Wood floors have been used for hundreds of years in homes all over the world. It's not uncommon to walk into a 100 year old home and see hardwood floors in good condition. Today, hardwood is still an excellent choice, and there are many more options than ever before.
From hardwood floor stain colors to the most popular flooring in new homes, here are some of the hardwood floor trends for 2017.
Pine and cork are trees that grow relatively quickly, making them more renewable. The wood is softer, but many people don’t mind a more distressed look on the floor. Cork is resistant to fire and very lightweight. Pine is great because it can be cut, stained or painted to achieve pretty much any look.
Gray wood floors are extremely trendy right now. This look can be achieved by either using a gray stain or paint. Make sure, if you choose this route, that you like the plank size and type of wood you choose.
When the trend fades you can refinish the floors to meet the next trend. Lighter honey colored stains are also popular, following the midcentury modern style.
While this flooring product is not actually wood, it’s an extremely popular option if you aren’t sold on natural wood. It’s cheaper, easier to install and more durable than hardwood. One drawback to vinyl is that it’s basically printed in the factory on each plank. This means that there will be a pattern repeat. This flooring has to be installed carefully to avoid an annoying visual repeat effect.
This option can be pricey, but it’s more environmentally friendly than new hardwood. Repurposed wood comes from older homes, factories, or even barns. It can also be challenging to install because of warping or splitting. Make sure you hire a good contractor to do this work.
Engineered wood flooring offers more flexibility in terms of texture. The hand scraped trend has been around for a long time, but it’s still a very popular option. Engineered wood is less susceptible to warping in a flood and is a little more durable than traditional hardwood. If this flooring is damaged, however, it can’t be refinished.
Contact Bruce at Gainey Flooring Solutions to get a free in-home consultation. You'll get expert advice on popular hardwood flooring options, and what it will take to turn your flooring into a trendy masterpiece.
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