Discovery – A Solution Product!

Discovery – A Solution Product!

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

You’ve been asking: “Where can I find trim pieces to match my new laminate or luxury vinyl floor?” Now I have an answer for you.  I love solution products, and one US company recognized a gap in the floor coverings product chain, and has filled that gap.

Versatrim Inc. manufactures in North Carolina and has the ability to match most of the top colors in the laminate and LVT flooring industry. This company provides flooring manufacturers, retailers, distributors, installers, and yes, even consumers with high quality moldings at reasonable prices. With coordinating laminate trims for big brand names like Shaw, Mohawk, Mannington, Quickstep, Armstrong, Bruce, Kronotex, Witex, Columbia, Karndean, Pergo, and Alloc among others; Versatrim makes it easy to find top quality matching moldings for your LVT and laminate floors.

Finally, there are molding solutions available to match vinyl, laminate, engineered wood, and even solid wood floors.  Versatrim’s list of profiles now includes two new PVC moldings for LVT, as well as their standard laminate T-molding, reducer, end cap, stair nose, wall base, and quarter-round profiles.  This discovery of a full gallery of trim pieces to match LVT has expanded luxury vinyl plank and tile applications, especially where stairs were previously a concern.  Color samples are available to ensure a good match to each floor.  If you are in need of a solution product too, please do check out Versatrim.com.

Super Stars at the International Surfaces Event

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

Flooring manufacturers brought their “A” game to the Surfaces Trade Show in Las Vegas this past January. Covering the show adequately equated to walking a marathon, but it was certainly well worth it. I am happy to share some highlights with you:

Lauzon Flooring – A smart floor called Pure Genius that purifies the air? Can this be true? Yes it is, and it was highlighted at the show by Lauzon. Here’s what they said about their new introduction: Pure Genius floors work constantly without any loss of performance over time. It is activated by light, and the active nanoparticles in Pure Genius decompose VOC’s in the air and convert them to harmless molecules. That’s pretty impressive, especially since Lauzon says it makes the air in your home up to 85% purer over time. Products that perform double-duty are much in demand in the world of flooring design. Expect this one to be at the top of the list.

Karndean Design Floors – Karndean’s booth at Surfaces was a strong draw. They chose TISE to preview their newly re-designed DaVinci collection. The launch is scheduled for this spring and highlighted by 12 planks and 10 stones. Moving away from a tailored, traditional look, the new DaVinci captures the best of vintage, reclaimed wood looks. This is a design direction that is gaining momentum and (added bonus) works as well with contemporary interiors as well as traditional. High character LVP woods with aged-looks bring the best of the past to the here and now. 48” x 7” planks capture the look of woods gently aged by nature over time.

Nourison – As always, Nourison and Nourtex broadloom did not disappoint. The US made Hagaman line in particular featured 80% new styles made mostly from natural fibers. Nourison plays artfully with a neutral palette and creates softly dramatic geometrics for their carpets. Line, shape, form are the building blocks of their broadloom styles. The bar is set high every year by Nourison, and what I experienced was carpet focused on artistic styling.

Mannington – This is a BIG year for Mannington—celebrating their 100 year anniversary in business, they were a major presence at TISE. This company can do it all: carpet, LVT/LVP, hardwood, rubber floors, VCT, laminate, sheet vinyl. This certainly positions them as a leader in the industry. This year, I saw a focus on new LVT/LVP styles with 92 new SKU’s being introduced. Their marketing strategy is to offer customers a comprehensive package of floor coverings, and they do that very well. Befitting of their 100 year celebration, they introduced “Centennial” a retro-inspired vinyl floor that gives a modern interpretation to mid-century designs. Patterns are well-named and inspire the customer to take a closer look at Penny Lane, Filigree, Empire and Chaumont.

Of course this article is just a teaser for anyone searching for the latest, greatest new introductions in floor coverings. There was so much more debuted that deserves attention. But to see any of these amazing floors mentioned in this article, I encourage you to go online to the manufacturers’ websites. They are so new, it may be a few months before you can see them in person at your local retailer’s showroom, but take heart, they are definitely on the way!