For those who want true reclaimed wood, the price is pretty steep. The look is no-doubt unique though, reclaimed wood shows an interesting diversity of knots and streaks that add a lot of flavor to a space.
Unknown to many people, bamboo floors are actually strands that are glued together to create engineered planks. It is an extremely tough and durable material, and it's a renewable resource so it's more in-demand these days. Though it is plentiful where it grows in Asia, that means most of it is shipped overseas which creates a higher product cost.
North American hardwood is cheaper than bamboo or reclaimed and the forests they are taken from are being continually replenished as they are cut. The oak, hickory, maple and heart pine add an undeniable warmth not found in other flooring.
Tile is becoming more versatile and with its rising popularity comes an influx of size, style and color. Sizes like 12" x 24" and some even bigger use less grout and have more tile surface so they are easier to maintain and keep clean. Large tiles should always be installed by professionals.
Advantages of Non-Traditional Flooring
People that want the beautiful look of reclaimed wood, hardwood or tile without the expense can find great choices with engineered, laminate and vinyl floors. Both engineered and laminate come in floating "clickable" systems that are great for DIY projects.
The top veneer of an engineered plank is real wood but it is backed by layers of plywood. This creates more stable flooring that is less susceptible to changes in temperature that can warp solid wood.
Laminate floors top layer is a plastic coating applied over a photograph that produces an indistinguishable look of wood, stone, ceramic tile or concrete.
Vinyl is not what you expect anymore, it's just as real looking as a high-end hardwood or engineered floors. It stands well against moisture so it is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms or mudrooms.
FloorQuest has been providing outstanding customer service and flooring products for over 10 years. If you are interested in installing new flooring in your home, contact us today, or visit one of our four Wisconsin locations.