Hardwood looks great as a flooring option, but it poses a problem for some as it costs a little more. The answer may be to look at what vinyl flooring has to offer.
Undeniably, hardwood floors are also more expensive than most types of flooring. Those looking to renovate an existing or new home after they recently moved may find that their budget has not expanded that far, even if they are the first buyers who have just benefited from the new emblem change. Instead of spending a fortune on the floor to the detriment of everything, the solution could be to look for a wood effect product that will maintain the look but cost a lot less. You can also capture the look of stone, tile or timber with all the benefits of vinyl flooring while placing them at your place.
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Of course, less expensive vinyl flooring can't match the feel and luster of the wood. But there are other qualities. For example, it is waterproof compared to wood. While humidity levels can cause wood to expand and shrink – causing big problems if not installed properly – vinyl has no such problem. It also won't absorb water. On the other hand, vinyl can handle spills and splashes throughout the day and can be easily cleaned of waterproof materials. And related to this is stain resistance, another contrast to wood.
Vinyl is also a tough material that, like wood, has a long life and is even more scratch-resistant. While hardwood floors by definition aren't easy to work with, vinyl mats offer that option for the toes. Vinyl is not only more economical, it can look like hardwood while offering some very desirable properties.