Since 1992, our magazine has sent out and compiled results from the only yearly survey of the wood flooring industry. That year, we noted that unfinished solid strip was still the largest product category, that oil-modified urethane was the most popular finish, and new construction accounted for most of the business generated for contractors and retailers. How far has the industry come since then? Turn the page to find detailed results from wood flooring manufacturers, distributors, retailers and contractors. And if you're curious to see the 1992 survey, click here for a PDF.

 

State of the Industry Manufacturers

Here are the results from the wood flooring manufacturers who participated in our online survey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State of the Industry Distributors

The distributors responding to our survey were 82 percent wood flooring specialists and 18 percent general floor covering distributors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State of the Industry Retailers

Of the retailers responding to our survey, 23 percent specialized in wood flooring and 77 percent were general floor covering retailers.

 

 

 

State of the Industry Contractors

Hundreds of contractors shared stats in our survey. Here is what they revealed about their businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

See the following previous State of the Industry reports:

State of the Wood Flooring Industry 2016: A Steady Climb

State of the Wood Flooring Industry 2015: Building Momentum

Solid Ground: State of the Wood Flooring Industry 2014

Improving Outlook: State of the Industry 2013

Kim Wahlgren

Kim M. Wahlgren is the longtime editor of Wood Floor Business. Based in Madison, Wis., she manages the day-to-day operations of the WFB print magazine, website, E-News and social media. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin in journalism and Spanish. Away from the office, she’s busy enjoying her family, including two beautiful children, a sassy ex-racehorse, an extraordinarily silly black Labrador mutt and her husband, Brent, whom she met at … yes, wood flooring school.