High-End VinylAlthough it may seem like a contradiction, luxury vinyl is a real option for today’s construction projects. It is actually the fastest growing trend in the flooring industry, according to the World Floor Covering Association. Improvements in photo technology have led to the development of realistic wood grain prints. Vinyl can be installed in planks, adding to the effect. Of course, it still comes in tiles as well. Vinyl has become a popular choice because it is affordable, has a low environmental impact, and can be reinforced, increasing its durability. It is low-maintenance and water resistant.
Stone FlooringA timeless choice, stone floors have been used in buildings for centuries. Because it is easily customized, stone has become a popular choice for remodeling projects. It is low-maintenance, durable, and can add a feeling of luxury to any project. The most popular location for stone flooring is the kitchen, and recent statistics show that a kitchen with stone floor can add as much as 7 percent to home value.
Hardwood, and composites designed to look like hardwood, are still a classic option. Right now, wider planks with a gray tone and little polish are becoming a top choice for building projects. The only thing stopping the rise in popularity for hardwood flooring is the sustainability movement, which encourages builders to look for “greener” materials that are locally-sourced.
In keeping with the movement toward sustainability, recycled carpets are becoming a great choice for more eco-conscious consumers. Older carpets are given cleaning treatments, freshened, and sold back to clients. Estimates suggest that over 3.6 billion pounds of worn carpet have been through the recycling process since 2002.