The average hardwood floor costs as much as $12 a square foot to install, and this often doesn't include the materials. If you don't want to spend thousands of dollars on your own hardwood flooring, there are several things you can do to offset your costs while still succeeding in a quality floor. Here are just a few of those ideas you can try.

Consider bamboo

Traditional pine is a favored type of lumber for hardwood floors, but it can also be costly. A cheaper wood that is lustrous and around half the price of pine is bamboo. It is relatively climate-tolerant, so long as you don't live in an area with high humidity. If you do live in an area with 60% or higher humidity, you can still install bamboo, just use a dehumidifier to offset the moisture levels in rooms where it is installed. Other woods you can consider are Brazilian cherry or Australian cypress- both low in cost and lovely when installed in your home.

Try laminate

If you want the effect of hardwood flooring but can't afford the cost, laminate may be a great alternative. Laminate flooring resembles wood and comes in a variety of colors, blends, and styles. Laminate works great for large rooms that have a lot of area space to cover. Depending on where you shop, you can acquire laminate flooring planks for a little over a dollar a square foot.

If you still want real wood floors, you can choose veneer flooring. Still cheaper than wood but a bit pricier than regular laminate, veneer planks are laminate with a thin layer of wood on the surface. Your local home improvement store can show you many styles of veneer you can choose from to achieve the real-wood look you want without the hefty price tag.

Refinish current wood floors

If you have wood floors in your home already, you can refinish them rather than replace them to save money. A contractor can sand your old, weathered, uneven hardwood flooring and refinish it to a beautiful sheen. Many wood stains on the market today allow you to achieve whatever wood color you wish. The less deep the scratches are in your current hardwood, the less sanding that needs to be done. You can have beautiful, newer floors in a short amount of time, without spending a lot of money to rebuild them.

Hardwood flooring may seem like an expensive luxury, but it doesn't have to be. There are many ways you can offset the costs of hardwood by choosing cheaper lumber, installing laminate or veneer planks, or even by refinishing your current hardwood to look new again. You don't have to empty your wallet to have the beautiful floors you've been wanting. For more information, contact a business such as Ambrose Randa Hardwoods.