Getting with the ‘Times

June 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Getting with the ‘Times

Canadian manufacturer ups the ante on waterproof wood June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Steven Feldman   The waterproof flooring category is by far the fastest-growing segment of the floor covering industry, and one of the latest innovations within this category has been something referred to as composite engineered waterproof wood flooring. In layman’s terms, it’s a real wood veneer attached to a waterproof rigid core, which—according to the National Wood Flooring Association’s...

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NWFA honors individual, group achievements

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on NWFA honors individual, group achievements

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   Fort Worth, Texas—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) held a special ceremony here at its annual convention last month to recognize individuals and organizations alike for their contributions to the industry. These ranged from service awards honoring important achievements to master craftsmen who showcase their installation skills all the way down to the next generation of wood flooring professionals. Following is an overview...

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Wood: Domestics vs. exotics—A matter of taste, economics

May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: Domestics vs. exotics—A matter of taste, economics

May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   In the perennial battle between domestically produced hardwood and imported exotics, anecdotal information shows homegrown species are continuing to grow in popularity at a much faster rate than their tropical counterparts. At the same time, suppliers of hardwood flooring from South America, Southeast Asia and even parts of Africa said they are seeing a resurgence in demand for some of their products. “In terms...

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Wood: NWFA convention—Industry looks to leverage category’s winning proposition

May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: NWFA convention—Industry looks to leverage category’s winning proposition

May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker Fort Worth, Texas—Although hardwood remains arguably the most aspirational flooring product today, it is increasingly facing intense competition from look-alike products such as LVT, WPC and SPC. The most effective way to recoup market share, proponents say, is to make a more compelling case for retailers and, ultimately, consumers to go for the real thing. That was the prevailing message that came out of the...

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A look back at 2018’s top introductions

May 6, 2019 | Comments Off on A look back at 2018’s top introductions

April 29/May 6, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 24 By Lindsay Baillie and Ken Ryan   In a marketplace plagued by “me-too” products, it is up to manufacturers to develop standout flooring. Whether it’s carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile or resilient, suppliers have had to step up their game in style, design and performance to excite flooring dealers and customers alike. In 2018, the industry saw a plethora of new products enter the scene. Following is an...

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Wood: State of the industry—Key sectors fuel greater buying activity

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: State of the industry—Key sectors fuel greater buying activity

April 15/22, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 23 By Reginald Tucker   Like other hard surface sectors facing intense competition from the likes of LVT/WPC/SPC, hardwood flooring also felt pressure in terms of both market share and profit margins. But thanks to strong end-use activity in 2018, the category continued to post respectable numbers despite the onslaught of so many wood look-alike products. It’s not just the widely held belief that real hardwood remains the most...

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NWFA 2019 preview: Stage is set for hardwood’s premiere event

April 8, 2019 | Comments Off on NWFA 2019 preview: Stage is set for hardwood’s premiere event

April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker   The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is looking to corral wood flooring professionals from all segments of the industry to attend the group’s annual conference and expo, which is set to take place May 1–3 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Visitors are encouraged to participate in a host of educational sessions, networking events and group activities while perusing the scores of exhibitor booths slated...

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Wood Surfaces coverage: Introductions reflect imagination, design creativity

February 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood Surfaces coverage: Introductions reflect imagination, design creativity

February 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 18 By Reginald Tucker   A subtle shift in the color palette from cool grays to warmer gray/brown tones. Creative surface texture treatments and applications of different stains and finishes. An influx of wood/SPC “hybrid-type” products entailing a thin-sliced or peeled real wood veneer over a non-wood rigid core structure. These were among the most visible trends that emerged from the hardwood flooring category at TISE 2019. Case in...

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Anderson Tuftex continues forward momentum

February 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Anderson Tuftex continues forward momentum

January 21/28, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 17 By Lindsay Baillie   It was one year ago that Anderson Tuftex made its Surfaces debut as a combined brand, showcasing hardwood and carpet products in an elaborately decorated, two-story booth. Throughout 2018 the brand has had the opportunity to show flooring dealers exactly what Anderson Tuftex is about and truly home in on what the brand’s consumer really looks like. “Being at Surfaces in 2018 was a...

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Cali Brands grows, evolves, disrupts

January 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Cali Brands grows, evolves, disrupts

January 7/14, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 16 By Steven Feldman   San Diego—Cali Brands, the company formerly known as Cali Bamboo, is growing faster than a weed after a rain shower on a sunny day. The company continues to evolve its product portfolio, adding vinyl, rigid core wood and engineered European hardwood to the mix while staying true to its sustainability mission and “green to the core’’ roots. Bamboo is still an important part of...

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