If you’ve been looking to buy new wood flooring for your NYC apartment or house renovation, you may have been stymied by the current lumber shortage.
Supply chain delays caused by Covid-19 shutdowns are creating lengthier-than-usual wait times. Plus you have to line up behind all the other home renovators who are eager to freshen up their floors. What’s more, lumber prices are 340 percent higher than last year—and that applies to flooring as well as other reno materials.
There is a work-around to this unprecedented predicament: Consider getting the look (and even feel) of wood with other types of flooring such as laminate, porcelain, and vinyl. These faux woods are more convincing than ever, thanks to improved photo-realistic veneers. Or you can choose among bamboo, cork, and even linoleum (yes, linoleum!) for natural alternatives that may or may not look like wood per se. As long as you buy them from a reputable source (as provided below), these products tend to come from sustainable systems and are even biodegradable—so they don’t end up in landfills.
All of these alt-wood materials are considered more durable and pet-friendly than real wood. They are more affordable too, ranging from as little as $1 per square foot for laminates and up to over $20 per square foot for high-end porcelain and cork.
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