The trends last year were all about disguise – floors masquerading as other materials and in 2018, that trend is still going strong. According to FloorworX, these are the three biggest flooring trends for 2018:

1. Rigid vinyl planks
Also known as Stone Polymer Composite (SPC), rigid vinyl planks continue to take the flooring sector by storm. This year one of the halls at DOMOTEX (the world’s largest flooring expo in Germany) was dedicated to this flooring market.

Different from Wood Plastic Composite, or WPC, which is commonly referred to as waterproof vinyl, the SPC core is more stable and harder. Rigid vinyl planks contain all the traditional advantages of luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring without the risk of telegraphing and offers optimised acoustic and waterproof benefits.

These planks are made up of 4 to 6 layers, with each layer bringing a distinct quality. The composite core layer, however, is what differentiates one rigid vinyl plank from another, so neither “less is more” nor “more is less” apply when it comes to the number of layers used. The rigid composite core means that sub-floor preparation is less of a nightmare because these tiles are much more forgiving.

By virtue of its excellent stability and durability, rigid vinyl planks not only solve the solid wood flooring damp and mildew problem, they also give you all the benefits expected from a resilient product, such as being soft and warm underfoot, watertight, offering both indentation resistance and optimised acoustic benefits.

While flooring trends should always be top of mind when specifying floors, the type of flooring that you choose still needs to work with your client’s space, needs and interior design. It is a very difficult décor piece to change so FloorworX’s advice is always to pick trends that you think will have longevity in the marketplace.

2. Using patterns to create statement floors
One of the hottest trends from last year spilling over into 2018 has nothing to do with colour, but rather with layout and design. Chevron and Herringbone parquet flooring have become synonymous with ultra-trendy interior spaces.

FloorworX offers eight traditional parquet patterns in their Oak Range. All the wood for each pattern in this range is already calculated for various layouts and design and the installation components are supplied accordingly. Oak can be sealed naturally or stained to any colour specification.

3. More marble
Marble is set to be the stone of the year with a number of manufacturers launching new and unique marble ranges. Quick-Step, for example, is getting ready to launch a range of luxury vinyl tiles that mimics the marble stone from a quarry found at Carrara in Italy. Opting for vinyl instead of marble results in cost-benefits as well as practicality benefits because these tiles are manufactured to be scratch and splash resistant.

For more information, contact FloorworX on Tel: +27 (11) 406 4024 or via www.floorworx.co.za.

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