Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Trends in flooring finishes 2013

2013- Flooring

The trends in homes and renovations coming in to 2013, a lot of the things that we did in the 2012 construction year were the same as in previous years. But there were things that became trends in 2012 with more and more home owners opting for them, this is making them a growing trend in 2013. I am focusing on the flooring in custom homes.

Custom home flooring

Here is a list of the trends that have stayed the same over the last several years;

Hardwood flooring is by far the most popular form of flooring for most of the 1st floor of houses and in any room that is used for large gatherings of people.

Tile/stone is still the most popular option for all bathrooms, front entrances and mudrooms.

Carpet is still the most popular flooring for bedrooms.

Having heated in-floor tile floors is also still the most popular way to keep floors warm and comfortable.

Re-claimed antique flooring is still by far the most popular, having it hand finished onsite once it is installed is still the most wanted in high-end custom homes.

Here a list of the new trends happening in flooring in custom homes;

High definition porcelain is becoming increasingly popular in guest bathrooms, guest showers and powder rooms. The cost savings and ease of care are a major selling feature for this type of tile.

Ensuite master bathrooms are taking on the look of luxurious hotel bathrooms. The use of Carrera marble is an increasing trend that is ending up in every Ensuite. The durability of the stone and timelessness of it are drawing people to put it not just on the floors but on the walls as well.

A growing trend in hardwood flooring is for flumed oiled floors. This is a process that you coat the hardwood before it is installed and then you do a final coat once it is laid. Then once a year you have someone come back and touch up the oiled parts in the high traffic areas that are starting to show wear. This process allows you to have new looking floors every year instead of waiting till a regular finish wore off and forcing you to coat the whole floor all at once.

Carpets are becoming popular in basements again, with new anti-mold and anti-mildew carpets and under pads, it is making the carpet option more appealing for people who are worried about their basements smelling.

Engineered wood flooring is growing in popularity over full hardwood floors. The resistance of engineered flooring to not shrink and expand like normal hardwood, also the wider variety of choices is becoming more and more appealing to homeowners.

New foam and moisture resistant products that are placed on top of concrete floors help engineered floors last longer, feel warmer and help resist dampness that causes the floors to cup and curl.

These are just some the new trends in flooring in today’s new custom homes.

Rob Abbott
Operations Manager
Village Builders Inc.

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