Building & Renovating

Building 101: Affordable Alternatives to Solid Hardwood Finishes

Enliven any dull room in your home with these alternatives


The presence of wood always envelops a space with life and warmth. Although it's one of the most common materials used in construction, there is something about wood that's uniquely beautiful.

Picks by Tala Singson. Photographed by At Maculangan (main photo) and Jun Pinzon and Vincent Coscolluela (products).

Read the original article in RL Notebook - September 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App ( now! Log on to for more details.  

Engineered Wood

Engineered Wood is essentially a three-to-five-wood ply laminated together to form a plank. This is the next best thing to solid wood flooring, plus it's eco-friendly. The advantages of this type of flooring is that you can already walk on it as soon as the planks have been laid, and it can raise the value of your home.

JME Supreme Bamboo H. Carbonized, P7,176/3.12sqm, Wilcon Depot

Matimco Weather Wood Deck Style Natural, P1,600/4 pieces, Wilcon Depot

Laminated Wood

Laminated Wood has a photographic or printed layer with a durable "wear layer" and synthetic substrate that is usually made of medium density fiberboard. Nowadays, some look very much like real wood. It can withstand dents and scratches -- very ideal if you have pets at home. These are cheaper than engineered wood.

Dumafloor Burmese Teak, P648/piece, Light Arts

Kronotex Flooring D2791, P1,565/8 pieces, Wilcon Depot

Dumafloor Brushed Black Oak, P648/piece, Light Arts

E1 Made in China Brazilian Walnut, P1,197/ box of 13, CW Home Depot

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl Flooring is very easy to install, waterproof, and virtually maintenance-free. These are great for kitchen floors and other "wet" areas. The plastic material is also recyclable. It comes in planks, tiles, and sheets, and is one of the cheapest flooring types available in the market.

Hanwha 4942, P145/piece, Wilcon Depot

APO Floors Mimicri Midnight Zembrano, P99.25/piece, Wilcon Depot

APO Floors Mimicri Heather Walnut, P59.75/piece, Wilcon Depot

Kent Vinyl Infinity Almond Hairline, P59.75, Wilcon Depot

*Prices are subject to change. Visit the nearest hardware store for inquiries.

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