What's New Underfoot

Balterio. The new Impressio collection capitalizes on the trend toward wider plank flooring. On a "royal plank" format of 1261 x 244 mm (49-by-9 inches), this collection features six contemporary designs finished with a V-groove on the long side. The wider-than-standard planks give the floor the robust look of real parquet. With the additionof the Impressio collection, the company now offers a choice of five plank formats in two lengths and five widths. www.balterio.com.

Mohawk. Strand Woven bamboo flooring eliminates much of the "knuckling" (horizontal banding) found in traditional bamboo. The Hilea line is available in natural and baked natural colorways, while the Kahala line comes in chestnut, rustic baked natural, light ebony, warm cherry, and warm chocolate. Both lines feature Uniclick glueless locking technology for easy installation, and CrystalShield aluminum shield matte finish. 800.266.4295. www.mohawk.com.

Summit Flooring. Feng Shui Flextile is a new collection of bamboo tile flooring. Made of sustainable bamboo, the material contributes to LEED points as a low-emitting and rapidly renewable material. The lightweight tiles also offers benefits with regard to shipping costs and installation. Pre-finished with six coats of BonaKemi Naturale sealer, Feng Shui tiles are flexible and can be quickly installed around curves or other challenging configurations. Choose from seven colors, including natural, white, black, colonial, caramel, mahogany, and taupe. 877.496.3566. www.summit-flooring.

Traditional Living. Ranging from traditional oaks to exotic cherries, the maker's 20 laminate patterns are available in a new retail location for the industry: Sam's Club. Purchasing the material through Sam's Club allows remodelers to perform flooring installations more profitably. The collection features a realistic look with texturing that replicates real wood grain. A pre-attached underlayment helps create an authentic sound similar to true wood flooring, while a protective surface provides durability and scratch-resistance. The flooring is backed by a limited lifetime warranty against wear-through, staining, and fading. www.traditionalliving.com.

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