwood is different from solid hardwood in that engineered hardwood is layers of plywood sandwiched between two layers of hardwood. Giving you the same effect as hardwood, but at a cheaper price. 

And it still counts as hardwood.

  • It increases the value of your home
  • It’s still extremely durable
  • Can handle lots of wear and tear

The problem is that engineered hardwood isn’t that much less expensive than solid hardwood. You still have to shell out some money. If you can afford it, we recommend it. But if you can’t, we still have some options for you. 

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl has boomed in popularity recently. It’s one of the cheapest flooring options you can get, and they now look almost exactly like hardwood. It’s a great option for families who want a hardwood look on their home, but can’t afford hardwood itself. 

There are options for environmentally friendly vinyl as well. The only problem is that it doesn’t necessarily feel like hardwood, and that it won’t increase the value of your home that much. 

There is one more option that takes care of those needs. 

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo grows crazy fast. It’s becoming famous on many different markets as an environmentally friendly alternative to wood and plastic. Finding bamboo flooring with an environmentally conscious manufacturer is probably your best best for green flooring. 

Bamboo flooring looks and feels like hardwood floors. It has the same sturdiness and durability to it. The only downside is that it’s more sensitive to moisture. But if that’s a concern, the other two options should be fine. 

There are lots of options for having an elegant hardwood floor without shelling out the money for hardwood. But no matter what, you need a professional flooring company to make sure that your floors are done right. Call us today and we’ll make sure your floors are installed perfectly.