The Best Hardwood Floor Alternatives for Homeowners on a Budget

We lay the groundwork so you can make the best choice for every room in your home.

hardwood alternatives
Jessica Mattern

Eco-friendly and easy to clean, faux hardwood options are getting better than ever. Check out our list of the hardwood floors that give you the most bang for your buck for more ideas.

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bamboo floors
Courtesy of Lumber Liquidators

Try it if: You want super-hard floors for a bargain. These beauties start at just $1.70 per sq. ft. If you're looking for something richer in color, you can opt for darker "carbonized" bamboo.

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laminate floors
Courtesy of Provenza Floors

Try it if: You're using it in bathrooms (it's moisture-resistant). It's also incredibly easy to install, and perfect for highly trafficked areas thanks to its durability.

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engineered floors
Courtesy of Francois and Co.

Try it if: You want longevity (they can even be refinished!). They look just like the real thing, but are designed to handle moisture and wear even better than the real deal.

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hardwood flooring cost types
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