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Expanko Resilient Flooring introduces new wood and stone visuals for Vallarex floating cork floors

Expanko-MainPhotoGalleries-Vallarex-4Maple Shade, N.J.—Expanko Resilient Flooring expands its popular and versatile Vallarex line with 24 new looks for commercial spaces. These visuals, including 18 stone and wood visuals, borrow color and inspiration from nature, while the new digital printing technology makes it possible to obtain desired aesthetics without sacrificing required performance features.

Vallarex floating cork floors feature the same great performance of cork with the ease of installation, comfort under foot, high acoustic contributions and low maintenance of floating floors and are GreenGuard certified for low VOCs.

The wood and stone looks broaden the options for floors in commercial spaces.

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Cork: Latest looks

Volume 27/Number 24; March 31/April 7, 2014

As environmental awareness spreads throughout both retail and commercial markets, an increasing amount of manufacturers have created products to help meet the needs of green-minded customers and end users. Recently, numerous cork companies have refreshed their offerings to include the latest from the sustainable, fashionable and practical category.

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 11.17.34 AMExpanko

Over the years, the look and feel of classic homogeneous, gluedown cork has evolved through everything from patterned cork to colored cork. Recently, Expanko has noticed a trend toward the use of cork planks, an evolution from the more traditional square tiles.

By utilizing plank dimensions, designers are able to increase the creative possibilities of cork and pay homage to the look of traditional hardwood floors. Expanko has recently added 4- and 6-inch-wide plank dimensions to its Heirloom and Prestige cork lines. The company also offers the option of custom dimensions to suit any project’s needs.

By utilizing plank dimensions for unique designs rather than mixing colors of cork within a single tile, Expanko is able to maintain the inherent structural integrity of cork to create a strong, long-lasting floor.Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 11.18.06 AM

Wicanders

Following the latest décor trends and maintaining the uniqueness achieved by integrating the Corktech label, Wicanders has introduced a new plank size in the Artcomfort collection and expanded its Vinylcomfort product line.

Artcomfort, which uses the latest optic image technology to reproduce appealing and realistic visuals, now features a longer board at about 6 feet long. The long board is emphasized by four sides of beveling and reinforces the authenticity of the wood planks, creating a more refined atmosphere.

The new board is available in seven wood visuals ranging from light to dark tones. All options are protected with Natural Power Coat (NPC), a highly wear-resistant and eco-friendly top layer that offers a higher standard in wear warranty with up to 20 years of coverage.

In the Vinylcomfort product line, five new visuals have been added with exclusive wood patterns, reflecting the trends in interior design. From natural and light pastel shades to gray and black tones, the new pallet range is available with a 0.3 mm wearlayer for domestic areas in planks measuring approximately 7 inches wide by 4 feet long.Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 11.18.28 AM

WE Cork

The Serenity Collection from WE Cork is a cork floor with a high definition, 3-pass, digital print technology that reproduces the essence of wood or tile on a cork substrate, offering the best of classic beauty with the resiliency and comfort of cork.

The Serenity Collection allows the end user to use her imagination as any image she can conjure up can be printed with great clarity and vibrancy, turning a cork floor into a truly unique focal point for any space.Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 11.18.45 AM

USFloors

Over the last six months, USFloors has introduced several new looks in cork from traditional square-edge planks to beveled-edge 18 x 24 tiles to, most recently, digitally enhanced (printed) cork with hardwood plank visuals, representing an expansion of the Cork Canvas collection. Cork Canvas was launched in 2012 as part of USFloors’ Green Island collection with four square-edge, 18 x 24 tiles featuring slate and stone visuals.

This year, the Cork Canvas collection has been updated with four new beveled-edge, 7 x 48 x 10.5 mm hardwood plank decors in an engineered locking construction with the 2G CorkLoc profile.

Digitally enhanced Cork Canvas takes a sustainable Natural Cork floor and replicates the look of natural stone or travertine directly onto the surface of the cork with the advanced digital imaging optics of Enhanced Realism Technology (ERT).Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 11.19.06 AM

EcoTimber

EcoTimber, a leader in the supply of sustainably sourced wood and bamboo flooring since 1993, recently added cork to its portfolio of natural-growing products. In adding cork, EcoTimber has partnered with Corksribas, a Portuguese manufacturer, as its supplier.

EcoTimber, in addition to a sizeable selection of traditional cork tiles and planks, also offers stone and wood looks, underlayment and is adding new collections of wider and longer plank wood options, as well as rustic cork wall treatments.Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 11.19.35 AM

Capri Cork

In its gluedown cork flooring business, Capri Cork is seeing trends develop with its Pick-up Strips selections.

The Pick-up Strips Dark pattern is part of Capri’s Mediterra Rigato collection and offers a random linear pattern. The entire Mediterra Rigato collection includes similar features ranging from subtle to bold. According to Margaret Buccholz, who is part of Capri Cork’s marketing and design team, the company is seeing annual increases in Mediterra Rigato sales.

In addition, a collection of Mediterra Planks includes 34 patterns and colors available in 4 x 18, 4 x 24, 6 x 18 and 6 x 24 gluedown selections. As with Mediterra Rigato, sales of the Mediterra Planks are increasing annually.

All Mediterra cork products come prefinished with three coats of water-based, commercial-grade polyurethane; have an anti-curl back coating, and are FloorScore certified.

 

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RPM International acquires Expanko

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 2.47.20 PMMedina, Ohio—RPM International announced its Performance Coatings Group has acquired Expanko, a producer of terrazzo tile under the FritzTile brand, as well as cork, rubber and rubber/cork floor tiles, primarily for the education, healthcare, hospitality and sports/entertainment commercial markets.

 Headquartered in Exton, Pa., with manufacturing in Mesquite, Tex., Expanko has annual sales of more than $12 million.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Continue reading RPM International acquires Expanko

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Cork flooring goes hi-tech

by Louis Iannaco

Cork flooring has been around for 100 years or so but has never been more popular than it is today. From its sustainable attributes to the increasingnumber of patterns and colors now available, the sky is the limit for cork.

The trend in cork flooring continues to be patterns that approximate the appearance of slate, granite or other products of nature, noted Lanny Trot-tman, president of Qu-Cork.   “The advantage over other types of flooring is the natural level of comfort, quietness as well as warmth; these characteristics combined with the eco harvesting of the cork without damaging the tree make it the perfect choice for the health of the environment as well as interior environments.” Continue reading Cork flooring goes hi-tech

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Expanko relaunches website

Coatesville, Pa.—Expanko Cork recently launched an easy-to-navigate website to accommodate browsers wanting to learn more about state-of-the-art resilient flooring designs. Visitors to the website will have access to a great deal of helpful information about these materials and, how they are best utilized. The company, best known for its high-quality cork flooring, also offers floating floor, recycled rubber and cork/rubber flooring. Continue reading Expanko relaunches website

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Cork: Nature’s gift to flooring

One of the major trends in flooring in recent years has been moving the outside indoors. Whether it’s celebrating the rustic characteristics of hardwood or the slate and travertine textures offered in the ceramic category, consumers want something real and natural underfoot. Cork is one product that fits the bill.

There is probably no better example of something more natural and more eco-friendly than cork flooring. So what are some aspects that make cork such a gift of nature? Continue reading Cork: Nature’s gift to flooring

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APCOR launches cork mobile showroom

NEW YORK—The Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) kicked off its 16-city road show Sept. 1 in New York City with the goal of educating consumers about the different styles, varieties and benefits of Portuguese cork flooring. The promotion will last 10 months.

The Décor(k) Tour will feature a 53 foot-long mobile showroom designed by “Divine Design” host Candice Olson, one of North America’s leading interior designers. Inside the showroom, visitors will be able to experience cork flooring’s comfort, resiliency and range of aesthetics while viewing different room layouts and flooring applications designed by Olson. Additional displays allow visitors to see how cork stands up to moisture, heavy foot traffic and allergens, providing users with durable, comfortable flooring that can last for years. Continue reading APCOR launches cork mobile showroom

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Cork’s latest looks more ‘dramatic’ than ever

Cork, the ultimate alternative flooring, has come a long way in the last few years. With new developments in the manufacture and production of this niche offering, cork has increasingly become an option for designers, architects and specifiers who are seeking something different, fresh and environmentally friendly.

New colors, shades and textures have expanded the applications for cork, allowing it to be used in almost every room of the house as well as various commercial settings, where it has found favor for decades.

The following is a look at just some of the latest looks and hottest sellers. Continue reading Cork’s latest looks more ‘dramatic’ than ever

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NeoCon2010: Commercial market shows signs of life

CHICAGO—After more than a year of feeling the affects of a recession that played havoc with the residential market for nearly four years, the architectural and design community is beginning to see signs of life. That was the prevailing sentiment at NeoCon 2010, which was marked by an uptick in attendance, standing-room-only carpet showrooms, gains in exhibitors and exhibit space and, most importantly, immeasurable optimism. Continue reading NeoCon2010: Commercial market shows signs of life