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Flooring is a hot trend for 2018. Now with colors like dark, blonde, variation, grey, honey and textures such as hand-scraped, wire brushed, distressed, and laminate, hardwood, luxury vinyl, cork, engineered, reclaimed, bamboo, diagonal, mixed width, wide planks and more, it’s a hard choice. Let us share some of what we know about these fast-changing trends in the flooring industry.
Hardwood Flooring- Colors vary but the most popular in 2018 are Dark, Blonde, variation, grey, and honey. In the last 10 years, the dark same size plank wood was in, but now the trend is moving away as homeowners are realizing it shows every speck of dust.
Trending now is the blonde or grey look. Also popular are the larger planked and diagonal room layout. These provide depth and the allusion of a larger brighter space. The darker wood makes rooms look smaller and requires more maintenance.
Engineered wood- is more versatile in pet friendly homes. It’s a thin hardwood veneer layer on top of plywood on high density fiber board. It’s out of the box ready with no finishing or refinishing required and very easy to install. It can mimic every trending real wood look such as hard scraped, wire brushed and distressed.
Wood Look Vinyl- This is a very hot trend for 2018. It’s just as realistic as wood look laminate but more versatile and less maintenance. Vinyl has realistic tiles and planks that are not available in other types of flooring. Waterproof capabilities and ease of care make it hot and trendy for 2018. LVT or luxury vinyl tile can create a realistic natural stone look. Some hot stone vinyl looks are the marble, slate, and travertine. Hot textures = hand scraped, wire brushed, distressed. You can find it in look-alike for wood, marble, slate, concrete, travertine, & metallic. Patterns include Herringbone chevron/ diagonal/hexagonal/mixed width/large plank and large formal tile. Types= waterproof vinyl, Luxury Vinyl tiles, Luxury Vinyl Planks, Rigid cone for uneven sub floors.
Laminate Flooring- Realtors refer to laminate flooring as the top option for increasing home value. Its an affordable way to achieve hard wood look. Biggest advancement is laminate is now waterproof. With the newest options of wider planks and lighter colors and rustic textures that look and feel like real wood. It is an Eco-Friendly option compared to real hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood although beautiful, is not waterproof.
Cork-Cork flooring is eco-friendly, resilient, sound proof, mold and mildew resistant and trending. Lots of people want to incorporate green products into their home. Enter cork flooring. It’s harvested from the bark of a cork tree. Once taken the tree can still live and grow for another 200 years. However, cork is not waterproof and very expensive. It can be purchased in traditional and modern design. It would be great for a home office or child’s play room, game room or gym room due to its sound proofing ability. It is also ideal for flooring over radiant heat due to its insulation capability. Although the cost is higher it’s a great pro-green product you can incorporate into specific rooms of your home.
Consult with Loebrich Contracting 814-539-6236 today for all your flooring needs. All estimates are free and financing is available!