According to a 2020 survey from the American Institute of Architects, low maintenance and synthetic materials are on the rise. Americans have been especially impressed with antibacterial and antimicrobial floor trends and the way certain surfaces are easier to keep clean. As a basic rule of thumb, if a surface is harder to break down and decay over time, it will typically have a harder time creating a breeding ground for germs. Here are a few flooring trends, fueled by a desire for cleanliness, for each area of the home.
According to Forbes magazine, luxury vinyl tiling (LVT) is on the rise in the wake of Coronavirus. This type of floor can be made to look like wood, but is lower maintenance and has more antimicrobial properties. It is also a common trend for homeowners to replace their existing laminate flooring with LVT because laminate is more likely to break down and grow bacteria over time. Overall, LVT has been shown to have a longer lifespan.
According to Better Homes and Gardens, linoleum is a trendy option for kitchen flooring right now that has both hypoallergenic and antimicrobial properties. They are also easy to clean, making them perfect for a family with toddlers dropping crumbs and cups of milk.
The Home Office
Home offices, which have been 68% more popular as a home feature in the past year according to the American Institute of Architects, are great opportunities for homeowners to try out some antimicrobial surfaces. One type of flooring popping up more frequently is cork, which has been studied as an antimicrobial surface. Plus, it’s soft underfoot, so it could even make a great spot for a standing desk–even for people suffering from joint issues.
Ceramic tile is also surprisingly helpful in the fight against germs. It’s perfect for a bathroom because steam does not contribute to its breakdown over time. Cleaning solutions also do not harm ceramic, so it’s the perfect surface to be able to clean regularly.
Even if a homeowner’s flooring preferences aren’t inherently antimicrobial, the antimicrobial coating/additive industry is booming right now. Companies are finding new ways to add these germ-fighting properties to just about anything: grout, fabrics, plastics, carpeting, and more. Microban is one leading additive; other manufacturers are finding ways to incorporate small amounts of copper (which has known microbial elements) into the make-up of tiles, grouts, and coatings. Copper is also a trend in sinks and other fixtures at the moment for the same reason.
Getting These Products in the Hands of Customers
Since the data shows that the demand for these products is skyrocketing, the best thing home improvement retailers and flooring vendors can do is make these products as widely available as possible. VendorPriceBook can help streamline communication between retailers and vendors, ultimately making it easier to reach the ultimate customer: the homeowner.
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, a focus on a clean, germ-free home will be something that is here to stay. By offering a variety of these products and making the home renovation process more streamlined, vendors and retailers can help get germ-free surfaces into more homes than ever.