New Orleans HardwoodHardwood flooring is absolutely gorgeous. It provides a natural and rustic look that can appeal to various interior design styles you may have going on throughout your home. The flooring can be used in every room of the home, though it is highly advised to consider placing a different type of flooring in the wet areas to ensure overall durability.

Hardwood is attractive and durable, but is also one of the more expensive flooring options. This is why it’s important to know about the various substitutions and the pros and cons that follow.

Solid Hardwood

The first thing to know about hardwood is that you are able to find all sorts of different types of wood. It can be white-washed or stained to virtually any hue. The second thing to know is that it’s easy to clean, using only a damp mop. Over time, you can have the floors refinished so they always look their best. As for the cost, it depends on the quality of wood that you choose.


Parquet is still hardwood, but it comes in the form of tiles. These can create a unique look across your floors, especially when the hardwood tiles have multiple types of wood or multiple shades involved. The same level of cleaning is required and you get the benefit of having something different throughout your home.

Hardwood Veneer

Hardwood veneer has thin strips of hardwood on the top, followed by plywood on the backside. The floors are durable and you still benefit from hardwood, but the cost is less because it is not solid hardwood. The cleaning is the same as with hardwood. The primary disadvantage is that they cannot be refinished because the strip of hardwood is so thin, and therefore it may require a replacement after approximately 10 years.

Laminate Hardwood

Laminate flooring uses melamine that has been printed to look like hardwood. It is more affordable and still very durable. There are various levels of quality and therefore, you can find a happy balance between quality and price that works within your budget. They are easy to keep clean and can last for 10+ years with the right level of care.

Luxury Vinyl

You can find vinyl, either in the form of a roll or tiles, which can be applied. The luxury vinyl is higher grade and therefore will offer a longer life. The benefit to this is that it can be printed to look like hardwood. It is waterproof, and therefore can be placed in the kitchen and other wet areas.

If you want hardwood flooring, it’s important to know that you have options. If cost is a factor, there are ways to get the appearance of wood without paying the full price. Contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Metairie to schedule your free in-home consultation today. We’ll work with you to select the perfect hardwood or hardwood substitution!

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