Budget Friendly Hardwood Flooring Options

Wood flooring alternatives
There are various alternatives for wood flooring.

The popularity of hardwood flooring varies depending on what part of the country you are in. In South Florida, we tend to see more ceramic, porcelain, or marble tile flooring. With this said, oftentimes homeowners prefer to have a warmer type of flooring in rooms such as bedrooms or even offices. With less homeowners opting for carpeting in these rooms, wood flooring is a great option. Although hardwood flooring can be pricey and require some maintenance, innovation in construction materials now allow for a number of alternatives without the high price tag or necessary maintenance.

Hardwood alternatives

  • Vinyl: This material is made from PVC and is waterproof. Therefore, this makes it a great alternative for rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens that are more likely to have moisture. It is also less expensive than other alternatives such as engineered wood.
  • Engineered wood: This material is a product made up of real wood that has been shredded and reconstituted with a binding agent. The top layer is a hardwood veneer that has been stained to look like any type of wood. Typically, this option holds up better to showing chips than laminate flooring. As for pricing, engineered wood is less expensive than traditional hardwood flooring but more expensive than laminate flooring.
  • Laminate: Perhaps the most well known traditional hardwood alternative, laminate flooring is a synthetic product made to look like wood. It is made up of several layers of pressed wood that are fused together with a synthetic resin. Interestingly, the top layer is a photograph of wood grain that is protected by a wear-resistant clear coating. If you have a tight budget, this may be your best option.
  • Bamboo: Considered to be a sustainable and renewable resource, bamboo flooring has become increasingly popular in recent years. This material is harder than oak and can be stained to look like any kind of wood. For homeowners that are more environmentally conscious, bamboo is an ideal option. If opting for this alternative, you can expect to pay less than you would for traditional hardwood flooring, but more than what you’d pay for laminate flooring.
  • Porcelain wood-look: For homeowners that prefer a porcelain tile flooring but desire the wood look, the porcelain wood look tile flooring is the perfect solution. These tiles are installed just like a regular porcelain tile, but give the appearance of wood flooring. Due to its properties, this is the only way to get a wood look in areas such as showers. Keep in mind, this flooring will feel just like any porcelain flooring when walking barefoot on it. As for pricing, you can expect it to be in line with what you would pay for any porcelain tile flooring.


In closing, there are many options available to choose from when you are looking for a wood finish for your flooring. As always, it is important to consider the expected wear and tear in the particular room that you will be installing your flooring. Homeowners should also consider what types of flooring are the most popular in their local market. This will be critically important for resale as most prospective buyers prefer to buy a home that already has the desired flooring type installed.

Do you have questions about the South Florida real estate market? We can help! Contact Natasha at Live South Florida Realty, Inc. today! While you are at it, be sure to download the free Florida Home Search App as well.

By natasha moore

REALTOR® with Live South Florida Realty, Inc.

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