While flooring trends are always changing, hardwood flooring is consistently the most desired flooring for the average living space. Its combination of durability and elegance, along with the fact that it’s easy to clean has kept it desirable as flooring trends change. But there are some situations where hardwood flooring might not be the best option.
We have 3 situations here where you might want to use an alternative to hardwood. So let’s jump in with 3 reasons why you should consider using a Hardwood Alternative for your Floor.
Cost is too High
Hardwood is expensive. In fact, it is easily one of the most expensive flooring options out there. And many families have better places where they can put their money, or they might not have that kind of money at all.
But that doesn’t mean you have to lose that hardwood elegance. Material like vinyl, cork, bamboo, and laminate can be designed to look indistinguishable from hardwood. You can literally invite anyone who’s not a home renovator to your home and they will be convinced that your Vinyl floor is actually hardwood.
High Moisture Area
Wood absorbs water, and can tear down very easily when exposed to excess moisture. While you can lessen the damage with certain types of wood and coats, hardwood floors remains a risky option if you live in an area with high moisture or high risk flooding.
In these situations, we recommend laminate or tile flooring as a substitute. These types of floors are highly customizable and can bring a unique look to the home while still having the beauty and elegance that a hardwood floor would bring to your home.
Believe it or not, wood comes from trees. Trees we have to cut down. While climate change is caused mostly by large corporations, there is a real benefit to being ecologically mindful in all of our purchases. Even if the impact is minimal, the constant mindfulness can inspire those around you to demand more from their corporations, their communities and their politicians that can create a ripple effect.
Hardwood flooring actually takes up a lot of wood, and many sellers source their wood overseas, and it can be hard to regulate. With the threat of climate change getting worse each day, we have to put an end to these practices and start using environmentally friendly alternatives.
Bamboo and cork flooring are great environmentally friendly options, as long as you get them from an environmentally friendly, and reputable seller. You want to be careful because sometimes the emissions it takes to transport these materials from other companies can be worse than getting plain hardwood, so do your research.
You can also get rid of the hassle and ask us about our green flooring, which we can guarantee is environmentally beneficial and will look lovely in your home.
If you’re thinking of redesigning your floor and are looking for design ideas, these new trends could provide some inspiration. Overall, we are making a trend away from tradition and more towards newer and more creative styles. But above all, the main drive for new flooring trends are about durability and environmental impact. Here are four up and coming flooring trends
Environmentally Friendly Floors
Green flooring is among the most popular flooring trends and we’re expecting it to stay! Installing a new floor can have a greater environmental impact than you may think. While hardwood flooring is still by far the most popular choice for new floors, they do carry a major environmental effect. It promotes deforestation, and while they last for a while, they are more susceptible to water damage.
Environmentally friendly alternatives like vinyl, bamboo, cork, or any other floors made of recycled material are growing very quickly, and may soon become standard.
Along with making flooring environmentally friendly, homeowners also want to protect their homes from environmental disasters as much as possible. With more floods, storms, stronger hurricanes, and environmental instability homeowners are realizing how much risk these can do to their homes and want to take steps to mitigate that as much as possible.
And with scientific progress, we are able to provide almost any floor design you want, including carpet, a waterproof version. We also expect these designs to continue development so that they become cheaper and even more durable over time.
Vinyl is not what it used to be. Today vinyl has been developed enough so that there is almost no distinction from hardwood. You can have the luxury of a hardwood floor with one of the cheapest and more environmentally friendly materials.
One of the most popular options with vinyl is to have a laminate dark and large-board hardwood floor look. Dark hardwood is in style right now and vinyl is an excellent way to make it affordable too! The only downside is that vinyl doesn’t last as long as hardwood, and it will not be as helpful in increasing the value of your home, but it won’t hurt your home either!
And of course, there are waterproof options available too.
Texture is very much in style, and it’s all about hardwood. Whether you actually want real hardwood or not, many alternatives are made in a way that mimics hardwood. Everyone wants a hardwood floor. And the type of hardwood that is most popular are textured wood, and varying styles and colors. A single uniform look is less desired now in favor of a more personalized and unique look you get from varied flooring.
Hopefully, these trends give you a better understanding of your options, and when you’re ready to get started, you can call us and we’ll give you a consultation on the best flooring option for you!.
Northern Virginia received an unprecedented amount of rainfall this summer. In fact, it rained a whole year’s worth in a couple months. We are facing the brunt of global climate change and it will worsen as the years go on. This will mean more flooding, more home damage, and more floor damage as well. For our basements, this means we must consider flooding as an inevitability. As sea levels rise and our waters become hotter, the ground will become saturated early into the summer. A saturated ground means that when water falls, the ground can’t soak up anymore, so the water flows somewhere else.
What to Know Before Buying a Home
For anyone looking to buy a house, you now have a lot more factors to consider. How much risk is there for flooding in your neighborhood and how will that change over time? Flooding insurance will have to be added to your home insurance (we highly, highly recommend you don’t skip it), and will your housing value drop as more flooding occurs?
Shifting from a Storage Space to an Informal Living Space
For current homeowners, this means rethinking how we use our basements. If you use it to store valuables, it might be best to move them someplace higher, like your attic or in a storage facility. You may also want to avoid hardwood or carpet flooring there, as they will be damaged by flood water.
It might be a good idea to change your basement to stone or tile. Tile would be our recommendation, we have plenty of designs that can keep your basement looking elegant without making a risk for when basement flooding occurs.
This post is not to say that basements are obsolete, far from it. The current trend is to turn them into comfortable living spaces. While storage may move to the attic, you get a lot more room to form an informal guest room. If you keep all of your furniture elevated, then your options grow even more, because they’re less likely to be damaged by any flooding.
Times are changing and so is our environment. It’s important we adapt to these changes before we face thousands of dollars in damages. Even something like changing the flooring now could save you a lot of money in the long run.
The home improvement industry uses a lot of resources. Not all of these resources, even if they are natural, are procured in an environmentally friendly way. Manufacturers are starting to become more aware of the impact that these practices are having on the environment and on us.
Cork – This is one of the most popular environmentally friendly flooring options available right now. Cork is harvested by taking the bark off of cork trees, which is very safe for the tree. A cork tree grows a completely new bark every 9 years, so a farm can continue to harvest bark and then let the trees grow the bark back again. When the bark is harvested, it’s used for wine corks, and then any excess cork is ground up and then pressed into cork boards or flooring. This beautiful flooring is environmentally sustainable and creates a warm, comfortable space for your home.
Bamboo – Bamboo is technically considered a grass that grows incredibly quickly. The major benefit to the environment in using bamboo flooring is that it’s easily sustainable. Compared to trees, which take years and years to grow to a large size, bamboo grows very quickly and is easy to replant. Bamboo is also extremely durable and looks just like wood.
Reclaimed Wood – Instead of cutting down new trees to make the boards for your flooring, recycle by using reclaimed wood! By taking wood from barns, warehouses, or factories that aren’t being used anymore, lumber mills can process the wood and retreat it to give it another life. These old boards can often look rustic, giving your floor more character. Additionally, reclaimed wood can often be wood that was farmed from trees that were older and stronger than wood farmed in recent years.
There are many amazing environmentally friendly materials you can use in your home. Cork, bamboo, and reclaimed wood are just three of the most popular ones. Even home buyers are looking for these elements in homes that they purchase, and new home builds are looking for more ways to incorporate environmentally friendly and sustainable materials. Kruper flooring would be happy to reduce your carbon footprint and increase the environmentally friendly value of your home today!