August 05, 2019 2 min read

With the cost of living increasing, it’s become infinitely harder for many American homeowners to afford such luxuries as flooring renovations. Money needs to be saved for bills, they reason; how on earth is one to undertake such an expense as an entirely new floor? For contractors and installers, too, the expense of flooring makes the on-budget completion of a project all the more difficult. How are these businesses to attract customers when their services must go up in price to compensate for the higher cost of flooring?


Money’s tight. We at E Hardwoods & Flooring understand. That’s why, below, we discuss the best flooring types for contractors, homeowners, and installers who find themselves strapped for cash.

Waterproof Vinyl Flooring: The Financially Practical Choice

In many money-dependent situations, waterproof wood-look flooring is often the best bet. It is synthetic (man-made) and derived from petroleum. Waterproof vinyl flooring doesn’t require the yearly maintenance that solid hardwood flooring does, and it’s easy and cheap to clean with just a mop and water; there’s no need to purchase the special cleaning products that are so integral to the upkeep of hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring. Moreover, gouges and scratches can quickly, cheaply and simply be patched, whereas other flooring options often require extensive services to repair.


As a bonus, vinyl flooring can also be installed with padding underneath, which helps insulate the room and save homeowners and contracting clients money on their heating bills—and which also serves a nice noise-reducer.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring: If You Have to Have Wood

Though it’s a tad more expensive than its vinyl cousin, engineered hardwood flooring is definitely a more economic choice than solid hardwood flooring. It has the aesthetic and feel underfoot of real wood, but without the moisture vulnerability of prefinished hardwood flooring. This is because the inner core of engineered hardwood is frequently made of plywood, which is less susceptible to water-related swelling.


Buy Engineered Hardwood Flooring and Vinyl Flooring Online

You know what’s expensive these days? Gas. So save yourself the trip to the flooring store and order your flooring online with eHardwoods. We’re an online flooring retailer that stocks a huge variety of flooring types that are bound to meet your budget needs. Check out our online stock here.