Every few years, someone comes along announcing a game
changer in the flooring industry, and all too often even the
good ideas don’t live up to the initial promise. However,
when Välinge’s Darko Pervan makes such pronouncements, it
may be worthwhile to sit up and take notice. After all,
Pervan was the central figure behind the invention of
laminate flooring at Sweden’s Perstorp back in 1977, and as
head of Välinge he was also behind the first glueless
locking system in 1995. Both inventions did in fact
transform the flooring industry, so he has a solid track
Välinge first previewed its wood fiber flooring (WFF)
technology in the U.S. market at Surfaces 2009, and what was
most notable back then was the toughness of the wear
surface, with Taber tests indicating that it outperformed
not just standard laminates but glazed porcelain as well.
The product replaces the surface paper layers with a wood
dust mixed with binders and aluminum oxide, all ground up as
fine as talcum powder. In addition, the product can be
floated or glued down.
Back then, the biggest limitations were in design. The
product, though heavily textured, only offered limited
visuals—not very memorable. As such, it would have had
limited application in both the residential and commercial
Things have changed. A recent tour of the Välinge operation
in Viken, Sweden immediately revealed that breadth of design
is no longer a barrier. In fact, by integrating digital
inkjet technology into the production process, wood fiber
flooring now offers design definition on par with the best
the flooring industry has to offer. During the tour, editors
from the U.S. and Germany had the opportunity to examine
under a microscope a wood look WFF printed from a photograph
taken less than two hours earlier, and its precision and
accuracy were impressive.
We use cutting-edge print technology to produce beautiful
floors with realistic-looking designs that replicate woods,
stones and other natural materials.
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Most Armstrong vinyl floors carry the CleanSweep® protective
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against stain and odor-causing bacteria on the surface.
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