2017 was an innovative year for the flooring industry. Some of the most popular floors rose to the top due to their practicality, while others were favored for their eco-friendly benefits. Unlike many other flooring trends, those of 2017 were so popular that they could be here to stay! Below, the experts at Floor Coverings International Birmingham have compiled a list of this year’s top flooring trends for Birmingham homes.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Decades ago, sheet vinyl became a popular flooring choice for homeowners across the nation. This practical flooring innovation was commonly used in kitchens and other mess-prone rooms. However, vinyl fell out of popularity over the years. Now, it’s back and better than ever. Luxury vinyl flooring is very different than sheet vinyl, and it has a distinct advantage over its predecessor.
Luxury vinyl comes in interlocking planks or tiles that can be placed over a subfloor or existing floor. These pieces are much thicker than sheet vinyl, and they are created to look like real hardwood or real stone. Luxury vinyl flooring has become a popular choice amongst local homeowners because it provides a luxury look for an affordable price. It is also very durable and easy to clean, making it a great choice for pet owners or busy families.
Wood-look tile is another product of technology that mimics the look of real hardwood but is more durable and affordable. This type tile is made out of porcelain or ceramic and is printed with a realistic hardwood image. Each plank is even imprinted with a wood-grain texture. Some types of planks can be installed in such a way as to hide the tile grout, allowing wood-look tile to truly mimic the look of hardwood.
Wood-look tile is advantageous in homes for many reasons. Not only is it more affordable than hardwood, but it is also far more durable than hardwood. Like any porcelain or ceramic floor, wood-look tile is perfectly suitable for bathrooms, basements, and any other moisture-prone environment that would otherwise damage a real wood floor. Wood tile is also dense, durable, and difficult to scratch.
Cork has been growing increasingly popular over the years because it is an eco-friendly and unique flooring choice. Cork is a highly renewable resource that is both recyclable and biodegradable, making it an appealing choice for eco-conscious homeowners.
However, cork has countless other benefits to offer homeowners as well. Its porous cellular structure makes it a great insulator, helping to regulate your home’s temperature and allowing you to cut back on electricity costs. Cork is also very springy underfoot, making it a great choice for rooms where you may spend a lot of time standing. Finally, cork is an antimicrobial, hypoallergenic flooring material, so it could be a great solution for homeowners with allergies or asthma.
Get Started in Birmingham Today
These top flooring trends are making a statement in Birmingham homes and across the country thanks to their aesthetics and practicality. Call Floor Coverings International Birmingham today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation to get started on your next flooring project. We proudly serve Birmingham and surrounding areas.
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