Homeowners are staying in their homes longer than ever — a decade or more in many cases, up from the usual five to seven years. That’s putting a premium on long-lasting materials. A favorite among designers and contractors is quartz countertops, which can resemble natural stone but are far more resistant to staining and scratching.
Porcelain tile flooring is another hot material that combines durability and aesthetics. Wood-look porcelain is particularly popular, given the preference for hardwood flooring throughout the home, including the bathroom, where natural wood floors would be prone to water damage. trend also appeals to older homeowners, who are looking to stay in their homes as they age. Examples include self-cleaning gutters, which eliminate the need to climb up and down ladders, or lowmaintenance groundcovers in place of labor-intensive lawns. that spark the most joy in homeowners, right up there with up-to-date kitchens and bathrooms.
Manufacturers have responded with a slew of products and materials aimed at maximizing the outdoor living experience, including weather-resistant countertops, backyard fire pits and folding glass doors that create a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors.
Homeowners are increasingly seeking long-lasting materials; quartz countertops are becoming ever more popular.