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2022 Flooring Trends: What’s Hot and What It Should Cost

As we begin a new year, many homeowners are considering making updates to their homes. One of the biggest changes you can make to increase the look and feel of your space, as well as the value of your home, is installing new flooring. Before you break out the jackhammer, read on to learn more about what products are hot and how much new flooring in Arizona may cost you.

Demo Comes First

While it may be very exciting to get new flooring, before applying any new materials (for the most part) the old flooring needs to be removed prior to installation. As you are calculating the cost of new flooring for your home, be sure you factor in the cost of removal:

Average Cost to Demo Hardwood: $4 SQFT

Average Cost to Demo Tile: $3.25 SQFT

Average Cost to Demo Engineered Hardwood: $4 SQFT

Average Cost to Demo Vinyl: $1 SQFT

If you have tile in your home that needs to be removed, you can opt for a “dustless” removal process that helps keep your home clean and free of all debris that goes along with removing old flooring. On average, dustless removal will be $2 to $3 dollars more vs. standard removal techniques.

Trend 1: Luxury Vinyl Plank or Tile 2022 Flooring Trends

There are so many uses for vinyl flooring; it’s no wonder that it’s rising fast as an affordable, sustainable, and fashionable option.

Vinyl is durable and easy to clean while often less expensive and more available than other flooring options. While vinyl used to be an immediate throw-away from outmoded 70’s design, modern technology has changed the uses of vinyl. From one large sheet of cheap flooring, luxury vinyl now offers an endless array of designs and textures to mimic wood and stone.

Luxury vinyl typically falls into two categories: planks and tile. The main difference between a plank and a tile is its dimension, with a plank having a rectangular shape and a tile a square shape.

Vinyl planks are often used to imitate a hardwood floor at a fraction of the price and a limitless array of colors, widths, and textures. You can get luxury planks that appear hand-scraped or wire-brushed. If you prefer neutral grays, you’ll find those shades too! You can even get planks crafted with a micro bevel on the edge of each plank, making it seem like your floor is genuine wood.

While vinyl planks can also imitate stone, it’s more common to see stone textures in vinyl tiles. Vinyl tiles are a great, durable option for kitchens and bathrooms in particular! Add some grout for a professional finish that could dupe for real marble or stonework.

Luxury Vinyl Pricing

Average professional install per square foot: $3 SQFT

Average price per square foot for materials: $2-$5 SQFT

Average total cost: $8 SQFT

Trend 2: Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is an excellent option if you want to incorporate real wood but still keep costs down. Engineered hardwood has two parts-- the veneer and the core. The veneer is the thinnest part that shows the desired color and texture. The core is made of less pretty wood but offers the long-lasting durability you need from your floors.

There are a few different kinds of hardwood that will change the location and ease of install.

  • Adhesive engineered hardwood is most commonly used with a cement subfloor. You’ll need to apply special glue to the floor before placing the planks.
  • Nail-down engineered hardwood is usually paired with a wooden subfloor. Swap the glue for a nail gun, and away you go!

Last is the easiest and newest option-- the click-lock method. Click-lock planks have grooves that easily fit together and stay locked once placed. It’s become an increasingly popular option since you can ditch the glue and nails and works equally well on cement and wood subfloors. It also makes it easiest to replace small sections if damaged!

Engineered Hardwood Pricing

Professional Install: $4 SQFT

Price per square foot: $6-$10 SQFT

Average cost: $14 SQFT

Trend 3: Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

If you’ve got the budget, nothing can truly replace authentic porcelain or ceramic tile. These tiles can be handcrafted in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you’re going for a more customized look, these tiles can make a great statement.

While each tile material has its place, it’s important to note that porcelain and ceramic options are not interchangeable. Porcelain tiles are rated at a greater hardness, meaning that they are less likely to break and chip when used on the floor. Ceramic tiles are softer, so you’ll likely have a smaller range of selection approved for flooring.

Porcelain price per square foot: $2-$30, but most people spend between $3-$10

Porcelain Professional Install: $4.25 - $10 per square foot

Ceramic tile per square foot: $0.50-$35

Ceramic Professional Install: $4-10 per square foot

Trend 4: Hardwood 2022 Flooring Trends

The price of your hardwood floors can range dramatically depending on the class of wood you’re looking for. Most commonly purchased hardwoods range from $6 to $12, making them competitively priced with vinyl options. Still, if you prefer more exclusive or exotic woods, you can quickly go over $40 per square foot.

Installation costs are similar to the cost of engineered hardwood. However, keep in mind that more intricate patterns-- like herringbone-- will cost more.

Finally, hardwoods can require more maintenance than other types of flooring. They can be at higher risk for scratches and warping (clean liquid spills immediately). Real hardwood floors offer a luxe look but may not be practical for homes with small children or pets.

Professional Install per square foot: $8 to $18 SQFT

Price per square foot: $6-$12, up to $40+ for exotic flooring

Average cost for new hardwood floors: $14 to $35 per square foot

Pro Tips:

  • Make sure to purchase at least 20-30 additional square feet of materials when installing a new floor. You never know when you may need it to make a repair or a change to the space.
  • If working with a large flooring manufacture/installer, work to understand how their warranty works and who will be installing the floor. Be sure to ask them what will happen should you need a repair or more flooring down the road.
  • Be mindful of discount flooring stores and the products they sell – often, their merchandise is discontinued or flawed in some way, which could mean a major pain for you in the future.

Need Help Narrowing Your Options?

There are so many great and affordable flooring options now available, so it can be challenging to know which product will be the best use of your time and money. You may also need help determining how your flooring will combine with your existing appliances, paint, finishes, and decor. Should you need assistance with picking out the perfect flooring for your home, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are happy to help!

 

 

 

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