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Latest bamboo, cork intros stir visual interest

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21

By Lindsay Baillie


Touting qualities such as durability, comfort underfoot and water resistance, cork and bamboo products provide the industry with eco-friendly flooring suitable for both residential and commercial applications.

Following is an overview of some of the newest cork and bamboo innovations that promise to captivate consumers not only with updated visuals, but also with reasonable price points.

Bamboo Hardwoods

Bamboo Hardwoods’ new Symphony line features a hybrid of rigid core with a natural strand woven bamboo wear layer. The line combines the natural beauty of authentic bamboo floors with a waterproof rigid core allowing for installations in even the most undesirable locations.

Symphony is available in 72 x 51⁄8 x 9⁄32 planks and features a four-sided Uniclic locking system. Its 1.2mm strand woven bamboo veneer is wire brushed and stained. Symphony will be available in June in two colors: anise and currant.


CorkWood brings together the look of wood, the durability of laminate and the comfort of cork. It comes in two collections: CorkWood Designer, which features 6-foot planks in nine colors, and CorkWood Elite, available in planks spanning nearly 4-feet long and five colors. CorkWood is engineered with a HDF smart core for dent resistance and a 3mm (Designer) or 2.5mm (Elite) thick top layer of compressed cork. It also includes the Torlys CorkPlus attached underlayment for added warmth and sound insulation.

WE Cork

WE Cork’s Corkoleum is a 3mm rolled cork flooring with a rubber and cork base and a cork veneer. Ideal for glue-down applications, Corkoleum is a very low, thin product. Made up of mainly cork, the flooring is marketed as being quiet, comfortable, warm and water resistant. Corkoleum is ideal for wet areas in both residential and commercial settings.

Also from WE Cork is a line of wall panels available for both residential and commercial applications. Available in two different visuals—brick, which comes in three different colors, and bark—WE Cork’s line of wall panels can be used for decorative purposes as well as a sound insulator.


Wellmade unveils a variety of new bamboo looks as part of its Opti-Wood flooring collection. Opti-Wood couples the performance virtues of rigid core flooring technology with real bamboo or hardwood wear layer veneers. The product features Wellmade’s Hydri-HDPC technology, a moisture protection system that seals out topical moisture and boasts a 100% waterproof HDPC core.

Wellmade’s new bamboo flooring is just over 5 inches wide, 48-plus inches long and 8.5mm thick, and features the Uniclic locking system. Colors range from traditional carbonized to multi-color and character-driven glazing options.

Cali Bamboo

Cali Bamboo has launched GeoWood, an engineered hardwood floor combining real timber layered over GeoCore—Cali’s stabilizing limestone composite foundation. The design layer atop each GeoWood plank is up to 1.2mm thick and features sustainably farmed bamboo and lumber from Lacey Act-compliant managed forests.

Made with AquaDefy technology, GeoWood boasts proven moisture protection, making it ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and below-grade spaces such as basements. Shielded by a 10-coat scratch resistant finish, GeoWood is ideal for spaces with heavy traffic, large dogs and the wear and tear of everyday life.


USFloors’ current Cork Canvas collection is a digitally enhanced cork floor that features travertine decors. Digitally enhanced cork floors provide the beauty, depth and texture consumers expect in a natural stone or hardwood floor while maintaining the advantages of cork.

This flooring uses digital print technology to capture the colors, nuances, grains and textures of real stone and hardwood. These visuals are printed directly on a cork top layer, which is applied to an HDF core. A durable, embossed hot coat finish is applied to the cork top layer, while additional cork is added as an attached underlayment.


Wicanders Cork GO is a budget-friendly floating floor made with the company’s cork double layer. The collection comes in 10 cork visuals and contains all the signature Corktech benefits found in Wicanders’ products. Cork GO acts as a noise buffer between the floor and the rooms underneath and reduces walking sound up to 53%. The floor also acts as natural thermal insulation.

Cork GO provides a unique comfort in movement, even when walking barefoot. It also has a longer life span due to its elasticity, compressibility and ability to absorb high shocks

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Quick-Step honors Torlys with ‘Step Forward’ Partner Award

Calhoun, Ga.—Quick·Step recently named Torlys as winner of its “Step Forward” Partner Award at The International Surface Event. Torlys is Quick-Step’s exclusive distributor in Canada.

“Our distribution partners are critical to the success of our business,” said Gary Lanser, president, Mohawk hardwood and laminate. “Torlys exemplifies what true partnership means, and we are excited to name them as our first Step Forward Partner. Their expertise and commitment to the industry is instrumental in adding extended value to the products we offer our customers. They are also open to innovation and fully support the initiatives and new products Quick-Step launches each year.”

With over 30 years in the flooring industry, Torlys celebrates 20 years of partnership with Quick-Step and is a strong advocate of the brand’s residential laminate and commercial carpet.

“Torlys is truly honored to receive this recognition from Quick-Step,” said Peter Barretto, chief executive officer and president of Torlys. “Through our collaboration, TORYLS and Quick-Step can provide our retailers and consumers with superior products that are both stylish and built-to-last, effective merchandising tools, low claim rates, consistent product availability and excellent customer service. We look forward to working with Quick-Step as we continue to offer a top-notch experience to our customers.”

Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Torlys is a global flooring company specializing in beautiful, responsible flooring. Torlys smart floors use the patented Uniclic joint to create an extensive selection of re-usable flooring in leather, hardwood, laminate, cork, EverWood, EverTile and CorkWood. For more information, visit

Quick-Step products are exclusively sold through a network of the flooring industry’s strongest distributors. To learn more, visit

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Torlys adds online room visualizer

image005 image002Toronto, Canada—Torlys has launched a new room visualizer on its website. The new feature allows users to visualize how a Torlys floor will look in any space. Users can bring their design visions to life and be sure about their choice before making an investment.

Since mobile browsing is becoming increasingly popular amongst users of all age groups, this state-of-the-art program has been optimized for mobile use. One key feature allows consumers to use their mobile devices to snap a photo of any room and within seconds the software will detect the floor space and install the selected Torlys wood, laminate, vinyl or cork flooring. Consumers can continue to browse through various floor options using the smart filters to find the perfect match. A variety of pre-selected rooms are also available to install the flooring which allows flooring dealers to give consumers confidence right in their store.

This tool gives consumers the ability to see what an actual installation could resemble when choosing a product with substantial shade variation. Flooring is typically a long-term commitment and Torlys wants to ensure customers will be happy with their purchase for years to come.

For more information, visit

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Torlys launches new CorkWood product

Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 11.30.30 AMToronto, Canada—Torlys has launched a new type of flooring called CorkWood. The product is a specially engineered floor that has been created to bring together all the best features and benefits of other types of floors in one superior, all-inclusive product—combining the look of wood, the durability of laminate and the comfort of cork.

The top layer of Torlys CorkWood is made of a high-definition digitally printed compressed layer of cork in realistic patterns of oak and walnut. This new program is offered in two collections: CorkWood Designer, featuring extra-long 6’ planks in nine on-trend colors, and CorkWood Elite, in planks almost 4’ long and in five colors.

CorkWood is engineered with a durable HDF smart core for dent resistance and a 3mm (Designer) or 2.5mm (Elite) thick top layer of compressed cork. The polyurethane finish is equivalent to AC4 laminate and the sophisticated printing process makes CorkWood more fade resistant than its traditional counterparts. This means it will perform like laminate and retain the hardwood look for years to come.

Along with the compressed cork top layer, the new product includes the Torlys CorkPlus attached underlay for added warmth and sound insulation. The CorkPlus underlay is infused with Microban antimicrobial product protection that inhibits the growth of mold and mildew. This program, along with all other Torlys cork collections, is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, ensuring the wood and cork used in the manufacturing process comes from responsibly managed forests.

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Torlys brings its innovation lab to Surfaces 2017

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-11-11-03-amLas VegasTorlys will launch three new technology-driven collections at its Innovation Lab themed booth (#6033) at the 2017 Surfaces show in
Las Vegas: CorkWood digital print cork, EverWood Designer luxury vinyl and SuperSolid 6 hardwood.

CorkWood is an engineered floor that offers the beauty of hardwood, the durability of laminate and the comfort of cork all in one floor. The top layer is made of hi-definition digitally printed compressed cork in hardwood looks, has a durable HDF smart core and is backed by CorkPlus attached underlay with antimicrobial product protection. This floor has the equivalent of an AC4 rating, is Forest Stewardship Council certified and is offered in two collections: CorkWood Designer in long and wide planks measuring 68-3/4” x 7-1/2”; and CorkWood Elite in planks measuring 45-13/16” x 7-1/2”.

The EverWood Designer collection features the latest in styling along with a pet proof warranty and has Microban antimicrobial product protection in its WPC core and CorkPlus attached underlay. These floors feature ultra-tight Uniclic joints and realistic wood grains in 72” x 7” wide planks.

Torlys’ SuperSolid hardwood is all hardwood containing no softwood filler or fiber. The construction is a patented innovation called E-Lock, a cross-joined, compression-locked structure that uses the same species of hardwood for its bottom, core and wear layers, and is finished with highest quality KLUMPP top coat for remarkable durability and performance. The SuperSolid 6 is the third collection in the line-up and features planks in 6” widths by random lengths. The SuperSolid 7 and 5 collections have also been updated to include new colors and textures.

Designed to recreate the feelings of creativity, ingenuity and triumph that goes into developing new technologies and flooring systems, Torlys’ booth will feature a 12 ft. high EverWood waterfall to demonstrate the waterproof nature of the product, along with the Innovation Lab area designed to showcase new products and technologies.

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New industry association formed for multilayer flooring

Calhoun, Ga.—The Multilayer Flooring Association (MFA) was recently formed by seven of North America’s leading flooring companies to serve the North American flooring industry. The seven companies involved are: Armstrong Flooring, CFL, Mannington, Metroflor Corp., Novalis Innovative Floors, TORLYS and USFloors.

Introduced in 2012, polymer composite rigid-core floor products have seen explosive growth across the flooring industry. Consumers, purchasers and specifiers expect a discernible set of standards for this new category; and because these new multilayer floors do not properly fit into existing resilient or laminate standards, there is a need for a new industry association to define the quality and performance standards to sustain its future. The goal of the association is to enable a stronger and better controlled hybrid flooring category for the benefit of all stakeholders.

The initially elected board of directors will consist of:

  • Harlan Stone, Halstead International/Metroflor Corp., president
  • Barron Frith, CFL, vice president
  • Mark Hansen, Novalis Innovative Floors, treasurer
  • Jamey Block, Armstrong Flooring Inc., secretary
  • Philippe Erramuzpe, USFloors, membership chairperson
  • Peter Barretto, TORLYS Inc., marketing chairperson
  • Jimmy Tuley, Mannington Mills Inc., member at large

The next MFA meeting will be held at Surfaces 2017 in Las Vegas. Membership will consist of both regular members and associate members.

For membership enquiries, please email Philippe Erramuzpe at


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Torlys signs agreements with USFloors, Microban

Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 10.04.53 AMToronto— Torlys, a leading Canadian flooring company, has recently signed a non-exclusive license agreement with USFloors for a COREtec license under U.S. Patent No. 9,156,233 for its EverWood and EverTile luxury vinyl flooring products. The company has also entered into a category exclusive partnership with Microban International for North America to include Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection in the production of its EverWood and EverTile luxury vinyl floors.

“With this [COREtec] agreement now signed, past and future customers for Torlys EverWood and EverTile products can legitimately and safely purchase product without any licensing concerns,” said Peter Barretto, president and CEO, Torlys. “EverWood, EverTile Elite and Premier luxury vinyl floors will now have Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection built in to our patented CorkPlus attached underlay. This is a breakthrough technology for interior environments—residential and commercial—that will last for the life of the floor.”

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Carlisle partners with Torlys

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 9.49.59 AMStoddard, N.H.—Carlisle Wide Plank Floors has introduced several collections of floating wide plank floors in partnership with Ontario-­based Torlys, a global flooring leader that specializes in unique, eco‐friendly designs. Offering bold flooring options in hardwood, cork, leather and laminate, all Torlys floors also offer the craftsmanship and quality that clients have come to expect with a Carlisle floor.

“We’re working to expand our wide plank offerings in order to meet clients’ diverse needs in terms of price point, installation and design,” said Chris Sy, Carlisle’s vice president of contractor sales & development. “Torlys shares our values in terms of craftsmanship and our commitment to minimizing environmental impact.”

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Torlys hires two senior leaders to increase Canadian presence

UntitledToronto—Torlys has hired two senior leaders to increase sales and presence in Quebec and Western Canada as part of its growth strategy that began last year. Gilles Bourbonnais is now general manager for the Quebec region and Gavin Beck has taken over as senior sales manager for the Alberta & BC regions. Bourbonnais is responsible for the development of a new business model while Beck will be responsible for all commercial, retail and builder business in Alberta and BC.

“We are committed to executing on our growth strategies in 2015, and are extremely happy that Gilles and Gavin have joined us at this exciting time in our history,” said Peter Barretto, president and CEO. “2014 was all about investing for future growth such as the recent opening of our 31,000-square-foot facility in Calgary that houses office space, a product showroom and a warehouse for our Western customers. 2015 is all about executing with excellence on these investments. Gilles and Gavin will help us achieve success.”

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TORLYS opens new 31,000-square-foot Calgary warehouse

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 9.16.29 AMToronto—In order to service the Canadian flooring market more efficiently through enhanced distribution, Torlys. announced the opening of a brand new state-of-the-art 31,000-square-foot facility that includes office space, a product showroom and a warehouse. Set to open mid-February, this newly constructed facility is a significant investment in both infrastructure and increased inventory to service our Western customers.

“Torlys continues to invest millions of dollars in the Canadian flooring industry,” said Peter Barretto, president and CEO. “We are investing in the inventory levels in the Calgary facility to serve all our Western customers more quickly. Delivery will be same day in Alberta and one or two days in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. This also frees up resources in our Ontario warehouse to better service our Eastern Canadian customers. This investment is part of a larger business plan to continue to bring the most innovative products to market.”