The favorite interior product manufacturer Web sites keep users coming back for more.

By BUILDING PRODUCTS Magazine Staff

The favorite interior product manufacturer Web sites have a lot to offer builders and remodelers. They not only show off their wares with beautiful room shots and abundant color swatches, they also feature far-reaching specifications and many other details.

The sites that our contractor-reviewers thought are surperb are maintained by Armstrong and Bruce, which is part of the Armstrong family. These two sites are well organized, easy to navigate, and contain a helpful toolbar on every page. Most important, they feature detailed specs and extensive installation tips for pros.

Favorite Interior Product Sites

 
Armstrong Y Y N Y N 3 3 3 3 3 Easy-to-use product search; detailed product list with photos; nifty toolbar on every page; extensive installation tips for pros; includes materials estimator.
Bruce Y Y N N N 3 3 3 3 3 Well organized; easy to navigate; detailed spec and installation info; useful toolbar on every page; links to Armstrong site.
ClosetMaid N Y Y N N 3 3 3 3 3 Well organized; great photos and illustrations; detailed installation instructions; mainly for consumers.
Dal-Tile N Y Y N N 3 N 3 2 3 Well organized; detailed specs; can search for products by room or product name; search function only for products, not entire site.
Harris Tarkett N N Y N N 2 3 3 1 3 Easy to navigate; exceptional installation info with detailed PDF files; nifty toolbar on every page; no toll-free number or technical assistance line.
Pergo N Y Y N N 3 3 2 3 3 Extensive specs and installation instructions in Consumer section; useful toolbar on every page; limited product application shots; trade section for Pergo installers.

As compared with the other favorite sites. 1=below average; 2=average; 3=above average; N=no; Y=yes

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[This article is a reprint from BUILDING PRODUCTS Magazine, November/December 2001 issue.]