Why Is Laminate Flooring So Popular?

Why Is Laminate Flooring So Popular?

2016…2017…and now, 2018. For yet another year, laminate flooring remains a hot, go-to product for stylish flooring. Home owners and sellers list laminate flooring as a top option to increase home value, we’re big fans of it ourselves. There are so many reasons to take a look at the laminate flooring options in the Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company Showroom, and we’re happy to tell you why:

Laminate flooring first came to prominence in the 1980s, and was initially dismissed by much of the flooring industry. Hollow-sounding and cheap-looking planks sent laminate flooring to the bottom of the must-have list for a long time. But today’s laminate floors, made from hardwood laminated over a non-hardwood core, is loaded with benefits. Not only are these types of laminate floors more affordable, they aren’t subject to many of the worries or upkeep that comes from solid, traditional hardwood flooring.

In recent years, modern laminates made a huge comeback with a variety of stains, colors, grains, and more. Not to be outdone by other options like tile and carpet, laminate flooring trends have even branched out into non-wood looks.

One of the best reasons to choose laminate is that it can replicate the look of complicated or expensive wood types. Laminate flooring that mimics complicated parquet hardwood is a cost-saver, a time-saver, and in some places, necessary! Water-resistant and even water-proof laminates have come onto the market in 2018, finally making the look of hardwood parquet or other unique patterns a viable option in coastal or humid homes.

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In 2018, one of the biggest laminate flooring trends is wood that looks reclaimed or vintage. With laminate flooring, you can create the look of whitewashed or driftwood pale boards, or even dark, espresso floors, without the high cost of the real McCoy. Additionally, since the effect is created, it can be customized even further. Can’t decide between dark or light flooring? Go with the variegated effect for flooring that really packs a stylish punch.

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Matte finishes are still on-trend for laminate flooring in 2018, with homeowners opting for soft satins rather than high-gloss shines. Another popular finish is the oil finish, which brings out the wood’s natural, moisturized beauty rather than the bright, reflective slickness of many flooring finishes.

Want the convenience and structure of laminate but aren’t a fan of the look of wood? Stone-look laminates and textured looks are on the rise; industry insiders report that even more varieties of non-wood laminates are on the way.

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Intrigued by 2018’s laminate flooring trends? We’ve got options for 2018 and beyond — see them all at the Crystal Carpet & Flooring Showroom in Wilmington, NC.

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