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Trends

As with all design and aesthetics-related industries, there are always new trends gaining popularity in the hardwood world. Whether the hottest looks for floors, the newest ways to maintain hardwood, or innovative installation methods, the hardwood flooring industry in constantly evolving.

We like to keep you informed of the hardwood trends so that you may find the perfect look for your home, discover an innovate new installation method, or find the best new oil to keep your hardwood looking great.

We love to stay on top of the hardwood trends to ensure that we are able to offer our clients the most sought-after looks by professional interior designers and contractors. Understanding the trends also helps you understand the prices of each individual hardwood, as newer and more requested styles may cost more than traditional finishes but may appear more to buyers when you are ready to sell your property.

  • Effects of Automation on Flooring - Part 2: Retail

    In 2018 the first Amazon Go store was opened in Seattle. This store is at the leading forefront of automation. Shoppers often go through the entire shopping experience without ever seeing an employee, a human one anyway. Retail flooring is likely the 2nd hardest-hit area. As of 2019, we are starting to see self-checkout and e-commerce as the norm with big box stores. It is only a matter of time before a number of these concepts are adapted widely to independent retailers across the nation.

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  • Effects of Automation on Flooring - Part 1: Manufacturing

    A decade from now about half of the jobs we know today will be replaced by automation. U.S. Bureau of Labor and McKinsey Global Institute data suggest that not all jobs are hit equally. We’ll evaluate how this will affect the flooring industry in a three-part series from manufacturing to retail to installation and brainstorm a few ways you can prepare.

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  • 5 Top Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2020

    Hardwood flooring is always an elegant choice for a home. It’s timeless yet trendy, and if you invest in a higher-quality variant for 2020, it can last a lifetime. If you’re looking to renovate your home’s flooring, follow these hardwood flooring trends to create a beautiful look that will add value to your home.

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  • Minnesota Retailer - Monarch Plank Hardwood Floors

    Minnesota; Sept 3, 2019 -- Unique Wood Floors located in Hopkins and Bloomington suburbs of Minneapolis - St Paul metro area is now a displaying dealer of Monarch Plank Hardwood Flooring. In August of 2019 Unique Wood Floors took on the Monarch Plank flooring after discovering its appeal at the NWFA hosted event in Dallas/Fortworth.

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  • Hopkins Minnesota Retailer Carrying Mercier Wood Floors

    Hopkins, Minnesota; April 24, 2019 -- Unique Wood Floors located in Hopkins, MN a southwest suburb of Minneapolis - St Paul metro area is now a displaying dealer of Mercier Wood Flooring. In December of 2018 Unique Wood Floors of Hopkins took on the Mercier line due to its reputation for high-quality domestic hardwood flooring; Mercier features species such as Oak, Maple, and Hickory.

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  • Best Flooring Styles for Selling My Home

    It’s no secret that a home with beautiful flooring makes an impression on potential home buyers. My clients will tell me “I love this floor but I’m worried someone won’t like this floor when I try and sell the house”. Flooring trends are changing rapidly with advancing technology in textures, structures, and a race to wider-longer planks. It can be difficult for even flooring professionals to keep up with all the changes. So what’s the right answer for balancing a flooring you love with flooring which will hold the highest long-term value?

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  • The Threat of Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl in 2019

    In 2018 Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Flooring has the market by storm. Within this category, you may have heard of terms such as WPC and SPC. All these are acronyms refer to different core structures within the Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl category.

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  • 5 Trends in Hardwood Flooring for 2019

    It’s always exciting to install new flooring. It can change the entire look of your home. However, you want to make sure that it is up to date with the latest styles and trends. Here are some of the top hardwood flooring trends for 2019.

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  • Bloomington MN Dealer Now Carrying CoreTec

    Bloomington, Minnesota; Feb 1, 2019 -- Unique Wood Floors located in Bloomington, MN a southwest suburb of Minneapolis - St Paul metro area is now a displaying dealer of CoreTec Rigid Core flooring. In November of 2018 Unique Wood Floors of Bloomington invested heavily into the Rigid Core Vinyl flooring market and brought in CoreTec as a result of its reputation for high-quality industry leading vision in the product category; CoreTec lines displayed include Pro Plus, Plus XL-E, Plus Premium, Plus HD EIR, and Plus Design.

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  • Flooring Tariffs after the Argentinian G20 Summit

    Amidst the trade war with China, President Trump has increased tariffs on everyday Chinese goods. On September 17, 2018 The White House announced its 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods beginning September 24, 2018 with intent to increase to 25% at the end of the year. This 10% increase in tariffs includes floor covering categories from hardwood flooring to luxury vinyl. It is estimated around 50% of the flooring sold in the United States each year is manufactured in China.

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  • The Basics about Hybrid Solid-Engineered Wood Floors

    Solid hardwood flooring for their new builds or flooring projects is an excellent option in new construction or remodeling projects. However, it is not always the practical option. It may require special tools, and it may not work for lower levels of your home. Moisture can be a killer. Sure, you could go with vinyl but they do not offer the same natural beauty that real hardwood floors do. 

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  • Designer's Tips for Selecting Hardwood Floors in 2018

    Seduced by its authentic character and its warm appearance, you have chosen a wooden floor. But you still have to create an atmosphere by determining a style and a finish for your first home. We've talked to some top Interior Designers and Decorators about tips to help you choose your hardwood floors.

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  • Should My Floors Match My Cabinets?

    Cabinets and hardwood floors in your home go together like salt and pepper, Romeo and Juliet, Batman and Robin… you get the idea. Picking out a floor or cabinet you like is an easy task and in the end, should work just as well together. However, it becomes increasingly difficult once you’ve already selected one and must make sure the other makes a good sidekick. After all, they’ll forever be an inseparable pair in the world of your homes décor.

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  • Top 3 Benefits of Hand-Scraped Wood Flooring

    Hand-scraped wood floors add character to your family room, dining room, entrance way, and bedrooms. It creates a sense of warmth in any area of the home and also presents several distinct benefits consumers won't find with standard wood floor textures. Is hand scarped here to stay or is this a brief fad? Let us find out the benefits to see if this is something that will age well.

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  • 7 Elements of Scandinavian Design

    Scandinavian design has been more and more in vogue for several years now. There are good reasons why. It is a sleek and clean minimalistic design that highlights wood tones and a natural feel. A home that is designed in this way can look modern, but also comfortable. A big part of the design choice is the flooring that goes with it and accentuates the style. Here are some of the elements of Scandinavian design.

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