National Floor Trendshas announced the winners of its 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards at Coverings 2012 in Orlando, Fla. Readers were asked to vote online for their favorite products in a range of categories.
"These awards are designed to honor some of the most forward-thinking products in the industry," said Diana Brown, BNP Media group publisher. "Congratulations to all the winners, and I also want to extend a thank you to all our readers for participating."
ARDEX K 55 MICROTEC Premium High-Flow, Self-Leveling Underlayment
ARDEX Engineered Cements
ARDEX K 55 MICROTEC Premium High-Flow, Self-Leveling Underlayment is a durable self-leveling underlayment that pours like water. It has the strength of MICROTEC, yet can be installed at just 1/8” making it ideal for thin applications over large areas. It can be used over interior concrete, terrazzo, ceramic tile, quarry tile, epoxy coating systems, and non-soluble adhesive residue on concrete. It can be walked on in just two to three hours and finished flooring can be installed in just 16 hours. It can be installed from 1/16” to 1” neat and can be featheredged to match existing elevations. It can be easily mixed and poured or pumped. Coverage is up to 100 square feet per bag.
Installation Materials (i.e. Grout, Adhesives, Finishes)
ARDEX MC Moisture Control Systems: ARDEX MRP Moisture Resistant Patch, ARDEX MC ULTRA, ARDEX MC PLUS, ARDEX MC RAPID
ARDEX Engineered Cements
ARDEX MC Moisture Control Systems are some of the most versatile and reliable in the industry, according to the company. ARDEX MRP Moisture Resistant Patch is a moisture-resistant, trowel-gradable and smoothing compound designed to bond readily to concrete. ARDEX MC ULTRA suppresses moisture vapor from levels of 98% RH to acceptable levels overnight. ARDEX MC PLUS reduces moisture vapor from 98% to acceptable levels in 8 hours and does not require a sand broadcast when ARDEX Americas underlayments are installed at 1/4” or less. ARDEX MC RAPID reduces moisture to acceptable levels from 98% in 4 hours.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
Alterna Premium Tile
Armstrong Floor Products
Alterna premium groutable flooring tile from Armstrong features nature-inspired designs, warmth underfoot and realistic textures. These 16" x 16" vinyl tiles with coordinating grout look distinctly unique. New Alterna Reserve offers 32 tile variations to capture the colors and textures of travertine stone, quartz and slate. A welcoming surface for the entire family, it more readily tolerates accidents and drops. Easy care, lasting quality, backed by Armstrong, Alterna is made in the USA.
Tile (i.e. Ceramic, Porcelain, Stone)
Lucente Servolo Linear Mosaic Blend on 13x13 mesh
Lustrous color shines through in this distinctive linear glass and stone mosaic. Lucente tile can be used on its own on a kitchen or bathroom backsplash. It can also be combined with natural stone or porcelain tile as a decorative accent. Use Lucente in your pool or jacuzzi and see the shimmering effect created by the interplay between water and tile.
Wood (including cork and bamboo)
SpringLoc Today – Birch Wheat
The SpringLoc Today Collection not only features scrapes, species and colors trending in the market, but also cuts installation time with its patented locking system. If you like the look of scraped floors but you’re not sure if it fits your style, the Subtle Scraped Birch Wheat is the perfect choice, according to the company. The product also features the FinishLoc Lifetime Residential finish warranty. 100% made in the U.S.A for 114 years and counting.
Three new patterns round out the popular Restoration Collection: Chestnut Hill, a rustic yet refined chestnut look with handscraped texture; Arcadia, a reclaimed-wood look with subtle wirebrushing and natural chatter; and Chateau, a contemporary visual with a smooth, high-clarity finish. Chateau, Chestnut Hill and Arcadia are designed to deliver award-winning designs and outstanding performance; eco-friendly manufacturing that includes high recycled content, water-based low VOC ink systems,low VOC adhesives and finishes; and a formaldehyde-free adhesive system that complies with CARB. All three have a modern 6.25”-wide plank format and are made in the USA.
Bliss by Beaulieu
Mesmerize gets its inspiration from the uneven coloring of natural wool and variegated sisal. Using the company's patented yarn processing, this look combines modern functionality with classic subtlety. The colors are warm classics with a few modern extras. The feel is soft and plush. This is a timeless look for the modern home, according to the company.
SmartStrand Contract with DuPont Sorona- What Moves You?
Featuring eight patterns evocative of nature, What Moves You? infuses every interior with sophistication. The collection has a palette of 12 tranquil colorways, and is available in two broadloom and six modular tile applications. What Moves You? utilizes the Mohawk Group’s SmartStrand Contract carpet fiber, which is created to be sustainable, designed to be beautiful and engineered to perform. SmartStrand Contract is made with DuPont Sorona's renewably sourced polymer: 37% of Sorona is made from rapidly renewable resources. Stain resistance is built into SmartStrand Contract. 95% of spills clean easily with water, even in the harshest commercial environment.
River Walk, Modern Expressions Collection
This warm, lush woven shag features dramatic texture with low loop areas and high, soft nap. Available in 5’3” X 7’10” and 8’ X 11’ sizes, River Walk is infused with “eyelash” yarns, which add extra softness and dimension, the company notes. River Walk is made of olefin and polyester, and woven on looms in the USA.
Kingsgrove (addition to the DuraTru collection)
Kingsgrove, the newest addition to Shaw’s DuraTru collection, offers a complex earthy design that brings uncluttered sophistication into a room. Featuring a fiberglass cushion back, each style is designed to provide comfort while minimizing impact noise and sound transmission. Kingsgrove is offered in seven patterns ranging from natural woods (smooth and hand scraped finishes) and stone & tile in slate, limestone and tumbled stone, in a palette that includes fog grey and rustic reds. Kingsgrove also offers reliable performance characteristics, such as mildew and moisture resistance, and durability.