Another less expensive, more resilient and absolutely gorgeous alternative to hard wood floors is wood plank tiles. Because they are waterproof, plank tiles can be installed in kitchens and bathrooms allowing for continuous flooring to run in open floor plan designs ***A couple key items to ensure your floor looks as close to the real deal as possible
1. Make sure your flooring installer is using a clip system which you can see in my second and third pictures. This ensures you will have a very level floor, eliminating the issue of toe kicks which are a dead giveaway it is tile not wood.
2. The clip system will also allow for a very thin grout line which this, along with using a dark colored grout, will mimic the shadow found between hard wood flooring planks vs. looking like tile grout lines.
If you do these two things, your floors will look like gorgeous, real hardwood floors for a fraction of the price!
You can find some fabulous deals, not only at retail prices but also by searching the web! We’ve had a semi truck pull down our little dirt road to deliver a load of tile we found for a fraction of our local retailers price at an online retailer. Also, search terms like “factory seconds wood tile planks ” to possibly find a fabulous product even cheaper! Make sure you order 15-20% extra material in case of cracks or damages.
Installation labor/materials will cost more than wood floor installation but the amount you are saving on the product more than makes up for that! Always get at least 3 bids and go for the installer who is familiar with the tips I gave you!
I hope you find this information useful and if you have any additional questions, let me know!
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