The pace of product innovation is beginning to race. Residential products. Commercial products. Green products. Installation products. Flooring products. This is a great sign for the industry.

These are not just me-too introductions, but new products designed to fill a need within the industry. Let’s take a look at a few… TEC’s secure, web-based interactive estimatorfor retailers and/or distributors to determine the amount of setting materials required for any tile or stone project. Utilizing the retailer’s pricing, the Estimator provides a full price quote and job spec summary on a thorough, easy to read print-out complete with the retailer’s logo.

According to TEC brand manager Kristin Cattaneo, a recent retailer study said: the hindrance to more setting material sales is the challenge in estimating systems and quantities due to salespeople’s uncertainty of the category. The new web-based tool is designed to address these concerns.

TheDancik Price List Managerenables retailers and contractors to download 932 Price Catalog data from manufacturers and distributors using the company’s B2B modules regardless of their back-end business management system. What a great time saver - this can eliminate the time consuming task of price changes.

Armstong’s Luxe Plank with Lynx Technologyallows installers to reposition the lvt planks as many times as needed while retaining the appearance and structural integrity. The new patent pending technology is available in 33 wood-like SKUs.

Congoleum AirStep Evolutionresilient sheet flooring features the company’s UltraTec construction and the SDS stain defense system. The UltraTec construction combines the best properties of felt and fiberglass backed products, according to the company.

This is just a sampling of some of the great new products and services on the market. See our new products section, beginning on page 48, to learn more about the products mentioned above, along with other new products.