It was once the case that wall-to-wall carpet was the automatic choice for living room flooring, but that is no longer the case. In fact, it’s becoming more common to see most other types of floors in a living room, as consumers have grown tired of having to maintain carpet or keeping it looking new. Continue reading Flooring For the Living Room is Changing
Summertime is rapidly approaching and now is the time where homeowners are tackling various projects around the home, and new flooring is often on that list. So the question is, “what is the best diy flooring?”
It certainly depends on the situation. There are a lot of questions to ask, mainly where is the flooring going to be installed? Continue reading It’s A DIY Flooring Kind Of Season
Spring is springing, the people are cleaning, getting outside and getting things done inside. Many of us are even saying, “I think it’s time to install new flooring.” Continue reading New Looks in DIY Flooring
Exotic hardwood flooring stirs the soul and inspires all sorts of possibilities. There is just something about exotic wood floors that we love to have in our homes, and if we could, we’d install it throughout our homes. Most would never dream of that possibility, but exotic engineered flooring can make that dream come true. Continue reading Exotic Engineered Hardwood Floors: The Best Of Both Worlds
Everyone wants to save money on new flooring and there’s no shame in saving as much money as you can. And if you’re willing to put forth a little effort, the savings on flooring you can receive is substantial and the effort you expend will be well worth it. Continue reading Saving Money On Flooring
It seems the popularity of hardwood flooring is at its peak, and in the last ten years we’ve seen a lot of changes in hardwood floor manufacturing and the options that are now available to us. It wasn’t entirely too long ago when having a wood floor installed was not that easy a process, and one that required a professional. Today, things have changed.
Due to the recent government regulations (translation: incompetent beaurocrats fueled by self interested giant US based conglomerates-yes Warren Buffet, your company is involved) the anti-dumping and counterveiling duty for engineered hardwood flooring looks like it will make a large leap upward. Although the results are not yet final the speculation is a range of 50% duty to 237% duty added to the cost of imported engineered hardwood flooring that is made in china and imported in the USA.
The immediate impact is a large disruption of this particular flooring category’s supply chain – which represents about 40-50% of the engineered hardwood sold in America today. This will force prices higher during a shortage of supply assuming demand holds level. (of course customers may also decide to buy other products besides engineered woods as the supply shrinks and re-sellers are interested in maintaining revenue.)
The funny part: products imported from other countries like Vietnam, Brazil, Ukraine, Portugal, Malaysia and any country besides China are not subject to these new fees.
Therefore the net effect will only be disruption and probably a net cost increase overall, but not 50%-200%.
If you are planning on buying engineered hardwood anytime in the next 12 months now is the time to act before all of these disruptions get priced into the market. After about 12 months it will all settle down and should be a more realistic price level.