Three Armstrong Floor Products—Performance Plus hardwood, Duality Premium Plus and StrataMax Better vinyl sheet—were awarded a Consumers Digest Best Buy designation as top-rated options for affordable makeovers. Best Buys in flooring are selected based on quality of construction, range of style options and exclusivity of species or design.
Armstrong’s Performance Plus line of “Made in the USA” engineered hardwood flooring uses proprietary acrylic-infusion technology to give it strength while enhancing the wood’s natural beauty. According to Consumers Digest, “No other engineered wood flooring has a wider variety of options than this line does, and it’s the only line we found that features a top layer of wood that’s infused with acrylic. Independent experts tell us this increases the hardness of the wood and that helps it resist dents and deep scratches.”
“Hardwood floors aren’t meant to be just for show: These floors offer increased indent resistance and resistance to scratches and stains when compared to regular hardwood, as well as a 50-year warranty,” says Mara Villanueva-Heras, vice president, Marketing, Armstrong
Duality Premium Plus vinyl sheet flooring offers 3-D visuals along with fiberglass and ToughGuard wear layers that provide durability and stain protection. The floors are designed to meet specific performance and lifestyle needs, including glue-down and loose-lay installation options. Consumers Digest editors said, “The Duality Premium Plus line has the widest variety of stone and wood finishes we found among vinyl flooring.” Armstrong achieves Duality’s realistic visuals with its exclusive MasterWorks Technology 3-D with VTx, which, similar to a high-definition television, captures the depth, definition and dimension of natural materials, so that stones look and feel like stones and wood looks and feels like wood.
StrataMax Better vinyl sheet has a 70 percent stone content in the base layer that holds the floor down and adds durability. According to Consumers Digest, “You’d have to spend nearly $1 more per square foot to get a longer warranty period … .”
The Consumers Digest Best Buy rating is awarded, on average, to fewer than 3 percent of the competing models in any given product category. For 50 years people have trusted Consumers Digest to identify exceptional values in the marketplace. The Best Buy Seal and other licensed materials are registered certification marks and trademarks of Consumers Digest Communications LLC used under license.
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