Must-have 2022 introductions – Floor Covering News
With supply chain disruptions finally easing, flooring retailers were suddenly inundated this year with new 2022 introductions from their supplier partners. This embarrassment of wealth spawned a myriad of “must-have” offerings for all types of flooring. The following are some notable introductions for 2022, along with their key selling points.
- 1 Benchwick: Blue1
- 2 Technical floors: DW Select
- 3 Inhaus: I’m Eclipse
- 4 COREtec: soft step
- 5 Happy Feet: Pinnacle
- 6 Mohawk: signature technology
- 7 MSI: Evergras
- 8 Republic: Designer Pro
- 9 SLCC: painted sky
- 10 Trucor: Promenade
- 11 NovaFloor: Dansbee
- 12 Shaw Flooring: STBV
- 13 Tarkett Home: ProGen
- 14 Well made: HDPC/SPC
Blue 11, Benchwick’s newest rigid core line, features an innovative, high-performance core derived from plastic bottles reclaimed and then recycled from ocean water. This offers a greener alternative compared to core materials derived from oil or virgin PVC. In addition to its environmental appeal, the core features improved stability and impact/dent resistance over existing rigid iterations and features direct-to-core digital printing for added realism.
Sales point: Durable, eco-friendly core + enhanced digital printing technologies set this rigid core line apart from the rest.
Technical floors: DW Select
In 2022, Engineered Floors and Dream Weaver Carpet further expanded the DW Select product collection. DW Select has become a leader in style, performance and luxury – in the process of delivering a winning flooring solution. DW Select rugs are made with the factory’s solution-dyed PureColor fiber and are naturally stain and fade resistant.
Sales point: TwistX, a proprietary manufacturing process, provides an additional underfoot experience with exceptional durability.
Inhaus: I’m Eclipse
Inhaus’ unique Sono Eclipse collection offers beauty and performance in a health-conscious package. Made with Ceramin – a patented technology – it has a fully recyclable PVC-free construction made from 25% post-consumer material that is 100% waterproof. The collection has an AC5 abrasion rating and offers 26 embossed-in-register designs with HD printing and UV-resistant inks for a lifetime anti-fade guarantee.
Sales point: Durable, authentic design, realistic appearance, durable and waterproof.
COREtec: soft step
COREtec’s new patent-pending attached underlay, Soft Step, provides an increased level of rest and warmth underfoot. This new underlay sits alongside COREtec’s existing cork option and is featured on 10 selected styles.
Sales point: Quiet, warm and sustainable made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
Happy Feet: Pinnacle
With Happy Feet’s ZeroMark technology and a 28 mil wear layer, Pinnacle is the company’s thickest water and scratch resistant LVP. With EIR relief that matches the texture of real wood and the wood grain, Pinnacle illustrates the most realistic images in a dozen colorways.
Sales point: Thicker than traditional LVP with improved durability and comfort.
Mohawk: signature technology
Mohawk has set a new standard for wood decor texture and realism with Signature Technology. By integrating 64 layers of design data into each plank, Signature Technology achieves a visual effect indistinguishable from natural hardwood. Mohawk has developed new products with eye-catching visuals and useful features at a fraction of the cost of wood and vinyl.
Sales point: Key market differentiator and high margin opportunity for retailers.
Evergrass Artificial Turf from MSI provides an attractive, authentic-looking lawn that remains beautiful all year round for playing or relaxing. The unique, wavy leaf shape allows the light to travel in different directions for a realistic look. Evergrass has four styles of artificial grass, including Emerald Green (shown).
Sales point: An environmentally friendly and green alternative to natural lawns.
Republic: Designer Pro
The Designer Pro flooring range is based on Republic Flooring’s strongest and most stable Pure SPC Max flooring range. Designer Pro wood-style floors are reinforced with the latest manufacturing techniques and carry a 50-year limited residential warranty and a 10-year commercial warranty. One of the new collections is Angel Woods (pictured), which evokes the soothing feeling of nature’s most beautiful forest atmosphere.
Sales point: Thicker, soundproof underlay and textured vinyl overlay.
SLCC: painted sky
Painted Sky offers modern styling to elevate any interior. The collection contains patterns of oak and maple species with 10 modern shades from light to medium tones. This SPC is designed with fewer knots and six-foot planks to achieve a cleaner look with fewer seams. The line is backed by a 25-year residential warranty and a 15-year commercial warranty.
Sales point: A 30 mil wear layer; new vinyl for greater dimensional stability and easier installation.
When you dream of the beach, it is difficult to know which color to choose. You want something vibrant and summery, but not too bright or loud. With Boardwalk you don’t have to choose between nature and style or durability and comfort. This collection provides a softer, more natural look to your durable, family-friendly, stain-resistant and waterproof floors.
Sales point: Innovative cushion edge and driftwood-inspired embossed texture.
Organic visuals, blonde tones and rich patinas inspired by SoCal living are perfectly combined with exceptional comfort and durability, making Dansbee a star seller. Style options include French oak, white ash, brushed oak and contemporary maple. Photo credit: Brittany Norman – Ellison Made
Sales point: 20-mil wear layer improves scratch, abrasion and stain resistance.
Shaw Flooring: STBV
Simply the Best Values (STBV) carpet from Shaw Floors is attractive, feasible and affordable. The Simply the Best collection offers style, design and value, giving homeowners the choice between timeless, best-selling colors and trending patterns. Now more than ever, homeowners want a beautiful floor without breaking the bank – and Shaw Floors has made that possible.
Sales point: With 42 new colors, Simply the Best Values meets the style and budget needs of homeowners.
Tarkett Home: ProGen
ProGen from Tarkett Home is a next generation technology designed to meet the demands of modern living. The stylish rigid core LVT product offers unparalleled protection against drops, scratches and spills. ProGen is durable, waterproof, dimensionally stable, easy to install and can be used in any room, even in all seasons.
Sales point: Trendsetting design, mess-free installation, long-lasting comfort.
Well made: HDPC/SPC
Wellmade’s commercially-rated waterproof HDPC/SPC vinyl tile features high-definition graphics and grout-look edges along with realistic embossed surface textures. Choose from ceramic tile and natural stone looks, including marble, sandstone, and travertine. Available in 12 x 24 tiles with attached IXPE pad for easy click installation. The hard core HDPC/SPC construction hides imperfections in the subfloor and can be damp mopped for cleaning and maintenance.
Sales point: Ideal for use in moisture-sensitive areas such as kitchens and underground cellars.