Armstrong extends Diamond 10 tech to new collection

April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Armstrong extends Diamond 10 tech to new collection

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21   Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring is extending its exclusive Diamond 10 Technology, which was first made available on its resilient sheet flooring line, to Appalachian Ridge, a new solid hardwood collection. Utilizing the technology, Armstrong Flooring believes it is able to deliver a beautiful solid hardwood that is more versatile and durable. “Our research consistently shows solid hardwood is the most coveted flooring choice by consumers for its timeless...

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American OEM achieves CARB-exempt status

April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on American OEM achieves CARB-exempt status

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21   Burns, Tenn.—American OEM, a private-label hardwood flooring manufacturer, has obtained renewed status of its CARB ULEF exemption on engineered wood flooring products. This renewal was granted after a perfect record of passing indoor air quality tests for formaldehyde emissions and was also extended to include product with HDF core materials, which the company will manufacture beginning in the second quarter of 2018. Essentially, this exemption grants American...

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Wood: State of the industry—Builder business, remodel sector propel category

April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: State of the industry—Builder business, remodel sector propel category

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Reginald Tucker   Preliminary anecdotal information shows the hardwood flooring category grew between 3% and 4% in 2017, placing the estimated value of the category just north of $2.31 billion at the first point of distribution. That growth, manufacturer executives say, puts the category on par with the estimated growth of the industry as a whole but slightly above the total gross domestic product for the year....

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Ribadao seeks to stand out with differentiated offerings

March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Ribadao seeks to stand out with differentiated offerings

March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Reginald Tucker   In a sea of European oak, wide-plank/long length sameness, Ribadao Wood Boutique is looking to set itself apart from the pack. The key, according to the company, lies in targeting the mid-to-high-end tier of the market with visuals, profiles and product formats consumers and commercial end users won’t find among the bevy of commodity offerings currently flooding the market. Utilizing its expertise in raw...

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Hardwood price hikes slated for April, May

March 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Hardwood price hikes slated for April, May

March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Reginald Tucker Price increases on select brands of hardwood flooring are scheduled to take effect this spring. Armstrong Flooring plans to initiate a 5%-7% price hike on solid hardwood products in the United States and Canada in May. “We have experienced significant increases in raw material costs, with lumber inflation across wood species and grades, coupled with energy, transportation and operating cost inflation,” Brent Flaharty, senior vice...

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American OEM obtains renewed status of CARB ULEF exemption

February 16, 2018 | Comments Off on American OEM obtains renewed status of CARB ULEF exemption

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM has obtained renewed status of its CARB ULEF exemption on engineered wood flooring products. This renewal was granted after a perfect record of passing indoor air quality tests for formaldehyde emissions, and it was also extended to include product with HDF core materials, which the company will manufacturing beginning in the second quarter of 2018. This exemption grants American OEM the ability to reduce submittal samples for VOC testing, and establishes the...

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Anderson Tuftex turns heads in Surfaces debut

February 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Anderson Tuftex turns heads in Surfaces debut

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan and Reginald Tucker   Putting the brands together just makes sense because this is how people live in their homes. That’s how Katie Ford, director of brand strategy, describes the thought process behind the combination of the Anderson and Tuftex brands to form one company. Rest assured, this is not just a merger of brands for simplicity’s sake. “We have reconceptualized both brands, updated the...

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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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