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4 Flooring Trends to Fall In Love With

These flooring trends are up and coming in the US and may be the perfect option for your home.

  • Bamboo is a great flooring option but be careful calling it hardwood, its actually grass! Bamboo flooring is a high end trend because of the beautiful color and the strength of the engineered bamboo flooring. Bamboo flooring doesn’t do well in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms but is great for the rest of the home.
  • Reclaimed wood is also growing in popularity. Reclaimed wood can truly be reclaimed wood from barns, old buildings or any other source of it can be designed to look like reclaimed wood in the factory. The new factory finished product adds a lot of style and charm to the wood with hand scraping, saw marks, wider planks and other salvaged looking designs. The factory produced wood has a timeless look while being much more accessible and affordable.
  • Cork is another growing trend in flooring because it offers the look of hardwood flooring but is softer and some people find it more comfortable to walk on. There are a lot of color options available for cork flooring and it is very durable. It can be susceptible to moisture damage and can fade in the sun.
  • American hardwood is also growing in popularity and is considered a great sustainable wood flooring product. North America works hard to replenish the forest when they cut down trees for products like hardwood flooring. Some of the American hardwood options are oak, hickory, maple and heart pine. Bamboo and cork flooring are typically sourced from around the world.

These trends in flooring are a great way to add style to your home with great products. Hardwood flooring also adds value to your home so you can rest assured that you have made a good investment.

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New Wood Flooring Trends for 2017

Every year the wood industry see new trends and styles. This year is no different and there are some great new trends becoming popular across the country. Wood may be a classic flooring choice but these trends are new and innovative.

Weather, reclaimed and barn wood are still popular this year and fit the sustainable category that many people are looking for in products. Hand scrapped, wire brushed and other hand crafted finishes are also popular and give the rustic look to newer wood. Cork, bamboo and engineered wood are growing in popularity as well.

People are also choosing wider, longer planks for new installs because it gives a really specific aesthetic. The wider planks add a unified look because there are less joint lines and the floor seems to flow more cohesively.

The color of stains are also an evolving area of the industry. Gray stains are still popular but natural wood and dark stained floors are growing in popularity. The dark stained floor look great with the white bright kitchen trends and are a beautiful option. Blonde wood is also a popular choice. Bamboo is a popular choice because of the blonde color of that flooring as well. Gray is remaining popular even after it was such a huge hit last year.

Matte or flat finishes are growing in popularity and many people like that they show less dirt and spots. Matte finish is a really beautiful option and fits into almost any home.

The installation pattern is also changing in 2017. Herringbone is gaining some stead as well as chevron. Herringbone adds a lot of style to even the most basic wood. Diagonal or angled wood floors are also a new trend. Installing wood on the diagonal adds a dimension to the flooring that is unique and fun.

Mixed plank size flooring is a great unexpected trend. It is simple but adds a really beautiful style to the floor.

Finally, American made or American grown wood is on the rise. People are starting to ask where their products come from, how they are grown and how they are milled. These questions and concerns are leading more and more customers to American grown products.

In the end the hardwood trends are constantly evolving and there is likely something out there that will work perfectly for your style and home.

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Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is popular feature in many homes but it is not without drawbacks. Hardwood covers a variety of flooring including strip, plank and parquet.

The Pros-

  • Hardwood is easy to maintain. Hardwood is durable and stands the test of time. Some homes even have 100 year old flooring in their homes because proper care and maintenance was used. Hardwood needs to be swept or vacuumed and cleaned with a mop occasionally making they very low maintenance.
  • The value of hardwood flooring is also a big benefit. Home buyers are generally more drawn to homes with hardwood and can help your home sell for more money. Builders consider hardwood an upgrade and buyers do as well.
  • Finally, the available styles are a great benefit of hardwood flooring. You can find a species and stain to fit your homes style. And if you style changes over time you can change the look by adding a stain or changing the stain.

The ­Cons-

  • The cost of hardwood can be a big drawback. Installing hardwood isn’t cheap but more homeowners thing it is worth it because of the increased value and appeal for their home.
  • Also, the occasional refinishing is a con for some homeowners. Hardwood doesn’t need much weekly or even yearly maintenance but ever few years it does need to be refinished. This process will disrupt your lifestyle for a few days and does have some additional cost. Depending on the type of coating or finish you use will affect how frequently you need to resurface your floor.
  • Finally, hardwood is nosier than carpet. If you live in a two story home you may want to think twice about adding hardwood to the upper floor. Rugs can help muffle the noise but it can still be a concern for some people.

In the end you have to decide if hardwood is the right option for you and your needs.  There are pros and cons to any flooring. WE find that hardwood is great for many homes as it adds warmth and that perfect feeling under our feet. Hardwood is simply – Timeless.

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