The latest technology offers a myriad of flooring options without sacrificing style. Aluminum-oxide technology enhances scratch and wear resistance, and color-streaking processes expand the array of available finishes. Mohawk flooring, in partnership with 3M, features a new stain-resistance technology so that the floor can even become a child's canvas — that is until someone comes and wipes away the artwork.
Armstrong Flooring. The Natural Fusion series of resilient vinyl flooring features a selection of 35 options in seven designs, each incorporating the maker's variable texture technology, which delivers realistic textures and gloss for a natural appearance. A variety of wood and stone looks are available, including Sweet Bamboo (shown) and Beijing Slate. Natural Fusion also incorporates polycarbonate-fused aluminum oxide nanoparticles that enhance scratch and wear resistance. 800.233.3823. www.armstrong.com.
Tendura.TenduraPlank tongue-and-groove composite porch flooring now offers a patent-pending spacer bead on the plank's tongue, automatically creating the required expansion joints, the manufacturer says. The beaded tongue is available in the TenduraPlank Classic and Solids collection and is designed specifically for covered porch applications. 800.836.3872. www.tendura.com.
Nafco by Tarkett. The new Perma-Stone Modular line features a variety of newly sized tiles that can be assembled into modular units. The Tuscany design (shown) from the Better Living Collection is cut to the 8-inch by 16-inch paver size and is available in three colorations: Limestone, Sunstone, and Terrastone. The tile boasts a 20-year warranty for residential use. 800.227.4662. www.tarkett-commercial.com/us.
TimberTech. The Earthwood Plank in tropical hardwood replicates the look of expensive hardwood through the use of a color-streaking process. The product, which is made of pure plastic resins and wood flour, is available in 12-, 16-, and 20-foot lengths. 800.307.7780. www.timbertech.com.
Kronopol. Equipped with an attached felt and rubber underpad that will not compress or absorb moisture, Sonic Floor laminate flooring promises to significantly reduce impact noise, the maker says. The 54-inch-long boards and click-and-lock installation quickly create the product's unified look. Sonic Floor is made with wood from FSC-certified forests and offers a 30-year warranty against fade, stain, wear, and topographical moisture. 888.576.6648. www.kronopol.com.
Mohawk. The company's hardwood flooring now features Scotchgard Protector Advanced Repel Technology. Stain resistance is baked into the hardwood using a UV-cured aluminum-oxide that is polymer-bonded into the finish. Nail polish, hot glue, permanent marker, latex paint, and grape juice are all removed with a dry cloth or plastic scraper, the maker says. 800.266.4295. www.mohawkflooring.com.
Robbins Fine Hardwood Flooring. Creating the appearance of smoky, charred wood, the distressing process for the Artesian Color-Wash collection is dark and dramatic on darker woods, but soft on light woods. Micro-beveled edges pick up the colorations for a distinct delineation from board to board. Artesian Color-Wash comes in maple, cherry, birch, and walnut in 11 finishes. Planks are 5 inches wide and come in lengths from 9 to 46 ½ inches. 800.233.3823. www.armstrong.com. For more product information, visit ebuild, Hanley Wood's interactive product catalog, at remodelingmagazine.com or www.ebuild.com.