It’s 2019 and it’s time to give your home a fresh new look. You’re finally ready to remodel your home, and you’re going to start by replacing the flooring. Whether it’s for the family or to ramp up the value of the house, a new floor will surely be a huge benefit.
But you want to make sure you get a floor that matches modern trends, especially if you plan on selling or renting your home soon. Choosing a good style for your floor can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re going to help you out by sharing 4 modern flooring trends that can transform your home.
One of the most popular trends in the flooring world today is the use of new, innovative material. We are making great progress in producing floors that are eco-friendly, sturdy, and low-cost. Here are just a few innovations that we’re sure are going to catch on:
- Waterproof flooring
- Wood and stone look flooring
- Luxury vinyl
- Engineered hardwood
- Waterproof laminate
- Environmentally friendly
These types of floors will add years of value for much less the cost!
Hardwood planks have gotten bigger over time. They used to be rather small, but now people are embracing much larger, wider planks. And for good reason. These planks make your home look bigger in a much smaller space, creating a sense of openness even in the smallest apartment.
These planks also tend to come in lighter colors. Grey with a matte finish is one of the most popular. This adds to the effect of openness and space and is ideal for apartments.
Carpet is still a popular flooring trend and there are ways you can make it look modern. One way is through varied texture. Carpets have developed a lot since they first got popular and now we’re seeing homes bring them back with style.
For added value, we also recommend getting a waterproof carpet. New carpets are beautiful but part of why they don’t have a lot of value is because of how easily they stain. A waterproof texture carpet will help keep that from happening.
It looks like global warming is going to keep getting worse for a long time. And as the effects continue, consumer’s patience wanes. Consumers will continue to demand eco-friendly flooring and will continue demanding it as long as the effects of climate change worsen.
We predict that this trend will last for a very long time, and will probably never end. Today, even just putting an eco-friendly tag on your floor can increase your resale value and lower time on the market. People want eco-friendly options.
We predict that all of these trends are going to stay a while. The latest innovations in flooring will always be in high demand, and so will environmentally friendly floors. While varied texture carpet is likely to change, waterproof will certainly not. And the effects of wide planks are hard to undervalue. Although extremes might become less popular.
And there you have it! The top 4 flooring trends of 2019.
Choosing the type of flooring you would like in your home is only the beginning. If you have settled on hardwood flooring, your next steps are choosing the type of wood, grain, finish, and plank size. Our flooring specialists are here to assist you with each of these steps, starting with plank size!
Hardwood floor manufacturers offer many plank width options to choose from. 2-3 inch widths used to be considered the standard size but larger widths have become increasingly popular. Homeowners can opt for a uniform look where all the planks are the same size or they can choose to have a random assortment of plank widths. Plank widths of 5-8 inches have become more popular, but widths as high as 10 inches are possible if you have enough space!
Choosing the width that is right for you depends on a few factors:
Keep your budget in mind when choosing a plank width. Random width planks are typically less expensive than uniform planks, since the manufacturer will spend less time sorting through their inventory or refashioning wider planks to be a uniform size for your project. Random width planks also utilize the wood better and more efficiently.
Are you adding hardwood floors to improve the resale value of your home? If you plan to sell your house in the future, consider what is currently popular in the real estate market. Floor planks that are too narrow or too wide should be ruled out since either of these choices may not appeal to home buyers or stay trendy. The current most popular plank width is 7 inches so staying in the 5-8 inch width range is a safe option. Ultimately, go with a look that you love but keeping an eye on resale value is a smart choice for those who plan to sell their home soon.
Look and Feel of Your Home
Very wide planks can make an area of your home feel more spacious. Wider planks also have less seams in the floor, a look which many people prefer. Wider planks can also give a space a rustic feel, which may make them a great option in a farmhouse-style kitchen or sunroom. Wider planks are also an excellent choice if you are renovating a historic home but want to choose a look true to the age of the house. A random assortment of widths looks very authentic and natural and works well in a modern space or a rustic one.
There are so many options to choose from, it is okay to be unsure of what you want in your hardwood floors! Contact one of our flooring specialists today, we are here to help you every step of the way!
Having your floors refinished or having new ones installed is an exciting time. The look new floors, or newly refinished floors give a home is breath-taking, and really transform the look of your home.
Often times, homeowners will not prepare before the project begins causing delays and other unforeseen issues. There are some steps you can take beforehand to ease the process and ensure the experience is seamless and stress-free (or at least, less stressful!)
- Move Furniture
The first thing you should do is clear off the floor, meaning all furniture, rugs, and other accent pieces should be stored either in another room, a garage, or a storage space. When the installers arrive, they won’t have to do anything but get started on your floors, which means your project will finish in a timely manner.
- Spend the Day Outdoors
Today’s refinishing and installing techniques don’t create the kinds of dust storms of the psat, however, it would make the jobs of your installers that much easier if the common area is left alone. If you have small kids, you know how difficult it can be to keep their curiosity at bay. It’s best to plan activities outside of your home to keep your project on task and on time.
- Take What You Need
If the room you are having the floors done in is a transition room, a hallway, or a stairway, make sure to grab the things you will need within the next 24 hours. If that room leads to a bathroom, a closet, or if you’re having your kitchen done; whatever the case may be, make sure to retrieve those daily items before we knock on your door!
- Remove Pets
Pets tend to travel from room to room, and when there are strangers in the house for any period of time, they can be just as curious as little ones. If you can crate your dog or cat, that will keep them safe, and your floors flawless. Perhaps gate off the section in which we will be working, or, if you are having extensive work done, board the pet, or leave him with a loved one.
We want your experience to be hassle-free and worry-free. If you make a few provisions before we come in to do the installation, your project will be done quickly and efficiently. We want you to enjoy your floors as soon as you can! Call us for additional information on what you can do to expedite your flooring project!