By Rhonda Jackson, Products Editor | December 31, 2005




Junckers adds Nordic Ash Wide Board to its wide board series of flooring. The Nordic Ash coloring is a result of white-washing dark ash, wide board flooring. This process gives the Nordic Ash Flooring dark brown shades in the heartwood and highlights in the light areas of the sapwood. The planks measure 5 inches wide and come in lengths from 6 to 10 feet. The wide board planks have a micro-bevel edge with an ultra matte urethane finish. www.junckershardwood.com


Armstrong Laminate Floors

Armstrong has a new line of laminate flooring. are produced with Armstrong's Masterworks Technology. This technology combines photo-realism with printing and embossing techniques for realistic replicas of hardwood strip, weathered stone, natural stone and traditional brick. Armstrong's new laminate floors also feature Armstrong's VisionGuard wear surface. VisionGuard preserves the printed visual of the floor design from fading and wear-through. Also, the new Lock & Fold has a straight lock and fold down installation that eliminates the need for tapping blocks which can damage ends. The HydraCore moisture protection makes the laminates resistant to surface spills or moisture wicking from the subfloor making them suitable for bathroom applications. www.armstrong.com



Mediterranea introduces the Valentino Series. This Italian-designed Tuscan travertine combines natural colors and the variegation of satin-finished marble. This glazed porcelain is available in three colors: Ivory Bianco, Cream Beige and Champagne Gold. These tiles can be installed as a flooring or wall surface and are available in 18- × 18- inch field tiles with a matching 3- × 18- inch surface bullnose. www.mediterranea-usa.com



BHK introduces its latest cork flooring, Moderna Toledo. This glueless cork flooring is available in 10.5 mm and three colors: Natura, Garda and Allegro. This 100 percent cork surface layer can be installed over most other flooring materials. The Moderna Toledo has an UV acrylic finish that provides acoustic insulation. www.bhkuniclic.com


DuraCeramic by Congoleum

Congoleum has added four new designs to its DuraCeramic flooring line. The four new designs, Cambridge Tile, Jasper Marble, Roman Elegance and Mercer Tile replicate fired ceramic tiles, polished marble and slate for a total of 19 coloration options. DuraCeramic Flooring is constructed from a .160-inch limestone composite base which makes it resistant to cracking and breaking. It also absorbs sound. Congoleum's surface glaze which is a combination of aluminum oxide and nylon particles, provides for a realistic surface texture and scratch and stain resistant product. This flooring can be installed with or without grout. There are 12 grout colorations. www.congoleum.com. Circle 134 on inquiry card



Pergo's new Vintage Home Traditional Strip collection is designed to resemble hardwood strip flooring. This flooring features micro-beveled seams and narrow width planks. The planks come in three lengths: 15.8, 32.1, 48.4 inches. The strips are available in six colors: Lancaster Oak, Northampton Oak, Wynwood Oak, Bradstreet Maple, Beacon Hill Cherry and Windham Cherry. www.pergo.com


Wilsonart Flooring

Wilsonart Flooring introduces The Red Label Hand Scraped Collection. This collection is available in five species of Native American hardwood: Spanish Maple, Olde Oak, Hickory Plank, Burnished Maple and Aged Timberwood. The collection features an embossed surface texture that mirrors real hand-scraped flooring. The Aged Timberwood and Burnished Maple species have a beveled edged design that further highlights the natural look. Installation is a tongue-and groove, glue less process. The planks come in - 7 7/10- × 46 10/23- inches. Matching molding and stair accessories are available. There is a lifetime wear, stain, fade and topical moisture residential warranty. www.wilsonartflooring.com



Outwater's new line of cork floors are available in a combination of 28 colors and patterns. This flooring is installed via a tongue and groove interlocking system. The planks measure 36 × 12 × 7/8 inches. This 3-ply construction is comprised of a 3.2 mm high-density cork outer-layer with a UV cured, 3-coat matte, acrylic, scratch-resistant finish; a 6.0 mm middle-layer, high-density, fiberboard; and a 1.8 mm base layer which serves as an acoustical buffer and walking cushion. Outwater's Cork Flooring is naturally fire retardant; and suberin, cork's core component, is a natural insect repellent. www.outwater.com




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