Smartest Flooring Choices For Home Resale Values

General Article

Popular flooring choices per region is what should guide you when deciding what type of flooring to install in your home in regards to resale value. There are several factors you need to consider to make a smart choice. The value of your home and location are the most important. Also, you need to choose a flooring style that is popular in your area. Here is a list of the most popular flooring choices for various areas in the United States.

It is almost impossible to make overall generalizations, so I am going to break down the most popular flooring choices in several ways; by home value, home locations and specific rooms. As far as flooring color, it is always important to go with a light to mid range color, and not something too exotic. The specific flooring color and species needs to match your home design.

For homes that range from 50,000 – 100,000; the most popular flooring choices are Vinyl and Carpet. For homes that range from 100,000 – 200.000; the most popular flooring choices were some kind of tile or stone and carpet.

For homes above the 200,000 dollar range there was a dramatic increase towards tile, hardwood flooring and area rugs.

Installing flooring for specific rooms: Vinyl is most popular for kitchens and bathrooms, and Carpet for bedrooms and living rooms. In the past the most popular flooring for living rooms has been Carpet, but the last 10 years has shown a definite change in the amount of Hardwood Flooring installed in these spaces.

As far as geographical location there were some areas that showed specific trends.

Northern California; in this area there is an increase in the sale of eco friendly flooring. Bamboo, Cork and Reclaimed flooring are constantly gaining in popularity. Upper scale homes in California are seeing an increase of installations of Antique French Limestone.

New York; Parquet wood flooring has been very popular in New York City. But, recently there has been growth in Stained Concrete. Stained concrete is gaining in popularity in New York Loft apartments.

Florida; Beach communities are specials areas in consideration to flooring. Because of moisture, Engineered Hardwood Flooring is recommended. But also, Tile, Marble, and stone are big sellers.

North Carolina; Reclaimed Hardwood flooring is growing in popularity among high end home owners, especially Reclaimed Pine Flooring.

Tennessee and Georgia; most popular flooring choices are Vinyl and Carpet, but Engineered Hardwood flooring is gaining in popularity.

Chicago is seeing a growing tend toward Luxury Vinyl Tile instead of Ceramic Tile. There is an increase in sales of luxury wood look products. Vinyl is more durable than Hardwood and is not as cold as Ceramic or Porcelain Tile. Hardwood Flooring is very common in upper middle class homes. Solid Hardwood is the largest seller.

Colorado and Utah; increases in the sales of Engineered Hardwood Flooring, but Carpet is the most popular flooring. Solid hardwood flooring is second for higher value homes.

Arizona and New Mexico; these states shows increases in Tile (specifically Porcelain Tile), Laminate and Vinyl Plank Flooring.

Texas; the biggest selling products are Hardwood and Carpet, but Laminate sales are increasing.

Growing trends in commercial flooring installations: Stained Concrete, brightly colored Linoleum, Aluminum Flooring and Vinyl Plank Flooring.

There are many flooring trends that impact specific areas or specific home design types. If you are interested in your homes resale value, it is always a good idea to contact a local real estate agent to get input before buying new flooring.