Hardwood flooring is a popular option for any home in the Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach area. It’s sophisticated, low maintenance, and popular with homebuyers. However, it is not always the best option for every room.

Whether you are concerned about price, durability, or style, here are some hardwood flooring alternatives to consider. Learn more about these popular options from the experts at Floor Coverings International Boca Raton.

engineered hardwood flooring in boca ratonEngineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is the perfect alternative for homeowners that want the look of solid hardwood with a material that is lower-cost and more durable. Engineered hardwood is made by applying a thin veneer of solid hardwood atop layers of bonded plywood or another material.

Engineered woods can be considerably cheaper than solid hardwood since the boards are a combination of materials. Engineered hardwood is also more stable than solid hardwood, making it a great option in the humid Boca Raton climate.


Laminate flooring is the classic hardwood alternative for homeowners on a budget. Laminate flooring is made by fusing a printed wood grain image atop plywood or other materials to mimic the look of solid hardwood flooring.

Laminate is less expensive than solid or engineered hardwoods, and the installation process is quick and easy as well. While laminate flooring won’t bring the same resale value as real hardwood, the advances in laminate manufacturing have made this option almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

wood look tile in boca ratonWood-Look Tile

For a trendy alternative to hardwoods, consider wood-look tile. This flooring has gained popularity in recent years, and it’s a great option for the Boca Raton climate. Wood-look tile is typically a porcelain plank tile that looks like hardwood boards. In addition to the look of natural wood, homeowners get all the benefits of tile, such as a cool and durable surface, super easy maintenance, and the ability to install the flooring anywhere, indoors or out.

Eco-Friendly Options

Some homeowners shy away from hardwood flooring due to environmental concerns. While most hardwoods available in the U.S. are sustainably harvested, the reality is that solid hardwood planks require a lot of natural resources. Eco-friendly flooring options, such as bamboo or cork, can be a perfect alternative for families that want a wood-look floor without the impact to the environment.

If you are ready to explore these and other hardwood flooring alternatives, contact the team at Floor Coverings International Boca Raton. We’ll provide a free in-home consultation to help you find the option for your home.

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