Revamping a house can get quite expensive, but fortunately there are always places where you can save some money. An example is the floor; and yes, you can buy flooring while sticking to a budget! There is not just solid wood when it comes to flooring – you have many cheaper alternatives. Check out the three most popular options below.
Engineered Wood Flooring
This is the best alternative to wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring is more practical and less pricey. It is made of synthetic layers, but topped with a natural wood layer, meaning it looks like real wood. It offers amazing designs and comes in a wide range of wood species such as oak, walnut or acacia. Thanks to its man-made layers, engineered flooring is much more practical than solid wood. Unlike its counterpart, engineered also can withstand temperature fluctuations, meaning that things like humidity or underfloor heating are perfectly compatible with this floor.
This is a cheaper version of engineered wood. It is totally man-made – the top layer looks like wood instead of being real wood like in the case of engineered, as it is a picture printed on the surface. This is also the reason for its low cost. This however doesn’t mean laminate looks worse! You can find stunning laminate floors that imitate many different species of wood, in different shades, colours and designs just like solid and engineered wood. Since all the layers are synthetic, they make this floor able to withstand water, meaning that not only can laminate withstand spillages, but you can also mop the floor, meaning it is very easy to take care of.
Vinyl Tiles Flooring
Vinyl tiles are the cheapest option on the flooring market. Because of this, traditionally, vinyl has been seen as also looking cheap and being of poor quality. However, this has changed over the years thanks to vinyl production getting better and better. Vinyl tiles offer incredible designs, and are able to replicate stone and wood. In addition, they are quite practical since they are waterproof, so spillages are not an issue. Vinyl tiles are very easy to take care of; you only need to sweep them and mop with a damp cloth. They are perfect if someone at home suffers from allergies, as unlike most other flooring types they don’t collect dust or other allergens and they are very hygienic.
As you can see you have many options available even when you are on a budget. You just need to pick your favourite!