Other flooring options besides hardwood, engineered wood, laminate, and bamboo are currently available. Eucalyptus, Cork, and Reclaimed Wood are some examples and are mentioned below.
Of course, other flooring options include non-wood like floor choices such as Stone, Porcelain and Ceramic Tile, and Vinyl and Natural Linoleum (which can be purchased with wood-look appearance).
Luxury Vinyl Tile is another alternative which is relatively new. It can simulate the look of a natural material such as wood or stone through very realistic images and textures.
Eucalyptus is very similar to bamboo in that it is renewable and durable. It has the appearance of tropical mahogany but it is very fast growing and matures in 14 years.
It is an extremely tough material with dent resistance.
It is also more affordable than wood flooring.
Like engineered wood flooring, eucalyptus flooring is available in an engineered form, especially for varying high humidity or moisture-laden environments.
As with Bamboo flooring, the strand-woven type of Eucalyptus flooring is more durable.
Advantages of Cork Flooring
Disadvantages of Cork Flooring
Installation of Cork Flooring
Installation is easy and inexpensive. Cork flooring is installed over smooth plywood surfaces, or glued directly over moisture-free concrete floor.
Do not install the cork flooring directly over planks or over old vinyl or linoleum coverings. A proper installation is important for insulation purposes.
Maintenance & Cleaning of Cork Flooring
In this category are salvaged woods such as chestnut, hemlock, poplar, and walnut.
These are often reclaimed from factories and warehouses built over a century ago. They are often of very high quality, have excellent durability and strength, but the range of choices is obviously limited and the pricing is typically higher than hardwood flooring.
They can also be rustic and antique looking, which is something not everyone appreciates.
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