Surprising New Flooring Makes Hardwood Floors Unpopular

Hardwood flooring has been a homeowner’s main squeeze since people finally got over carpet. It has been a very long time. But now, there is a new kid on the block and homeowners are flocking to it. So much so that it knocked hardwood out of its #1 position of the most demanded flooring.


So, hardwood floors are out. What’s the latest and greatest flooring everybody simply has to have? Engineered Flooring. This flooring has the overall look of hardwood because it is formed into planks, so it has that long offset board installation. But it is not natural wood at all.

There are several types of this new flooring. There are engineered, which is a composite material, solid vinyl planks and vinyl planks with a wood core. And of course, laminate is still a very popular choice. These types of flooring are preferred over hardwood these days. There are a lot of reasons why.

Hardwood flooring is beautiful, but so are these new manmade planks. The popularity of these new flooring materials is their lower price and easy upkeep. When your floor consists of glued down vinyl planks, water damage is no longer an issue.

But the planks can be installed in various ways, depending on the type that you choose. You can float the floor as you typically would with a hardwood floor. But some of these planks are intended to be glued down. There are advantages to both. You need to speak to our flooring expert to figure out which is best for your lifestyle.

When you’re building a new home or updating your current home, take a look at all the new flooring options there are. In 2019, things have changed. Not everyone loves hardwood so much. There are more practical and less expensive options today.

Floor Trends for the Bathrooms of 2019

Floor trends are something to look at when you’re considering an update. If you choose something that peaked years ago, you’ll be outdated before you’re finished replacing the floor. So, by checking into up and coming styles or what is just ready to catch on with homeowners as the latest and greatest look, you’ll have a floor that cashes in on being stylish for many years to come.

Floor Trends

This year for bathrooms, the floor trends are so 3000 BCE. Those tiny colorful tiles that are the ancient version of the pixel are back in a big way. The Romans used these little tiles to create masterpieces that are still beautiful even today. Now it is your turn to make your bathroom floor a work of art. Although, it’ll be a lot easier for you than it was for a homeowner in ancient Rome.

The mosaic masterpieces of today’s bathroom, era 2019 CE, tend to be a repetitive design and not depicting a god enjoying the great outdoors or his or her companion. Designs that do well in repetitive tile design are chevron, herringbone and squares. To be completely stylish, put mosaic on the floor, but use the large marble tiles on the shower walls and the walls of the bathroom.

But it isn’t all about mosaics. Vinyl planks are all the rage, especially when they mimic wood planks. You can have a beautiful waterproof floor that looks just like a hardwood floor, but without the water stain problems. Today’s vinyl has some amazing looks.


For color choices, keep it grey, but a lighter grey mixed with tints of green and light blue. Even white with accents in light greys, blues and greens are very popular right now. Think beach motif. You want to reflect the light.

When you need to find out what’s popular right now, stop by our showroom at US Hardwood and Carpet and we’ll be happy to help.