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Wood & Tile Alternatives

Hardwood and Tile look great, but they aren’t always practical, depending on your home’s construction or your budget. Hardwood Flooring and Window Treatments aren’t recommended for high-moisture areas. And although Tile is beautiful, a softer, warmer Flooring choice might better fit your preferences.

Empire Today® offers cost-effective alternatives that provide realistic Hardwood and Tile visuals. These products offer distinct advantages, such as greater comfort along with resistance to moisture, stains and wear. Advances in technology have made these products even more realistic and functional.

Factors to Consider

  • Practical Options for Budget-Minded Consumers
  • Resistance to Moisture, Stains and Soiling
  • Can Be Installed Where Solid Hardwood Can’t

Your Empire Today Sales Representative can help you choose the right Carpet, Flooring and Window Treatments. During your FREE In-Home Estimate, your Representative will explain choices to fit your home, budget and lifestyle.

Recommended Products


Wood Laminate Flooring is a durable, cost-effective option for solid Hardwood Floors. Laminate provides the realistic visuals for hardwoods including Oak, Maple, Hickory and Brazilian Cherry. Many of Empire’s® Laminate products feature embossed patterns that create a more realistic texture. Laminate is also soil, stain and abrasion resistant. Ask your Sales Representative about products that offer a topical water warranty for installations in Kitchens, Bathrooms and Basements.

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) recreates the look of Tile. Its bold images and textured surface create a sense of depth and solidity. LVT is a cost-effect option to enjoy the elegant look of Tile, but with a warmer, softer feel. LVT can be installed on a wide variety of surfaces; talk to your Sales Representative to learn about all of the advantages of LVT.


Sheet Vinyl is an affordable, durable option for realistic wood and stone visuals. Sheet Vinyl provides the rich, elegant look of wood, but with greater resistance to moisture. Sheet Vinyl offers greater flexibility in where it can be installed than solid wood.

Window Treatments

Faux Wood Blinds are a lower cost, lower maintenance alternative to real wood and can perform well in rooms that are exposed to intense sunlight or high humidity. Their stains mimic the natural texture and grain of wood. Like Real Wood Blinds, Faux Wood Blinds also have whites and neutrals in their color pallet.

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