5 Flooring Alternatives
If you are in the process of designing your custom home and you want a little more for your home than traditional hardwood or carpeted flooring, Trinity Custom Homes explains a variety of alternative flooring options to consider. Here are five high-end flooring alternatives that can provide the look and feel you want.
Bamboo is a highly resilient flooring material that looks similar to hardwood, but it is more durable and it has much greater moisture resistance than traditional wood flooring. Bamboo is also one of the most environmentally friendly flooring materials available (as long as it is not a product shipped from overseas, that is). Floors finished with bamboo look clean and they provide a tranquil atmosphere to any room.
The cost of bamboo flooring ranges anywhere from $2 to $8 per square foot.
Rubber flooring has long been popular in industrial settings but in recent years, the material has been gaining ground on the residential side of things. This is especially the case in contemporary and modern-styled homes, where the rubber material looks fitting in rooms like kitchens, laundry rooms, mud rooms, and garages. Some of the most popular features about rubber include that it is soft underfoot; it has a textured surface that helps reduce slips, and its high durability makes it extremely child-friendly. You can even get rubber flooring with flat surfaces and in a variety of colors.
Rubber flooring comes available in a range of prices, but for the best quality, you should avoid anything priced under $12 per square foot.
Over the last ten to fifteen years, homeowners couldn’t replace their old parquet floors fast enough. But, everything old is new again and parquet is once again becoming a popular flooring material. What’s different this time around is the fact that modern parquet is being made in much larger tile sizes. Parquet’s patterned wood style adds interest and a sense of richness to any room and best of all, its price tag hasn’t caught on to the fact that it’s back in vogue.
Parquet flooring costs just a few dollars per square foot, but in most cases, you can expect the cost of installation to be higher because the installer has to make sure everything matches.
Concrete flooring, at first thought, doesn’t bring to mind feelings of luxury and comfort. But, believe it or not that’s exactly what this material brings to a room. The reason it works is because concrete can be stained, sealed and finished with a gloss resin that can transform any room into a thing of beauty. And, because of its extreme durability, concrete is capable of standing up to just about anything. It is important to note, however, that concrete floors do not retain heat very well so if you live in a cold weather climate, it might not be the best idea. Of course, you can always have the concrete poured over radiant floor heating.
Concrete flooring can cost anywhere from $2 to $20 per square foot depending on a variety of factors. For instance, adding things like premium resin finishes and radiant floor heating really add to the installation of concrete flooring.
If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint, then cork flooring will provide you with a beautiful floor that you can feel comfortable owning. One of the most attractive things about cork flooring is that it is very soft underfoot thanks to its natural springiness. This springy nature also makes it essentially resistant to dings and dents. It is important to note that cork is less resistant to moisture than some other premium flooring alternatives, but some varieties are manufactured with special finishes and sealants to help them stand up better to spills.
Cork flooring is the perfect choice for those who can’t decide between hardwood and carpet because it offers the beauty of wood with the comfort of carpet. Typical costs range between $3 and $8 per square foot.
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**Note: images above are only illustrations of each type of flooring.