shutterstock_130602158Hardwood flooring is a classic choice for many homeowners for one main reason: it’s incredibly elegant look. Here at Floor Coverings International of Waukesha, we’ve installed hardwood flooring for countless customers, and every single one of them has been ecstatic with its effect on their home. There is, however, one main hurdle for installing hardwood in your home: the price tag. For many, getting the look of hardwood flooring without the high budget is a paramount concern, which is why the Design Associates at Floor Coverings International of Brookfield have put together this list of budget friendly options to consider over hardwood flooring. Read on to find out what flooring solution may fit within your budget.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

First introduced in the late 1960’s, engineered hardwood floors have continued to improve in appearance and application since they were first introduced. Engineered wood flooring is made up of a thin veneer layer of solid wood that is attached to plywood backing. Available in dozens of different wood species, as well as numerous surface effects such as hand-scraped, engineered wood flooring has emerged as a great option for those looking for the hardwood look for a lower price. The advantages of engineered wood flooring are many, with the most often cited being its affordable price point. Most engineered wood floors come with a warranty of at least ten years, making it a product meant to last in your home. If you’re searching for a product that looks great while being built to withstand the test of time, engineered wood flooring is a great choice.

Cork Flooring

Like engineered hardwood flooring, cork flooring can offer a lot of look for a fraction of the price of traditional hardwood flooring. Cork has a number of natural benefits that branch out of its natural properties; for one, cork is quite fire resistant, which is one of the reasons why it has become so popular in kitchens in particular. Cork is also very insular, both in regards to noise and heat. Cork flooring is also a great choice for people with severe allergies as it is naturally non-allergenic. Most importantly, cork offers a wonderful, homey look at an excellent price point, making it a fine choice for many homeowners.

Luxury Vinyl Plank

We’ve discussed Luxury Vinyl Plank elsewhere on the site, and for good reason: it is a perfect option for customers that want the look of hardwood flooring for a fraction of the price. Luxury Vinyl Planks are the result of some incredible new technology being utilized in the flooring world. Essentially, manufacturers are able to create incredibly realistic looking wood substitutes using 3D printing technology. This process ensures that Luxury Vinyl Planks have added depth and realism in tandem with the durability found in most vinyl products. Luxury Vinyl Planks offer the benefits of traditional vinyl with the added grace and sophistication of hardwood, making it an ideal fit for many homes.

At Floor Coverings International of Waukesha and Milwaukee, we’re experts in all types of flooring options. If you need a hand discovering the perfect fit for your home, contact us today for a free in-home estimate!

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