In today’s flooring industry, all types of flooring are changing for the better. Wood is getting much harder and rougher, carpets are getting more plush and softer, and Vinyl is becoming more luxurious.
According to Scott Humphrey, chief executive of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), a trade group located in Anaheim, California, Luxury Vinyl Tiles have been growing the fastest in the past two years in the flooring industry. They believe that the development in this portion of the industry is thanks to extraordinary photo technology that mimics wood ( or any other material) so accurately that you need to look really carefully to notice that it is vinyl.
But vinyl tile is nowhere near being the only flooring material that draws consumers all attention. Here’s the Flooring America of Orange County guide to what’s trending underfoot:
Carpets are getting more environmentally and family-friendly and only a few manufacturers are creating fiber combinations that bring softness to a whole new level. Manufacturers all across the United States are making carpets that are green. Some manufacturers recycle nylon into carpeting but the majority of companies melt polyester down and create a new fiber.
The development of softer textures in carpet flooring is the newest technology in the business. Luxury carpets are also returning to the market. Some might be the softest you have ever felt.
In terms of carpet flooring styles, a broad genre named cut-and-loop is currently in style. In this carpet style, the pile is partly cut and partly looped to give it a sculpted pattern or look.
With the emergence of the concept of “great room”, which is an expansive space that combines the roles of several more traditional rooms (e.g. the family room, the living room, the study, etc.) into one space, seeing hardwoods on kitchen floors has become more common. Almost always we have had hardwood flooring on kitchen floors. Laminate versions are a popular choice among wood floors. It is a thin layer of wood over a core that is made of another material. It is more affordable than the normal hardwood and you have less movement in the floor due to its structural stability.
People are becoming more interested in darker stains and gray tones are also gaining popularity. Preferences are also leaning toward more exotic species like walnut, cherry, and hickory as well as larger planks or multiple size planks.
Looking for wood floors that have been hand-scraped and hand-textured should be kept in mind since people are paying for new floors yet they want it to look old.
Some manufacturers are interested in reclaimed wood from older floorings or from barns. A lot of companies are making the new hardwood look older, just like what happened with blue jeans, making them look worn.
Bamboo flooring became very popular in the industry in earlier years since it came from an easily renewable resource, but gradually, people lost interest in bamboo due to some issues with shrinkage. But bamboo is getting better. We haven’t had many issues related to shrinkage in the past couple of years. Bamboo floorings are produced in a variety of plank widths and colors.
The term “luxury” may be a bit of overstatement, but technology undeniably has given some of the vinyl floorings a whole new look. The process of producing the vinyl flooring is at its most basic, taking a photo of the wood and printing it into the less expensive vinyl floorings in forms of squares or planks
You can print any picture on the vinyl tiles so it could fit into various rooms. Some vinyl tiles look like marbles that are suitable for bathrooms.
Ceramic tiles are getting larger in size due to the growing popularity of tiles in larger formats than the standard 12-by-12 inches.
Digital prints that are on laminate countertops and vinyl tiles are also printable on ceramic tiles. This implies that you can see tiles that look like hardwood.
You can also come across tiles that look like fabric, or like wood. Some even look like concrete.
- By: Flooring America
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