A smart way to increase the value of your home or to sell it quickly, is to update the flooring. Hardwood is a popular option, but you may want to consider a few alternatives that could be easier on your pocketbook.
- Vinyl flooring has been popular with home owners for decades due to its resiliency against scratches and its economical appeal. Modern vinyl tiles can provide the illusion of stone or ceramic and cost as little as $2 per square foot.
- Cork flooring is attractive, durable and 100% renewable. A cost-efficient alternative to hardwood, it is easy on your feet and relatively sound-proof.
- Concrete: If dull grey stone comes to mind when you think of concrete think again. Concrete floors are becoming increasingly popular for their sustainability, low maintenance, longevity and versatility. Concrete is easily stained or painted and can be personalized to suit your style.
- Laminate floors, like vinyl, can provide the illusion of a more luxurious floor but are far more affordable. Laminate is highly resistant to stains, scratches and general wear and tear.
- Engineered wood is made from real wood and provides the same texture and look of hardwood but at a fraction of the price. It also experiences less expansion and contraction than some traditional flooring materials.