Have you been thinking about redoing the floors in your home?  There are so many flooring options available that it can be confusing and overwhelming trying to decide what you want.  Floors are a significant part of what defines the style and function for every room, so it’s important to make sure you choose something that you not only like, but that will hold up and look good for years to come.  Here are some current flooring trends you may want to consider:

  • BAMBOO

Bamboo flooring has been around for a couple of decades now, but recently advances in manufacturing have strengthened its durability and diversified its appearance.  The introduction of super-dense “strand-woven” bamboo means that it can be made into boards that are two and a half times as hard as red oak.  Various wood-look styles are available in bamboo as well, meaning there are many options for style.  Being that it is made from a natural plant, bamboo is eco-friendly.  So, if you are environmentally conscious it is a good choice for you.  Learn more about bamboo flooring here.

  • LARGE FORMAT TILE

For a modern style, consider large format tile.  Whether you want a rustic stone look, a minimalist, industrial feel or a sleek, high-gloss finish, you can find what you are looking for in large format tile.  It can make a small space look larger and can give a more streamlined look to a large space.  And with fewer grout lines, it is easier to clean.


               

  • LUXURY VINYL

When you think of luxury, vinyl is probably not the first thing that comes to your mind.  But luxury vinyl is worth looking in to.  It’s nothing like the peel-and-stick flooring that people used to install in days gone by.  It is a new type of flooring that combines a high-end look with the durability of vinyl. Unlike wood, it stands up well to moisture and is therefore great for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.  Luxury vinyl comes in a variety of looks - from hardwood to stone - and looks so real that people will be surprised to discover it is vinyl!


  • CUT & LOOP CARPET

If you love the comfort of carpet, but want a different look, then cut and loop carpet may provide just what you’re looking for.  Using a technique that combines both loops and cut loops, manufacturers can create a carpet with eye-catching patterns that add depth and style to your floors. And, with new technology, carpeting is being produced with softer fibers than in the past.  Carpet padding has come a long way as well and offers more protection that it used to.

  • CONCRETE

If a sleek, industrial look is what you’re after, concrete is the way to go. This durable flooring comes in a variety of textures, colors and finishes, so it can complement almost any décor.  Concrete floors are long-lasting and easy to clean and maintain.  But they are also hard and cold, so you want to keep that in mind when choosing where to use them.  They are not going to be comfortable to stand or walk on all day long.

  • AMERICAN HARDWOOD

For beauty and durability, you cannot go wrong with American hardwood.  It’s also a great choice for the environmentally conscious.  Since it is made here and not shipped from the other side of the world like bamboo, you are reducing your carbon footprint a bit by purchasing wood from trees closer to home.  In addition, the United States takes the issue of deforestation seriously, and replenishes forests as they cut trees down. With choices like oak, hickory, maple or heart pine, you can fill your home with warmth and allure while also being environmentally friendly.


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