Some of the most stylish flooring options are those reflecting the beauty of nature. Unfortunately, they can also be the most expensive. Natural flooring materials also tend to have specific weaknesses that can prove challenging indoors. However, we’re seeing many alternatives gain popularity. These selections include synthetic materials designed to perform better. They also tend to cost much less. We’ll take a look at a few of the most popular here.
It’s worth nothing that each of the options below are designed to replicate their natural counterparts. This includes aesthetics that look completely authentic. Many of them even include textures that look and feel like the real thing.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Luxury vinyl has become one of the most popular flooring options due to its resilience. It offers some of the most effective waterproof options on the market. Not only is vinyl itself waterproof, but it’s also designed to prevent moisture from seeping into the subfloor.
Vinyl is also durable. Its surface is impervious to scratches and scuffs. It’s also designed to resist dents, even from heavier falls. Its 22mil wear layer ensures that its durability lasts the life of the flooring.
Laminate is another popular alternative to stone and hardwood flooring. Its recent popularity stems from the overall trend towards scraped hardwood aesthetics, which laminate can mimic perfectly.
Though versatile, laminate hasn’t traditionally performed as well as luxury vinyl. However, newer selections are changing this. For example, laminate flooring featuring the REPEL water resist technology are just as waterproof as the best performing vinyl options. And the aluminum oxide treatment protects laminate from stains and scratches.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
If you still prefer an authentic choice with the performance of an alternative, engineered hardwood flooring is worth a look. It’s still made from real wood,but features a layered design. The center of these layers includes a core designed for stability. This also core resists moisture absorption. It’s a bit more expensive, but engineered hardwood is an authentic choice with unmatched performance.
At Cleveland flooring, we have a team of experts ready to help you make an informed choice on your next flooring purchase. Visit our showroom in Griffin today!