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Flooring: Wood, Resilient & Concrete
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This month’s 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 1/31–2/3 in Las Vegas, or the Coverings tile and stone expo, to be held from 4/4–4/7 in Orlando. Rita Catinella Orrell

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Translations in Antique Brown, Cinnamon, and Creamy White, and Timberline in Medium Cherry (top). A detail of one the Timberline collection’s four new shades of bamboo (bottom).

Commercial resilient flooring lines updated
Armstrong Commercial Floors has updated several resilient flooring collections, including the Timberline, Standard Excelon, Translations, and Commission Plus product lines.

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.  [ Reader Service February 2006 # 211 ]


The collection includes concrete (top) and metal (bottom) visuals.

Floors that replicate metal, concrete, leather
Innovision Flooring’s 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 collection’s 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, N.J. [ Reader Service February 2006 # 212 ]



Strand bamboo floor offers 30-year warranty
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.

Bamboo’s 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. [ Reader Service February 2006 # 213 ]


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