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Moldings: Innovations reflect changes in flooring styles

December 18/25, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 14

By Reginald Tucker

 

As the various floor covering categories have evolved over the years, so, too, have the vast offerings of moldings changed to keep up with the demand. Suppliers of all types of transitions and related accessories are working to keep in lockstep with the rapid pace of hard surface products making their debut. The emergence of WPC and rigid core products, for instance, is spurring innovation at the accessories level.

Following is an overview of some the latest molding products.

Pedross
For retailers and distributors stocking a full range of hard surface products, Pedross offers a complete flooring accessory package across virtually every type of molding, stair tread or risers. This covers wood, cork, bamboo, laminate and LVT.

To ensure matching with OEM specs, Pedross offers digital printing capabilities, including the ability to create 3-D images. The company strives to fulfill customer needs on a large variety of accessories, including customized orders. What’ s more, there are no minimum quantities required and no order is too small or too large. The company stocks all domestic species in each profile and boasts a large variety of colors.

Pennwood
Pennwood manufactures high-quality hardwood floor transitions and stair products ranging from base moldings, reducers, thresholds, T-moldings and stair nosings. (A variety of LVT profiles are also available.)

To fulfill demand, Pennwood is equipped with kiln-drying operations, an automated rough mill, in-house tooling capabilities and a trained production staff utilizing the latest molding technology out of Germany.

The company’s manufacturing expertise is matched by its wide range of finish options. In fact, Pennwood’s color library entails more than 1,600 colors to ensure a close match. But they’re not just good looking; they’re also durable. Engineered for strength and durability, the products utilize UV coating technology, which entails curing the finish with an intense UV light. More importantly, the UV coating materials used protect without diminishing the natural grain, texture and color of the wood. In addition, Pennwood has the ability to manufacture moldings up to 12 inches in length for most domestic hardwoods and up to 6 inches in lengths for bamboo.

Seneca
Seneca offers a wide range of T-moldings, stair nosings and treads, reducers thresholds, flexible moldings and base products. Standout products include flexible moldings. Dubbed SignatureFlex, these molding products are designed for beautiful and intricate curved architecture. Manufactured at approximately one third of the cost of curved wood moldings, it is the ideal solution for residential and commercial applications, according to Seneca.

How it works: SignatureFlex moldings are manufactured from a flexible polyurethane material that provides superior strength and durability. According to the company, the moldings are water resistant and will not rot or swell when exposed to moisture. For a customized look, all profiles can be painted and many can be stained, showcasing the beauty of real wood. What’s more, they can also be cut, fitted and fastened in the same manner as real wood and are applied using adhesive, mastic or resin epoxy glue.

Versatrim
Versatrim takes an innovative approach to molding solutions as it seeks to coordinate with most of the top colors in the laminate flooring industry. Boasting coordinating moldings for scores of manufacturers, Versatrim provides flooring producers, retailers, distributors, installers and end users with high-quality moldings at reasonable prices.

In keeping with today’s trends and styles, Versatrim offers a variety of molding solutions to accommodate applications for vinyl, WPC, laminate, engineered wood and solid wood. The company’s list of profiles include three PVC moldings for LVT floors, Slim Trim, VersaEdge, Slim Cap, its standard laminate T-molding, reducer, end cap, stair nose, wall base, colonial base, quarter round, base shoe profiles.

Zamma
For more than 35 years, Zamma Corp. has been a leader in prefinished profile molding technology for the home improvement and commercial construction markets. Engineered for compatibility with virtually every flooring manufacturer, Zamma floor components feature easy-install hardware to ensure speedy and secure installation. Products include: Laminate moldings, which are produced using the highest grade laminate papers available. Saturated and treated with aluminum oxide layers, the products give the transition pieces equal or greater abrasion resistance than the floors they border. Moisture-resistant MDF and moisture resistant adhesives ensure that the moldings and transitions will have a long wear life.

Also available are wood moldings made from high-quality wood veneer laminated on both MDF and poplar substrates. Significantly less expensive than solid wood, these moldings also promote environmental responsibility. Zamma can also wrap MDF, poplar, aluminum, pvc and other substrates with laminate papers, wood veneers, cork, foil and other decorative products.

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Made-to-match moldings meet design demands

August 14/21: Volume 32, Issue 5

By Lindsay Baillie

 

It is no secret moldings, transitions and other accessories provide great add-on opportunities for specialty retailers. As flooring manufacturers continue to innovate the designs and visuals across all flooring categories, molding suppliers are responding with a host of made-to-match product offerings.

Following is a sampling of the latest product offerings and programs designed to coordinate with new and existing flooring patterns and visuals.

Artistic Finishes
Artistic Finishes has the capability to create custom blended products that reference manufacturer flooring samples. With 150-plus profiles, 90-plus wood species and 15,000-plus floors in its system, Artistic Finishes offers a selection of products to assist retailers in completing nearly any flooring project.

“Providing moldings and other flooring accessories to blend to the markets flooring lines is exactly what we do,” said Angie Feldhege, sales and marketing coordinator. “Everything we offer is a coordinated or custom blended product to complete our customers’ floors.”

Artistic Finishes has also launched Enduracor, a new line that addresses growing demand for waterproof floors. Featuring a wood veneer wrapped around a waterproof core, it can be stained and blended to match any visual.

Pedross
Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 4.10.41 PMThe digital print department at Pedross, which was founded in 2010, aims to bring top quality printing to the marketplace. The company’s self-designed, state-of-the-art printing system offers printing on both real wood veneers and paper foil, and produces approximately 90,000 linear feet per day.

“The floor style—regardless if it is wood, stone, vinyl, fumed, oiled, smoked, reactive or individual styles—is digitally scanned and transferred at a ratio of 1:1 onto the veneer creating a three-dimensional look that merges with the floor,” said Joe Albany, national sales manager. “The picture can also be manipulated in order to guarantee the best result possible.”

While Pedross is currently producing digital printing on real wood veneers, it is in the process of developing a new form of printing technology. “The next phase we’re working on—and will introduce in spring 2018—is actually digitally printing on the molding profiles itself, so you can actually feel texture,” Albany explained.

Pennwood
Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 4.10.47 PMPennwood currently matches over 6,000 different hardwood floors, ranging in styles, textures and colors with standard boards—all held in the company’s library. If Pennwood does not have a color a customer needs, it will match its products to the standards the customer supplies.

“We offer hardwood prefinished moldings, architectural prefinished moldings, floor and wall vents, and retro treads and risers as well as solid treads and risers—all with the ability to match the 6,000 colors we have in the color library or by having the customers send a sample of what they want matched,” said Kraig Coxon, executive vice president.

Pennwood carries the basics of species and colors in stock for a quick-ship program. In addition, the manufacturer can create custom colors with a typical turnaround of two to three weeks.

Seneca Millwork
Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 4.10.56 PMSeneca offers a ColorMaster system that gives customers the opportunity to review and approve the accessory’s potential appearance with their floors. After the customer approves the ColorMaster, Seneca begins the matching process. To date, the company has over 11,000 appearance combinations on file for most popular hardwood flooring brands.

“Today’s floors have become very unique and artistic—from hand-scraped designs, to distressed, antiqued or wire brushed,” said Cindy Huff, marketing special projects coordinator. “Very light and very dark stains are trending, as are the gray floor tones. Matte and satin finishes have also gained in popularity. Although matching transitions to these specialty floors can be a challenge, Seneca has embraced this trend and offers custom matching as needed. For example, we offer 10 different versions of hand scraping alone. If we don’t already have the perfect finish in our color lab—we will create it.”

Versatrim
Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 4.10.51 PMVersatrim offers a variety of programs to flooring dealers including its Distributor Inventory program, Match All Floors (MAF) partnership program and a combination of MAF and a direct ship/stocking program. All of these programs include custom matches for flooring.

“We offer most profiles with no minimums under our standard stock inventory, which has approximately 54 color options,” said Tina Keeton Emery, office and sales manager.

The company also offers custom matching for all industry-standard flooring trims and new-to-market LVT/WPC trims. Some of these profiles include: SlimTrim, a three-in-one molding with PVC core; VersaEdge Xtra Tall, a stair nose with aluminum core; a moisture-proof trim line offered in T-molding, end cap, reducer and quarter round; and SlimCap, a new end cap/baby threshold with PVC core that makes its debut this month.

Versatrim is looking forward to the release of SlimCap to its LVT/WPC line. “This product will give the customers a straight edge option to neatly finish off carpets or sliding glass doors,” Emery explained.

Zamma
Zamma aims to differentiate its made-to-match moldings from others in the market by using a unique manufacturing process, according to the company. When these products are constructed the company uses the actual PVC or laminate from the floor product itself. Through this process Zamma is able to make the transition profiles match the exact flooring design.

Peter Spielman, president, said the company uses this process instead of “digital UV ink systems that do not have the same light refraction as the designs on the floor.” By using the actual PVC or laminate Zamma is able to achieve the same designs being manufactured into the flooring.

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What’s happening in moldings

November 7/14, 2016: Volume 31, Number 11

By Lindsay Baillie

Moldings do much more than complement a flooring installation; they also provide valuable add-on opportunities for retailers. To that end, molding manufacturers are adapting to the changing trends within the flooring industry by creating products that coordinate with the bevy of new products, colors, styles and formats available today. Specifically, moldings manufacturers are employing advanced technology for color production and programs for inventory.

Following are highlights from some of the leading manufacturers.

Moldings Online
screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-11-27-08-amMoldings Online is currently in the final stages of developing Water Proof Core (WPC) flooring accessories. This new product is “perfect for WPC, LVT and LVP flooring lines, but can also be used with traditional hardwood,” said Angie Feldhege, marketing coordinator. “It provides high-performance durability with four layers of production, eliminates the chance of moisture absorption, is stainable and can be blended to virtually any flooring line—just like our traditional hardwood accessories.”

The WPC is created with quality materials that are combined using a thermoplastic, injection molding process. “Using our nanotechnology and ultraviolet curing process, the highly water-resistant finish and exclusive top coat is created,” Feldhege explained. “Its resilience against liquids creates a reliable barrier, shielding the entire product.”

Moldings Online’s new WPC line will make its debut at TISE 2017 in Las Vegas, Feldhege said.

Pennwood
screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-11-27-14-amPennwood’s focus on quality and color match can be seen in its RetroTread, which is designed to fit over original stairs and mimic original stair geometry. “For our RetroTreads we partnered with Young Manufacturing based in Kentucky,” said Kraig Coxon, executive vice president. “We buy their solid hardwood and then stain and finish it to match the floors.”

Quality is also seen in the company’s production cycle. “We control every aspect [of production] and we’re very particular,” Coxon said. “We take control of everything from the lumber all the way through to the box [the product is in]. It’s unique because we quality control everything.”

To date, Pennwood runs about 40 species of wood and about four thousand colors and stains. “We’re doing whatever we have to do to match the floors,” Coxon said. “Whatever the process is for the wood floors we will figure out how to do it for our moldings. We have the ability to produce exact patterns.”

Versatrim
screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-11-27-23-amVersatrim utilizes its Match All Floors program to coordinate its various moldings with major brand floors. “The Match All Floors program is where we approach [flooring] manufacturers and try to match [the colors of] their floors with our products,” said Tina Emery, office and sales manager. Manufacturers such as Beauflor, Happy Feet, Home Legend, IVC, Karndean, Mohawk and Shaw—to name a few—are already involved in this growing program. “Versatrim hopes to connect with more manufacturers at Surfaces,” Emery said.

Versatrim offers a variety of moldings to accompany applications for vinyl, laminate, engineered wood and solid wood. Its list of profiles includes two new PVC moldings for LVT floors and its standard laminate T-molding, reducer, end cap, stair nose, wall base and quarter round.

Seneca
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Seneca’s SignatureFlex, a flexible molding designed to help the flooring contractor tackle radius issues, is being billed as the only product of its kind. “Seneca supplies a very unique product to the industry,” said Mark Pacacha, national sales manager. “SignatureFlex is a polyurethane product that is proprietary. The polyurethane is poured into molds to manufacture the product. You can use gel stain or paint on the product and it can be used indoors and outdoors.”

SignatureFlex is available in a smooth and textured option, and is made in the U.S. It is water resistant and will not rot or swell, according to Seneca, and can be applied using adhesive, mastic or resin epoxy glue. SignatureFlex is designed for curved architecture and is available in 12-foot lengths and in straight or pre-curved styles. Custom profiles are also available when profiles for the mold are provided.

Pedross
screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-11-27-38-amOver the past couple of months Pedross has changed its production plant from Arkansas to the North Carolina/Virginia border. This move will allow the company to continue servicing the U.S. and Canada with daily shipments and inventory provisions for its partners. “The new production plant has much higher output capabilities,” said Daniel Oberrauch, general manager. “We grew very rapidly in the last three years and we had to look for a plant with a higher production output. We want to be proactive in order to better serve all of our current and future customers.”

In addition to the new plant, Oberrauch said the products the company offers help differentiate Pedross from other moldings companies. “We use solid core, which can be oak or other hardwood material,” he explained. “Then we put this wood through a scanner to determine its blemishes. After that we remove the blemishes, cut [the wood] into little pieces and finger joint them together with formaldehyde-free glue.” After the core is formed it is wrapped with real wood veneer.

Zamma
screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-11-28-07-amZamma’s newest product takes into account new trends in WPC. “We have just created a new line of PVC extrusions for the large WPC thick water-proof core flooring,” said Peter Spielman, president. “It seems the trend in WPC is going from 5 mm to 10 mm and possibly beyond. We’ve developed this product line to encompass those changes in WPC.”

Zamma also has a unique process to color match its products with top flooring brands. “On an exclusive basis we match top flooring manufacturers,” Spielman said. “[Manufacturers] supply us with the same decorative material that’s being used on their floors. We take the exact same layers of PVC on the floors—the top two layers, decorative and clear wear layer—and we thermally fuse in our facilities those two layers together.”

In addition to extruding its own products, Zamma also makes all of it own laminates for laminate flooring. “Every week we produce in the neighborhood of 2 million feet of product: wood, laminate and PVC.”

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Versatrim moldings offer custom color match, quick ship, job solutions

April 13/20, 2015; Volume 29/Number 1

By Nadia Ramlakhan

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 5.53.50 PMMoldings and trim are often the last piece of the puzzle when it comes to flooring, and from a consumer standpoint it can be difficult to find accessories that are the perfect match. That’s why Versatrim makes its products easy to coordinate, easy to order and easy to sell. Versatrim offers laminate molding solutions to match virtually any laminate floor, as well as two new profiles for luxury vinyl tile (LVT).

As one of the leading manufacturers of laminate moldings in North America, Versatrim carries options in eleven different profiles including T-moldings, reducers, end caps, stair nose, wall base, colonial base, base shoe and quarter round.

Versatrim also offers molding solutions to accommodate applications for engineered wood and solid wood. In addition, the company developed two new profiles for LVT, SlimTrim and VersaEdge, in response to the industry’s increasing demand for luxury vinyl in recent years.

“We are now able to offer custom match for any LVT or laminate floors with minimal commitment,” said Tina Keeton Emery, sales manager at Versatrim. “SlimTrim and VersaEdge will work with all LVT and laminate applications with any height difference up to ¾ inch.”

Steve Flanagan, product manager at Jaeckle Distributors, explained the benefits of SlimTrim, a moisture-resistant, three-in-one PVC molding that functions as a reducer, t-molding and end cap. “One piece can do the job of three different moldings. That means less pieces for the installer to take to the job and our inventory levels are better controlled.”

VersaEdge, which is also moisture-resistant PVC, is used for stairs one-inch tall. It is also available in extra tall with an aluminum core for orders with a minimum of 30 pieces.

Another feature that separates Versatrim from its competitors is its Custom Color Match option, which allows retailers to order custom moldings to match any laminate, wood or LVT floor.

Since all of its moldings are made in the U.S., Versatrim offers a same-day shipping policy in which all standard-priced orders will ship the same day if ordered by noon Eastern Time. “Generally trims are the last things our customers think of,” said Jim Kups, technical support manager at Novalis Innovative Flooring. “You get a lot of, ‘Oh God, I forgot to order trims for this,’ so when you get it quickly like that it’s just a huge benefit.”

As a carrier of moldings from various manufacturers, Angel Llerena, sales manager at Century Flooring Distributors, said Versatrim’s same-day shipping policy has put his mind at ease. “If you run out of product from China, you won’t get it for another few months, whereas with Versatrim you’ll have it in just a few days. When you promise a customer you’re going to have something in X amount of time it has to happen, and with Versatrim it does.”

Aside from providing its customers with quality products, Versatrim makes it a priority to assist with marketing, whether it’s creating sample chains or supplying display boards. “Marketing is up to us,” Kups said, “but Versatrim has a great design department and they helped us with sample chains and color books. We tell them what we want and how we want it to look and they make it work.”

 

 

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Moldings: Complete the sale to maximize profits

In addition to the new normal of working for every sale, it is up to the retailer to maximize profits for each transaction made, particularly if that sale is the only moneymaking opportunity of the day. While the flooring itself is a large chunk of the purchase, retailers are privy to a myriad of sundries. However, one that is often overlooked or passed over is moldings and according to some top manufacturers, those who pass on it are missing out on some easy extra profit. Continue reading Moldings: Complete the sale to maximize profits