Home Design Trends

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Real Estate Agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty of Illinois

Home Design Trends in 2009 in Illinois

Looking for more bang for your remodeling buck?  According to a recent report on
the latest trends in home remodeling from ServiceMagic, laminate flooring may double in demand
from the demand of for wood flooring during the next 10 years.  Could laminate flooring
replace hardwood flooring?

The average installation for wood flooring is $5,106, while new laminate flooring averages $3,899.
Hardwood floors are generally more desirable, but relative to installation costs, hardwood may not generate the return of value that it claims.  Non-residential developments have already made the change to laminate flooring because it is cost effective, easier to clean and hypoallergenic.  But what about your home?

ServiceMagic notes that the both laminate and wood flooring share a versatility
and availability of design options.  They both offer low maintenance and high
durability, although a well cared for wood floor can outlast laminate by many decades. 
Neither are entirely eco-friendly depending on your source and retailer, better choices like
renewable bamboo or cork floors are available instead.

Market trends show that hardwood flooring is still in wide use, but it's popularity is declining. 
Laminate may not outpace hardwood completely, but it has it's place among top choices in flooring
options.

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Jennifer Kinzle
Charles Rutenberg Realty, e-Pro 

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I've seen this trend with the house flippers I work with, they use laminate alot in the remodels.

Scott

May 20, 2009 02:34 AM #1
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