Wood and Laminate Flooring Market size is forecast to reach $87.3 billion by 2026, after growing at a CAGR of 4.8% during 2021-2026. Wood floorings and laminate floorings are being increasingly used in residential and commercial structures to enhance the aesthetics of the structure. Increasing usage in the commercial, as well as residential sector, rising preferences of wood-based floorings, surging level of investment for the development of airports and hotels, are some of the key factors that will accelerate the growth of the wood and laminate flooring market during the forecast period. Increasing urbanization and industrialization will further fuel numerous opportunities that will contribute to the growth of the wood flooring and laminate flooring industry. However, the high cost of raw material and prevalence of cost-effective and low maintenance alternative products are projected to be a significant challenge for the wood and laminate flooring industry during the forecast period.
The construction sector is one of the sectors that is bearing the toughest brunt of COVID-19 for more than a year and has also been already fighting a liquidity crisis due financial sector’s non-banking financial institutions collapse. Owing to the lack of funding and pandemic, several projects have remained in the unfinished stages and construction output has significantly fallen prey. For instance, according to the Office for National Statistics, in July 2020, the construction industry remained 11.6% below the level of February 2020. And in August 2020, the level of construction production remained 10.8% below the level of February 2020. Furthermore, manufacturers are expected to be stranded on raw material orders due to a major effect on the logistics industry due to the lockdowns. All these factors are limiting the wood and laminate flooring industry growth during the pandemic.
Wood And Laminate Flooring Market Segment Analysis – By Wood Type
The oak segment held the largest share in the wood and laminate flooring market in 2020. Due to its resistance to wear, oak is an extremely durable flooring material. For high traffic areas at home, this makes it the ideal option. White oak is especially liquid permeation resistant and is therefore suitable for flooring in the kitchen and bathroom. Both red and white oak handles well for gluing, drilling, and machine cutting, allowing flooring to be easily mounted. The wood also responds well to any treatments and stains applied, giving oak-based floors a wide variety of color and finish choices. All these extensive benefits of using oak-based flooring are expected to boost the demand for oak-based flooring over the forecast period.
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Wood And Laminate Flooring Market Segment Analysis – By Wood Flooring
The engineered wood flooring segment held the largest share in the wood and laminate flooring market in 2020 and is growing at a CAGR of 5.2% during 2021-2026, as it is an appropriate alternative to concrete floorings. Architects, code regulators, and building planners who are aware of energy-efficient farming practices that save energy speed up construction cut labor costs, and minimize waste are commonly using engineered wood products. Due to high disposable incomes and widespread knowledge of the benefits of engineered wood among the population, the segment is expected to travel at a higher pace in North America and Europe. One of the benefits of engineered wood products is that they can be crafted in compliance with end-requirement users and custom requirements. Among other characteristics, easy maintenance and colourful design uniqueness are driving the growth of the segment during the forecast period.
Wood And Laminate Flooring Market Segment Analysis – By Laminate Flooring
The medium density fiberboard laminate flooring (MDF) segment held the largest share in the wood and laminate flooring market in 2020. It is made from wood waste fibers compressed under heat and pressure along with resin or glue. It is equivalent but denser than particle board. MDF, which is higher than many hardwoods, has a density of 600-800 kg/m3. It also doesn’t quickly warp or swell in areas such as toilets or washrooms with high humidity. Furthermore, MDF has economic value to consumers as it is cheaper at cost and inexpensive, is resistant to some insects as some chemicals are used for the processing of MDF, does not have knots or kinks which disturbs the smooth surface, and more. These characteristics make it an ideal core layer material high density fiberboard laminate flooring, which is the major factor that drives its market growth during the forecast period.
Wood And Laminate Flooring Market Segment Analysis – By End-Use Industry
The residential segment held the largest share in the wood and laminate flooring market in 2020 and is growing at a CAGR of 5.6% during 2021-2026. Wood flooring provides a natural feeling to the interiors of the house and is ideal for living areas, bedrooms, hallways, and dining rooms. Solid timber floors are highly durable and resistant to everyday wear and tear, owing to which it is largely used in the residential construction. It also has properties such as good resistance to impact & scratch and can withstand small amounts of spillage that occur in common households. The evolving concept of home decor in the country, backed by the rising discretionary income is positively influencing the overall market growth. In November 2017, the National Housing Strategy (NHS), an ambitious 10-year was launched. The plan with an investment of $40-billion will remove 530,000 families from housing need and reduce chronic homelessness by 50%, which will boost the residential sector in Canada. Such government initiatives are also set to increase the demand for wood and laminate floorings in the residential construction sector during the forecast period.
Wood And Laminate Flooring Market Segment Analysis – By Geography
Asia-Pacific region held the largest share in the wood and laminate flooring market in 2020 up to 38%, owing to spiraling demand for solid timber floors and high density fiberboard laminated flooring from the residential sector. This is attributed to the growing population in emerging economies, such as China, India, and Thailand, which in turn drives the demand for residential buildings. The residential construction sector is thriving, mainly driven by the government’s efforts to sustain the demand of the increasing population. For instance, in 2019, the Thailand government allocated THB4 billion (US$125.6 million) to finance five low-cost housing projects in the country. Furthermore, the government has launched projects in India, such as ‘100 smart cities’ and ‘Housing for All by 2022,’ which are expected o drive the Indian residential construction market over the forecast period. Asia-Pacific countries are also witnessing a notable rise in the construction of multi-family residential homes, such as residential building clusters and residential complexes, which in turn is expected to positively influence the demand for wood and laminate floorings. Also, the rising demand for premium apartments in metropolitan areas in Asia-Pacific is expected to drive the growth. Therefore, owing to these factors, the residential construction sector is anticipated to increase in Asia-Pacific, which will then drive the market growth in the region during the forecast period.
Wood and Laminate Flooring Market Drivers
Supportive Government Policies Promoting the Utilization of Wooden Products
For a long period, much of the materials used in building activities such as cement, asphalt, steel, and plastic remain in the surrounding area, which raises the environmental burden. Several governments have promoted the use of natural and easily decomposable items such as wood for the construction of new buildings and renovation activities to increase the sustainability of the construction industry. For example, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) has passed a law to facilitate the use of wood materials in the construction of public buildings. Similarly, in constructing both residential buildings and commercial buildings, different governments offer incentives for the use of wood. Flooring is one such field in which the use of wood is easy, and with companies developing to enhance the properties of wood flooring, demand is expected to increase significantly during the forecast period.
Expanding Commercial Construction Sector
Wood and laminate flooring is extensively used in the commercial construction sector, as it is cost-effective, requires low maintenance, and can withstand high traffic. By 2025, Japan’s Kansai International Airport will spend about 100 billion yen ($911 million) to upgrade the larger terminal, aiming to improve space for foreign flights at the country’s No. 2 hub. In February 2020, the Indian Union Budget aims to create 100 new airports by 2024 to help growing air traffic under the Centre’s Udan scheme. Over the medium term (2020-2021), R4.6-billion was allocated to the health facility revitalization component of the national health insurance indirect grant in South Africa. Planning and construction of the Limpopo Central Hospital in Polokwane, which is scheduled to be completed in 2025/26, will be financed by a portion of this budget. In July 2019, The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) awarded Saudi Amana contracting a public tender award to build accommodation & offices for staff & laborers working on the project. The project is on schedule for completion by the end of 2022. 14 luxury hotels offering 3,000 rooms across five islands and two inland resorts are included in the plans. Thus, it is anticipated that with the flourishing commercial construction industry, there will be an upsurge in the demand for solid timber floors, which will subsequently drive the concrete reinforcing fiber market growth.
Wood and Laminate Flooring Market Challenges
Availability of Other Cost-effective Substitute Materials
A flooring product is exposed to difficult conditions such as liquid spillage, moisture accumulation near the door and other openings, effects from walking or dropping objects, and scratches from furniture movement. The flooring product must therefore be immune to the altercations that arise from such occurrences. Wooden flooring is facing intense competition from items such as ceramic tiles, durable flooring, and resin flooring, most of which are better at coping with these consequences. Ceramic tiles have greater strength, resistance to impact, and the ability to withstand moisture. Vinyl coverings and carpets, on the other hand, display superior water handling and aesthetic design capabilities. In addition, wood is an expensive natural commodity that takes a long time to regenerate. Many of the alternatives, however, prove to be considerably cheap. Due to these reasons, the demand for the adoption of this form of flooring is limited.
Wood and Laminate Flooring Market Landscape
Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the wood and laminate flooring market. Major players in the wood and laminate flooring market are Tarkett, Mannington Mills, Inc., Mohawk Group, Abet Inc., Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Goodfellow Inc., Forbo Holding AG, Armstrong Flooring, Kronospan Limited, Notion Flooring, Lamiwood, Kahrs Holding AB, and Bauwerk-Boen.
In January 2020, Notion Flooring introduced wooden laminate flooring with termite-proof. It has a particular protective layer that protects the flooring from UV rays and protects the flooring from stains through its wear layer.
In June 2019, Pattern Wooden Flooring was introduced in the market by Lamiwood. The pattern wooden flooring is a collection of Herringbone and Chevron patterns.
Asia-Pacific dominates the wood and laminate flooring market, owing to the increasing construction activities in the region. Government initiatives such as “Housing for All” and “One Belt, One Road” are flourishing the residential and commercial building sectors in the region.
In developing countries, urbanization, industrialization, and changing habits have led to a rise in building activities. The growth of the construction industry has contributed to this factor, which in turn has a positive effect on the wood and laminate flooring market.
The factors expected to drive the demand for wood and laminate flooring are the ease of installation and the need for comparatively less skilled labor compared to the installation of alternative materials.
In addition, the high-density fiberboard laminated flooring market is likely to be supported by increasing construction activities in the industrial sector, such as work floors, assembly points, and collection facilities. Growing trends for single-family housing units would likely further fuel demand growth.
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