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New Boston Dental - From Barn to Dental Suite

Posted by Amanda Bartley on Fri, Dec 08, 2017

It seems like everywhere you look these days you will see something with "rustic barn decor".  What better way to accomplish this look than to renovate a rustic old barn itself.  Northeast Flooring Solutions was recently involved in such a project, working with Cobb Hill Construction on their New Boston Dental job.  This project is a great marriage of rustic touches and modern appeal, the floors being no exception.  With clean lines, neutral tones, and wood appearance we think the floor marries perfectly with the exposed beams, soft colors and clean lines seen in the renovation of the barn.  There really is no denying the charm of an old building and subtlety of the rustic barn look on this project.


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The Reception area, seen above, has a combination of Hallmark Sierra Madre LVT in Montecito Oak and Philadelphia Commercial Material Effects carpet tile with custom accent color.

The entryway, seen below, utilized Happy Floors Oxido series Cobre large (12"x24") tiles, with a coordinationg entry mat overlay to protect the floor and provide a safe transition from outside to in when the weather is less than perfect.

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The operatories, steri center, bathrooms and more also utilized the Hallmark Sierra Madre LVT in Montecito Oak.  Seen below is one of the operatories.

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Photo Credit for these photos goes to Tim Drew from Cobb Hill. 

Check out more from Cobb Hill Construction, Inc. here

Tags: Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Walk off Mats, Carpet Tile, Healthcare Flooring, Luxury Vinyl Tile, LVT

A look back - World of Concrete 2017

Posted by Amanda Bartley on Tue, Mar 07, 2017

This past January three members of the Northeast Flooring Solutions team flew out to the 2017 World of Concrete in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The plan was simple - Collect new ideas and processes within the resinous flooring and concrete polishing industry to provide a better product for our customer’s in a timely fashion.


Once out at the World of Concrete they jumped right into the conference, laying both eyes and hands on all of the latest equipment.  Vendors at the conference even had machines set up, which they of course took for a test drive.  Once they were back in New Hampshire, and able to really absorb all that they had seen and learned, two new propane polishing grinders from Concrete Polishing Solutions (CPS) were what Northeast decided to add to their equipment arsenal.  Ultimately CPS's dedication to training and support after the purchase, as well as their years of experience in the industry is what made the decision easier for us.  


The first machine, which we have already started using, is a walk behind propane "G-320D Pro Planetary Grinder".  No corners were cut here.  We can grind without the need for a generator or specific electrical connections to be available on site.  Emissions monitoring, with both EPA and CARB certification allow for safe operation, as well as backup carbon monoxide monitors that we require to be on the jobsite for added safety.  Both of these aspects are benefits for job sites that don't always have all of their utilities up and running during fit up.  Running on propane allows for cord free maneuverability, and for our floor technicians to work side by side without issue.  The three flex-heads easily follow the floors natural contours, and variable speeds allow for continued flow from one step to another with the same machine.   The 32" wide foot print will grind within 1/2" from the wall, giving the floor a greater continuity in appearance with less edge grinding needed.  




Joining the team later in March is the brand new CPS Rover.  This ride on grinder gives us many of the same features of the G-320D while also adding full visibility of the machine from the higher vantage point of the operators seat.  It also adds in easy and accurate hand controls, and a zero turn radius.  The Rover has electric start, and onboard electrical power generation availabilities for lighting, power port, electric head lift for easy transport and quick tool change, and more.  


These two machines will allow Northeast to better serve not only the customers who desire polished concrete, but also the customers who require mechanical grinding for surface preperation instead of shotblasting.

It was amazing to see how far the concrete flooring industry has come, and all of the new products and installation techniques that are available.  We look forward to utilizing the G-320DP and Rover, American-made equipment from Concrete Polishing Solutions.  We believe these machines will be instrumental in the growth of our polishing division and in the increased productivity of our concrete floor preparations on flooring jobs of all kinds.

Check out all that Concrete Polishing Solutions has to offer here.  We are happy to add them to our team at Northeast Flooring Solutions, and look forward to a growing relationship.  Stay tuned for more information as we get these machines out on the job.  We can't wait to show you what they can do!

Tags: Polished Concrete, Floor Prep, epox

Kelly's Landing - A Cold Weather Epoxy Option

Posted by Amanda Bartley on Mon, Feb 27, 2017

We were recently contacted to help update the Kitchen of Kelly's Landing- Restaurant and Lodging at Moosehead Lake, located in Greenville, Maine.  They chose to go with a resinous flooring system for cleanliness and durability, after replacing linoleum multiple times in the same area.

As a popular restaurant and lodging area that offers waterfront views for its customers it was important that we find the right product for the job, and be able to get everything done during their off season. Ultimately we chose the Cryl-A-Flex system, which is a Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) system offered by Dur-A-Flex, as the best option for their kitchen and prep areas.  This system allowed for a quick turn around time, drying within an hour, fitting well with their busy remodel schedule.  Another benefit is that the system can be installed at lower temperatures (as low as -20F, and cures at 0F) which was a perfect fit for this middle of the winter install in the rural central Maine location.  With a range of finish options available there are plenty of options to satisfy every look.  In this case they decided on the Standard "Tile Red".

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The floor already had plywood on it in prep for the Epoxy when Northeast arrived.  We then put white fiberglass tape on the seams, and set them to the plywood with an MMA primer mix.  Once the seams were dry, the crew fully primed the area embedding the fiberglass in the first coat. About 20 minutes later, the primer coat was cured and the cove base began being built.


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Once the cove was built, we then we poured a self level MMA coat at approximately 1/4". While wet, the floor was broadcasted with sand to create a non-slip profile.

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To finish the floor, two MMA top coats were applied, as well as hand painting the base with an MMA top coat, giving the final product as seen above.

After the project was done, Kim was so happy with the experience working with Northeast Flooring Solutions, that she came back to us to put down Luxury Vinyl Tile in her dining area as well.  We will be sharing photos of the dining room as well once completed.


Want to know more about Kelly's Landing?  Check out all that they offer here.


Tags: Epoxy, Dur-a-flex, restaurant, kitchen

Breathtaking Garages

Posted by Amanda Bartley on Fri, Feb 03, 2017

Looking to give your garage floor a finished look?  Wanting something a little bit different?  Then a ReFLEXions Designer Flooring system may be the perfect fit for you.  This Dur-A-Flex product line allows for a one-of-a-kind look.  With a full spectrum of pigments available, the color combinations are endless.

Once the substrate is prepared, the system starts with a pigmented epoxy primer coat, then a ReFLEXions body coat, and a gloss or satin finish Urethane topcoat. The body coat contains metallic pigment which gives ReFLEXion floors their 3 dimensional look.


reflexions cross section.pngImage from ReFLEXions brochure: Dur-a-Flex ReFLEXions


Two recent jobs done by Northeast Flooring Solutions for garages, using similar base colors with differing accents, and having completly different end results: 


Seen here is a job using Dolphin (grey tone) as the base, with Maui (bright blue), Ocean (dark blue) and Shipwreck (khaki) accents.





Another garage using Dolphin (grey) as base, Ocean (dark blue), Whale (dark grey) and Sunset (yellow) as accents. 


The durability of the system which includes stain, chemical and UV resistant properties, makes this a great fit for not only a garage, but retail, lobbies, show rooms, dining areas and so much more.  The seamless nature integrates well with both cove base and existing walls.  With no waxing or harsh cleaners required you see a huge reduction in maintenance cost as well.  This is also a green product line with Zero VOCs.


To find out more about this system, or other epoxy floor systems, you can contact us at (800) 750-3720.


Tags: Epoxy

ColorArt - Proven Performance and Elevated Aesthetics In One

Posted by Marlana Rowell on Fri, Dec 02, 2016


Designed to provide beautiful, easy-to-clean and long-lasting floors, ColorArt homogeneous sheet flooring offers a spectrum of colors that provide a clean, fresh appearance; assist in wayfinding; and create comfortable, engaging spaces. As part of Continuum™ Solutions, ColorArt Medintech and Medintone with Diamond 10 Technology coating coordinate across the Armstrong Flooring portfolio to create unique design concepts and solutions for every space. Using cultured diamonds with all the properties of natural diamonds, our Diamond 10 Technology coating provides the highest scratch, stain and scuff resistance in the industry, making it a perfect solution for healthcare and educational environments.

Setting the standard, ColorArt Medintech and Medintone with Diamond 10 Technology coating provides the durability required in high-traffic commercial buildings, healthcare and educational settings. Featuring our patent-pending Diamond 10 Technology coating for an enhanced level of performance, Medintech and Medintone flooring can withstand heavy traffic and staining for a true low-maintenance floor. Coupled with the true through-pattern construction, ColorArt homogeneous sheet resists abrasion and other wear while elevating aesthetics with a spectrum of colors, tones and patterns.

Part of our Continuum™ Solutions, homogeneous ColorArt products coordinate across Armstrong Flooring’s full portfolio of commercial products. 

Reasons to Specify Homogeneous Sheet 

  • Diamond 10 Technology coating resists soil, stains, scratches, scuffs and abrasions, as well as chemicals and damage from alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Easy maintenance – No polish Diamond 10 Coating Technology minimizes cleaning time and disruption
  • True through-pattern construction provides even wear and a consistent appearance along with superior gouge and abrasion resistance
  • Withstands heavy foot and rolling load traffic*
  • Easy to heat weld and flash cove for spaces demanding superior infection control
  • Broad palette of coordinating colors and patterns
  • Manufactured to Armstrong Flooring’s Diamond Standard of Quality

*Refer to the Armstrong Flooring Guaranteed Installation Systems manual (F-5061) at and at for proper installation, care, and maintenance information.

{ARTICLE FROM  VIDEO FROM Armstrong Commercial Flooring YouTube Channel}

A Closer Look at Retailing Green

Posted by Marlana Rowell on Fri, Dec 02, 2016

A Gift to New Horizon

Posted by Marlana Rowell on Wed, Nov 23, 2016

Christmas has come early for New Horizon located in Manchester, NH. This year Northeast Flooring Solutions donated new floors to this Soup Kitchen. We also donated $2500 along with this to buy 800 meals for the hungry. Northeast Flooring Solutions completed the dining area with new LVT along with new tile in the Kitchen area. 




The materials used for this project were:

-Boylu LVT in the color White Driftwood (BLVAW-006) This was used in the dining room.

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-Mats Inc Berber mats in the color Charcoal

-Daltile Quarry Tile in the color Red Blaze, This was used in the Kitchen area.

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-Johnsonite Covebase 55 Silver Grey 6"

Tile Adds Rustic Charm

Posted by Marlana Rowell on Thu, Nov 10, 2016


The new Fairfield Inn & Suite in Waterbury, VT, features different types of tile and cultured stone to create an environment reminiscent of the area.

Tile-magazine-Fairfield-Inn-1-feature.jpgTo construct the new Fairfield Inn & Suite in Waterbury, VT, designers from LHK design in New York drew inspiration from the surrounding landscape. Wood-inspired porcelain tile and cultured stone were both used to provide a natural feel. 

Tile-magazine-Fairfield-Inn-2.jpg"Our design concept reflects many natural-inspired materials indigenous to Vermont," explained Lori Kramer, CEO of LHK design in New York, NY. "Flooring consists of wood-look parquet tile and carpet inspired by the warm color palette of the area's stunning fall foliage." 

Aside from its famous maple syrup, Vermont is an area frequented often for its renowned scenery and outdoor activities. From the countless ski resorts to the unparalleled hiking and biking trails, the New England state is the place to visit if you’re craving a nature-inspired adventure.

To accommodate visitors traveling from near or afar, the Marriott brand recently decided to establish a Fairfield Inn & Suites in Waterbury, VT, located down the street from the infamous Ben and Jerry’s factory. Nestled in the Green Mountains, the newly constructed retreat features 84 rooms, including grandiose suites, which were inspired by the surrounding landscape, according to Lori Kramer, CEO of LHK design in New York, NY.

“The new Fairfield Inn and Suites maintains the brand’s signature features with a rustic charm that defines this beautiful New England town,” said Kramer, whose interior design firm was enlisted to carry out the design of the hotel. “Upon entering the lobby, guests experience a warm and inviting rustic lodge atmosphere featuring stylized wood grain translucent panels flanked by reclaimed teak wood planks on the registration feature wall, reclaimed wood cabinetry and a magnificent burnished finished brass ring chandelier set against a ceiling of found teak wood.”

Kramer selected a warmer palette of porcelain and mosaic tile from Cancos Tile & Stone, complemented by neutral-toned cultured stone from Boral Stone in Atlanta, GA. “We selected these particular materials because they encompassed our design intent, translated the vision of the client, met hotel brand standards, were within the client’s budget and have sustainable attributes,” said Kramer. 

Tile-magazine-Fairfield-Inn-4.jpgThe lobby stands out most, with floor-to-ceiling materials emulating the look of hardwood. On the floor, 6-x30-x7/16-inch-thick porcelain tiles from the Albero 6 collection in "Fresh" were utilized in a matte finish.  

Creating a natural design

When searching for materials that would best suit the 55,000-square-foot hotel, Kramer drew inspiration from the very grounds the building sits on. “Our design concept reflects many nature-inspired materials indigenous to Vermont,” she explained. “Flooring consists of wood-look parquet tile and carpet inspired by the warm color palette of the area’s stunning fall foliage. Furnishings were selected to be interesting focal points, such as the feature communal farm table made by local artisans from reclaimed pine and surrounded by solid birch stools with warm, weathered black stain and iron stretchers. A polished nickel ring chandelier with Edison-style vintage antique light bulbs complements the rustic farm table with its minimalist style and metallic composition.

“The contextually inspired barn-style doors at the entrance to the breakfast buffet bring a rustic feel to the contemporary look of the solid stone counters of the buffet,” Kramer went on to say. “[Also], the locale inspired guest rooms feature an accent wall with a stunning paneled effect. As they retreat to the signature suites, guests enjoy a soothing color palette of pale gray, graphite and warm browns with accents of celadon and wheat.”

Approximately 3,000 square feet of tile was used for all flooring facets of the hotel. Throughout the lobby, 6- x 30- x 7/16-inch-thick porcelain tiles from the Albero 6 collection in “Fresh” were utilized, which emulate the look of natural wooden planks. Employed in a matte finish, these tiles incorporate distinct knots and subtle veining, alike that of a newer wood.

The same tiles were utilized for the floor in the hotel’s designated breakfast room, but in a different format. The slightly larger tiles, measuring 24 x 24 x 7/16 inches, were laid on the floor, which embrace a more decorative wood design.

“We used the plank tiles in different directions, as a way to frame and designate spaces within the open plan of the lobby, breakfast area, corridors and elevator lobby on the first floor,” explained Kramer. “The rustic detailing and deep texture of the Albero 6 tiles in both plank and parquet shapes were a perfect solution for the lobby to create a snow lodge feel and also withstand the snow and salt tracked in during the ski season in Vermont.”

The wooden theme carries into the indoor pool area, where porcelain tiles from Cancos Tile & Stone were also implemented. The 6- x 24- x 3/8-inch-thick tiles from the Albero 3 collection in “Ash” — a lighter, less-aged wood-look with subtle, dark veining — were used to clad some walls in a horizontal pattern. The same-sized tiles from Cancos’ Elements Deluxe porcelain collection in “Ocean Storm,” with a honed finish, were employed as additional accents near the feature walls in the pool area; these tiles were also installed in a horizontal pattern.

Tile-magazine-Fairfield-Inn-5.jpgThe same tiles were carried into the dining area, where a more decorative pattern from Albero 6 was employed. The slightly larger tiles, measuring 24x24x7/16 inches, were laid on the floor, and incorporate an "X" design on each piece

Tile-magazine-Fairfield-Inn-6.jpg"We used the plank tiles in different directions as a way to frame and designate spaces within the open plan of the lobby, breakfast area, corridors and elevator lobby on the first floor," explained Kramer. "The rustic detailing and deep texture of the Albero 6 tiles in both plank parquet shapes were a perfect solution for the lobby to create a snow lodge feel and also withstand the snow and salt tracked in during the ski season in Vermont." 

On the floors throughout the indoor pool area and the accompanying restrooms, 13- x 13- x 3/8-inch-thick porcelain tiles from Cancos’ Rok collection in “Calcare” were selected. Embracing a completely different look inspired by a traditional limestone, hence the name, these tiles create a more relaxing and serene environment. Altogether, about 1,800 square feet of tile was used for the various pool applications.

“The client sought to have a spa-like room for the indoor pool, so we used various textures and colors of stone veneer and wood- and slate-look porcelain tile on the walls and floors,” said Kramer.

Nearby the pool and gym, in the vicinity of the lobby, is the “Connect and Print” center, where smaller, square-shaped marble mosaic tiles were utilized to complement the neutral-colored porcelain tiles on the surrounding walls and floors. The 1- x 1- x 3/8-inch-thick tiles from the Golden Sand series in “Beige” provide a subtle color variation. 

Tile-magazine-Fairfield-Inn-7.jpgIn the pool area, both tile and cultured stone were used. To clad a couple of walls, 6-x24-3/8- inch-thick tiles from the Albero 3 collection in "Ash" - a lighter, less-aged wood-look with subtle, dark veining - were applied, while the Ledgestone was utilized for a featurewall near the hot tub. 

Accentuating natural elements

To create a natural, yet stark contrast to the wood-inspired tiles on the floors, pieces of Ledgestone were staggered on various walls throughout the hotel’s main spaces. Pro-Fit® Alpine Ledgestone cultured stone, which provides a rustic outdoor look, was used in “Echo Ridge,” a neutral gray color with some brown and slate tones. Around 800 square feet of cultured stone was used in the lobby and indoor pool area, supplied by Boral Stone Products LLC in Atlanta, GA.

The new hub for the Marriott brand took about a year and a half to complete and has received various accolades for its sustainable design and modern features, including the “Sustainable Commercial Design” award at this year’s edition of the Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. “We are proud to say that the unique design features of the new Fairfield Inn and Suites truly reflect its historic and visually appealing location, taking the brand to a higher-end level with this new property,” said Kramer.


CTEF Tile Tip: Centered, Balanced and Small Cuts in Ceramic Tile, Please

Posted by Marlana Rowell on Thu, Nov 10, 2016

1016_fci_CTEF_img1.jpgTake the time to lay out your tile properly and don't make cuts smaller than half the size of the tile, or you'll end up with shoddy-looking work like this. 

We’ve all seen them—tile installations that at first glance look pretty good, but then there they are: small and unbalanced cuts in the corners. Are they properly sized or are they whatever is left over? Unfortunately, not every tile installer uses the industry standards and best practices which, when followed, provide a professional appearance.

An often-used method, which does not meet tile industry standards and also appears unprofessional, is to start with a full tile at one wall and a cut of whatever size ends up at the opposite wall. This trick is employed to supposedly save tile (a full tile has no waste) and/or save time by not having to lay out the area appropriately.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) specifications provide language that guides the installer on the correct path to a good layout. Specifically, ANSI A108.02-4.3 “Workmanship, cutting, fitting and grout joint size” speaks to this situation. Section 4.3.1 makes this statement: “Center and balance areas of tile, if possible.”

This language directs the installer to provide a layout where the tile on the left is the same size as the cut on the right. Similarly, the cuts at the bottom of the installation should be the same size as the cuts at the top. This sounds simple, and it should be. The words “if possible” are there to cover those situations when, no matter how much effort is placed in the layout process, equal cuts are not achievable. This does occur from time-to-time, but this statement is not made to cover the lazy installer who doesn’t take the time to do it right.

In addition, section 4.3.2 states: “An excessive amount of cuts shall not be made. Usually, no cuts smaller than half size should be made. Make all cuts on the outer edges of the field.” Common sense would tell you not to install a lot of small pieces into the installation, which would look bad and reflect poorly on the installer. Now, there are times where a pattern or mosaic would employ numerous small cuts—however, that would be an appropriate part of the design. Generally, making cuts smaller than half a tile is an appearance issue and should be avoided.

An otherwise good installation can be ruined by sliver cuts along the wall (which also get smaller as you look forward) as seen in the attached photo. It is like a neon sign saying “Poor-quality work exists here.” The last part of this specification directs the installer to place the cut tiles to the outside of the layout where they can be easily covered with a molding along the floor or sealant joint on the inside corner of a wall.

When an installer who falls under the qualified labor category in the TCNA Handbook follows these guidelines, the consumer receives a high-quality installation, which unlike the example shown, is easy on the eyes and speaks to the tile installer’s level of professionalism. Be that installer.

{Article from FCI Floor Covering Installer,}

Trends in Flooring Transitions

Posted by Marlana Rowell on Fri, Oct 28, 2016


When a transition is necessary, consumer preference is to have the transition blend into the material type and colorations of one of the floorings. This would be satisfied by the matching transitions that Tarkett has introduced across both its LVT and laminate lines. 

In a perfect world, flooring flows seamlessly from room to room. For the instances where it doesn’t, transition moldings help to preserve the structural integrity and beauty of the finished floor. However, understanding which molding or transition pieces are required to complete a flooring project can be confusing.

“Moldings are a tough part of the business because a moldings mill is trying to duplicate a flooring color, texture and sheen of a floor they did not manufacture,” said Mark V. Pacacha, national sales manager for Seneca Millwork. “The flooring mechanic can help immensely if he or she would plan ahead by matching the molding to the closest piece of flooring that will abut next to the molding.”

We asked industry professionals to share their recommendations, as well as discuss the hottest trends right now in transition flooring. 

What's What in Transitions

James Johnson, commercial segment manager for Armstrong Flooring, said the main profiles that are needed for flooring transitions are the T-molding and reducer.

“T-moldings are used to cover the expansion space between two flooring surfaces of approximately the same height,” Johnson said. “If flooring expansion is a factor (i.e. for hardwood) then the T-molding must not be fastened to the flooring. Reducers equalize the level between two flooring surfaces with different heights.”

Tina Keeton Emery, office and sales manager for Versatrim, Inc., recommended the customer purchase the Versatrim 3-in-1 molding SlimTrim, which functions as a T-molding, end cap and reducer.

“It comes standard with a track and shim that will accommodate floor thickness of up to 6 mm or they can request the dowel option that will allow the trim to work with any floor thickness up to 3/4-inch (19mm),” she said.

For prefinished floors, a “fit” is done for each flooring collection that is sent in. “The guesswork is taken out of what the tongue and groove relation is so the installer has no worries here about shimming or cutting the backs of moldings,” Pachaca said.

1016_ft_TransitionF_img2.jpgTarkett noted an increased appeal of narrow- and metallic-looking resilient transitions, which give an elegant appearance, and have the performance advantages of resilient transitions. 

When it comes to reducers, some floors can be fit to take a traditional reducer and an overlap reducer. “Most prefinished floor options offer only stair nosing,” Pacacha said. “Full stair treads are also available and is something all industry professionals should know.”

Quarter round and shoe molding are universal in size and T-molds and thresholds are virtually universal as well, he added.

Teiya Eubanks, content marketing manager for Tarkett, spoke to both residential and commercial settings. When a transition is necessary for residential work, a consumer preference is to have the transition blend into the material type and colorations of one of the floorings. This would be satisfied by the matching transitions that Tarkett has introduced across both the LVT and laminate lines, she said.

1016_ft_TransitionF_img3.jpg Armstrong flooring provides multi-purpose trim profiles which can perform several functions, such as its multi-purpose Luxury Flooring trim that works as a reduced or T-molding. 

She noted that in a commercial environment it is important to understand that any transitions can create a slip/fall hazard, therefore minimizing transitions on the floor surface would be the first priority (i.e. promoting leveler strips).

“If I need to transition on a surface, ADA compliance and minimizing slip/fall risk become priority, followed by aesthetic—minimizing the overall size of this transition while still maintaining compliance and safety is trend,” Eubanks said.

Eric Flom, founder of Intersource, Inc., kept it simple: “The Johnsonite catalog and website are key resources. We utilize our labor partner and the team on the desk of Hank’s Specialties, our local Tarkett/Johnsonite distributor, for questions about which molding is appropriate.”

He said occasionally a trip to the job site with molding profiles in hand is necessary to ensure proper fit and performance between adjacent floor finishes.

“Save all usable balance pieces,” Flom added. “You will use them on future jobs. More than likely a few headaches will be prevented, too. Saving the pieces also keeps new material out of the waste stream.” 

1016_ft_TransitionF_img4.jpgVersatrim's Slim Trim Molding (above) functions as a reducer, T-molding, and end cap. The Versa Edge Extra Tall universal molding is used to finish floor on stairs.

Today's Transition Trends

There is a demand for trims that do more than just coordinate with flooring. Customers want trims that match the beautiful visuals of their floors and also match the floors’ performance.

“Armstrong Flooring provides trims with visuals that come directly from our flooring designs creating a seamless appearance,” Johnson said. “All of our trims for Luxury Flooring, LVT and Alterna Engineered Stone are waterproof and suitable for high moisture installations.”

“Sleeker, less-bulky trims are becoming more popular,” said Roger Young, sundries category manager, Shaw.

“Also, for residential installations, consumers are shying away from metal visuals for their trims. Instead, they are selecting trims that replicate the visual of the floor itself. For example, a customer who is having hardwood installed now wants a hardwood transitional piece rather than a solid aluminum or bronze visual.”

Emery said right now everyone is interested in trims that will work for the major manufacturer (wood-plastic composite) WPC and LVT floors: “Versatrim has a trim line that will work with any of those floors. If we don’t already have a match for the flooring, the customer can send in a full length plank and we will create a match for that floor.”

In commercial settings, Eubanks is seeing an increased demand for transitions to zero, due to the increased popularity of stained and polished concrete. This has made area rug-type installations more common. There is also an increased appeal for the narrow and metallic look for resilient transitions. “They give an elegant appearance, and also have the performance advantages of resilient transitions,” she added.

Color trends will follow the flooring manufacturers’ styles. “The grays have been hot for a while as are multicolored, oiled and rustic floors,” Pacacha said. “A trend in stair nosing is to go wider than the compact nosings traditionally used.”

Johnsonite has a complete collection of profiles and has aims to stay ahead of color trends. “The Slim Line moldings are less obtrusive and perform well in the right application,” Flom said. “Although not as visually exciting, the Subfloor Leveler System has been a great time-saver.”

And speaking directly to saving time, Johnson highlighted another trend—the demand for easy-to-install products. The design of trims for luxury flooring has eliminated the need for installation of a separate metal track, he noted.

“We also provide multi-purpose trim profiles which can perform several functions,” he added. “For example, Armstrong Flooring produces a multi-purpose luxury flooring trim that works as a reducer or T-molding.”

{Article By Terra Donnelly, from Flooring Trends Magazine October 2016 Issue,}

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