Hardwood alternatives CalgaryHardwood flooring is known for its traditional, timeless look. Homeowners love it for the warmth, comfort, and style it provides. However, hardwood flooring is sensitive to certain conditions and can be difficult to maintain. Thankfully, the experts at Floor Coverings International Calgary have a number of flooring solutions that provide the beautiful look of hardwood but with greater durability and ease of maintenance. Below are our favorite hardwood alternatives for Calgary homes.

Wood-Look Tile

If you’ve been doing your research, then you know that wood-look tile is a very popular hardwood flooring alternative. Wood-look tile is made of ceramic or porcelain but is printed to look like real hardwood. It is even given a real hardwood grain texture. Unlike hardwood, wood-look tile is nearly impossible to scratch and dent, making it a great choice for busy families or pet owners. It is also incredibly water resistant and won’t warp or stain from moisture or spills like hardwood will. With wood-look tile, you can get the hardwood look in moisture-prone rooms like the bathroom or basement.

Luxury Vinyl Plank

Another popular hardwood alternative is luxury vinyl plank. This flooring is made of layers, with its primary component being synthetic vinyl. It can be installed through adhesive or glue-down systems, but can also be installed as a floating floor. Vinyl planks are engineered to look like real hardwood but have the added benefit of being extra soft underfoot. Vinyl has always been one of the go-to flooring choices for moisture-prone rooms, so it’s no surprise that this form of vinyl is incredibly water resistant. Luxury vinyl plank is also resilient, making it less prone to scratching and denting. The cherry on top is how easily vinyl plank is installed and maintained. It is a great choice for homeowners looking to maximize time efficiency.


One of the most commonly used hardwood alternatives is laminate. Laminate flooring is made of a fiberboard and resin layer, a photographic layer, and a protective top layer. Laminate is known for its ability to emulate the hardwood look, and it is often chosen as an affordable flooring choice in home renovations. Laminate’s top protective layer makes it especially great at resisting scratches, and its fiberboard core makes it less susceptible to warping due to moisture. However, it isn’t as water resistant as wood-look tile or vinyl plank and may need to be replaced after 20-30 years.

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With the options above, you can get the beautiful hardwood look in any room in your Calgary home for an affordable price. Call Floor Coverings International Calgary today to schedule your free in-home design consultation and learn more about our flooring selection. We proudly serve Calgary, Alberta and surrounding areas.

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