ProSource | 2/27/2018 | Expert Advice
Floors serve as the foundation to an interior room, creating and defining spaces. And each year, we’re presented with a growing array of innovative flooring trends. It’s difficult to pick just one – and that’s a good problem to have! If 2018 is your year for installing or replacing floors in your home, then this article is for you.
“Choosing the right colors, flooring, and designs for a space—at work or at home—in my humble opinion, is just as essential to one’s wellbeing as taking a multivitamin or enjoying a cup of hot green tea daily,” says self-described ‘design spectator’ Emily Morrow. “If you’re going to do something, why not do it right and make it beautiful?”
Hardwood has been coveted for its longevity, which is important for anyone seeking a forever home. But it’s also a critical feature for those who know they’ll one day—sooner or later—put their home on the market.
According to FloorDaily.net, “Homes with hardwood sell faster and have a competitive advantage over those with carpet or faux-wood flooring.” Real wood is as traditional as flooring gets, but it’s anything but old-fashioned.
• Today’s hardwood planks are smoother, longer, and wider—with desired widths beginning at five inches and going up to 11 inches.
• De-lustered matte finishes trump high gloss finishes, hands down.
• Today’s hardwood requires less maintenance, yet it still ages beautifully—unlike any of its faux competitors.
• Oak remains the most popular (and most abundant), and white oak is generally preferred over red, followed by maple, hickory, and pine.
• It’s ideal for living areas, bedrooms, hallways, and dining rooms.
It’s real wood—which, again, is important for resale value—but it’s not solid, like standard hardwood. Engineered wood flooring is actually a layered product made of a thin piece of hardwood over a base of high-quality plywood.
• Tends to perform better than solid hardwood, and has more options with style and design.
• Oak is popular here too, as are ash and pine—options with species abound.
• Installs like solid (nailed or glued), but it can also be stapled—and it can be installed below grade.
• The overall durability is excellent, being more resistant to wear and moisture.
Check with your ProSource account manager to see which product is the right choice for your project.
Thanks to technology, porcelain and ceramic tile can simulate the look of just about any natural material. Consider these benefits of choosing tile to achieve a wood or stone aesthetic.
• Stone and wood require regular maintenance (e.g., polishing), but porcelain does not.
• Longer, wider planks are all the rage and easily achieved with tile.
• Black is a popular color choice, particularly with porcelain tile.
• Print technology can enhance the look of tile for geometrical shapes.
• Tile with fiberglass backing is thinner and easier to use.
• The demand for decorative, mixed-media tile (wood with stone, for example) is growing.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
Vinyl is nothing like it was. Contractors and consumers are discovering that LVT offers advantages not found with other building and decorating materials.
• Installing LVT requires less labor (which translates to lower costs) than larger, heavier traditional tile, but the final results are just as lovely.
• It’s ideal for homeowners who want the look of hardwood without the maintenance.
• Technology has made the visuals better than ever, which definitely enhances LVT’s growing popularity.
Hard surface flooring gets all the glory, but carpet and rugs continue to hold their own. Savvy consumers know what they want from a soft surface, and the industry is all-too-happy to oblige.
• Waterproof carpet (yes, it exists!) can be used in any room of the house, even kitchens and bathrooms.
• Manufacturers are going green and not only making carpet from recycled material (like plastic soda bottles) but also making the carpet itself more recyclable (keeping billions of pounds out of landfills).
• Carpet tile is easy to transport, install, and customize—and if one tile gets damaged, another can be slipped into its place.
• Handmade rugs give homeowners the personalization they crave.
• Bold, patterned area rugs and carpet runners are big—they can be used over any flooring surface (including wall-to-wall carpeting).
• Ombre carpets are the new statement piece in a room.
What will flooring look like in 25 years? Industry experts may already know.
“Major technical changes take 50 to 60 years to get implemented,” says Michael Braungart, visionary chemist, founder of the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) and co-founder of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC). “So we actually know what floorcovering will look like in 25 years because we are already working on it.”
• Expect to see 3D printing, haptic technology, and a balance of handcraft and technology.
• “Smart” carpets will be self-cleaning and self-repairing, and will improve the air by absorbing fine dust.
• Flooring systems will be redesigned to be 100 percent nylon and fully recyclable.
• Environmental and sustainable material will be in even more demand—bio-based fibers will replace petroleum-based fibers, for example.
• Floors will be more personalized/customized by homeowner.
• Installation techniques will improve, which will enable customers to update floors easily and more often.
Not sure what flooring is right for your next home improvement project? Let ProSource Wholesale help. Our room inspiration gallery can spark ideas, our expert designers can help you select products, and our showrooms provide an up-close-and-personal look at our flooring offerings.
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