Five Materials for the Wood-Inspired Look

The mesquite flooring in this Texas home and Watermark Awards merit winner captures a pure, site-specific essence

Armstrong Laminate flooring has an inner core made from wood fibers, but it is the photo-realistic image on what Armstrong calls the design layer that captures the essence of genuine wood. With eight color choices, the Architectural Remnants line mimics the look of reclaimed wood. The 12mm laminate features the firm’s VisionGuard wear layer to protect from staining, fading, and wear. Prices start at roughly $3.50 to $5 per square foot.

Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring has developed its SlowCraft process to deliver solid wood planks up to 20 inches wide. Its premier lines of solid pine and oak floors average widths of 8 to 10 inches, the company says. The Oyster Bay Collection (shown) offers neutral tones with minimal sheen, creating a natural, matte look. The product also is offered as an engineered wood. Pricing starts at $18 per square foot.   

A Carlisle wide plank floor can reduce the number of seams by 80 percent compared to a typical wood floor.

Shaw Floor s  Engineered hardwood is made with three to five layers of hardwood stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together under high heat and pressure. It offers more durability compared with solid hardwood, says manufacturers, and is less likely to be affected by humidity and moisture. The Acadian line uses Shaw’s environmentally friendly EnviroCore, made of recycled wood fiber. Prices start at $8 per square foot. 

Bellawood says its Ultra-Strand product is crafted from fine bamboo fibers pressed together with a resin, which is why you won’t see the knuckling common to many bamboo products. A sustainable alternative to hardwood, bamboo continues to grow from the stalk that is harvested and has a short, five-year harvest cycle. Ultra-Strand features a tongue-and-groove profile type and comes in three finishes. Pricing starts at $5 per square foot. 

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