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Sustainability and Affordability Take Center Stage in New Flooring Trends for 2009

By Michael Hilton

Let's face it: homes aren't selling like they used to. Homeowners are staying in their homes longer, which is leading to a growing trend in affordable home improvements. As homeowners focus on more budget-friendly home improvements, like minor remodels and decorating, adding affordable flooring continues to be popular.

Flooring Retailers Go Green in Hopes of Building Customer Base

With retailers suffering in a weak economy, many flooring companies are providing additional resources to customers, hoping to coax an increase in flooring sales in 2009. Many are offering "green" products, featuring flooring made from sustainable resources like bamboo, clay, and natural coloring agents.

For homeowners with carpet in their homes, green materials are nothing new. Professional carpet cleaning companies have been offering green cleaning chemicals with their services for years. For homeowners with hardwood, bamboo is a popular choice, as is recycled lumber and novelty flooring like cork. (One cork tree can be harvested multiple times for multiple floors). For stone floors, quartz and kaolin are growing trends in green flooring.

Affordability: the Other Trend in Flooring

Laminate flooring is a great alternate to real hardwood, providing durability and sustainability at lower prices. A new trend in laminate flooring is stone finishes, mimicking ceramic tile, granite, and other natural stones. Laminate stone flooring traditionally comes in all varieties of colors and finishes, with all the signature characteristics of laminate (easy to install, budget, and pricing).

Color Comes Back

Most homeowners think of natural colors for floors, like light and dark hardwood, beige carpeting, and natural stone. But bold is back this year, with colors like blue and red finding its way under the feet of many homeowners. Colored tile, stone, and even wood represent a small but growing popularity among contemporary flooring choices. Texture is the cousin of the color trend, with novelties like "handscraped" hardwood floors, roughened stone, and glossy tiles also playing a role in home improvement projects.

Whether you are conventional or modern, the best flooring choice for your home is the one that fits both your style and your budget best.

Sources

http://www.thefreelibrary.com
http://www.gflegacyofgreen.com

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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