U.S. Forgoes Plan to Raise Tariffs

From Floor Daily

Washington, DC October 12, 2019-In an initial step to reach a longer term trade agreement, the U.S. has delayed plans to increase tariffs on the $250 billion in annual imports that includes flooring products. 

The Trump administration will delay raising tariffs from 25% to 30%; the increase, originally slated for October 15, has been pushed back indefinitely. In exchange, China agreed to increase purchases of U.S. agricultural products. 

The news was announced following two days of trade talks in DC last week. 

Read more of this article on Floor Daily.

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IndusParquet Announces New Distribution Partners

From Floor Daily

IndusParquet USA, manufacturer of Brazilian hardwood flooring, added two new distribution partners for its U.S. East Coast business on October 4, 2019.

Currently, IndusParquet partners with JJ Haines for most of the eastern seaboard. JJ Haines will stay in a dual distribution role. Different companies across the country have been granted distribution rights. These changes became effective on October 1, 2019.

IndusParquet has been making changes to their running line product offering. The changes are focused around developing the species, visuals, and quality that today’s American consumers demand.

Learn more at the original article on Floor Daily.

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Chic Sheet Vinyl

From Floor Covering Weekly

For many years, the words “sheet vinyl” have evoked images of dated floors, such as those that were commonly installed in a 1950s kitchen. Today, however, sheet vinyl’s visuals are lively, modern and even fun, with the ease of maintenance and waterproof capability of other resilient flooring.

“For homeowners, vinyl sheet is a compelling alternative to natural stone, ceramic tile or even hardwood that can be installed as a single solid surface in moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths,” explained Yon Hinkle, director, product design and innovation for Armstrong Flooring. “Unlike sheet floors from a generation ago, today’s designs feature far more depth and texture, so stone or wood-inspired designs are convincingly realistic.”


Wood Wows
Wood looks will never go out of style, but these visuals in the sheet vinyl format are now seeing an increase in popularity due to advancements in print technology. According to Caroline Wille, vice president design and development, resilient for Mohawk Flooring, “Woods in sheet vinyl are on the rise. We are seeing a lot of refined rustic wood patterns selling well and of course oaks always seem to stay in the top sellers.” 



Patterns Aplenty 
One of the benefits of sheet vinyl is that it is available in playful and funky patterns, without the hassle of installation that accompanies other patterned materials, such as tile. Tami Stahl, marketing manager for Beauflor shared that these patterns are enticing younger consumers to tap into the sheet vinyl market. 

“Due to advances in sheet vinyl manufacturing technology, we are able to experiment with more vibrant colors and add touches of bronze, silver and metallic to the designs,” Stahl said, noting sheet vinyl’s ability to offer patterns such as herringbones, hexagons and mixed width looks. 


Marble Madness
Marble is a timeless look on any floor, and sheet is no exception, as it is a format that allows homeowners to be adventurous at an affordable price point. “Those patterns reminiscent of encaustic tiles, or marble, or even a unique geometric design, are becoming more and more popular with today’s homeowners,” explained Terry Marchetta, senior director, residential styling for Mannington Mills. 

Check out the original article on Floor Covering Weekly.

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EF-EYE Visualizer from Engineered Floors

EF-EYE Visuazlier Technology from Engineered Floors and Roomvo

Recently Engineered Floors and Roomvo partnered together to provide a new visualizer technology. Roomvo’s augmented reality technology was utilized in the partnership to allow thousands of Engineered Floors dealers to add the EF-EYE Visuazlier to their websites at no cost to the dealer.

The EF-EYE Visualizer can be found on Engineered Floors’ brand websites – Pentz, Dream Weaver, and Engineered Floors Hard Surfaces. This new visualizer technology allows consumers to see how the floor will look in their own room/space before installation.

You can upload the picture from your computer to the visualizer. You can also take a picture on your phone and see the product in your room/space that way. When you are on the Engineered Floors’ brand websites, all you have to do is find a product you like, and then click where it says “See This In My Room.”

You will be taken to a new page, where you can upload your own picture or pick from the options the website provides. For example, this is how it will look on Pentz’s website:

Pentz Commercial Carpet EF-EYE Visualizer

Shopping for new flooring from Engineered Floors has just become easier and more fun with the new EF-EYE Visualizer!

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Mannington Commercial Quantum Guard Technology

“Success In Our Science” – Mannington

Mannington Commercial  has many great products to choose from, especially their luxury vinyl tile and sheet vinyl flooring featuring Quantum Guard. Quantum Guard is a performance technology from Mannington that provides durability in demanding commercial environments. The Quantum Guard performance technology keeps the product looking better longer, and this technology has a lighter environmental impact and a lower total cost. The Quantum Guard technology has two categories: Quantum Guard Elite and Quantum Guard HP.

Mannington Quantum Guard Room Scene
Mannington Commercial Quantum Guard room scene

Quantum Guard Elite

This patent-pending technology provides protection against scratches and stains, reduced maintenance costs, and easy to clean. Quantum Guard Elite for luxury vinyl tile products provides dimensional stability, impact resistance, stain resistance, easy no-polish maintenance, and scratch resistance. This performance technology also has a urethane with aluminum oxide surface wear layer, which provides a limited wear warranty for the products. The commercial luxury vinyl tile products with this technology also cut cleanly, which makes for a better quality of installation.

Quantum Guard Elite lvt layers

Quantum Guard Elite for sheet vinyl flooring from Mannington is engineered for ease of cleaning and maintenance. The sheet vinyl floors are abrasive resistance, stain resistance, and slip resistance. The advanced urethane chemistry and an optimized texture make sheet vinyl flooring with Quantum Guard Elite easy to clean.

Here are some videos showcasing the durability and cleanability of Quantum Guard Elite products:

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Quantum Guard HP

Quantum Guard HP is a commercial urethane finish performance technology with ten years of proven performance in the field. This finish does not require any polish, which makes maintenance easier and more affordable. Quantum Guard HP enhances durability, appearance, and slip resistance. Also, Quantum Guard HP has a urethane with aluminum oxide surface wear layer, which includes a limited wear warranty for the products with this technology. This technology is a level 9 on the MOHS Hardness Scale, which is just right under natural diamond, a level 10 on the MOHS Hardness Scale.

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Mannington Commercial Quantum Guard LVT Room Scene
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New Stainmaster Carpet from The Showcase Collection

Recently Carpet Express’ Showcase Collection released seven new carpets featuring the Stainmaster nylon fiber. Some of the carpets have the Stainmaster Active Family fiber and some have the Stainmaster Pet Protect fiber.

Stainmaster Active Family is a durable fiber that is made of high-quality materials and made to perform well. Also, Stainmaster Active Family carpets are nylon carpets. The carpets with this fiber are available in a large selection of styles and colors. In addition, Stainmaster Active Family is durable enough to withstand your family’s active lifestyle. The carpets with this fiber resist food and beverage stains.

Stainmaster Pet Protect resists pet stains, reduces pet odors, and releases pet hair from the carpet!
To get the full benefits of Stainmaster Pet Protect carpet, you must purchase the Stainmaster carpet pad.

Here are the seven new carpets from the Showcase Collection:

Diva

Diva Stainmaster Carpet

English Trellis

English Trellis Stainmaster Carpet

Park Place I

Park Place I Stainmaster Carpet

Park Place II

Park Place II Stainmaster Carpet

Rose Garden

Rose Garden Stainmaster Carpet

Suave I

Suave I Stainmaster Carpet

Suave II

Suave II Stainmaster Carpet
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ColorMax Technology – Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet

ColorMax technology offers a new way to dye carpet fibers to ensure color uniformity throughout the entire floor. The SmartStrand carpet styles with ColorMax technology feature a tri-color yarn twist. This tri-color yarn twist created a well balanced and blended color. ColorMax from Mohawk Carpet creates a richer color saturation in every fiber by combining multiple yarns and dyeing methods. This technology adds an addition level of color and style to SmartStrand carpets. In addition, the ColorMax technology won the 2019 TISE Best of Innovation Award.

ColorMax Technology from Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet

There are many gorgeous SmartStrand carpets to choose from with the innovative ColorMax technology. You can live stress free with the kid-friendly and pet-friendly SmartStrand carpets.

ColorMax Technology from SmartStrand Mohawk Carpet
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2018 Mohawk Sustainability Report

Mohawk Carpet room scene

Recently Mohawk Industries released the company’s 2018 Sustainability Report. The company’s commitment to sustainability continues to shape business decisions that positively affect the company, customers, employees, and communities. Mohawk Industries continues to focus on reducing its environmental footprint. In 2018, the company recycled 6.6 billion plastic bottles into yarn fiber, 136 million pounds of foam trim and yarn waste into carpet cushion, and close to 42 million pounds of rubber tires into welcome mats.

You can check out Mohawk’s 2018 Sustainability Report at MohawkSustainability.com.

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New Dreamweaver, Engineered Floors, and Pentz Carpet!

Recently the website was updated with new Dream Weaver carpet, Engineered Floors carpet, and Pentz commercial carpet tile. Be sure to check out all these great carpet options whether you are looking for residential or commercial carpet!

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Floorigami DIY Carpet Tiles

Floorigami DIY carpet from Shaw is pet-friendly, family friendly, and great for life in general. Floorigami is residential peel-and-stick carpet tiles/carpet squares. The carpet tiles/carpet squares are available in sizes 9″x36″ or 24″x24″. You can create gorgeous wall to wall carpet or even a custom rug with these carpet tiles. No installation experience required for Floorigami carpets, which are made in the United States.

Here are the products in the Floorigami collection:

Also, you can create gorgeous wall-to-wall carpet with these carpet tiles/carpet squares. If you’re wanting to be creative, then this DIY carpet is perfect for creativity. You can make your own custom area rug with these tiles. They can be installed in different ways, such as monolithic, basketweave, stagger, or herringbone. You can mix colors as well.

Here is a video of the different ways to install Floorigami carpet tiles/carpet squares:

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