- Oct 05, 2012
By Philip Shea, Associate Editor
Featuring a revolutionary technology of magnetic‐backed luxury vinyl planks and tiles that simulate wood grains, natural stone and carpet tiles, floors can now change as quickly as the times. The ASI Magnetic Floor System is a new, cutting-edge collection with a quick and simple installation process and a wide variety of global-inspired, playful patterns and colorways. This innovative material is a solution-based product offering ease of maintenance, cost-effective price point and durability in high-traffic spaces (www.archsystems.com).
Introducing a sophisticated and versatile line of vinyl floor coverings from Armstrong Commercial Flooring. Each sheet begins with real stone, wood or tile, that is digitally reproduced on a world-class scanner. The images are tweaked and toned to provide the most life-like and aesthetically pleasing vinyl sheets when printed. Armstrong sheet products are also low-VOC emission and third-party FloorScore-certified to California Section 01350. They also comply with LEED EQ4.3 for Indoor Air Quality (www.armstrong.com).
Make life easier for your residents by eliminating the need to pre-wash. Upgrade your community’s dishwashers to the LG TrueSteam™ to save time and effort on what is often an irksome chore. This product uses a real steam generator to deliver revolutionary cleaning performance, with a Direct Drive™ Motor designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce noise (www.lg.com).
Versetta Stone™ panelized stone veneer is a non-structural, cement‐based manufactured stone veneer that provides the look of traditional masonry with a modern installation method. The molding and color application precisely replicates natural stone including the subtle nuances found in nature. Versetta Stone is the only manufactured stone veneer of its kind currently in the market (www.versettastone.com).
In a multi-housing application, one simple way for property owners to save water and money is by adopting dual-flush technology. Fluidmaster® has developed the water saving Duo Flush line of retrofit-able products now available at major retailers and hardware stores across the country. By switching all toilets to a dual-flush toilet, property owners can ensure that only the appropriate amount of water is used with every flush, saving an estimated 15,000 gallons per toilet per year (www.fluidmaster.com).
Compass Box is a modern fixture that has a sleek vintage feel. The low-voltage halogen box is a ceiling mounted unit that can hold one, two or four adjustable pressed-steel spotlights. Each spotlight can pivot up to 20 degrees. This fixture would be ideal for highlighting that awesome new art you purchased for your lobby or providing a dramatic element above a common space amenity such as a billiards table. The aluminum housing can be finished in wenge, gray, maple and teak, which ensures that the unit will match your community’s color scheme (www.flosusa.com).
MirrorMate® frames are a high-quality product made by American manufacturers with excellent reputations. These products have long been used in the hotel and cruise industries. Simply measure your mirror’s height and width, note the amount of space available on each side, specify which sides have clips or channels, and send in your measuring worksheet to MirrorMate®. When you receive your frame, simply follow the instructions provided to quickly install and reinvigorate the bathroom for future residents (www.mirrormate.com).
Replacing countertops is a messy process that includes a costly and time-consuming demolition. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just drop a new surface right onto the old countertop? Granite Transformations has designed a system to do just that. The surface, called Trend Stone, is a durable engineered stone with the look of granite. Countertops come with a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects, and with over 25 different colors and styles, Trend Stone can fit a range of design schemes (www.granitetransformations.com).