Here are some flooring trends for 2018! If you are thinking of upgrading or updating your flooring in 2018, look to this list for inspiration!
1.Wide Plank Floors
Hardwood flooring remains super popular with homeowners, with trends currently pushing towards wider plank floors. Floor boards are often a foot wide or broader. This look works well with a farmhouse look but also lends a mature, authentic look to other designs.
2.Gray Wood Flooring
Gray wood floors are becoming increasingly common. A gray hardwood is unique and modern, and while they lack the warmth of traditional hardwood floors, they can look nice and clean in your home’s natural light!
3. Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo wood is high quality and very durable. Bamboo boards can provide the look you want while minimizing some of the downsides of hardwood floors for families with small children and pets, such as easy scratches or dings.
4. Recycled Carpet
It made sound off-putting at first look, but recycled carpeting made from clean, recycled nylon and recycled plastic bottles is now available as a green option! Nylon is stain resistant and can be woven in many different pile designs, available for thick living room carpet to more utilitarian versions.
5. Cork Flooring
Cork flooring is super eco-friendly, springy, and offers an interesting wood pattern. It is very affordable but not as durable as regular hardwood or bamboo, making it less desirable if you have children or pets.
6. Distressed Plank Flooring
Distressed wood planks have great qualities, particularly since they are an eco-friendly choice! Made from reclaimed wood, they offer a green option for installing hardwoods and fit both modern and farmhouse style homes. This type of flooring does tend to be very expensive since “old” is new again and many people desire the history and quality of this type of flooring.
7. Ebony Wood Flooring
Ebony floors are extra dark hardwoods, a look that is achieved through a ebony stain. These rich, solid colored floors are on trend and pair well with light-colored walls, colorful rugs, and in a room with many windows!
8. Parquet Hardwood
Parquet hardwood floors are made of solid wood pieces that are arranged in geometric designs. This look was popular in the past and is currently seeing a revival! Don’t cover up this beautiful style with a large rug, it is really a work of art!
Dustless sanding is a popular option for homeowners looking to improve the appearance of their hardwood floors. Dustless sanding and regular sanding are very similar but dustless sanding preserves the indoor air quality! It is also much more efficient than regular floor sanding processes.
Dustless sanding creates much less dust than standard floor sanding. It isn’t completely dust-free, but a proper dust control system will take care of a majority of the dust created during the sanding process. Overall, dustless sanding will create 99% less dust than the average standard sanding process. The dust is captured and contained in a way that makes it very easy to clean up.
How Does It Work?
While dustless sanding isn’t completely dust-free, it does take care of most of the dust created. Equipment varies, but generally a specialized machine attached to the sander will have a vacuum suction tube that will take the dust straight into a dust containment system, rather than releasing it into the air.
Advantages of Dustless Sanding
Dustless sanding is an excellent choice for people with asthma, respiratory difficulties, or dust allergies. It is a great choice if the sanding is being done in a home with sensitive populations like infants and children or pets, or when sanding must be done in a hospital, nursing home, daycare, or school.
An additional advantage of dustless sanding is that it prevents issues with the finish of the hardwood floor. Many issues can be caused with the finish of the hardwoods if the dust created by sanding isn’t properly removed before installation continues.
Dustless sanding is also much quicker than regular sanding because clean-up is taken care of for you! There is no need for extensive cleaning or hiring a clean-up service to finish the job for you!
The one choice to make with dustless sanding is whether you will be doing this yourself or hiring a company to do it for you. Both are viable options and depend on your budget and level of comfort with do it yourself home renovation projects!
Recommended Products to Do It Yourself
Oneida Dust Deputy
This product is a popular option that can be hooked up to a vacuum cleaner. The dust deputy will capture up to 99% of the dust created by your sander. This product is very efficient and well-reviewed by individuals refinishing their hardwood flooring.
This product is a very high end option which does not require a separate vacuum. The Lagler Trio has integrated dust control and functions as an all-in-one product.
Bona Sanding Machines
This product is one you may encounter if you hire a professional company to sand your floors. These machines give you professional, high quality sanding while also containing all of the dust that may otherwise enter your room.
Interested in refinishing your hardwood flooring? Contact us today to speak with one of our flooring specialists!