Makita’s Auto-Start Wireless System uses Bluetooth technology for wireless power-on/off communication between tools and the vacuum/dust extractor. The Auto-State Wireless System includes a HEPA filter dry dust extractor, miter saw and plunge circular saw, among other tools.
Bosch’s Blaze Pro is a precision laser measure with a 165-foot range and accuracy up to 1/16 inch. It features area, volume and indirect measuring functions and a 10-measurement storage capacity.
FloorSwitch’s app is a flooring visualizer that uses augmented reality to detect edges in rooms automatically. This feature allows users to display various flooring products on their floor with little to no user input.
Porter-Cable’s Charging Radio provides job site music with loud volume in addition to a charging station for 20V Max batteries. The radio can also be paired with a smart phone or mobile device to play music.
Skilsaw’s 13-amp reciprocating saw with Buzzkill technology features a patented full-frame counterbalance that suppresses vibration up to 35 percent more than the competition, the company says.
American Sanders’ Epoch Rotary Sander is a 16-inch machine with two speeds—175 rpm and 300 rpm. At the slower speed, the Epoch can be used as a traditional buffer, and at the higher speed, in combination with the Hydrasand, it acts as a passive planetary sander. It can sand within 3/8 inch from the wall, and it comes with a weight kit, flexible LED light and a dust port.
DeWalt’s 20V Max XR flooring stapler is battery-powered and shoots 18-gauge ¼-inch narrow staples from ½-1½ inches, which makes it ideal for installing solid and engineered wood flooring ranging in thickness from 3/8–5/8 inches, the company says.
Bosch’s GSR12V-140FC FlexiClick 5-in-1 drill/driver system combines 12-volt power with four attachments: a 3/8-inch keyless chuck, locking bit holder, right-angle drill and offset-angle drill. The attachments offer the user flexibility no matter the project, the company says.
PG Model’s Athena is prefinished 5¼-inch-wide maple engineered flooring with a varied color palette of brown, beige and gray. It is available in a grade called Mystique that features character marks and a chased effect, which consists of lines randomly placed on the boards that recall the mark left by a bandsaw.
Sunshine Floor Supplies Inc.’s Bog Oak is flooring made from ancient oak trees salvaged from inside bog pits and rivers. It is available solid or engineered and measures ¾ inch thick and 4 or more inches wide. The flooring’s colors range from silver and brown to black.
Armstrong Flooring Paragon is solid hardwood flooring prefinished with Diamond 10 technology, which incorporates cultured diamonds to create powerful scratch protection, the company says. Paragon comes in oak and hickory and is available with Smooth, Scraped and Brushed textures.
Bosch’s GOP 12V-28 12V Max EC Brushless Starlock Oscillating Multi-Tool features the Starlock 3-D interface; the accessory connection is cupped and shaped like a bottle cap to provide more contact surface area for blade grip and torque transfer, the company says.
Porter-Cable’s LED Task Light can be used with or without a power cord to illuminate work spaces up to 1900 lumens. The Task Light runs for 10 hours on battery power and can be mounted to a tripod.
Skilsaw’s 10-inch heavy duty worm drive table saw features a 3 5/8-inch depth of cut and a 30½-inch rip capacity. Its precision rack-and-pinion fence system was incorporated to allow smooth fence adjustments for exact cuts.
Festool’s STL 450 Surface Inspection Light features 1,500 lumens and a color temperature of 5,000 kelvins to allow professional craftsmen to see flaws and defects before their customers do, the company says.
MAPEI Corp.’s Planiseal PMB is a one-component, moisture-curing polyurethane moisture barrier and bonding agent designed to provide moisture vapor emission protection for wood and bamboo flooring on damp concrete substrates.
Mapei Corp.’s Planitex SL and SLF are gypsum self-leveling underlayments. SL has high-flow characteristics while SLF is fiber-reinforced for enhanced strength.
Boral Timber’s Engineered Wideboard Flooring is available in blackbutt and spotted gum. It comes in 186-mm-wide (7.32-inch) planks and features a matte, brushed finish that highlights the wood species’ natural colors.
LP Building Products’ LP Legacy is an engineered subfloor made with Gorilla Glue Technology. Each wood strand in the panels is coated with resins using Gorilla Glue, which ensures maximum moisture resistance, the company says.
Grill Works Inc.'s Air Duct Guard prevents debris from entering ducts during new construction or renovation. The product is installed before construction work begins, so there will be no costly cleaning after the project is completed, the company says.
WarmlyYours’ updated TempZone Custom Mat sandwiches the heating element between two layers of fabric for added durability. It’s also available 5 feet longer than the previous version and has the option for 208 VAC, a voltage used in commercial applications.
Bosch’s GLI12V-300 is a compact and lightweight job-site work light. It is six-sided for flexible positioning and has a hook for easy hanging on the job site.
Havwoods International’s Versailles Collection features prefinished wood flooring panels inspired by the Versailles pattern. The collection is available in Drift Rustic (pictured), Natural Rustic, Antique Rustic, Natural Character and White Character.
DriTac Flooring Products LLC’s 8302 Double Impact is an underlayment for wood flooring and laminate installations. The product is 2 mm thick and incorporates DriTac’s Total Sound Reduction System. It is available in lip-and-tape and non-lip-and-tape versions, with the former offering a built-in vapor barrier.
Festool’s "hybrid" sander models, the 5-inch ETSC 125 (pictured), DTSC 400 and RTSC 400, are cordless and feature the same functionality of their corded counterparts. The battery provides up to 30 minutes of runtime at full power, and each sander has an idle engine speed from 6,000–10,000 RPM and includes Jetstream dust extraction technology.
Bostitch’s line of 20-volt MAX cordless nailers for framing and finishing applications include an 18-gauge brad nailer, 16-gauge straight finish nailer (pictured), 15 gauge FN angled finish nailer, 28-degree wire-weld framing nailer and 30-degree paper-tape framing nailer. The line will be available in the fall.
Haro’s Oak Texas is engineered wood flooring with a rustic patina that features cracks, knots and a “lively” color scheme, the company said. The Oak Texas 4000 series has bevels on four sides with a 3.5-mm top layer, and the 3500 series has bevels on two sides with a 2.5-mm top layer.
Pioneer Millworks’ Saw-Kissed Douglas fir is solid wood flooring that features a circle-saw texture on boards salvaged from granary structures in the Pacific Northwest. It is ¾ inch thick, 5 inches wide and in random lengths up to 12 feet.
Uzin’s PE 280 Super-Fast Primer, PE 414 Turbo Surface Strengthener/Primer/MVR and PE 460 Moisture Vapor Retarder/Primer are now available in 1-gallon units that the company says are ideal for smaller areas like elevators, lavatories and maintenance supply rooms.
SuperMax Tools’ 16-32 drum sander features a quick adjustment lever that can change the drum height from 0–3 inches with one pull of the lever versus multiple revolutions of the drum, the company says. It also comes with a Turbo Vented Dust Port for dust collection.
Unique Wood Floors’ Cicerone French Oak Collection is engineered flooring with a matte lacquer finish. It comes in five colors: Porter (pictured), Saison, Pilsner, Stout and Lager. The boards are 6 inches wide, 9/16 inch thick and in random lengths up to 7 feet.
Delmhorst Instrument Co.’s TotalCheck Wood Flooring Package features the TotalCheck three-in-one moisture meter, 26-ES slide-hammer electrode, 2-E short-pin electrode, RH/T-S1 RH sensor, and MCS-1 moisture content standard. The package comes in a carrying case.
Senco’s WhisperGrip subfloor nails features a patented “step-ring” design developed to better grip subfloor and sheathing material, maximize holding power, reduce squeaks and eliminate callbacks, the company says. They are available in 2-, 2 3/8- and 2½-inch sizes.
DeWalt updated its line of construction saw blades, eliminating the yellow rim on the blades to show off the “ultra-sharp, construction-grade carbide” construction, the company says. The line’s 7¼-inch blades also have a thinner plate designed to cut with less force.
Madera Titan is unfinished solid white oak flooring available in 12-inch widths and up to 16-foot lengths. The boards are 1 1/4 inch thick. The wood is sourced from northwest Pennsylvania and is extracted from the forest by logging horses. It is custom-milled on a project-to-project basis.
Sveza Parquet is birch plywood for use in the manufacture of engineered wood flooring. It is available in two grades: Standard is an industry-standard grade featuring a 0.2-mm thickness tolerance and a moisture content between 5-9 percent; Premium includes the features of Standard but also offers greater bonding strength and selected veneers for out and inner layers.
WerkMaster Grinders & Sanders Inc.'s RASP is a transportable, quality machine that solves the pains of edging, the company says. It’s ideal for removing aluminum oxide factory finishes and for preparing the subfloor. It can run on either 220- or 110-volt power.
Pioneer Millwork’s Shou Sugi Ban is solid larch wood flooring that is available with a shallow char or colored char face (pictured). The product comes ¾ inch thick, 5 or 5½ inches wide and in random lengths between 2–12 feet.
DeWalt’s Flexvolt 60V Max 6½-inch Track Saw is a cordless saw capable of an on-track cut depth of 2 1/8 inches at 90 degrees and 1 5/8 inches at 45 degrees. The saw features a straight plunge and parallel-link plunge mechanism, allowing the owner to use it in a variety of ergonomic orientations, the company says.
Havwoods’ PurePlank Collection of engineered flooring features a click-installation system. The range includes Bandol, pictured, a classic-grade oak floor that measures ½ inch thick, 7 1/8 inches wide and up to just over 7 feet in length.
Mullican Flooring’s Wexford Collection features solid wood flooring coated in the company’s Alpha A’Lumina Real World Finish. The collection combines three traditional sawing techniques to create a European look, the company says. It is ¾ inch thick and comes 7 inches wide in lengths up to 7 feet. The collection is available in six selections of oak: Charcoal, Espresso, Harbor Mist, Natural (pictured), Saddle and Seabrook.
Aacer Sports Flooring’s 2017 Sports Brochure is a four-color marketing piece showcasing photos of installations, company information and details on its Fixed, Floating, Fixed-Resilient and Synthetic Flooring systems and accessory products.
Rockler’s HVLP finishing sprayer features Earlex HVLP technology, which is designed to quickly and efficiently deliver even coats of finish for a variety of projects, including wood flooring. Users can adjust the spray pattern between 1–12 inches wide.
Larson Electronic LLC’s LEDEQ series of LED work lights feature ultra-bright CREE LEDs with aluminum housing built to withstand job-site treatment. The CREE LEDs were chosen for their high lumen-per-watt ratio and longevity, the company says.
Fishman Flooring Solutions’ Betsy Ross Hardwood Collection features engineered flooring in a wide selection of textures, colors and styles. It is available in long and wide formats, and is produced by American OEM.
Senco’s 08F175YKX subfloor screw is available in 1¾- and 2-inch lengths. It features an asymmetric double thread design that drives twice as fast as traditional structural flooring screws, the company says, adding that the 2/3-coarse thread also allows the screw to pull the subfloor down tight, eliminating squeaks.
Bullet Tools' Paladin Hardwood Cutter cuts hardwood using an air-over-hydraulic system and includes a unique fence that supports the floor groove to prevent fracture. It is designed to cut through planks up to 6 inches wide, as well as through exotic wood with Janka hardness ratings up to 2,000 pounds. It works with hardwood, engineered wood, laminate flooring, luxury vinyl tile/plank and other products.
Harris Wood’s Wynwood Commercial is a ½-inch-thick engineered wood flooring product designed to enhance the unique natural characteristics and beauty offered only by real wood flooring, the company says. The product includes the new Harris Commercial finish, which provides a five-year commercial finish warranty.
Bullet Tools’ Magnum Floor Driver is used to tap flooring boards into position without a tapping block. The driver can be struck directly against the wood flooring tongue or flat edge without damaging the material.
Norton and Vermont Natural Coatings’ EasyWhey Color System allows contractors to restore or alter the color of prefinished or previously coated wood flooring. The product can be applied to wood flooring to build color and does not streak or mask the grain of the wood, the company says. The product is available in Ebony, Gray, White Wash, Oak, Cherry and Walnut.
Bona Craft Oil 2K combines the benefits of an oil finish with the performance expected from a Bona product, the company says. Craft Oil 2K features an enhanced open time and a rapid cure that allows for light use within eight hours. It comes in six tones—Ash, Frost, Clay, Garnet, Charcoal and Neutral—that can be blended for a custom look.
Festool’s Airstream battery technology reduces charging times by 60 percent, the company says. It pulls cooled air through the intakes of the battery and channels airflow through the cells into the charger while heat is exhausted to the side.
Festool’s Sysrock job site radio weighs 1.5 pounds and features Bluetooth streaming, hands-free calling, aux-in, FM radio reception and a built-in microphone. It can run on batteries or be plugged into a power outlet.
Rubio Monocoat’s LED Oil is hardwax-oil finish that cures underneath LED light. The product can be used for on-site finishing, line finishing and bench finishing. It comes in 40 standard colors and has zero VOCs.
Artistic Finishes’ Euro Stair Nose is a solid wood stair nose with a 2-mm radius edge to create a square, modern look, the company says. The nosing is available in 3- or 5-inch widths and has a thickness of 1 inch.
Bona US’ Commercial System includes a variety of commercial-grade cleaning solutions for hardwood floors. The Hardwood Floor Cleaner is non-toxic and residue-free. The Winter Formula Cleaner is for combatting salt and magnesium chloride. The system also features a lightweight mop, cleaning pads and dusting pads.
Havwoods USA’s Reclaimed Organic Painted Pine Chevron line features precut chevron blocks made of wood salvaged from Transylvania. The flooring is prefinished with UV-cured hardwax oil. It comes 7/8 inch thick, 3 ½ inches wide and 23 5/8 inches long.
Festool USA’s Hand Sanding line includes abrasives available in sheets, blocks, sponges, rolls and pads for a broad range of applications. The abrasives feature fused aluminum oxide for a high material-removal rate and longer service life, the company says.
CaliBamboo’s Cali Complete is a moisture and vapor barrier underlayment sheet designed for all subfloor and flooring types. The 1.5-mm-thick sheets also provide the user with thermal insulation and noise reduction.
Havwoods’ Relik Organic Painted Pine plank features painted engineered planks of reclaimed wood sourced from across the world. The product comes 7/8 inch thick and between 2¾–8 5/8 inches wide.
Havwood’s Venture Plank range offers European-produced oak planks on a birch plywood platform. The Venture Plank range is prefinished with a UV oil and comes with a ¼-inch wear layer. It is available 7 1/8 inches wide and in random lengths.
Mannington Mills’ Iberian Hazelwood features a hand-scraped texture and matte finish. It comes 6½ inches wide, up to 7 feet long and in four hues: Almond, Chestnut, Macadamia (pictured) and Pecan.
Mannington Mills’ Norwegian Oak is a light, uncomplicated and stunningly simple addition to the its hardwood offerings, the company says. It is wire brushed and dual stained with a matte finish. Planks are available in 6 1/3-inch widths and four hues: Elk (pictured), Flurry, Glacier and Rawhide.
UFloor System Inc.’s Uzin brand Product Guide of Installation Systems for Floor Coverings includes detailed descriptions of Uzin’s current product range along with new product offerings for moisture mitigation, primers, crack mitigation, leveling accessories and adhesives.
Mannington Mills's Maison Collection's Normandy Oak update includes new colors Bistro and Brûlée (pictured), which were designed to speak to today's interior decorating trends, the company says. The product features a light wire-brushed texture and dual stains to add subtle variation between planks. It is available 7 inches wide and up to 7 feet long.
Nydree Flooring’s Wide Plank Collection features 7.5-inch-wide acrylic-infused wood planks. The acrylic makes the boards 300 percent more durable than standard wood, the company says. The Collection is ideal for commercial installations.
Bostik Inc.’s Climb is a one-component, non-sag adhesive formulated for the installation of stair-tread caps, as well as vertical applications of hardwood flooring, planks and blocks. The adhesive comes out of a gun and is designed not to bond with most finishes, making for easy removal from prefinished or site-finished hardwood, the company says.
PG Hardwood Flooring Inc.’s prefinished Unique Collection update features six new products: Hangar (pictured), Artefact, Perfection, Tropical, Versailles and Frontenac. The products come in species including silver maple, maple, birch and red oak, and in widths ranging between 3¼–5¼ inches.
Artistic Finishes Inc.’s Enduracor is a line of waterproof core flooring accessories, including a waterproof core made using a thermoplastic, injection-molding process; an adhesive backer that promotes water-resistance; a 0.4 mm wear layer for hardwood, tile, WPC, LVP and LVT floors; and a UV-cure, water-resistant finish.
Mirage’s Flair Collection now features the color Nightfall, which is characterized by brown tones and golden highlights. Nightfall is available in solid or engineered with widths between 4¼–7¾ inches.
Garbelotto Pavimenti in Legno’s Clip Up installation system allows users to install and repair or remove boards quickly. The technology is recommended for floors that cover building components that need periodic inspection, the company says.
Mirage’s Sweet Memories Collection now features colors Gelato and Peppermint (pictured). Peppermint is a pure ash gray that brings a “minerality” to any home, the company said. The color is offered on solid and engineered wood flooring in widths between 3¼ and 7¾ inches.
Smith & Fong Dura Palm’s Brushed Tusk is a palm floor inspired by the culture and landscapes of India, the company says. The flooring is ½ inch thick and 3¼ inches wide, and comes in random lengths up to 5 feet.
DeWalt’s 120 volt MAX 12-inch sliding compound miter saw is a cordless saw powered by the company’s Flexvolt battery system. Using two batteries, the saw is capable of delivering up to 289 cross cuts in 3¼-inch base molding without having to find an outlet or use extension cords, the company says.
Quick-Step’s Digital Toolbox is for retailers who are on social media. It provides them with pre-written social media posts to use on their own accounts.
Quick-Step’s Matrix is a modular display that lets retailers showcase the company’s entire hardwood, laminate and luxury vinyl product line, or modularly as single categories. The display also features product samples and engaging graphic messaging to help the customer select the right product, the company says.
Dynamic Systems Inc.’s updated Barcode Tracking Scanners allows construction industry professionals to better track their equipment, resulting in reduced tool and other losses, the company says.
Bostik’s Surface Preparation Products is a suite of products including SL-100, a cement based, self-leveling underlayment with extended working time and low shrinkage. It is an ideal product for renovation and new construction where next-day installations are not critical, the company says.
Havwoods Henley Oak Grove product is an engineered oak product with a sawn texture. It is finished with a white oil and is tongue-and-grooved for easy installation. The product is ¾ inch thick, 7 1/8 inches wide and comes in random lengths.
Festool’s DTS 400 REQ and RTS 400 REQ are compact orbital sanders that weigh 2.5 pounds but are 25 percent more powerful than previous models. The DTS 400 (pictured) is shaped like a delta and the RTS 400 is a rectangle. They feature a pad protector for minimizing pad damage and protecting surfaces, a rubber over-grip and bayonet-style dust port connection.
Waterlox Corporation’s True Tone is a color-infused tung oil. The buff-in product provides durable protection and a matte finish, the company says. It is available in 11 colors and is VOC-compliant in all 50 states.
Bona US’ Portable DSC 2.0 combines Bona’s two-step cyclonic intake system with two hospital-grade HEPA filters. The unit weighs less than 110 pounds and uses a Longopac system that does not expose the collected dust to the job site when emptying a bag.
Festool’s SysLite Duo Work Light projects 8,000 lumens of diffused light over 180 degrees. The SysLite Duo features color-correct illumination without hot spots and is impact- and water-resistant.
Prebena North American Fastener Corporation’s SL50CST is a 15.5 gauge, 2-inch Bostitch-compatible flooring staple that has 35 percent higher tensile strength and has been proven to penetrate the hardest and most exotic wood floors, the company says.
Bona US’ Disposable Dusting Cloths utilize thousands of fibers to lock away dust, dirt and pet hair. Fastening stripes allow the cloth to adhere to Bona mops and competitor mops. The product cleans 1.8 times faster compared to the surface area of the leading sweeping pad, the company says.
QuoteHero is an app that allows floor professionals to measure rooms, estimate jobs and close sales on the spot, the company says. QuoteHero is a white-label application professionals can customize for their flooring business by adding their logo, line items and prices, among other features.
Legend Brands’ OdorX Un-Duz-It is a pet odor and stain eliminator that works on wood flooring, as well as carpet, upholstery, concrete, stone, grout and brick, the company says. The product combines oxidizers with enzymes and odor encapsulants to break down urine salts and organic waste.
Tramex’ Professional PTM 2.0 is a pin moisture meter that features calibration curves, temperature correction adjustment and built-in species calibration. The product also allows users to save up to 100 readings.
Bona US’ NordicSeal is designed to give floors a whitewashed look. The product can be applied using a roller and works best when combined with a lower sheen finish, such as Bona Traffic Naturale, Traffic HD, Commercial Extra Matte or Mega Clear HD Satin, the company says.
Bona US’ NaturalSeal is designed to retain the look of an unfinished wood floor. The product combined with Bona Traffic Naturale will preserve the look while adding durability, the company says.
Infinity Wood Floors’ Great Lakes Collection features skip-sawn, wire-brushed and cerused flooring products, as well as natural-finished red oak, white oak and hard maple. The product line is finished on a Dubois roll-coat line using a UV-cured aluminum oxide finish.
Rockler’s Dust Right Bench Sweep is a funnel-shaped receptacle that catches dust and debris swept off the end of a workbench or table. The product can be used with a trash bin beneath or connected to a powered dust collection system.
Foam Products Corp.’s Wood Floor Tape is a double-sided adhesive for starter rows, stair treads, moldings, trims and replacement boards, among other products. It can be used with any subfloor, the company says, and is available in ½- and 2-inch widths.
Vermont Natural Coatings and Norton Adhesives’ Amber Sealer is an addition to the companies’ PolyWhey floor products. Amber Sealer uses whey protein to create a natural oil-tone waterborne sealer for hardwood floors.
MAPEI Corp.’s Ultracoat ReNewIt is a sanding-free refinishing system for prefinished and site-finished hardwood and bamboo floors. ReNewIt Remover removes polishes and contaminants, ReNewIt Cleaner cleans the floor for recoat, and ReNewIt Primer improves the bond between the cleaned floor and the new coating. UltraCoat High Traffic finish brings the luster and gloss back to the floor, the company says.
Dewalt’s 20 volt MAX handheld LED light provides up to 160 lumens of light and features a 360-degree rotating head. The light can run for 11 hours on one battery charge. It can be mounted with a kickstand, belt clip or magnets.
TigerStop’s TigerSaw 1000 is a cross-cutting saw system that automatically determines how to achieve the best yield no matter what grade of wood is used, the company says. The product features an adjustable cutting envelope between 6 by 6 inches to 1 by 16 inches with a 500-mm blade.
Red Kap’s workwear apparel line includes T-shirts, hoodies and carpenter jeans engineered for mobility and comfort. Before Red Kap designed its apparel line, the company says it spent two years on construction sites to gain understanding of how construction guys work.
Premiere Finishing and Coating Inc.’s Café Collection features two colors—Espresso (pictured) and Cappucino—on a ¾-inch-thick, 7½-inch-wide engineered flooring platform. The wear layer is 6 mm thick and the product is prefinished with seven coats of UV matte finish.
SuperMax’s air filtration unit features a three-speed operation system and can recycle air in a 20-by-20-by-8-foot space 22 times per hour. The inner filter captures particles larger than 1 micron. The unit includes a remote.
DeWalt’s 1800 watt portable power station provides 1800 watts continuous power and 3600 watts peak power. It runs on four DeWalt 20 volt Max batteries. The power station does not need to be plugged in, so it can provide power in remote locations.
Uzin’s PE 260 substrate primer is now sold with the company’s environmentally responsible Cube it Simple packaging. The package design features a recyclable, collapsible plastic bladder inside a recyclable cardboard exterior.
Aacer Flooring’s Countryside Collection is a prefinished wire-brushed flooring manufactured in-house. The collection features 12 colors in Northern maple, Northern oak and Northern ash. The flooring is ¾ inch thick and available 3¼–5 inches wide.
Charles G. G. Schmidt & Co.’s brochure features its standard line of tooling used in the production of wood flooring, as well as its line of 2- and 4-knife corrugated heads and HSK heads for molders. The brochure is available online.
Fang Ind. LLC's Fang Tool pulls misfired staples or cleats, and it sinks those that are too low to pull. It pries flooring away from baseboards without damaging the base or hardwood and can close gaps in the field. Fang also removes staples left over when removing an old floor, and contractors can utilize its unique chisel feature for shaping boards and tapping out damaged boards without lifting adjacent boards.
DeWalt’s 2X Long Life 7¼-inch saw blade features anti-kickback shoulders that reinforce the carbide tips, which makes it ideal for wood with nails, the company says. The body has a patented design and laser-cut plate for fast cuts.
ProTeam’s upgraded FlexFit articulating harness for the Super Coach 6 and 10 vacuums has thicker back and shoulder pads for more comfortable contact points. It also includes improved lumbar support and an easy-to-adjust sternum strap.
DeWalt’s 20 volt MAX XR three-speed drill/driver features a brushless motor that supplies 820 units watts out for faster application speed, the company says. The drill has a 60-lumen LED light at the base of the unit.
Bona US’ DriFast Stain comes in four collections: Metropolitan, Classic, Essentials and Naturals. DriFast Stain is an oil-modified stain that dries in two hours and is compatible with all Bona waterborne and finish systems.
Fein’s E-Cut Precision saw blades with bimetal teeth have a double row of Japanese teeth to ensure a precise cut with high cutting speeds and higher numbers of strokes, the company says. The teeth are made from high-speed steel and the blade from temperature-resistant high-carbon steel.
Basic Coatings’ StreetShoe NXT is a two-component water-based wood floor finish. The product has 275 VOCs, UV inhibitors to minimize sunlight-related color change and is available in Gloss, Semi-Gloss and Satin sheens. StreetShoe NXT reaches 90 percent full cure in one day, the company says.
DriTac Flooring Products LLC’s Supreme Green 7800 is a five-in-one adhesive featuring sound and moisture control while isolating old cutback adhesive and acting as a crack suppressant. The product contains no VOCs, solvents or isocyanates.
General Finishes’ Slate Pro Floor Stain was developed to fill a void in the company’s color palette aimed at serving the high-demand stock gray flooring market. Slate is an “intense” deep gray tone, the company says.
Corà Parquet’s Wave flooring is prefinished European oak planks shaped into undulating wave shapes. Neighboring boards feature different colors, including sea green and grey.
DuChateau's Atelier Line now features an additional 12 floor products, including Inferno (pictured), which features a coarse texture and open pores. Inferno comes 8 inches wide and 8 feet long.
Kährs’ Classic Nouveau, an engineered wood collection, is now available in the United States. The collection consists of 5/8-inch-thick, 7 3/8-inches-wide white oak planks featuring Kährs’ Woodloc 5S joint technology.
Viridian Reclaimed Wood’s Antique Barnwood flooring comes ¾ inch thick with mixed widths of 4–6 feet and lengths from 2–8 feet. The product is 100 percent FSC-certified. Its hardness is 860–1360 on the Janka scale.
GlitsaMax x2 is Glitsa’s newest two-component, commercial waterborne finish that offers improved dry times and easier application, the company says. GlitsaMax x2 is crystal-clear and provides superior scuff- and scratch-resistance, the company adds. The product is available in Semi-Gloss, Satin and Ultra Matte sheens.
Cali Bamboo’s Hybrid engineered flooring line features a 13-layer aluminum oxide finish, a bamboo wear layer, cross-constructed eucalyptus core and a poplar base. The product comes 7½ inches wide and is available in three new colors Napa, Malibu and Catalina.
MAPEI Corporation’s Ultraplan line of self-leveling underlayments features three products. Ultraplan LSC is a high-flow, fast-setting, self-leveling liquid skim coat. Ultraplan Lite is for substrates that are not rated to carry the full weight of a traditional self-leveling underlayment. Ultraplan QuickTraffic is designed to be ready for flooring installation in as little as one hour.
Senco’s Hybrid Hose is constructed using a polymer with the flexibility of a rubber hose but the long life of a PVC hose. The hose is 40 percent lighter than other rubber hoses, the company says, and remains flexible at extreme temperatures (-40 degrees to 150 degrees).
Sika Corporation’s SikaBond Remover cleans up cured or uncured SikaBond adhesive. The product can also remove scuffs, gum, label, tape and oily stains from wood floor surfaces.
Aacer’s solid prefinished Heartland Collection features true northern hardwood floors, the company says. The collection consists of nine designer colors and three naturals.
Festool USA's Power Select cordless tool program gives construction professionals a variety of options for purchasing tools, interchangeable batteries and chargers, and other accessories for its cordless power tool lines. Buyers can choose from three package levels: Basic, Plus or Full Set.
TEC Installation Systems’ WoodPerfect is an adhesive with sound reduction and moisture barrier properties. The product has no width or length limitations and reduces the moisture vapor emissions rate from 15 pounds to 3 pounds in damp concrete with RH at 95 percent.
Berger-Seidle’s Aqua-Seal CeramicStar is a two-component high-wear waterborne finish. CeramicStar features 8 percent VOC content with the hardener added, and is available in Matte/Satin or Extra Matter sheens.
Lauzon Flooring's Atlantis is an engineered wood floor line inspired by the color, tone and texture of the seashore. The line features a matte finish and Echo, a texture that feels like silky, smooth waves, the company says.
MoldingsOnline.com's solid square stair nose has an 8-millimeter edge radius and is available in thicknesses of 9/16, 5/8 and 3/4 inch. The stair nose has a sleek, simple design that will serve as a great transition to the next level, the company says.
HF Design’s Cambridge Estate Collection features 82-inch-long, 7½-inch-wide prefinished engineered planks. The collection is available in European oak, maple and American hickory. It comes in 13 colors, including Manchester (pictured).
Valspar Lifeshield industrial-application UV coatings for prefinished wood flooring provide top-of-the-line durability, scuff and scratch resistance and moisture protection. The products feature 100 percent solids and a water-based formula that meets regulatory guidelines for low VOC.
Quick-Step’s Q-Wood Elongé Collection offers wide-plank hickory, maple or oak on an engineered platform. The planks come in lengths up to 72 inches. Elongé features seven wire-brushed products: Wedding Cake Oak, Cashmere Oak, Tree Swing Oak, Gingerbread Hickory, Carriage Oak, Pumpkin Spice Hickory and Tarnished Silver Maple.
Waterlox Coatings Corp.’s Wood Surface Cleaner is for cleaning wood surfaces finished with the company’s resin-modified tung oil. The cleaner is sprayed onto the surface and wiped off. It requires no rinsing.
Bolefloor’s Curv8 features live-edge flooring available in eight patterns developed from more than 100,000 scans of natural tree shapes. The floor comes in modules of eight planks covering 30 square feet.
Basic Coatings’ PureMatte is a two-component matte water-based finish formulated to preserve the natural matte look of wood floors. The finish features UV inhibitor technology to minimize sunlight-related color changes.
Columbia Hardwood’s Wimberley engineered hardwood collection features rustic and antiqued flooring that resembles reclaimed wood. The flooring is double-stained and wire-brushed, and it is available in oak and or hickory.
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors’ Manhattan Collection is the company’s first collection to offer a herringbone pattern. The collection features 6-inch-wide engineered rift and quartersawn white oak in six prefinished hues, including Tribeca (pictured), an on-trend gray tone.
DriTac Flooring Products LLC’s MegaBond is an eco-friendly flooring adhesive for cork flooring and other resilient floor coverings. MegaBond offers high moisture resistance and shear strength, and it contains no VOCs or solvents.
MP Global’s Sound Buffer acoustic underlayment offers full subfloor coverage while lessening impact sound and floor-to-ceiling noise. Sound Buffer can be used under hardwood flooring, engineered flooring, luxury vinyl tiles and laminate.
Mirage’s Sweet Memories Collection now features Treasure and Tree House color options. Treasure is an ash gray with subtle dark accents. Tree House (pictured) blends brown with gray highlights. Both are available in solid or engineered red oak.
Spring Green Timber Growers’ Inlased technology allows it to inlay custom designs—text, geometric shapes, animal shapes, etc.—into wood flooring made from only the dead and dying trees of the company owner’s family forest. The company was awarded the 2015 Sustainable Product of the Year by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.
Black+Decker’s cordless jigsaw features a compact trigger and a clear line of sight, as well as the company’s 20-volt Max lithium ion battery that powers more than 30 Black+Decker power tools.
Festool’s Syslite II is a high-intensity work lamp with a shock-resistant build that provides a 5,000 Kelvin white light. The lamp is rechargeable and will automatically turn on during power failures.
Bona US’ PowerPlus is a product mix featuring a deep floor cleaner and a microfiber cleaning pad. The cleaner is formulated for hardwood floors and cleans floors in three steps—surfactant loosens heavy dirt build-up, peroxide penetrates for a deep clean and oxygenated bubbling action lifts away surface debris.
Rockler Woodworking’s Bench Dog Sound Shield safety glasses features protective eye lenses that have earplugs tethered to the frame, which provides the user eye and ear protection simultaneously in one product. The lenses also protect against UVA and UVB rays.
Festool USA’s TXS Cordless Drill features a T-handle design that delivers impressive torque in a tight format that weighs under two pounds, the company says. It offers users a work-area illuminating LED, built-in fuel gauge and multiple-position clutch, and is compatible with other Festool system products.
Juncker’s Beech Sylvared collection features beech flooring that is vacuum-stained to give it the appearance of an exotic wood. The beech collection is a more sustainable alternative to exotic species, the company says.
Virutex’s TM33S is a combination miter and table saw ideal for floor installers on the work site, the company says. The saw diameter is 11.8–12 inches, and the saw has a cutting range of 6.3 inches by 3.7 inches or 7.9 inches by 1.8 inches. The table saw rests on top of the miter saw.
Bona US’ SuperCourt Cleaner is a professional-strength, non-toxic waterborne cleaner designed to clean unwaxed floors finished with polyurethane. The product is concentrated at a ratio of 128:1 and features a built-in measuring chamber for ease of use.
Pallmann’s Pall-X Color is a one-component sealer that contains no dyes or coloring agents but still intensifies the color of any wood species, the company says. The product is designed to replicate the look of oil-modified sealers.
Fortifiber Building Systems Group’s Accord is a sound-rated flooring pad that is mold- and mildew-resistant. It features an integrated edge tape that speeds installation while blocking moisture, the company says.
Real Wood Floors’ Brick and Board prefinished engineered wood flooring collection features smooth-faced wide plank boards that are gently brushed to reveal their natural grain. The boards come in eight colors on top of hickory or white oak.
Festool USA’s ETS EC orbital sander features a brushless motor and achieves the performance standards of an air sander without the expense or bulk, the company says. The ETS EC sander is available in a 5- and 6-inch version.
Armstrong Floor Products’ TimberCuts is random-width solid hardwood flooring that comes prefinished in 10 colors. The collection comes in hickory, maple and oak. The boards show saw marks and are distressed for a reclaimed feel, the company says.
Porter-Cable's Cordless Finishing Tools line includes an 18-gauge brad nailer and an 18-gauge narrow crown stapler. Both models can be purchased with or without a 20-volt MAX lithium ion battery. The nailer and stapler can drive 450 nails per charge. The nailer weighs 5.1 pounds and the stapler weighs 5.3 pounds.
Basic Coatings’ StreetShoe Certified & Guaranteed Program offers the water-based finish for free if the user is not 100 percent satisfied with the product. The guarantee is valid for one year from the date of manufacture and only applies to the original contractor and application site.
Latitude is a clear, single-component, self-sealing waterborne finish from Glitsa, a div. of Rudd Company. Latitude has a 37 percent solids content and a spread rate of 500–700 square feet per gallon. It is available in Gloss, Semi-Gloss, Satin and Matte sheens.
Artillery Tools’ Glued Down Flooring tool set includes everything a contractor needs to tear out glued-down wood flooring, the company says. The tool set comes with the option of a 34-inch or 48-inch scraping bar and a number of blades.
General Finishes' Pro Floor Stain is a water-based stain that provides the user with fast dry times, long open times, low odor and many color options, the company says. Pro Floor Stain is non-combustible and VOC-compliant.
The Fidbox is an electronic data logger installed in a wood floor that sends relative humidity and temperature readings to the homeowner’s Bluetooth enabled mobile device.
Cali Bamboo’s Inspired GreenClaimed wide-plank cork flooring line uses 3D wood texture printing to imitate not only the look but the feel of genuine lumber. The 3D wood texture print features ridges and grooves to create a look inspired by reclaimed hardwood, the company says.
Next Wave Automation’s CNC Piranha Fx is a CNC routing system than can also 3D-print and laser-engrave. The CNC Piranha recently won a Visionary Award for Product Innovation from the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers.
Rowenta's Intense Pure Air is an air purifier that destroys formaldehyde and filters 99.97 percent of indoor air pollutants, toxins and allergens, including VOCs, carbon monoxide, mold spores, dust mites, pollen, viruses, bacterium and animal air, the company says.
DeWalt’s 5-inch single-speed random orbit sander with a hook-and-loop pad weighs 2.9 pounds and features a 3/32-inch orbit. The sander stands at 5.5 inches, and its configuration allows the user to get close to the sanding surface.
Anderson Hardwood’s Coastal Art is from its Virginia Vintage collection. Coastal Art is 5-inch-wide red oak flooring. It is painted prior to sanding, so when sanded the boards reveal character, the company says.
DriTac Flooring Products LLC’s updated 7700 Easy Clean four-in-one flooring adhesive can now be used to isolate old cutback adhesive residue for hardwood flooring installations. Using this product allows wood flooring installers to skip skim-coating or patching cutback adhesive residue, the company says.
PID Floors’ Dobje Collection features a select-grade, engineered prefinished European white oak floor with a 3-millimeter wear layer. The floor can be glued or nailed above or below grade. The flooring is finished with polyurethane.
DeWalt’s Tool Connect app pairs with DeWalt’s 20 volt 2.0 amp and 4.0 amp lithium ion batteries with Bluetooth capability. The app lets user run battery diagnostics and alerts the user when the battery low, out of a specified range or showing a high temperature.
Stauf USA’s Puk-455 adhesive was developed specifically for the installation of solid plank flooring without limits on width, thickness or length. Puk-455 has a shear strength of more than 680 psi, which is high enough that the product can control common cupping problems associated with wide plank flooring, the company says.
FPC Corporation’s Surebonder Pro2-60 cordless glue gun features an operating temperature of 380 degrees Fahrenheit and a supply of consistent working temperatures for up to one hour. With a battery upgrade, the glue gun can operate without a cord for 3½ hours. The gun can be used for gluing moldings onto a wood floor.
Legends Brands mobile app allows Legends Rewards loyalty program participants to register points, view account balances and shop the Legends Rewards catalog online. The app is free for Android and Apple mobile devices.
JobFlex’s pricing and estimates app allows contractors to create estimates quickly, the company says. Available for Android smartphones, the app features a material list, image support and custom estimate formats.
Armstrong World Industries’ flooring app gives users access to the company’s commercial flooring catalog, product brochures, case studies and installation systems manual. The app is free and available for download for iOS and Android.
Premiere Finishing’s standard stain options include 10 colors, such as White Cloud, Platinum Gray (pictured), Espresso and Ebony. Not all finishing plants offer these colors at a standard rate, the company says.
MP Global’s Perfectly Warm Radiant Heat Film is an electric heat film designed for floating engineered wood, as well as laminate and some floating tile floors. The roll-out system is 0.016 inches thick and uses 12 watts per square foot of electricity.
From the Forests’ Freedom Collection features 12 floor styles in an assortment of wood species, including red oak, white oak, maple and hickory (pictured), sourced from managed forests. The product features a quartersawn spruce stave core.
Lignomat USA Ltd.’s MC Tracker is an on-site data logger that can record three measuring points for wood moisture content and one ambient relative humidity reading. The device can record data as often as necessary for up to 16,000 measurements total.
Wagner Meters Customer Satisfaction Tool is a free document with helpful information about maintaining a wood floor that installers can provide to their clients. Wager Meters will brand the documents with an installer’s logo at no lost.
RZ Industries’ M2 mesh air filtration mask with HEPA filtration system allows contractors to breathe safely in every situation, the company says. The mask is lighter than the company’s neoprene mask, and its abrasion-resistant mesh exterior allows for easier airflow.
CS Unitec Inc.’s Trelawny Long-Reach Scrapers can chip, scrape and descale. The scrapers are available in 2-, 4- and 5-foot lengths. The company also offers “LITE” models up to 6 feet long that weigh less than 8.5 pounds.
Cali Bamboo’s DreamFloors is a free digital floor visualizer. Customers can send CaliBamboo pictures of rooms in their homes and the company will virtually swap in CaliBamboo floor colors.
Fame Hardwood’s Bog Oak Flooring Collection is a prefinished bog oak flooring available in six colors: Terra, Cosmos Grandis (pictured), Sagrada Familia, Jupiter, Bodiam and Classic Black. The floorboards are highly resistant to discoloring from sunlight and mechanical abrasion, the company says.
Spyder Tools’ updated line of 3x3 rounded tip, double-edged reciprocating saw blades now contain 8 percent more cobalt for longer-lasting and tougher cutting, the company says. The blade comes in 6- and 8-inch sizes.
DeWalt’s 5-inch variable speed random orbit sander features a counterweight to reduce vibration, an expanded rubber over-mold to increase comfort and a rubber dust skirt to minimize dust escaping around the pad. At 140 millimeters high and weighing just under 3 pounds, the sander is the shortest and lightest in its class, the company says.
Smith & Fong Co.’s expanded Plyboo Stiletto strandwoven bamboo line includes four new colors and an extended range of trim molding options. The colors include Pearl, pictured.
Legend Brands’ Dri-Plan version 4.0 is an application for water damage restoration professionals. The new version includes a more robust data synchronization system and user interface updates, including a button to instantly adjust room wall measurements all at once.
Bostik Inc.’s Residential High Rise brochure details how the company’s products can be used to install hardwood flooring in residential high-rise buildings. The brochure provides construction solutions using Bostik’s adhesive, moisture control, sound abatement and surface preparation products, among others. View it here. www.bostik-us.com
DeWalt’s line of pneumatic nailers and staplers includes 11 products for a variety of fastening applications: finishing, framing, siding, etc. The 15-gauge “DA” style angle finish nailer (pictured) features an adjustable belt hook, nail-depth adjustment, jam clearing and a no-mar pad.
Geerpress’ backpack design for its CAT G7 floor finish applicator saves contractors time on the job site and money, since the product provides great control over the amount of finish used, the company says.
Proknee Corporation’s Treadman is a multi-angle, lightweight stair tread template marking and cutting system. The tool is designed to quickly adjust, lock and conform precisely to each individual step being measured for covering, the company says.
DeWalt’s DCS361 is a cordless 20-volt MAX Lithium Ion 7¼ inch sliding miter saw that features a single left bevel from -3 degrees to 48 degrees. The saw comes with a blade light that casts a shadow showing where the blade will cut.
Armstrong Flooring’s Midtown and Performance Plus hardwood flooring are for commercial spaces. Midtown is a low-gloss product recommended for multi-family housing as well as retail, education, healthcare and hospitality spaces. Performance Plus (pictured) is infused with liquid acrylic for durability and has an aluminum oxide finish.
Armstrong Flooring’s modular merchandising system presents solid and engineered wood flooring in a way that lets customers see and browse products more easily, the company says. The system has multiple configurations such as the waterfall/wing combo (pictured), and all utilize large samples.
United Gilsonite Laboratories’ ZAR wood care products received new packaging. The labels accurately show the color in the can, and the interior line has icons to describe the product’s benefits in comparison with other products on the market.
Bostik Inc.’s Hardwood Installation Products catalog released this year contains information about the company’s adhesive, moisture control, sound abatement, surface preparation, floor warming and accessory products. The catalog is available from Bostik upon request.
Rockler Woodworking’s SawStop Jobsite Tablesaw is the first portable compact table saw to use SawStop’s safety brake technology, which stops the saw blade if it makes contact with skin. The SawStop Jobsite Tablesaw features a 10-inch saw.
Nydree Flooring’s Hardwoof is a pet-friendly product line for dog owners. The engineered product features a 1/10-inch thick real wood veneer infused with acrylic. Hardwoof is 300 percent more dent-resistant than standard wood flooring, the company says. It is available in 12 styles on maple, hickory and ash.
Cefla Finishing’s Mito is a two-arm oscillating spray machine with a CFB conveyor. The company’s patented plenum technology features air-flow control that provides a high transfer efficiency for coating, the company says.
Dynamic Systems’ SQL database for its Checkmate Solutions applications gives management the ability to view tool and inventory information from each location, as well as see a “snapshot” of the company’s overall inventory. Also new is the ID Badger Option application, which can print unique ID badges with a photo and barcode for employees.
PG Hardwood Flooring Inc. added five products to its Unique Collection. Sanibel and Meteora come prefinished in Silver Maple. Clan and Familia are 7-inch-wide birch floor products with a neo-retro look. Tamarin (pictured) is a 3¼-inch-wide birch floor that recreates the look of a walnut floor.
Sound Seal's CeraZorb is a lightweight expanded-polypropolene underlayment system specially designed for floated or glue-down wood flooring. The acoustical underlayment will not rot, swell or absorb water, Sound Seal says, adding that its performance is equal to 1/2-inch recycled rubber. CeraZorb is available in 3-, 5- and 10-mm thicknesses.
Basic Coatings’ Player’s Choice Premier is a two-component clear water-based finish formulated for sports floor applications. The product dries in 2–3 hours and fully cures in seven days. It provides a high level of durability and chemical resistance, the company says.
MP Global Products’ VersaWalk is a universal acoustic underlayment. VersaWalk can be installed under nail-down or glue-down solid and engineered wood flooring, as well as floating laminate. The product is available in 3-foot-wide, 100-square-foot rolls.
Cali Bamboo’s Fossilized Eucalyptus Flooring, which it says is an alternative to bamboo flooring and just as sustainable, is now available in Cocoa. Cocoa features a dark, exotic look with wood grain similar to dark walnut, the company says.
Rubio Monocoat USA LLC’s care products received updated packing, including its Surface Care Spray, Rubio Soap, Rubio Mop and Rubio Mop with Surface Care Spray. Rubio Soap now comes in a 1-ounce bottle that makes four bottles of Surface Care Spray (pictured).
SNUPI Technologies’ Wally is a water leak, temperature and humidity monitor system for the home. When a Wally sensor detects abnormal activity, it will send an alert via SMS text message, email or push notification through its smartphone app.
Basic Coatings’ LightForce is a site-applied UV water-based finish. LightForce features a color change cure indicator, called Cure Guide Technology, that allows for precise application and guarantees complete coverage with a UV curing light source, the company says.
Boral Timber’s Engineering Flooring collection features Australian hardwood species such as blackbutt, spotted gum and Sydney blue gum. The flooring specs include a precision-milled square edge, seven-layer UV-cured finish and a 4-millimeter-thick top-layer.
Lynn Wholesale Flooring’s Sand Donut is excellent for sanding between finish coats, the company says. The Sand Donut disc is 16 inches in diameter and two-sided. The middle of the disc pops out and can be fitted to an edger. The Sand Donut comes in four grits.
Ecore International’s Dodge Cork includes two collections, Original and Luxe. The Original Collection features 12-inch-square cork floor tiles and underlayment and comes in Light, Medium and Dark. The Luxe Collection features 18-inch-square cork floor tiles available in six colors: Diamond, Amber (pictured), Sapphire, Emerald, Topaz and Jade.
Mirage’s Flair collection is an engineered wood flooring line with an ultra-low gloss look, natural character marks and color variations, and a resistant DuraMatt finish. Flair is available in four colors: Snowdrift, Sand Dune, Grey Drizzle (pictured) and Dark Leaf. The flooring is available in 5-inch-wide maple or 5- and 6 ½-inch-wide white oak.
Bamboo Hardwoods Inc.’s Manor is an engineered strandwoven line of bamboo flooring that makes an ideal substitute for a traditional-looking floor, the company says. It features a wire-brushed and hand-scraped texture, a multi-ply core and backing, and is available in six styles. The product comes 5 inches wide and 6 feet long.
Viridian Reclaimed Wood’s Granary Plank comes in two varieties. Smooth Face Naily features dark holes and black oxide stains. Antique has black nail holes, an aged patina and shows faint saw marks and indentations. Each is milled from a mix of Douglas fir and pine. The planks come 5/8 inch thick, 5 inch wide and 24 to 96 inches long.
ProTeam has added a six-amp-hour battery option for the GoFree Flex Pro cordless backpack vacuum. Versus the standard 12-amp-hour battery’s estimated one hour of runtime, the 6-amp-hour battery offers a 30-minute runtime, which the company says is ideal for detail cleaning or light duty.
Mullican Flooring's Mount Castle Collection features 12 engineered hardwood flooring selections in oak and walnut. The selections, available in a 9/16- or 5/8-inch thicknesses and 7.44-inch or 9.45-inch widths, include Autumn Bronze, Brownstone, Charcoal, Colonial Grey, Fawn, Harvest Wheat, Ivory, Natural, Seashell, Stirling and Truffle (pictured). Majestic Walnut is also available.
Carlisle Wide Plank Floor’s Carlisle Collections features 12 wood floor lines with a total 72 flooring product options. The new Carlisle Collections features prefinished solid and engineered flooring, as well as unfinished solid wood flooring. The boards come in widths 4 inches to 10 inches, and lengths 18 inches to 12 feet.
Nuheat's Signature is a WiFi thermostat for floor heating. The thermostat can be programmed and controlled using a mobile smartphone app (available on iOS and Android) or a web browser. Users can control multiple zones/rooms/homes. The thermostat has a temperature-limiting feature for engineered flooring.
HouseCall Pro is an application that allows service professionals of any bent to run their business from their smartphone and web browser. It connects customers to professional contractors, much like the Uber app connects taxi drivers to riders. It also helps contractors with their daily workflow, including job scheduling, customer databasing, invoice processing and technician dispatching.
Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Cordless Drill with Autosense is a drill that stops drilling when screws are flush with the work surface. The 20-volt drill comes with a two-year warranty and is available for purchase at many big-box retailers.
Mirage’s DuraMatt finish line is designed to provide an “ultra-matte” look and greater durability, the company says. DuraMatt is a polyurethane finish,and is VOC free and hypoallergenic. It comes with a 35-year warranty.
Ardex America's K 10, K 13 and K 16 are three of seven self-leveling underlayment options under the company's Choose Your Solution moniker. K 10 comes with the company's trademarked Reactivatable technolgy, which cures in 25 minutes and can be reactivated with a spike roller. The K 13 allows contractors to install up to 1-inch floor coverings in 16 hours. Ardex K 16 installs at a thin coat with high compressive strength.
W.F. Taylor Co. Inc.'s Acous-Tec is a sound-reducing liquid underlayment patch and leveler designed for all floating floor systems. The product cures in one hour. When fully cured, it covers the floor as a sealed and flat membrane. The product is unaffected by concrete slab alkalinity, can be installed on porous or non-porous surfaces and has low permeability.
Dynamic Systems Inc.’s Rental Option addition to its Checkmate Tool & Equipment Software offering has the ability to track the length of time tools and equipment have been at a job site or with a customer or employee. This allows companies that charge equipment usage against jobs to optimize their profits, the company says.
Flooring America’s My Floor Guide is an in-store shopping experience app that shows browsing customers brand and product information on an iPad. The app also features brand videos, warranty information and a project calculator.
TerraMai’s Commercial Line includes prefinished reclaimed wood floors in teak, walnut, white oak and red oak; they are 9⁄16-inch thick and 4½ to 6 inches wide. Finish options include low-VOC oils, stains and polyurethanes. The floors are priced low, making them ideal for hotel, restaurant and retail applications, the company says.
Mullican Flooring’s Made-in-America Newtown Collection is an engineered ½-inch-thick oak floor that comes in five colors: Natural, Gunstock, Saddle, Bridle (pictured) and Granite. The collection is offered in 3- and 5-inch widths.
Finishing Solutions LLC’s StopLossBags allows for the storage of wood finish after the can is opened. Finish inside StopLossBags does not evaporate or oxidize, two processes that, when finish is left in the can, often lead to a thickened and degraded finish. Each order comes with four 1-quart (liter) bags.
EDTM Inc.’s Save My Flooring Thermo-Hygrometer measures humidity ranges from 20 to 95 percent. The sensor detects environmental data—RH, temperature of home, date and time, high and low values—using a thin film polymer with a ceramic substrate. Companies can have the device branded in their name.
Lumber Liquidators’ revamped Bellawood prefinished flooring line includes 140 new colors, styles and species, as well as a UV-cured aluminum oxide topcoat. Customers can also purchase the product with a matte finish for a low-gloss “oil look,” the company says.
Cali Bamboo's Rustic Fossilized strandwoven bamboo flooring line features matte, hardwax oil finishes and saw mark surface textures. The line comes in two colors: Beachwood, a whitewash hue, and Barnwood (pictured), a dark, walnut color.
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware’s “Mastering the Table Saw” is an instructional DVD from the company’s “Way to Woodwork” series. This DVD teaches valuable table saw skills to new and expert users alike, the company says. The video also covers how jigs can add versatility, safety and accuracy to table saw operations.
Wagner Meters’ DataMaster firmware update automatically loads job statistics to the F2170reports.com website, rather than requiring users to submit the data via a ZIP file.
PG Hardwood Flooring’s new Krafla (pictured), Bromo and Savane colors are offered on all products in its Model Classic Collection. The colors reflect shades of lava and plumes of smoke rising from volcanoes as well as the savannah, the company says.
Quick-Step’s online Design Guide organizes the company’s floors by color category. The guide also includes design and style tips from the company’s celebrity designer partner, Erinn Valencich. The Design Guide can be accessed from the company’s website.
Action Floor Systems LLC’s Action Aero NR and HL anchored fixed resilient wood sports floor systems use factory-assembled panels with natural rubber pads that permit air circulation throughout the subfloor structure, the company says.
Armstrong Floor Products' (Lancaster, Pa.) Forestry Mix, a new design within the Rustics Premium collection, blends hickory, white and red oak hardwood looks in three colors—white, gray and brown washed. Each color has 24 planks.
Barricade Building Products' Floor & Tile Underlayment offers protection against moisture vapor with two layers of kraft paper laminated with a polymer. This offers a higher tolerance of heat and is 100 percent recyclable. The underlayment contains no asphalt, making it easy and clean to work with, the company says.
Wintersteiger's TRC Eco line is tailored toward middle- and big-sized companies looking to repair wood defects like cracks and knots in a single filling procedure, independent of the machinist's skill level. After the defect is filled, the board can be stacked or processed immediately, the company says.
Korus Wood Flooring's Unfinished Line allows customers to create any color and gloss combination on nine different types of wood including plainsawn white oak, walnut, hickory and ash, among others. The product contains a square edge and, for most of the line, a sawn wear layer, the company says.
Dynamic Systems Inc.'s Total Track System includes software, labels, scanners, quick-start implementation and training for contractors and cleaning and restoration companies looking to reduce the loss of tools and track inventory. The systems can be integrated into QuickBooks and other accounting programs.
DeWalt's DWE7499GD job-site table saw features Guard Detect. The product comes with a no-volt switch, which means the unit won't turn on automatically after a power loss is corrected. Also included is a 21/4-inch dust collection port that connects to a shop vacuum. The saw has a 321/2-inch rip capacity.
Coswick Hardwoods Inc.'s engineered Norwegian Wood flooring collection comes in four designer colors: Albion, Heather, Stonehenge and Polar Night. The collection is factory-finished with hardwax oil. Each plank is 7 1/2 inches wide and 7 feet long. The line has a lifetime warranty and is FSC-certified.
Bostik Inc.'s GreenForce is a high-performance adhesive and unlimited moisture vapor control membrane. Bostik's AXIOS Tri-Linking Technology maintains the superior durability and moisture protection of high-end urethane adhesives, but is easier to spread and clean off prefinished flooring before and even after cure, the company says.
HomerWood Hardwood Flooring Company‘s product catalog for point-of-purchase display showcases HomerWood’s flooring designs in all colors, styles, textures and surface treatments. The catalog is designed for both the commercial designer and homeowner. www.homerwood.com
Loba-Wakol LLC’s polyurethane acrylate waterborne finish for high-end residential wood floors is Lobadur OptiFinish. Lobadur is low-VOC and NMP-free. Each gallon of OptiFinish will cover 500–600 feet. The product dries within 2–3 hours, and is fully cured after five days.
Ribadao Lumber & Flooring LLC’s FAB Collection is a line of engineered wood floors. Both the plywood and veneer are made of plantation lumber, and the company says the wood product is from sustainably managed forests in Africa and Brazil. The line features a 3-mm wear layer and eight coats of UV-cured finish. The product is 100 percent European-made, the company says.
Owens Flooring by Quanex Building Products Plankfloor line is ½ inch thick and comes with two choices of wire brush treatment, light or medium. It is available unf inished or prefinished with a matte urethane. The floor style fits both formal and informal rooms, the company says. www.owens-flooring.com
DriTac Flooring Products LLC’s Eco-DriSeal is a fast-drying, single-component concrete moisture control system and adhesive isolation membrane that dries in three hours, the company says. This roller-applied product offers a zero-VOC, zero-solvent and low-odor formula. Eco-DriSeal is warranted for up to 12 pounds per the calcium chloride test and 85 percent per the relative humidity test.
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors’ prefinished Sawyers Reserve Collection is the company’s first collection at a lower price point per square foot. Featuring white oak hardwood flooring in six distinct colors, the Sawyers Reserve Collection ranges from the light gray Key Biscayne and neutral Champagne to the almost black Seclusion.
Warmboard introduces the Total Warmth System featuring Warmsource, a simplified radiant heat solution that includes tubing, manifolds and a water heater. The system is ideal for heating installations under 3,000 square feet, and it comes with a wireless, touch-screen thermostat.
Preverco’s SolidFlex engineered floor features a 4-mm hardwood top layer and a 15-mm cup-resistant, solid-pine filleted core. It uses irregular board lengths to look like solid wood.
Armstrong American Scrape solid and engineered hardwoods use planks scraped to echo the look of a time-worn floor. The collection is available in hickory and oak, and it comes in a 5-inch width. The company says more species will be added this year.
WD Flooring introduces the Empire collection. Made from a variety of different American species, the collection is available in solid or engineered wood and is for both residential and commercial use.
Pollmeier’s BauBuche flooring is made using beech from sustainably managed forests. Compared with conventional solid wood floor installations, BauBuche installation uses about 50 percent less raw material, the company says.
DuChateau adds four flooring styles to its Vintage Remains Collection, inspired by reclaimed wood. The new colors are Iron Rust, Salvaged Terra, Reclaimed Ash and Smoked Mantle. The planks come hand-sculpted to mirror the look of antique wood and are sized 7 7/16 by 72 inches.
Nydree Flooring’s Essentials Collection is a price-competitive option that comes with Nydree’s acrylic technology that infuses the entire veneer, not just the surface. The product uses Baltic birch plywood and UV-cured ceramic urethane, and it’s formaldehyde-free and FloorScore-certified.