Here at Georgia Carpet, we like to keep up with the trends in the flooring industry. Recently, there has been a rise in hardwood popularity. Hardwood will always remain the original, true flooring that people want; however, it has been on the higher-end of flooring options. The price difference between hardwood and its synthetic alternatives, such as vinyl, has gotten smaller in the last couple of years. Vinyl is made from petroleum, which has risen in cost for manufacturers and the cost to the consumer. Due to supply chain problems and increased transportation costs, vinyl flooring prices have come close to typical hardwood costs. Mix that in with COVID-related interruptions and production delays, and consumers are looking at a small price gap between vinyl and hardwood. They are leaning towards hardwood at these prices because the aspect that made vinyl so appealing was its affordable price point. Vinyl has come a long way in visuals and durability, but ultimately budget will be the deciding factor. Hardwood is more of an investment in your home; it raises the overall value more than vinyl. Those who may spend similar amounts on vinyl have been switching to hardwood. Since hardwood is usually made in the USA, delays to receiving it have been significantly less than vinyl. The extra money spent on hardwood pays off for the shorter wait time for people on a time crunch for flooring. Sometimes understanding why certain products trend in flooring can be unclear, and that’s where Georgia Carpet comes in. We aim to give you background on all facets of flooring so you can find what’s right for you!