The popularity of hardwood flooring surfaces over carpet has become a trend in 2018. New innovations in flooring like wood-plastic composites (WPC), rigid core luxury vinyl and high definition printing, as well as the many option in hardwood, ceramic, engineered and solids have changed what today’s homeowner’s want when it comes to flooring.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
Recent technological advancements in flooring come together to make luxury vinyl tile the fastest growing category in flooring options. According to BuilderOnline.com, previously LVT/P (luxury vinyl tile / planks) found wide acceptance until WPC came along with improvements in both performance and design. The surge in popularity can be attributed to the many formats available. Embossed-in-register design capabilities, strong visuals and waterproof features are grabbing the attention of homeowners. Combined with improved and more flexible installation and a wide range of price points luxury vinyl leads the way in demand.
The durability, style options and easy maintenance of ceramic tile keep it a strong contender when it comes to flooring. Larger format ceramic, rectangles 12 by 24 inches and larger, continue to dominate, aided in part by porcelain’s ability to perform even in these larger formats. Slabs as large as 5 feet are starting to capture attention, especially on signature spaces of the home.
Traditional hardwood flooring is still a favorite for it’s natural beauty, elegance, and durability but is now facing competition with most other flooring categories that try to emulate the natural look of hardwood. Longer, wider engineered boards with striking visual and surface finishes remain popular. Hardwoods with gray undertones that provide a contemporary look are gaining popularity but hand-scraped looks that offer more character are starting to decline as a first choice for homeowner’s.
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