Las Vegas — Mohawk Group was awarded the Best of Resilient Flooring for its Hot & Heavy collection at the 2014 Hospitality and Design Expo and Conference. Held annually in Las Vegas, HD is the premier trade show for the hospitality design industry. The IIDA/HD Annual Product Design Competition honors innovation, function, and aesthetic advancements in the hospitality industry.
“We are incredibly pleased to receive the top award in the IIDA/HD Product Design Competition’s resilient category,” said Allie Finkell, director of resilient marketing for Mohawk Group. “This year marks the first time we’ve shown Mohawk Group’s hard surface products together with Durkan at HD Expo, and to take home the resilient category’s top prize in our first year is quite an honor.”
Products are judged for design innovation, technical advancements, cost and value, environmental responsibility, aesthetics, need, and usage within hospitality applications. Performance, comfort, safety, suitability for intended use, durability, accessibility, and client/user benefits are also evaluated by the judges.
Hot & Heavy’s large-scale Secoya wood-look planks in 9-inch x 59-inch format mirror popular European hardwood design trends, and also cover a sizable area with minimum install time. Tiles in the larger size (36-inch squares)–named Bolder–emulate contemporary stained concrete finishes and broaden this robust product line. The planks come in nine colors, and the tiles are available in eight shades. The acoustical inner layer tests at 57 IIC, often eliminating the need for underlays which add cost and installation time. Both palettes are designed to coordinate with Durkan’s soft surface products to offer designers more flexibility in crafting a fashionable cohesive look.
For hospitality applications, Hot & Heavy is a time-saving, cost-effective and healthy flooring solution. Because of its heavier weight (5mm thickness) and nonskid backing, the loose lay product requires no adhesive. And the loose lay format works beautifully for hospitality settings: Installation of Hot & Heavy takes less time so spaces can be occupied immediately. If a tile becomes damaged, replacement is simple and can be done without disassembling the floor.
Hot & Heavy is constructed with performance upgrades to offer installation advantages:
- The added weight and exceptional dimensional stability keep planks in place, even under commercial foot traffic.
- Acoustical properties limit sound and provide quiet acoustics for multi-story properties such as hotels.
- Subfloor preparation is reduced as Hot & Heavy tolerates up to 95% relative humidity.
- Floors can be walked on immediately after installation.
- M-Force™ Ceramic Enhanced Urethane is polish optional for cost-effective maintenance.
Hot & Heavy is made with 59% recycled content. Since no adhesives are required and tiles are FloorScore® certified, Hot & Heavy is ultra-low in VOCs, making it an ideal choice for creating healthier hospitality environments.