Saturday, October 27, 2012

Steamers, Sharks, and Swiffers - How to clean your hard surface floor






Steamers, Sharks, and Swiffers

We receive a lot of questions from homeowners and one of the most popular is how to care for their new or existing flooring. Specifically customers ask if it is okay to use a steamer, Shark, or Swiffer to clean their new hardwoods, bamboo, cork, or laminate flooring. Unfortunately when you look around you will see most of the information you will find says that it is perfectly okay to use a steamer. Our answer when our customers ask this is a big no! We do not recommend the use of steamers, Swiffers, Sharks, etc. The problem is when you steam hardwood type flooring you are pumping moisture into the floor and moisture is the enemy. Some will argue that since it a pre-finished material the moisture cannot penetrate into the wood. The issue is that the material is pre-finished on just the surface. Most products are not finished all the way around and the steam that is under pressure will find a way into the floor. After the flooring absorbs the moisture from the steam it will start to warp and swell. When flooring warps it is impossible to get it completely flat without the ordeal of doing a full sand and finish. If the material is a laminate or a engineered hardwood that has a thin wear layer you are looking at ripping out and replacing the whole area.   In conclusion use the steamer on your tile and vinyl areas all day but please keep it far away from your hardwood flooring.

We do not like:
Sharks
Steamers
Swiffers
Murphy's Oil
Orange Glo
 
We do like:
Bona Kemi
Woodwise
Vinegar & water
Micro fiber mops

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Do-it-yourself Strand Woven Flooring


Do-it-yourself Strand Woven Flooring

We have a new collection of beautiful, durable, and extremely easy to install Strand Woven Bamboo flooring.  The bamboo comes in an engineered, glueless locking system which is specifically made for both contractors and do-it-yourself style installation.  As a bonus the locking system is waxed to resist moisture.  It can be floated over concrete, wood, vinyl, or tile flooring.
                                            
There are four colors in the collection to accommodate any decor.  In keeping with the existing trend of subtle hand-scraping techniques this collection uses the wire-brushed style that helps hide any damage that might occur on your floor after it is installed.  Our customers have been telling us this style really sure your floor always looks "new", even if you do have a busy household with pets and/or children.










Saturday, May 19, 2012

What Color Flooring Should I Choose?


What Color Flooring Should I Choose?

Watching flooring trends is a bit like watching clothing trends.  There are some innovative ideas that come around every once in a great while such as strand woven bamboo or the wrap dress... but mostly there are the tried and true flooring options that stylistically cycle on and off again.

We have a lot of customers that come into the Seattle simpleFLOORS showroom and ask for help deciding on the "color" of their flooring.  Homeowners want to feel that not only will the color coordinate with their personal style and the type of home they have, but also that the color will stand the test of time.

This is a great question and definitely should be considered before any purchase is made.  Here are some things to think about in terms of the color of your flooring:
1. How much light do you have in the home (natural and artificial)?
The more light you have in the home the darker you can get your flooring without feeling the walls are closing in on you.  That being said, you can still choose dark floors in a small room as long as you want the more intimate feeling.  A dark floor can also make a room with a lot of light feel warmer, cozier.  Make sure to test samples of the flooring in your actual lighting and at different times of day as it can change how the flooring looks.
2. Are you looking at a natural (hardwood, bamboo, cork) or man-made (laminate) product?
Laminate can come in any shade or tone imaginable as the colors are put together by graphic designers and marketing teams.  You can get tones not made in nature or laminate that looks very close to the real thing.  Natural products such as hardwood are going to either have clear coats of finish to showcase the natural beauty of the wood, or a stain to showcase the grain but have a more consistent look.
3. Is this for a home you plan on staying in or do you plan on selling the home/condo soon?
If you plan on selling the home within a few years the safest bet is to get something with a medium tone that everyone can walk in the home and imagine putting their furniture on.  Colors that are very light, very dark, or floors with a lot of variation will definitely be noticed - but will put many people off although the right buyer will "have to" have the house because of the unusual floor.
4. Do you like variation or a more consistent coloring?
The floors that have more variation tend towards the exotic species (Tigerwood, Brazilian Walnut) and will make more of a statement.  The varying colors in a natural floor (with clear coat but no stain) typically can work well with many tones of furniture and in homes that don't have consistent colored furnishings.  Negatively if the floor has  a lot of variation it can be very busy and can compete with artwork or furnishings so is best left with simpler, cleaner decorating styles.
5. If for a kitchen or great room, what color are the cabinets?
Design-wise it is best to have a bit of a contrast from the floor to the cabinets since if they match too much the whole room blends into one big blob.  If you have new construction it is best to pick your floors out first as there are so many natural options where most cabinets are stained.  If you have existing cabinets taking a door off and bringing it with you while floor shopping is your best chance of finding a good color pairing.
6. What type/color of furniture do you have?
Flooring can vary from the rustic heavily handscraped to a very smooth and modern with many options in between.  Using your existing furniture and home style (even if it is just a picture in your head) as a guide will allow you to maintain or achieve a harmonious setting.  Clipping photos from magazines and/or using design services are another option to discover what style appeals to you.
7. Do you want the floor to be a "statement" or are you looking for them to blend in to the environment?
The flooring with heavier grain patterns, very dark/very light shades, or extreme variations are going to become more of a showpiece in your home than the traditionally toned browns.
8. What color are the walls in the room(s) the flooring will go into?
Standard off-white walls can go with just about any type of flooring but many people are highlighting rooms with accent colors (and also remodeling their existing homes vs. moving!) and carrying paint swatches and getting flooring samples is really the only way to ensure you don't end up with a patchwork look.
9. Do you have pets?
Keep in mind what type of environment you live in.  If your five white Persian cats shed like crazy a very dark floor will not be a good fit unless you don't mind dust mopping daily.

Trend-wise in the past 10 years I have seen colors go from very light (Natural Maple, Natural Horizontal Bamboo) to very dark (Sambuca Maple, Iron Wood) and then settle back during the past two years into a medium tone (Strand Carbonized, Arpeggio).  I think there will always be people that choose the bold and beautiful for their flooring but the "middle of the road" coloring is here to stay for quite some time.  Traditional warm toned flooring in varying shades of brown lend itself to all types of furnishings, home styles, and also work with today's economy.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

What Type of Flooring Should I Choose?

When people come into the Seattle simpleFLOORS showroom and see all the laminate, hardwood, bamboo, and cork they are typically very happy about having so many flooring choices and that our display boards are really large to show what the floor will really look like once installed in their home.

Homeowners that are looking to update their existing flooring or are building a new home come in all shapes and sizes, just like flooring.  Although our large selection is a huge plus, it can be overwhelming for some shoppers.

Luckily most people know what type of flooring they should choose, even if they don't know they know!

Here is a breakdown and how we believe we can help them the best...

People that know EXACTLY what they are looking for
These customers typically have either a picture in their head of what the room or house will look like when it is completed.  They often come with a file of research from the internet, clippings from magazines, and can carry countertop, other flooring, and cabinet samples with them.
How do we help them?
1. Give them the "lay of the land" of the showroom and then get out of their way and wait for them to ask you questions.
2. Check in and be prepared to answer very specific questions.
3. Let customer know of any existing sales, carry displays to natural light and lay horizontally for customer, offer samples.
4. Be prepared to answer specific spec questions, check stock, schedule measurement,  and write up estimate/orders.

People that know what they like but aren't certain it is what they should be purchasing
These customers typically have an idea of what they would like the finished floor or look of the home to be.  They often have strong feelings about certain colors or textures.  The hesitation usually comes from being uncertain if the look they are hoping for will be too trendy and not stand the test of time, be a turn-off to potential buyers when they sell their home, or not be as durable as they need the flooring to be.
How do we help them?
1. Listen to what they say they are looking for, and the look they are trying to achieve.
2. Give them the "lay of the land" of the showroom, pointing out particular styles, collections, and colors that fit the parameter they have described.
3. Answer questions, show other options based on any new information you receive.
4. Ask questions about their home, lifestyle, traffic, and the look they are hoping for.  Be prepared to gently give them pros and cons of their favorite style floor and possibly something that will be more practical for the lifestyle of the actual home.
5. Let customer know of any existing sales, carry displays to natural light and lay horizontally for customer, offer samples.
6. Show photos of the flooring they are most interested in that has been installed in real customer homes, check stock, schedule measurement,  and possibly write up estimate/orders.

People that believe they have no idea what they want
This can be the most fun as I believe people really do know what they like and want, they just need someone to guide them through the process by asking the right questions.  After asking a few questions we can narrow down our great selection of a few hundred floors to a handful for the customer "who is overwhelmed" and leave them feeling confident in the selection process in a short amount of time.
Questions to narrow down the search quickly
1. Are you interested in Hardwood, bamboo, cork or laminate?
2. What type of subfloor do you have?
3. Handscraped or smooth?
4. Variation or more consistent color?
5. Dark, light, or medium?
6. Do you have kids, pets, or is this in a high traffic area?
After answering these questions you have quickly narrowed down the flooring choices to a manageable number and can lead them right to a few perfect selections.  Voila!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Wanna Chat?

Flooring Questions?  Live Chat with us!

simpleFLOORS is always interested in engaging with our customers, whether it is in person, on the phone, via email, or over live chat.

simpleFLOORS is proud to use Comm100 Live Chat as our live chat feature. You will find a link to the live chat feature on the upper right side on every page of the simplefloors.com website. The chat is operated Monday through Friday 8am to 11pm EST, and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm EST. Just click on the Chat live link and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding hardwood, bamboo, cork, or laminate flooring.  We feature many domestic hardwoods, exotic hardwoods, and strand woven bamboo as well.

We look forward to chatting with you!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Earth Day 2012 Engineered Wood Floors: Green Flooring Options by simpleFLOORS

Hardwood flooring products are not usually considered to be green flooring choices. Environmentally-conscious buyers now have a choice – engineered wood flooring by simpleFLOORS. 

Engineered wood is constructed using a veneer, or surface layer, of the desired wood, which is bonded to more layers of softer, renewable woods like pine, balsa and poplar. This manufacturing technique is better for the environment because it reduces harvesting of slower-growing hardwood forests.

Engineered wood also lasts longer than many solid woods because it is more resistant to climate and humidity changes. Flooring that lasts longer ensures that less wood will be needed to meet demand.

Inspired by classic modern design, the Vintage Couture engineered wood collection by simpleFLOORS adorns both traditional and modern interiors with "perfect imperfection". Authentic hand-scraped floors are available in much-acclaimed natural species sourced from around the planet, including American Cherry, Black Walnut, True Teak, African Walnut, Brazilian Cherry and Hickory.

simpleFLOORS also uses sustainable cork underlay with most flooring installations, as it offers excellent durability and sound-dampening properties.

Earth-friendly engineered wood floors by simpleFLOORS . . . ecologically sustainable hardwood flooring options for Earth Day 2012.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Earth Day 2012 Bamboo Hardwood Floors: Sustainable Flooring Options by simpleFLOORS




Bamboo flooring is a great Earth-friendly alternative to hardwood flooring.  Bamboo flooring is naturally anti-bacterial, water-resistant and made from fast-growing, renewable bamboo, which requires only 4 to 6 years to reach maturity. Hardwood trees can take 60 to 100 years to reach maturity.  Bamboo is technically a grass, yet is strong and durable like hardwood and makes an ideal replacement.

Bamboo Flooring is a perfect option for those who appreciate beauty, longevity and environmental sustainability. Rated harder than red oak, new pre-finished bamboo floors from simpleFLOORS offer easy installation and ease of cleaning with a no-wax surface.

simpleFLOORS features eco-friendly renewable bamboo flooring in a variety of styles and colors, including the new Strand Woven Bamboo Java SeriesWith a wide range of color to compliment any d├ęcor, these unique floors are hand-scraped for a rustic, textured feel and appearance.

simpleFLOOR’s Strand Woven Java Series is extremely durable due to bamboo’s high Janka rating, combined with 8 coats of Aluminum Oxide finish.  simpleFLOORS uses European Dyno adhesives during manufacturing, which is free of components classified as hazardous to the environment. There are no solvents, heavy metals, formaldehydes or bactericides used during manufacturing.

These floors are commercially-rated yet can be installed in many environments. Premium Green Strand Woven bamboo floors can be cut, installed or sanded like conventional solid hardwood floors. Due in part to its inherent dimensional stability, Strand Woven flooring can be glued directly down over concrete, nailed or floated.

simpleFLOORS also uses sustainable cork underlay with most flooring installations, as it offers excellent durability and sound-dampening properties.

Earth-friendly strand-woven bamboo floors by simpleFLOORS . . . ecologically sustainable hardwood flooring options for Earth Day 2012.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Earth Day 2012 Eco-Friendly Cork Hardwood Floors: Sustainable Flooring Options by simpleFLOORS




Sustainability has become a popular topic for Earth Day 2012 as people search for earth-friendly products, including eco-friendly flooring for their homes.  Bamboo floors have long been a first choice for many environmentally-conscious people because they are harvested from renewable bamboo forests around the world, but floors made out of cork are gaining momentum as the “other” green floor.

Cork flooring products are viewed as an earth-friendly flooring choice primarily because no trees are harmed in the manufacturing process.  Cork is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees across Southern Europe without harming the tree’s health.  Cork trees can be harvested every 9-12 years by simply peeling the bark from the trees, leaving the tree unharmed.  It has been reported that some of the trees used to make cork flooring products are over 200 years old.

Recent advances in cork manufacturing now enable simpleFLOORS to offer a wide variety of colors and patterns, including eight different style choices of earth-friendly cork flooring.  Cork offers the look of a hardwood floor with a much softer and warmer feel, and is often used in kitchen spaces because dishes and glasses have a much better chance of surviving a fall.  People also like cork floors in the kitchen area because a knife dropped with the point down may stick into the floor but will not cause permanent damage, as cork is known to “self-heal”.  The resilient nature of cork also helps if there are small children around, as cork flooring is much softer for a falling child than a hard ceramic tile floor.
Cork is also good for use in places where people will be standing for long periods of time.  A properly constructed cork floor is much gentler on the user’s leg joints, making it a perfect flooring choice for work rooms, artist studios or child’s playroom.

The cork floors that simpleFLOORS sells are designed to be installed using a floating, click-lock system, which means that glue does not need to be used for installing the flooring.  No glue means fewer chemicals, which results in an even more environmentally-safe floor.

simpleFLOORS also uses sustainable cork underlay with most flooring installations, as it offers excellent durability and sound-dampening properties.
Earth-friendly cork hardwood floors by simpleFLOORS . . . ecologically sustainable hardwood flooring options for Earth Day 2012.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Flooring Underlayment - The Scoop

Flooring underlayment - the scoop!

I had another customer today ask me about underlayment... some of the common questions are:
1. Do I need underlayment?
2. Does it really matter which underlayment I get?
3. Why do I need a good underlayment if I am going over concrete and there is no one below me?

We decided at our Seattle store to put together a "cheat sheet" for our customers (homeowners and contractors) that outline the different underlayments we carry, and their features... as well as our comments and favorites listed.

Underlayment Options
When you are using a floating flooring product (whether it be wood, laminate, cork, or bamboo) you will need an underlayment. If you are going over a concrete subfloor you will also need a vapor barrier (a 6mil plastic). You will lay down the vapor barrier if necessary, tape the seams, then lay down your underlayment. There are multiple underlayments available, and the higher end ones will absorb more sound and vibration and make your floor sound more solid. This is true on both wooden or concrete subfloors. Low end underlayments will still cover your warranty but tend toward a more hollow or "clicky/tap-dance" sound when you walk on your floor.

6mm Cork (A close second for Favorite Category) $.97/sf
Natural cork underlay provide exceptional sound reduction capabilities in addition to insulation and comfort underfoot. The cork is harvested from the bark of the Cork Oak tree without harm to the tree. An environmentally friendly option for naturally healthy living. Cork quiets both hardwood and laminate floors.
· Environmentally friendly option
· Meets condo requirements
· Sound Performance: STC 52 - 66
3mm Cork $.68/sf
Natural cork underlay provide exceptional sound reduction capabilities in addition to insulation and comfort underfoot. The cork is harvested from the bark of the Cork Oak tree without harm to the tree. An environmentally friendly option for naturally healthy living. Cork quiets both hardwood and laminate floors.
· Environmentally friendly option
Redux® Acoustical Reduction (Simple Floors employee Favorite) $.50/sf
Our best foam rubber underlayment. Redux can be used in both commercial and residential applications. Redux reduces same room foot traffic noise as well as reduces sound transmission to adjacent rooms and lower levels. Redux is for use under both engineered wood floors, laminate and cork floating floors. Specifically for use with the floating floor installation method, Redux provides a quieter surface by absorbing under floor vibration.2.5mm thickness
· Mold and mildew resistant as well as non allergenic
· Sound Performance: STC 55

Royal Walker® $.59/sf
A premium underlayment developed to reduce noise transmission for use under both hardwood and laminate floors. The unique engineering of this underlay allow it to interact with the floor system itself in a manner that produces a sound similar to that of traditional wood flooring.
· Exceeds recommended moisture permeability ratings for installation over concrete slabs
· Sound Performance: STC 53

Silver series 3 in 1 (Moderate) $.32/sf
The silver series 3 in 1 is a mid level laminate and hardwood flooring underlay. The silver series offers moderate sound absorption for laminate and hardwood flooring. The higher density 2mm thick foam comes with an foil moisture barrier backing. No additional moisture barrier is needed when using The Silver Series. This underlay is for use over both wooden or concrete subfloors. The foil on this underlayment also adds insulating properties.
2 in 1 Combo Foam Film (Low end) $.24/sf
The 2 in 1 Combo Foam Film is the standard laminate floating floor underlay. The 2 in 1 Combo foam film can also be used under solid or engineered real hardwood floors as well. The 2 in 1 is a 2mm thick foam with a pre-attached moisture barrier. This underlay can be used over both wooden or concrete subfloors.


Note - This blog article was initially published a few years ago but there are so many new people in our company that we are re-posting it. We also received great feedback from our customers about this "cheat sheet". Let us know at seattle@simplefloors.com if you would like us to mail you a copy!
Original posting here

Monday, April 9, 2012

Before and After 3 - Strand woven bamboo flooring


Here is the final photo in the Before and After series of the customer who recently had us install the strand woven bamboo flooring in their Seattle home. As you can see, the zebrano raw bamboo looks fantastic! The strand woven bamboo is a great product to use on stairs as it is extremely durable and holds up to high traffic in homes and is often used for commercial applications.

Check out all the strand woven options by clicking here!


Why choose our strand woven bamboo?
  • No additives: there is a difference. Premium Green Strand woven is produced exclusively using European Dyno brand adhesives. The adhesives are free of components classified as hazardous to the environment. No solvents, heavy metals, or bactericides were used in the making of this floor. This strand woven floor meets or exceeds European Union (more strict than U.S. regulations) Formaldehyde requirements.
  • Environmentally friendly. From the bamboo itself, to the low-emission glues utilized, Premium Green Bamboo floors are created with minimal environmental impact. There isn't a flooring available with lower environmental impact.
  • Hardness. The hardest bamboo floor you can buy. Premium Green Strand woven exotic series has nearly twice the hardness rating of oak or a standard bamboo floor.
  • Timeless Style. The style of the Strand Woven series is unmatched. The color and style complement any interior theme. A practical hardwood flooring option with beauty that will impress your most discerning guests. The look of an expensive exotic flooring option at a price that fits any budget.
  • Durability. Strand Woven Bamboo offers a Hardness rating (3000 PSI) twice that of other bamboo species and flooring such as Oak and Maple. The moisture stability of the product allows for flexible installation methods such as direct glue down over concrete, traditional nail down on wood, or floating installation. Install the Strand Woven bamboo in virtually any room in your house. With both the natural and carbonized or zebrano versions, the color on the surface is the same color all the way to the core. This means if dents or gouges do occur, they are less noticeable and easier to repair.
  • Finishing Touch. The level of sheen is satin glow. The 11 step finishing process, in which 8 coats of German manufactured Treffic aluminum oxide Finish are applied, achieves the finest finish available. Each layer is individually cured with Ultra Violet light. Beautiful finish depth combined with abrasion- and scratch-resistance and no-wax easy daily maintenance results. Top-quality materials and exacting construction standards ensure the lasting performance of Premium Green Bamboo floors.
  • Certified. The factory is ISO 9000 certified. Not only does this mean production of a quality product but a quality product consistently, time after time.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Before and After 2 - Strand woven bamboo flooring



Before and After 2 - Strand woven bamboo flooring

Here is some additional photos showing the new bamboo flooring in a Seattle home. This customer sent us multiple before and after photos showing us how the strand zebrano bamboo really changed the look and feel of their whole home.

The flooring was set at a diagonal to add further dimension to the look. You can notice none of the cupboards or hardware have changed, yet the whole room looks totally different.
Strand woven bamboo works really well in high traffic areas such as a kitchen. It holds up really well to water compared to other flooring and is very easy to maintain.

Click here to check out the full collection!


FAQ's about strand woven bamboo
Q. Why does the Premium Green Strand Woven Bamboo Collection look different? I can't even tell it's bamboo!
A. With this collection the cane is harvested and Bamboo pieces are thrashed, woven, bundled, and pressed into a dense compact block. The visual this creates is that of an exotic hardwood species.

Q. Is this harder than regular bamboo?
A. Nearly twice as hard. The official Janka hardness rating is 3000 pounds per square inch. This is as hard as many Brazilian species.

Q. Is it available in stained colors?
A. Yes, We have both stained and handscraped strand woven bamboo options now available

Q. Is it pre-finished? Do we have to apply anything to the surface once installed?
A. It is pre-finished. No additional applications are needed.

Q. What is the warranty and who warranties it?
A. It is a triple warranty. A Lifetime Structure, 55yr defect and 25yr Finish/wear warranty. Premium Green, a U.S based manufacturer, backs the warranty.

Q. Does the strand woven version have floor and stair trim, or do we just use regular bamboo trim?
A. We stock a complete line of floor and stair trim for the Premium Green Strand Woven Collection. See the specific color quote page for all of the available matching trim options.

Q. Does this floor require any special care?
A. No special care needed. You do not even have to wax this floor. Just your regular weekly cleaning.



Saturday, April 7, 2012

Breathe A Little Easier This Spring!

I recently made a move into a beautiful rental home in Sacramento, CA. The owner of this home was going to replace the old carpet with new carpet but with very little convincing - he allowed me to replace it with laminate flooring instead.

Flooring is one of the most important things in my life for two very different reasons. #1 I've always been in the flooring industry and love it. #2 I have respiratory issues; allergies, dust mites, pets... any of this sound familiar?

When I was a child with asthma the doctors told my parents, "take the carpet out of her room, she spends at least 8 hours breathing the dirt and particles that stay in her carpeted flooring". If you have ever removed a carpet and seen the dirt that is trapped underneath it, you know exactly what I am talking about.  After a while my parents had our entire house "de-carpeted" and we were living on beautiful solid surfaces. Durable and easy to clean hardwood and laminate floors. This is what drew me to SimpleFloors, our focus is only on beautiful hard surface flooring. SimpleFloors runs the gamut from eco-friendly bamboo and cork, responsible exotic wood, 3/4 solid wood, engineered hardwood, and laminated floors.

If you have allergies like me and are looking for a solution, try solid surface flooring. In addition to the flooring as long as your allergies are not mold related you might try these particular types of plants. Besides being beautiful these plants are known for their ability to clean the air from some chemicals that can trigger respiratory issues.  


English Ivy
Bamboo Palm
Lady Palm
Peace Lily







  
We chose the Masterpiece Cedar for our new flooring, its nearly 1/2 inch thick (12mm) and the boards are varied in length. With a good underlayment - it has the look, feel, and sound of a hardwood floor. I highly recommend!

Click here to see more about Masterpiece Cedar

Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring Before and After - Living Room



One of our customers in Seattle sent us some fantastic before and after photos of home - they really love the strand woven zebrano charred that they chose and said "if these photos don't help sell your floors, then nothing will!"

The strand woven bamboo they chose really highlights their existing furniture, cabinets, and design of the home. No other design changes were made except having new bamboo flooring installed.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Building prospects looking up

Builder confidence sees largest rise in 18 months!

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) jumped four points in October, the largest increase in builder confidence in 18 months. “This latest boost in builder confidence is a good sign that some pockets of recovery are starting to emerge across the country, as extremely favorable interest rates and prices catch consumers’ attention,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. Derived from a monthly survey NAHB has conducted for more than 20 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair,” or “poor.”Each of the HMI three component indexes recorded substantial gains in October. The component gauging current sales conditions rose four points, the component gauging sales expectations in the next six months rose seven points, and the component gauging traffic of prospective buyers rose three points.Regionally, the West led all other areas of the country with its nine-point gain – the highest HMI score for that region since August 2007. The Midwest and South each recorded four-point gains while the Northeast held unchanged.
With builder confidence on the rise, celebrating the New Year takes on a whole new meaning!
We at Seattle simpleFLOORS are hopeful for our region, and all builders across the country!