This months flooring roundup
includes new offerings in vinyl, wood, bamboo, and concrete.
For the latest trends in the flooring industry, check out
the Surfaces show, held from 1/312/3 in Las Vegas, or
the Coverings tile and stone expo, to be held from 4/44/7
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Translations in Antique
Brown, Cinnamon, and Creamy White, and Timberline
in Medium Cherry (top). A detail of one the Timberline
collections four new shades of bamboo (bottom).
Commercial resilient flooring
Armstrong Commercial Floors has updated several
resilient flooring collections, including the Timberline,
Standard Excelon, Translations, and Commission Plus
Exotic wood visuals have been added to the Timberline
group, comprising four shades of bamboo and three variations
of wenge, along with five other options, including rustic
beech, walnut, and cherry. The color palette for the
Standard Excelon VCT collection has been increased by
16 more colors. Both products meet all current ASTM
guidelines and feature a new urethane coating for increased
durability. The floors are also FloorScore certified,
meaning they meet stringent indoor air quality requirements.
The Translations line features a classic marble visual
in a range of colors and three seaming methods. Ideal
for retail, education, health-care, and other applications,
the heterogeneous sheet flooring has expanded to a palette
of 24 calm neutrals and bright accents.
Finally, the refreshed Commission Plus collection is
ideal for spaces that need a residential look combined
with light-commercial performance, such as assisted
living. Armstrong has nearly doubled the product line,
which now includes 30 SKUs, including a wide variety
of decoratives, stones, slates, and woods. Armstrong
Commercial Floors, Lancaster, Pa. www.armstrong.com
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The collection includes
concrete (top) and metal (bottom) visuals.
Floors that replicate metal,
Innovision Floorings Artwalk vinyl sheet
flooring features metal effects that replicate the look
of stainless steel and metallic paint, realistic textured
leathers, and concrete visuals for a range of commercial
interiors including retail, education, government, and
hospitality installations. Available in 79'' x 49' size,
with gauges of .126'' (metal collection) and .087''
(leather and concrete collections), the collections
12 contemporary metal visuals and 16 concrete and leather
color combinations offer specifiers a broad selection.
In addition to Artwalk, Innovision offers five other
flooring collections: Naturelife heterogeneous sheet
flooring, Deco Stone/Wood vinyl tile flooring, Neovia
vinyl tile flooring, and Static Pulse ESD (electrostatic
discharge) flooring. Innovision Flooring, Kenilworth,
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Strand bamboo floor offers
The strand bamboo flooring from S&W International
Group, a manufacturer and installer of bamboo flooring,
offers a floor that is twice as hard as red oak and
80 percent harder than hard maple. A quick-growing grass,
bamboo takes just five to six years to grow, rather
than at least 25 years needed to grow a tree.
S&W offers three types of bamboo flooring: traditional,
strand woven, and click-on glueless. Traditional and
glueless bamboo flooring each feature a 20-year warranty,
while strand-woven bamboo offers a 30-year warranty.
Bamboo is available in two colors: natural, which is
similar to maple, and coffee, which is a darker color
created with a high-temperature, high-pressure treatment.
Bamboos durability makes it a good floor surface
for high-traffic areas such as stairs. S&W claims
to be the only company that offers decorative items
such as medallions, inlays, borders, baseboards, stair
treads, and flush floor vents in bamboo. Two colors
of bamboo flooring, along with medallions, inlays, and
borders, were used on the stairs shown below. S&W
International Group, Elk Grove, Ill. www.sw-intl.com
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