Whether you are just moving into a new home and want to install new floors, or you are looking to sell a home and want to install floors that potential buyers will love, you likely have considered hardwood. There are many advantages to it, including the fact that it is very popular with all types of buyers, and it is an allergy-friendly option.

That said, there is one big disadvantage to hardwood floors: The cost. The good news is that in today’s world there are actually a number of alternatives that can be much more affordable. Keep reading to learn about them and then contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at (310) 373-0021 if you are looking to sell your home or need a buyer’s agent to find a home.

1. Cork

If you think of an office bulletin board when you think of cork, then you are missing out. It’s becoming a much more popular choice for people who want a soft, cozy flooring but don’t want carpet. It only costs between $2 to $4 per square foot, which is a fraction of what it would cost to install hardwood floors. It also offers a warmth and comfort that is absent from hardwood.

For eco-friendly homeowners, the good news is that cork is rapidly renewable and does not require trees to be harmed in order to be harvested. This makes it a great choice for the environment. In addition to its resilience, it also has acoustical properties that help it reduce unwanted noise. Finally, you can char cork to create unique patterns, color it, or add finishes.

2. Bamboo

Another eco-friendly option, thanks to the fact that bamboo grows faster than wood, bamboo flooring costs around $4 a square foot. Just like hardwood floors, it is long-lasting and very sturdy. It’s also easy to clean, fairly water resistant, and is great for people with allergy.

3. Concrete

You know concrete is durable enough to be used in driveways and other outdoor areas but you may not realize that it’s a great choice for the interior too. Put concrete flooring in a kitchen, living room, and other high-traffic areas. It costs anywhere from $2 to $6 per square foot. It is extremely durable, low maintenance, and can be quite beautiful. You can have it stained to create a unique look too.

What’s Your Favorite Flooring Type?

These are just three of the available flooring alternatives to hardwood. What are your favorite options? If you’re interested in finding a home that’s already equipped with your ideal flooring type, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and we will work to find you your dream phone.