Armstrong unveils luxury Architectural Remnants flooring
Architectural Remnants, the latest collection from Armstrong Residential Flooring, aims to provide a decidedly upscale experience to the laminate flooring market.
The reclaimed hardwood collection is characterized by multiple species and colors, as well as varied widths and a distressed quality. Armstrong employs special imaging technology to ensure a true-to-life color scheme.
“These floors would likely have come from an old church or barn in the countryside, a shuttered city warehouse or a 20th century antique salvage yard,” said Sara Babinski, principal designer for laminate flooring. “Texture is the new color. Color has long been the first attraction for consumers. It’s often the key factor when buying a floor. But recently, texture has come to the forefront as a welcome design enhancement."
The collection also features VisionGuard, a wearlayer that helps maintain the floor’s condition, and HydraCore Plus, a core that stabilizes the laminate and adds density to the product.
“Customers are always looking for visual options, and the different widths that accent the visuals give the customer an opportunity buy a laminate that doesn’t look like a traditional laminate floor,” said Eric Mondragon, hard surface buyer for the flooring division of RC Willey Home Furnishings, according to an Armstrong statement. “[This product] has the look of a true reclaimed and skip saw hardwood."
Behr rolls out Behr Marquee
The company says the product is low-VOC and also has the ability to resist rain as early as 60 minutes after application.
"The Marquee product is our most premier paint that delivers best-in-class performance and the ultimate in dirt resistance, ensuring exterior surfaces look freshly painted longer with reduced fade," said Colin Jaffe, senior VP operations for professional products and services at Behr. "Marquee paint remains looking beautiful and luxurious, even under extreme weather conditions, allowing a professional to increase customer satisfaction and reduce the number of future repaints required."
BehrPro is the Professional Products and Services Group of Behr Process Corporation.
For professional residential and commercial painters, remodelers, contractors and property managers, the line has been specifically designed to provide the professional and consumer marketplace with a premium product that resists dirt and fading, while maintaining its finish in environments with intense rain, snow, wind, UV exposure and other extreme weather conditions.
Sky’s the limit: A look into windows & doors
This year has been a cautiously optimistic one for the housing industry in general, and some predict an even more dramatic recovery for the windows and doors market. "World Windows & Doors," a Freedonia Group study published in June, expects global demand for windows and doors to reach $223 billion in annual revenue by 2017.
With that said, a good portion of this recovery is predicted to take place outside the United States in areas such as China and certain developing nations. It may be no surprise, then, that the outlook in the United States stays consistent with that of the overall housing market.
Berit Griffin, public relations coordinator at Marvin Windows and Doors, acknowledged that Marvin continues to see improving conditions across the board. Do Freedonia’s figures sound accurate? Time will tell.
"Remodel and replace continues to remain steady, and there is an uptick in new construction activity that we are seeing," said Griffin in an email. "Right now, it’s impossible to forecast exactly what the demand for fenestration products will be on a global scale, but we do believe that it will continue to strengthen as the housing market rebounds in developed countries."
With a predominantly positive outlook either way, exterior home products continue to delight the eye and advance in their performance and craftsmanship. This year, there’s as large of a premium as ever before on energy efficiency, airtight performance, clean, modern lines and a "back to nature" aesthetic. Here are a few of our favorites.
Green Leaf Bamboo Doors
For the eco-conscious home builder, these bamboo doors are an opportunity to support American manufacturing and sustainable material sourcing. All that aside, many might gravitate toward them for their good looks alone. (greenleafdoors.com)
Marvin Stormplus Windows
New-home construction is weighing storm-proof features more heavily in 2013, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Marvin’s Stormplus Windows, here showcased in a home on Captiva, are certified to withstand 140-mph winds. (marvin.com)
Hy-Lite Bath-Lite Series
Privacy, affordability and elegance are hardly competing interests when it comes to this collection of bathroom windows, available in three vinyl frame designs. (hy-lite.com)
Ply Gem Canada Elite Series Woodgrain Fiberglass Entry Door
Fiberglass is a pragmatic choice for homes in humid climates. With handsome woodgrain options such as this one, homeowners don’t have to choose between looks and performance. (plygem.com)
Jeld-Wen W-2500 Wood Windows
This clad-wood window line employs a smarter use of thermal breaks to meet Energy Star criteria in all four U.S. climate zones — while remaining faithful to strict budgets and traditional aesthetics. (jeld-wen.com)
Simpson Artist Collection doors
The wood exterior doors designed by architect James L. Cutler, FAIA, offer the homeowner a contemporary look with clean, simple lines and a number of glass options. (simpsondoor.com)
Pella Designer Series Windows
It’s not just "designer" because of its tasteful restraint. It’s designed to be smarter about window performance with between-the-glass shades and blinds that reduce allergens. In addition, they are 53% to 74% more efficient with triple-pane glass. (pella.com)
Clopay Cypress Collection Faux Wood Garage Door
In keeping with the "back to nature" theme that’s characterized so much of 2013’s trends, this faux wood steel garage door features an Ultra-Grain paint finish to complete the illusion of a high-maintenance exterior. (clopaydoor.com)
Fakro Balcony Skylight
No longer relegated to dark, cramped conditions, attic dwellers can enjoy their own convertible balconies thanks to these inventive roof windows by Fakro. (fakrousa.com)
Soft-Lite Kingsroyal Glide Patio Door
Performance is key when it comes to this prominent exterior feature. A two-point locking system, antimicrobial weatherstripping, Comfortfoam insulation and DuraRoller track system keep entries and exits reliably smooth. (soft-lite.com)
Weather Shield Premium Series
A blend of old-world craftsmanship and new-world energy efficiency characterizes this collection of windows and patio doors. Weather Shield makes a selling point out of the self-titled TriCore frame technology and Symmetry Balance System. (weathershield.com)
Velux Solar-Powered "Fresh Air" Skylight
This year has certainly brought more progress in smart home innovations. This solar-powered skylight closes automatically when it senses rain, and its wireless setup makes fresh air ventilation a literal breeze. (skylights.veluxusa.com)
Milgard Moving Glass Wall Systems
Is it a door? A window? Or maybe both? This is an imaginative way to open up an interior space while providing seamless mobility. The tandem stainless steel ball bearing rollers make a small task out of operating these grand fixtures. (milgard.com)