Alternative Flooring Ideas for Your Next Remodel

New flooring is a perfect final touch on any remodel. Carpet and tile are classic choices, but new alternative flooring ideas can make your home truly stand out. There have never been more types of flooring to choose from, from sustainable options to luxury styles. In this post we’ll talk about three of our favorite unique flooring ideas that break tradition:

  • Reused Materials
  • Cork
  • Mere Pennies

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is one way to go if you desire not only top quality materials but also a sustainable flooring solution. When old houses are demolished, often their floors can be removed and refinished to melt away the years of wear. Some even opt to preserve the warm patina for their own homes.

Sourcing reclaimed wood can be a challenge, but your local Portland contracts at Square Deal Remodeling can help you find the perfect choice that will last for years to come.

Cork Flooring

Cork is a beautiful and glowing option, which also happens to be incredibly durable and sustainable. You’ll never need to worry about heavy furniture or even pianos atop these floors, as the cork is naturally a springy material. That also makes it great for standing areas such as kitchens.

Another added benefit of a cork floor is that it absorbs sound. If your home is multiple stories (and if your kids are rambunctious), cork flooring will help reduce the noise between rooms. However, you’ll want to be careful to seal the cork if being used in damp areas, as it also a naturally absorbent material as well. Wax or finishing should work perfectly.

Concrete Floors

While not necessarily the cheapest option, concrete floors are absolutely stunning. While modernists love the sleek and muted gray tones, stained concrete can also work perfectly in more traditional homes. Polished concrete provides and soft matte appearance, while resin coats create a high polished sheen.

Concrete are also incredibly durable, which makes them an ideal choice for high use areas. However, concrete does not absorb heat well, which depending on your usage may necessitate heated floor panels.


Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Portland remodeling portfolio. We’re always happy to answer your questions –call or send us a message with your flooring ideas for your next remodel and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.