The results are in, and a number of flooring manufacturers have much to boast.
The July issue of Consumer Reports published its annual hard surface flooring ratings across five categories, with overall scores based mainly on resistance to foot traffic, scratches, dents, stains, sunlight, moisture and slips. In the end, Teragren, Armstrong, Harris Wood, Congoleum and Avaire were at the head of the class in their respective categories.
Teragren’s Portfolio Naturals Wheat was the highest-ranked prefinished solid wood floor, while the company’s Synergy Strand with Xcora Java stood at No. 2 in engineered wood. Both categories encompass cork and bamboo. A high-quality and high-value product is the result of numerous factors, said Mike Boshart, president, Teragren, who noted the company has worked closely with the same factory partner for 20 years to source the highest-quality raw materials and refine its preparation and manufacturing processes. Continue reading Flooring companies make the grade in Consumer Reports
For consumers who want to spice up their interiors, the lure of “domestic exotic flooring” is becoming more of a go-to option than ever before. With selections available in hickory, maple, American cherry and walnut, consumers now have additional—and more exciting, some would say—species to choose from than traditional oak. Because these alluring options are domestically sourced, environmental concerns and illegal logging are not inhibiting factors in the decision-making process. Continue reading Domestic exotics becoming the wood lover’s choice
While we are only a few months into this year, there already is a renewed sense of optimism. Surfaces has quickly come and gone, but this does not mean opportunities are over for manufacturers to showcase new goods. Some are revamping existing lines while others are unveiling brand new designs. Continue reading Manufacturers debut offerings for spring season
Highlights include digital printing, distressed, new strand woven and exotic concepts
By Matthew Spieler
Volume 26/Number 19; February 4/11, 2013
Wood flooring may have been one of the hardest hit categories when the housing and financial markets collapsed, but anyone walking this year’s Surfaces show floor would have been hard pressed to find any signs of a beaten industry. Rather, exhibitors of all sizes came out swinging for the fences with an array of styles and performance attributes to satisfy even the most demanding end users.
On the style side, mills displayed visuals that until now could not be achieved. But thanks to advances in technology, such as direct printing, cork suppliers are now able to offer products that no longer resemble cork but rather marble and tile as well as other types of traditional wood looks. Other visuals took advantage of distressed techniques to give the final product a worn, reclaimed look, such as wood salvaged from an old barn, while others simply took actual reclaimed wood and turned it into unique types of flooring. Continue reading Wood: Innovations make category ripe for recovery
Hardwood has been a flooring category generating plenty of buzz recently. The Lacey Act revisions two years ago sent ripples from Washington, and the recent anti-dumping case brought many manufacturers flocking back to government agencies in an effort to understand just what is at stake. While hardwood has long enjoyed a strong domestic manufacturing presence, recent shifts in the trade balance have shed a light of uncertainty on the category’s future. Coupled with the troubled economy and a struggling building sector, this last year is one that is best left behind in the books. Continue reading State of the hardwood industry: Foreign competition, uncertainty weigh heavily on the category
Although hardwood is one of the oldest categories of flooring, it never fails to evolve with consumer tastes and innovate to meet her needs. Her tastes gravitate toward softer character looks and texturing for unique and authentic visuals, while her needs are for a floor that will withstand a busy, often demanding lifestyle without the need for refinishing or touch-ups. Mills came forward this year to meet both those needs simultaneously with fashion-forward styling and finishes that promise to look as good as on the day of install through its life. Continue reading Surfaces 2011: Hardwood blends style and performance
BOCA RATON, FLA.—Harris Wood, one of the oldest brands in the hard- wood flooring industry, has undergone a series of reincarnations over the past two decades. The brand has gone from Harris to Harris Tarkett to Tarkett Wood to Arborcraft and now back to Harris Wood with the recent purchase by public company Q.E.P. Co. (QEP.PK). While hardwood may be new to QEP, the company has a stellar reputation with its best-in-class tools and sundries brands. FCNews associate publisher and editorial director Steven Feldman recently sat down with Len Gould, president of QEP, to discuss the past, present and future. Continue reading Harris Wood: ‘A diamond that needs polishing’
Successful flooring retailers not only tend to be at the top when it comes to professionalism, they understand the advantages of differentiating themselves with products no one else in the local market carries. This creates a unique selling proposition, one that cannot be shopped around.