6 Options to Replace Flooring

6 Options to Replace Flooring

Tired of the same old flooring options? Hardwood? Boring. Vinyl? Ho-hum. Carpet? Yawn. When it comes to flooring, you’ve been there and done it all. Well, almost. Ever considered rubber or cork flooring?

If you’re looking for something to make your house stand out from your neighbors’ homes, think outside the box and consider a flooring material that will floor your friends and add panache to your décor.

1. Bamboo. Bamboo is often used as an alternative to hardwood flooring due to its similar properties, but bamboo isn’t wood. It’s a strong, durable grass that grows much faster than trees, making it more eco-friendly. Color varies from honey brown to light tan. Bamboo offers easy maintenance and more water resistance than wood. Bamboo averages $4 to $8 a square foot.

2. Concrete. Once reserved for basements and garages, concrete is growing in popularity in other rooms of the home — especially rooms where moisture is present. Stains, stamping and other decorative elements add beauty and eliminate the need for covering concrete with carpet. Concrete costs range from as low as $2 per square foot up to $15 or more.

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3. Cork. The bark from the cork tree isn’t just for sealing wine bottles. Cork is comfortable to stand on, and its natural insulation properties reduce noise and may save energy. Cork comes in a variety of styles and colors. Another green benefit: Harvesting bark doesn’t kill the cork tree. Costs range from $2 to $7 per square foot.

4. Glass. It may not be the most practical option, but glass flooring looks amazing. It resists stains, mold and mildew. However, glass flooring is expensive and use only glass suitable for flooring. Basic solid colors cost as little as $4 a square foot while higher-quality glass tile costs $25 to $40 a square foot.

5. Stone. Consider the possibilities of natural stone — marble, limestone, travertine, sandstone, slate and granite — for flooring options. Like a snowflake, no stone is like the other, so each stone floor is unique. Stone tiles have various degrees of porosity, and most, with the exception of granite, absorb water, making sealing a necessity. Average stone prices range from $7 to 14 a square foot, depending on type.

6. Rubber. Yes, you read that correctly. While rubber flooring doesn’t jump to mind when thinking of flooring options, it’s practical for recreation or exercise rooms and playrooms and bedrooms. There’s no reason to stick with basic black, either. Rubber comes in a plethora of colors and can include designs. It’s durable, easy to maintain and comfortable for standing. On average, rubber ranges between $4 and $6 a square foot.

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