When you want a new look for your home but definitely don’t want to spend a ton of money, there are indeed several great choices on the market that can make that dream a reality. At Delair’s Carpet Barn, we often meet homeowners who need a totally new redo, but may not be able to afford solid wood, even though that’s their first choice. As our East Montpelier, Vermont showroom professionals tell them, there are a few great alternatives with appearances that may just surprise you!

1- Wood floor refinishing
If you have the material to begin with, you may want to consider going straight to the most logical option: A wood floor refinishing service. With hardwood floor refinishing, it’s a matter of redoing the superficial layer of your hard surfacing, to look like it’s brand new. As you can imagine, hiring a floor refinishing service is ultimately less expensive than purchasing new planks. The best part is, regardless of the original color of your slats, you can choose from a vast assortment of varnishes, to completely change the appearance of your room or entire home.

2- Spitting Image Look-Alike
Let’s say, however, that your planks are in poor shape, and you need a quick, long-lasting, attractive fix that won’t break the bank. In this instance, you may want to think about purchasing look-alike porcelain tile. Available in long slats and a multitude of grain patterns, the appearance is so realistic that your guests will never be able to tell it’s not the real deal. What’s more, these porcelain creations are also moisture-proof, making them ideal for areas like bathrooms that see some moisture.

3- Faux Planks
Specially designed and created to mimic real wood, luxury vinyl planks certainly do look like the real deal. With beveled edges, texturing, finishes, patterns, and colors in a rainbow of possibilities, here’s a surfacing material that appears genuinely realistic. Add to that the fact that it’s also easy to maintain, moisture resistant, incredibly durable, and comes with built-in cushioned backing, and you may be looking at your next renovation pick!