As we already mentioned, white oak is taking the lead in popularity as we head into 2020. However, hickory is not far behind. It’s most popular in homes that favor the rustic style. Those who desire a cutting-edge contemporary look still gravitate toward birch and maple.
Factory prefinished wood flooring is by far the most preferred choice since it comes with faster completion schedules and doesn’t require finishes to cure after installation. Manufacturing warranties on prefinished wood flooring is also very favorable.
Gone are the days when thin hardwood planks were the norm. Now, plank width has increased to as much as 7 ½ inches. Wider planks mean easier installation for the most part. In addition to wider widths, hardwood planks are also becoming longer. Longer planks can make rooms appear larger than they really are.
Another popular trend is to install mixed-width or random wood planks. Usually, these include planks that are 3 ¼ inches up to 8 ¼ inches in width and may include a variety of wood types as well. Though the look may appear haphazard to some, it is charming and unique to others.
Natural oil finishes are becoming increasingly popular because they are more environmentally friendly. However, they do have their drawbacks. They’re easier to repair than low matte or satin finishes, but they do tend to experience premature color wear (especially in areas that see a lot of traffic), and they are also more prone to grease and water spots. When deciding whether to opt for a natural oil finish or a low matte or satin finish, make sure you consider all the pros and cons carefully.
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Blue Ridge Floors offers many different hardwood flooring options that are popular in 2020. To schedule a consultation, fill out our online form or call us at our Asheville, NC, Charleston, SC, or Nashville, TN, locations.