Consumer Reports: Flooring that Looks Like Wood


Whether you're getting your home ready for sale or just updating a room, wood is America's favorite choice for flooring but it can be pricey. Barry levy has today's consumer report and says there are now affordable options that not only look just like the real thing, they can be installed in rooms where wood can't.

When Rachel Trobman updated her guest room, she wanted the look of wood and weighed the options.

"We knew the cost associated with wood, everything like from staining it to the fact that we couldn't put it down ourselves, we knew that wasn't in our budget," Rachel Trobman, Homeowner>

So instead, they opted for tile that looks like wood and is more durable.  Consumer reports says there are rooms where real wood should be avoided.

"Wood's really nice in a kitchen because it lends warmth, but it can dent and show wear, which is why some of these new options are nice. They also give you the look of wood in spaces where you can't normally use it, like a bathroom or a laundry room," Paul Hope, Consumer Reports Home Editor.

The floor tests focused on the wear layer, to see how quickly surface wear is noticeable after repeated passes with an abrasion tester, whether it's resistant to dents and scratching, and whether it fades in the sun over time. Dozens of flooring products that mimic wood were tested and the results found that many can stand up to wear and tear.

"You really want to match the material to the room, based on things like traffic, sunlight and how much wear and tear you expect."

Consumer Reports found some excellent candidates that could pass for the real thing.This porcelain tile from Lumber Liquidators looks like Brazilian cherry. Its resistance to traffic, scratching, and cracking make it an ideal choice for a kitchen or mudroom.  For high-traffic areas, this vinyl tile from Armstrong fends off stains and scratches well, and comes in four shades.

If you're on a budget and want to smarten up a space, this easy-to-clean laminate from Pergo is just $2 dollars and 80 cents a square foot at Home Depot but looks like it came from mother nature.
Barry Levy, KFDX 3 News.

Consumer Reports says that variations can occur from one batch of flooring to the next so buy all the flooring you'll need at one time so the colors will match.

 


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