Hardwood flooring has been a homeowner’s main squeeze since people finally got over carpet. It has been a very long time. But now, there is a new kid on the block and homeowners are flocking to it. So much so that it knocked hardwood out of its #1 position of the most demanded flooring.
So, hardwood floors are out. What’s the latest and greatest flooring everybody simply has to have? Engineered Flooring. This flooring has the overall look of hardwood because it is formed into planks, so it has that long offset board installation. But it is not natural wood at all.
There are several types of this new flooring. There are engineered, which is a composite material, solid vinyl planks and vinyl planks with a wood core. And of course, laminate is still a very popular choice. These types of flooring are preferred over hardwood these days. There are a lot of reasons why.
Hardwood flooring is beautiful, but so are these new manmade planks. The popularity of these new flooring materials is their lower price and easy upkeep. When your floor consists of glued down vinyl planks, water damage is no longer an issue.
But the planks can be installed in various ways, depending on the type that you choose. You can float the floor as you typically would with a hardwood floor. But some of these planks are intended to be glued down. There are advantages to both. You need to speak to our flooring expert to figure out which is best for your lifestyle.
When you’re building a new home or updating your current home, take a look at all the new flooring options there are. In 2019, things have changed. Not everyone loves hardwood so much. There are more practical and less expensive options today.