Home Owners Want Easy Maintenance Floors
Home owners are looking for easy maintenance floors, with tile and hardwood replacing carpets in more and more homes. The trend is easy to spot, says Ed Nordland, who is the Executive Vice President of Product Development at a Canadian based building firm, Jayman Master-Built. The trend is not confined only to Canada, however, with wood and tile replacing carpets in homes across the United States and the United Kingdom as well.
The reasons for the growing change are simple to understand, Norland believes. “People are busy,” he explains. “They’re looking for maintenance free.” Norland points out that carpets have a limited lifespan – sometimes unfortunately of a very short period of time, but even at their maximum they will generally last no longer than ten years. In contrast, tile does not, with hardwood floors also requiring very little in the way of maintenance and wood floor repairs in order to make them last a very long time indeed. “Hardwood and tile are more expensive, but you don’t have to replace them,” Norland notes.
Cork flooring remains popular, although demand has fallen noticeably from its peak a few years ago, with another new option also rising to prominence in the form of wide planks that measure five to seven inches rather than the usual 2.25 to 3.25 inch boards. Leanne Papirny, Manager of Sabal Design Sense Studio, says that laminate, particularly laminate that looks like wood, is also increasingly favoured by home owners. “These laminates look like wood and have really great colours,” she notes.