Trends in Flooring
Walk through a model home, and throughout most of the building there will be a hard surface floor. This hard surface floor is most likely to be tile, however it can look like wood plank. Ever ask yourself why?
I can answer that it is trending recently, and for good reasons.
Tile is going through a manufacturing change. If it is a ceramic or porcelain material, they can now create tiles with better edges. These new edges can allow for smaller and/or fewer grout lines. Tile has a few other benefits over wood (hardwood, engineered, etc.) flooring as well. It maintains better and is often less likely to become damaged by pets' claws. Plus, tile will stay cooler than wood flooring- and is less likely to buckle due to moisture (Why worry about moisture in the desert? Monsoon season- the humidity, damage to your home from the rains, etc.)
If the flooring is wood (hardwood, engineered, etc.), it provides a character to the home- character along the lines of:
"Hey, I look like an older home, but I was built last year."
Wood flooring as been a traditional material in the U.S. of A. since our founding. It can be rustic, sleek, modern, patterned, distressed, and tell a story that tile cannot for all its own awesomeness. Wood flooring of any kind will need maintenance, just like any other flooring, but its maintenance tends to be new coats of stain and/or sealant to keep it appearance sharp. One trend in flooring has been reclaimed wood - from other floors in older buildings set to be demolished or old barns, which brings a character to a room of:
"I care about the history of materials, an period of time, or the area my home has been built in."
Another trend in wood flooring has been Cork, Bamboo or Engineered. Why? These are materials or ways of making wood floors that are sustainable and do not diminish forests around the globe. Bamboo grows so fast that harvesting for building materials does not really impact a forest's growth in any negative way - in fact it can improve a forest by allowing more light to reach the floor so new plants can sprout.
In short, when it comes to changing you floors, think about what character you want your home to have, and how much you are willing to put into the maintenance.