Top Flooring Trends for 2007 -- Exotic Hardwood Flooring, Green Flooring including Bamboo Floors, More

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More environmentally friendly and exotic flooring expected to lead sales in the New Year, providing designers, builders, developers and do-it yourselfers with a completely new range of looks and styles.

We are also seeing the trend toward more unique designs and looks in stone

As we move into the New Year the demand for more environmentally friendly and more exotic flooring options is expected to increase.

"We have seen a large and growing demand among consumers for 'green' flooring, with buyers placing a lot more importance on products that come from renewable resources," said Rob Banks, executive vice-president, sales for BuildDirect. "Bamboo has already become a significant part of the flooring market, largely because of its environmental benefits. As a fast growing grass plant that is not harmed by harvesting, bamboo is clearly one of the best flooring choices available from an eco-friendly standpoint. Now that we are seeing a growing selection of widths, colours and types of bamboo become available we certainly expect this demand to grow."

Banks went on to explain that a new category in flooring is emerging with Coco Palm flooring. "We think Coco Palm has the potential to really catch on in 2007, particularly in California which is leading the demand for more environmentally friendly products," said Banks. BuildDirect is currently in discussions with several different manufacturers to introduce a new line of Coco Palm flooring early in 2007.

The other trend in flooring expected for 2007 is a shift towards more exotic species taking over market share from traditional choices like oak and maple. "Brazilian cherry was a hot seller in 2005/2006, and now we are seeing more exotic species finding their way to market such as toona, tigerwood and taun," said Banks. These species, which have not commonly been available in North America, provide designers, builders, developers and do-it yourselfers with a completely new range of looks and styles.

"We are also seeing the trend toward more unique designs and looks in stone", said Banks. "Natural stones are definitely going to lead sales in 2007 particularly those with an antiqued or patterned look."

To find out more about the latest flooring trends, visit http://www.builddirect.com

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BuildDirect is the world's leading online wholesaler of building materials. Since its start in 1999, the company has established a reputation for offering the best quality building supplies at the lowest pricing possible. BuildDirect currently operates in 60 countries on six continents. They have developed the single most cost effective distribution channel in the building products industry for products such as flooring, roofing, decking, siding and countertops. http://www.BuildDirect.com

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