Here we are at the end of our series about 2016 trends in wood flooring. Week after week, we talked about what we expect to see next year in the world of hardwood floors, from the most popular types of sheens to wood colors, and from general trends in the look of hardwood floors to areas where homeowners will likely install them. As a wood floor restoration company and one that also has its fair share of floor installations, we are curious about what will happen next in our industry – and eager to tell you.
So we’ll share a few more details, this time about the wood species we expect homeowners to choose for their planks next year.
In an attempt to lower the cost of their hardwood floors, many homeowners are likely to go for domestic species, such as oak, maple or hickory. Either because of the abundance of resources or because costs do not have to cover expensive shipping, domestic woods tend to spare homeowners’ pockets.
This is a smart choice when homeowners have a large area for which they need wood floor installation services. As we have seen, today wood floors tend to extend to kitchens and powder rooms. Choosing domestic over exotic species makes such projects possible. But the choice has something to do with trying to support local companies, in a time when such an effort makes a huge difference.
When it comes to aesthetics, domestic hardwoods have another advantage over exotic species: they do not look out of place. They may be common in homes around the country, but this is just what gives them the familiar element able to warm up the look of a house.
Domestic Hardwoods with an Exotic Look
Despite all these considerations, we cannot deny the strong appeal of exotic hardwoods. Species such as Brazilian cherry or Brazilian walnut have a dramatic look, paired by extreme durability. Color variations, for instance, turn Brazilian cherry hardwood floor medallions into a breathtaking thing of beauty.
The problem with exotic woods, however, is threefold: they are expensive, have limited availability and run the risk of coming from non-ethical renewable resources or even passing for what they are not. For those who still long for the striking appearance of such floors, a less expensive option is to choose domestic hardwoods that imitate the look of exotic species without breaking the bank.
As a hardwood flooring company, we anticipate that many homeowners will opt for bamboo floors next year. A highly renewable resource, bamboo is a top contender when it comes to environmentally friendly qualities. It grows in abundance in tropical areas and has a very short maturing period.
The preference for bamboo may come from a tendency to return to a clean, simple look. Bamboo wood floors fit very well into the design of contemporary homes and give off a sense of relaxation. Most of all, bamboo takes wear and tear very well, with the strand-woven variety surpassing by far the strength and durability of other wood species. It is true that hardwood flooring restoration is more problematic when it comes to bamboo, with some types being impossible to refinish – but its durability greatly makes up for it.