What's New In Laminate?

Via Armstrong's The Floor Board Blog:What’s new in the world of laminate? Color variation, reclaimed wood looks, and subtle textures! These three hot flooring trends drove our latest releases in laminate flooring.In this post, we’ll show you our three new looks: Global Reclaim laminate flooring, which is part of the Architectural Remnants collection; three new flooring colors in Forestry Mix which is in the Rustics Premium collection; and Millwork Block, which is also in Rustics Premium.All three brand new products make use of different planks to create a highly varied board look, and have a realistic texture.Global Reclaim Laminate FlooringInspired by reclaimed wood floors, this Global Reclaim flooring in Worldly Hue can take you to cozy places – a cozy cabin, a refurbished urban loft, or a rustic cottage. There are several elements that drive the look of these Global Reclaim floors:
    • Embossing – Our new technique offers a realistic grain, depth, and texture of reclaimed wood.
    • Ends & Edges – These floors have a micro edge, which just means that the depth is a little shorter, providing a smooth and realistic look.
    • Gloss – These laminate floors are more matte than others – lending realism to the reclaimed wood look.
Global Reclaim blends the exotic wood looks of apple wood, eucalyptus and maple in 18 unique planks so you get a lot of variation in your look.
Forestry Mix Laminate Flooring in Three ColorsWithin the Rustics Premium collection, we have three new colors in Forestry Mix: Brown Washed, Gray Washed, and White Washed. Like the others in the Rustics Premium collection, these new floors have scraped textures and farmhouse-style wide boards. In addition, these floors look like they’ve aged naturally – with details like natural knots, chatter marks, and mineral streaks. Each color has 24 planks for a varied board look.

Millwork Block Laminate FlooringThese floors blend the old and new with patchwork and mismatched designs. “Distressed floors offer the look of antiqued visuals that work well in both contemporary and traditional settings,” says Armstrong Designer Sara Babinski.Millwork Block is distinctive due to its texture, which has been enhanced by a subtle undulating surface treatment. It also marries 18 unique planks with the look of premium oak strips.

Laminate Flooring Quality & ValueAll of these new laminate floors have a 50-year warranty; a wear layer called VisionGuard that protects the floor from staining, fading, and wear-through; and HydraCore Plus, a built-in performance core that provides durability, moisture resistance, and gives the floor a substantial feel.###Source: Armstrong