Surfaces Wood Coverage: New finishes, formats steal the show in Vegas

February 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Surfaces Wood Coverage: New finishes, formats steal the show in Vegas

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Reginald Tucker   Hardwood flooring suppliers across the industry are combining creativity and technology as they seek to develop the next generation of products that will compete against the likes of WPC, LVT and rigid core floors. Case in point is the staining technology employed by Hearthwood in the manufacture of its Controlled Chaos and Dynamic Earth lines. Designed to mimic a process known as reactive staining—whereby...

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Wellmade’s Opti-Wood offers best of two worlds

January 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Wellmade’s Opti-Wood offers best of two worlds

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Reginald Tucker   The warmth, look and feel of genuine hardwood and bamboo, combined with the performance attributes of composite, rigid-core flooring. That’s the winning combination Wellmade says it has achieved with the full-scale rollout of Opti-Wood. Developed more than a year ago and initially sold through a large retailer on a private-label basis, Opti-Wood is now being offered to the masses. Wellmade, which is prepping the...

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Wood: Emerging design trends are gaining momentum in the marketplace

January 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: Emerging design trends are gaining momentum in the marketplace

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Reginald Tucker   Wider, longer boards. Subtle (but still visible) distressing. Double staining and wirebrushing. And engineered planks that mimic the attributes of solid wood floors. These are among the most popular trends in hardwood flooring today—trends that experts believe will continue into the foreseeable future. “I expect the continued popularity of wide and long boards will fuel most of the category’s growth in 2018 and beyond,”...

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Wood: Flooring products find home with wall applications

January 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: Flooring products find home with wall applications

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Nicole Murray   Luxury vinyl tile, laminate and wood products that are typically used for flooring installation have expanded to wall applications. Experts cite design elements and functional attributes as the primary reason. According to Drew Hash, Shaw Floors’ vice president of hard surface, this flourishing trend is not surprising as new ideas are developed in flooring every day as the industry continues to break away from...

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Wood: Anticipating trends is the key to successful product development

December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Wood: Anticipating trends is the key to successful product development

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Reginald Tucker   Fashion trends come and go, but hardwood flooring installations are designed to last for many years. For manufacturers, that poses a challenge: How to accurately forecast color/style design trends several years in advance of actual product rollouts? “The biggest challenge is always developing a product inspired by a home fashion trend that’s too early for the market,” said Joe Amato, vice president, residential...

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Executive forecast: Industry leaders look forward to robust year ahead

December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Executive forecast: Industry leaders look forward to robust year ahead

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Ken Ryan   Words like “sluggish” and “tepid” to describe growth in the flooring industry are being replaced by “healthy” and “sustainable” as some of flooring’s top executives see an industry that is now accelerating to a respectable cruising speed as we approach 2018. The catalyst driving this momentum is winning products—the still-booming LVT market and across-the-board innovations in other segments. We expect 2018 will be...

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Retailers recall top intros of 2017

December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Retailers recall top intros of 2017

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Lindsay Baillie   FCNews asked retailers to name the top flooring introductions of 2017. It should come as no surprise that the responses covered a broad range of products across the spectrum—LVT/WPC, wood, laminate and carpet. Some of the products identified were updated designs and looks from intros of 2016, while others were completely new launches. Following is an overview of the new products that stood...

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Shaw merges Anderson, Tuftex brands into one

November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Shaw merges Anderson, Tuftex brands into one

November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 Combined entity to make debut at Surfaces By Reginald Tucker   Dalton–What has been rumored for months is now confirmed. Shaw Floors, parent company of the venerable Anderson Hardwood and Tuftex brands, has announced plans to merge the two with the combined entity to be called Anderson Tuftex. The change is effective Jan. 1, 2018. For Shaw, the deal made sense because both brands have a long heritage...

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Distribution: Despite threats from LVT/WPC, segment hold its own

November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Distribution: Despite threats from LVT/WPC, segment hold its own

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Prior to the explosive growth of LVT/WPC, hardwood was the hot product in the hard surface flooring segment. In fact, 2012 and 2013 saw some of the largest increases in the wood category, with double-digit gains each year. Since then wood has continued to grow, albeit at a declining rate. Some observers surmise that this slow growth, which in many ways mirrors the overall...

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Spotlight: Southwind provides retailers with the complete package

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Spotlight: Southwind provides retailers with the complete package

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   Southwind Carpets, a division of Cherokee Carpet Industries, has been known for providing a range of residential and Main Street commercial carpets to dealers throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since its hard surface division launched in 2015, the company has added LVP, WPC and hardwood collections to its portfolio—providing retailers with the complete flooring package. Southwind’s leap into hard surfaces occurred when the company...

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