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ProBuilder Product Report: Flooring
Included are the latest products from top flooring producers
The Exotic Series of hardwood flooring from Preverco uses hardwood from areas of South America and Africa, including Brazilian Cherry/Jatoba, Santos/Cabreuva, Sapele and Tigerwood. The Brazilian Cherry has a reddish-brown tone and is offered in three colors: natural, bourbon and espresso. The Exotic Series is available in 3¼-inch widths in both engineered and solid hardwood. The Sapele species is available in engineered flooring only. For free information, go to Preverco's web page
The Bergamo and Murano tiles from Laufen are made of porcelain and feature three colors: haze, cashmere and fawn. The Bergamo is a 13 by 13 and 17½ by 17½-inch glazed tile with coordinating 10- by 13-inch wall tile. The trim includes a 3¼ by 13- inch floor bull nose, a 3 by 10-inch wall bull nose and a 3 by 3-inch bull nose corner.
For free information, vist Laufen
The Moderna Hardwood Collection from BHK includes the Moderna Solid Wood and Engineered Wood Glueless Flooring Systems.
These floating floor systems have a tongue-and groove-joint system with no glue or nails required.
Hardwood flooring planks install by clicking into place. Both lines also feature the company's four-sided micro bevels.
For free information, visit BHK
Inspired by the worn look of the Caribbean style wood shutters, the Havana flooring tile line from Mediterranea is available in 6- by 24-inch and 12- by 24-inch sizes in five colors: sugarcane, cohiba, mambo, tobacco and tropicana. According to the company, several different colored clays were used in the manufacturing process of the thru-body porcelain, on each tile. For free information, visit Mediterranea
The Eco-Terr tiles from Coverings Etc. contain up to 80 percent post-industrial recycled content and the newest lines feature glass chips. The tiles are available in polished finish with honed, antique and sandblasted options available upon special order. The line is non-toxic, frost-resistant and contributes to LEED MR 4.1 and 4.2. They are available in 16 by 16 by 5/8-inch or 24 by 24 by ¾-inch sizes. For free information, visit Coverings Etc.
The expansion of Wilsonart's Red Label collection includes four distressed finish designs, two of which are available in two-plank widths, a 5-inch narrow plank or 7¾-inch-wide full board. Finish options include the beveled-edge Portland butternut, rustic El Dorado, amber-and-brown Rio Grand and the founder's oak. For free information, visit Wilsonart
The Nature's Beauty line of solid and engineered hardwood flooring from Junckers Hardwood has 18 plank options. Each board is 9/16-inch thick and 5 11/32-inch wide in 6- or 7-foot lengths.
The planks are made as a three-ply system with a sawn cut top wood surface, hardwood center core and finished with aluminum oxide for durability.
For free information, visit Junckers Hardwood
The CushionStep flexible flooring alternative from Armstrong is meant to flex with foot traffic with the company's CushionCore technology. It is protected by the VisionGuard urethane wear layer. It can be installed with an adhesive or modified with loose-lay flooring tape. It is available in three design collections: stone, impressions and wood. For free information, visit Armstrong
Three new flooring designs from Oskosh's signature collection includes the Ashanti, a stone and metal inlay inspired by ancient African cultures; the Del Sol, an inlay of exotic woods representing the universe as viewed by Pre-Columbian cultures; and the Devotion, an inlay composed of stone and colored glass inspired by the spirituality of Eastern religions.
The line was created in conjunction with designer Eli Olivarez.
For free information, visit Oshkosh
The pre-finished wood stairs and hand rails from Stairtek include wood treads, risers and hand rails that, according to the company, match the colors of pre-finished hardwood floors. The product is delivered in a protective layer of hardboard covered with water-resistant cardboard. The stair components are made with the company's Nanotek finish for durability and are backed by a 25-year warranty for residential wear. For free information, visit Stairtek