Budget Friendly Flooring

 

You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy good-looking floors. These affordable flooring materials let you lay fashionable foundations for comfortable living in a wide array of design styles.

Sheet Vinyl

Sold in rolls, sheet vinyl is one of the cheapest flooring options out there. It is available in a range of styles, patterns, and colors. It is easy to clean; is impermeable to moisture; feels soft and warm underfoot; and supplies a seamless look, even in large rooms.

Cons: Because it is soft, its surface can be gouged by sharp objects; repairs are nearly impossible.

Best places: Kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, play spaces, recreation rooms, and basements.

Resilient Vinyl Planks

These 6-inch-wide by 36-inch-long planks supply the look of a wood floor for less. The planks simulate traditional hardwoods, come in distressed and washed finishes, and are available in a range of colors, including on-trend shades of black and gray. They offer all the money-saving attributes, ease of installation, and durability of vinyl tiles. The floating flooring can be installed over most existing surfaces.

Cons: May suffer from gouges, but damaged planks can easily be replaced.

Best places: Kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, play spaces, recreation rooms, and basements.

Vinyl Tiles

Boasting the same attributes as sheet vinyl (minus the seamless part), vinyl tiles expand one’s design options and are easily installed by novice do-it-yourselfers. Generally bought as 12×12-inch peel-and-stick forms, the inexpensive tiles are available with embossed patterns; in ceramic tile, natural stone, and wood-grain looks; and solid versions that can be mixed to create distinctively patterned vinyl-tiled floors.

Cons: Can suffer from gouges but, unlike sheet vinyl, damaged sections/tiles can be removed and replaced. Also, if not tightly fit, water may seep between the tiles and damage the subfloor and the tiles.

Best places: Kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, play spaces, recreation rooms, and basements.