Wood-look alternatives serve a variety of purposes: they can offer a smart choice for shoppers on a budget, ensure protection for damp areas, provide a unique twist on classic hardwood, or serve as an eco-friendly alternative. Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake is proud to bring a variety of wood-look flooring options to Woodbury homeowners. Keep reading to compare and contrast your many options!

Luxury Vinyl Planks

Luxury vinyl planks are capable of looking almost identical to various styles of hardwood flooring, including distressed planks or exotic species. Wood-look luxury vinyl planks are printed with photorealistic textures and patterns that come extremely close to the appearance of true hardwood. Luxury vinyl does differ slightly in texture, being softer than real hardwood floors. This does make luxury vinyl more comfortable underfoot. Luxury vinyl is also waterproof, making it better suited for damp areas than true hardwood.

luxury vinyl planks


Laminate is an excellent budget-friendly option. Laminate planks can be printed to resemble hardwood, though not to the same level of accuracy as luxury vinyl. Laminate is also water-resistant, making it ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.

laminate wood-look flooring


For a more unique look, go with wood-look porcelain. This material won’t have quite the same texture as hardwood, but the glossy finish of porcelain does provide a distinct visual appeal on its own. Porcelain is also the perfect option for damp areas, including outdoor spots.

wood-look porcelain


The warm, natural shades of cork provide a similar visual appeal to hardwood. Cork is a fun, distinct flooring. Unlike hardwood, it’s soft and forgiving underfoot. Aside from carpet, cork is one of the most comfortable flooring options.  

cork flooring


Bamboo flooring is extremely durable, often more than hardwood. Bamboo is higher on the Janka Hardness Scale than oak, maple, and mahogany. This eco-friendly flooring has the same classic appeal as hardwood, with bright, natural shades and a similar grain pattern to many hardwood species. The grain of bamboo is understated and simple, while the bright shade can make your home feel light and airy. Bamboo can also be stained a variety of different shades.

bamboo flooring

Get Started in Woodbury Today

To learn more about wood-look flooring, give the team at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake a call! We’re happy to help you find the perfect flooring for your home. Book a free in-home consultation today! We proudly serve White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis and surrounding areas.

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