Hardwood flooring is most popular with New Englanders, used in 65% of homes in the region, according to an analysis of research by the National Association of Home Builders.
Solid hardwood is more popular than engineered, and oak the dominant species, according to data from the NAHB analyzed for the Wall St. Journal. Mountain States also favor hardwood floors, with the preference rising from 17% in 2006 to 43% of homes in 2011. East South Central, South Atlantic and Middle Atlantic area new home buyers also specify hardwood floors, while the West Coast and Midwestern regions prefer carpeting.
Decking also varies by region, with treated wood declining in popularity around the country (though still dominant in south central and southeastern areas), and plastic composite wood - made from wood waste and resin - gaining in every region.
The NAHB also studies buying habits for many materials by home builders and remodelers — ranging from basic lumber and many other wood products, to electrical and plumbing fixtures, a variety of materials used to finish various areas of the house, appliances, and even tools.
click image to zoom Paul Emrath, Ph.D., a researcher in the Economics and Housing Policy Group at NAHB, surveyed hundreds of builders and remodelers, asking them who’s most often responsible for choosing products and where these products are purchased. A copy of the complete report on remodeler lumber, cabinet, tool and other material buying patterns is available here.