suggests there are a few other flooring trends sharing the stage.

It seems that every home makeover involves some degree of ripping up 1960s-through-1990s-era carpet and laying wood flooring of some type. But is the flooring-trend pendulum swinging toward other surfaces? Have we had two decades enough of wood floors? suggests there are a few other flooring trends sharing the stage:

— Bamboo: As hard as or harder than some hardwoods, bamboo is offered in a multitude of styles and colors; some products even mimic the look of hardwoods.
— Large format tiles: Instead of the standard 12-foot-by-12-foot, homeowners can choose from 12-by-24 or 36-by-36 tiles; this means less grout to keep clean.
— Cork: Touted as having stellar acoustic and insulation qualities, it is available in myriad color options.
— Luxury, quality vinyl: Durable and available in looks that even resemble woods, acid-stained concrete and more.
— Cut and loop carpet: A short pile that is soft, yet sturdy.

Also, carpet made from recycled materials, such as plastic bottles, is both eco-friendly and resilient.

Hardwood, however, has not waned drastically as a top flooring choice. In fact, The Family Handyman magazine’s “12 Flooring Trends for 2018” highlights current wood flooring leanings:

— Parquet: Solid wood pieces arranged in geometric and other unique patterns.
— Gray-stained treatment: Modernized appeal for popular farmhouse interiors or as a texture for truly contemporary clean-lined architecture.
— Distressed planks: A focus on reclaimed wood; homeowners should expect variations in widths and grains.
— Dark stains: Ebony, Jacobean and walnut are a few. in January asserted main reasons why wood flooring stays in style: choices, durability, eco-friendliness and easy maintenance.

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