Rowlock Wood Wall Panels take High Design to a New Dimension

Johnson Hardwood has decided to take our wood expertise and showcase it on the wall. Rowlock wood wall panels are constructed with raw wood pieces that are hand cut, hand sanded, and placed on pine backers so that the end result is a custom three dimensional wall design that is all natural and undressed. Appealing to those who are in love with the reclaimed look, the Rowlock wood wall panels are easy to install and have a variety of uses from decorating an island or backsplash, or by adding an accent wall, or creating a decadent man-cave.


Luxury Vinyl Tile is the NEW Flooring Trend

LVT is making a huge splash in the flooring market for not only its affordability and durability, but also due to its uniqueness. You can find luxury vinyl tile in a plethora of styles and colors ranging from realistic looking wood planks to authentic looking marble floors. The big selling features are price and maintenance. For households who have children or rambunctious pets, this is the perfect floor, or easily takes this floor into kitchens and bathrooms.

Johnson Hardwood Nativa LVT Desert Rose

Johnson Hardwood Nativa LVT Desert Rose

Coastal Dune Series for a Seaside Look

Johnson Hardwood’s Coastal Dune series made its debut at the 2015 Surfaces Expo with quite a splash! Wide-width 7-1/2″ oak planks with a matte finish gives this floor a natural wind swept look. Engineered for easy installation that can be either be nailed or glued down due to the broad planks. We’ve decided that the Coastal Dune is best described as having a vintage style giving the impression of being reclaimed. Our light wire brush finish softens oak grain patterns complementing the pallet of available colors.

Oak Coastal Dune Series

Oak Coastal Dune Series

Alehouse series Copper Ale


The International Surface Event Honors 2015 “Best of Show” Award Recipients

February 25, 2015 (Dallas, TX) – The International Surface Event (TISE) honored nine (9) exhibiting companies with the prestigious “Best of Show” awards on January 22, 2015 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Participating exhibitors vied for the top honor in several categories including Booth Design, Innovation, Style & Design, Sustainability, Technology and Best Product.

“The Best of Show awards recognize exceptional companies and true pioneers of products, services, tools and technologies that exhibit not only cutting-edge designs but tried and true products which continue to enhance the industry,” said Amie Gilmore, CEM, Director of The International Surface Event. “The increasing popularity of these awards year after year continues to spark the spirit of friendly competition among our Exhibitors.”


The Best of SURFACES awards were presented in the following categories: Booth Design, Innovation, Style & Design, Sustainability and Technology. The judging panel, comprised of representatives from sponsoring publication Floor Covering News, was tasked with reviewing over 65 entries and selecting a winner in each one of the categories.

The winners for Best of SURFACES 2015 were awarded as follows:

  • ·       Booth Design (1200 sq.ft. or less) – Wickham Hardwood Flooring
  • ·       Booth Design (1201 sq.ft. or more) – Bedrosians Tile & Stone 
  • ·       Innovation – Mohawk Flooring for SmartStrand Forever Clean Carpet
  • ·       Style & Design – Johnson Hardwood Flooring for the Alehouse Series
  • ·       Sustainability – W.F. Taylor Co. for TruRenew Premium Bio-Renewable Pressure Sensitive Adhesive
  • ·       Technology – Spray-Lock Inc. for Ruglock Non-Slip Rug Grip In A Can

“We are thrilled to recognize the companies that reflect best-in-class illustrations of style, innovation, technology, sustainability and booth design on the SURFACES show floor,” said Steven Feldman, publisher ofFloor Covering News and sponsor of the Best of SURFACES awards. “This is the fourth year the competition has taken place at this show and it holds steadfast as the most prestigious honor to be coveted by all Exhibitors. Many thanks to the industry experts who participated on the judging panel for the Best of SURFACES.”    

Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 

The Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas awards were judged by representatives from sponsoring publication Stone World and presented winners in three categories: Innovation, Technology and Sustainability.

The winners for Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas were awarded as follows:

  • ·       Innovation – Regent Stone Products for the Twist Shim
  • ·       Technology – ETemplate Systems for the ELaser CT
  • ·       Sustainability – MStone Stone & Tile for Slimline Stone Laminates

“We are proud to sponsor the Best of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas awards and to be able to recognize companies for outstanding innovation,” said Janelle Minghine, Associate Publisher of Stone World magazine.“Every year, the competition gets a little tougher to judge as more companies continue to enter in the running.”

Best of Product Marketplace 

Thousands of products and technologies are either unveiled or reintroduced to the market every year at TISE. Attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favorite products featured by participating exhibitors in the Product Marketplace by texting their votes from the show floor in January. The companies who received top votes for Best Product of SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo were:

Best Product of SURFACES 2015:

Harris Wood (a quality brand of Q.E.P. Co., Inc.) for Aspen White Oak Castle Creek

Aspen White Oak Castle Creek mimics a true weathered and worn wood, while including all of the benefits of a low maintenance pre-finished floor. The ultra-low gloss appearance coupled with the beauty of White Oak provides a visual that is perfect for any setting.

Best Product of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2015:

GranQuartz for the Omni Cubed Pro-Lift Automatic

The Pro-Lift Automatic was engineered by Omni Cubed for optimum safety, ease and convenience. It allows for much safer lowering, transporting and lifting of very tall and heavy countertops. The Pro-Lift features a long-lasting, rechargeable battery pack; wireless remote; countertop clamp; kick-brake; flat-free, non-marking tires; and weighs only 74 pounds.

Best Product of TileExpo 2015:

TileRedi USA for the Center Redi Trench®

This one piece shower pan is manufactured in several sizes and has been designed with an integral curb, pitch and drain featuring the industry’s hottest Redi Trench designer-look to accommodate any center drain shower application.

For more information and photos of those honored for the Best of SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas visit For more information and photos of those honored in the Product Marketplace, please visit 

Save the Dates

The International Surface Event East 2015 (TISE East) will be held November 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. For information about attending or exhibiting at TISE East 2015,, email at or call 866.550.6808.

The International Surface Event 2016 (TISE) will be held January 19 – 22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with Design & Construction Week™ 2016. For information about attending or exhibiting at TISE 2016, visit, email at or call800.547.3477.

Design & Construction Week™ 2016 will showcase the largest collection of building & design products ever assembled in one place at one time. Participants include TISE, the International Builder’s Show (IBS), Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Window Covering Expo (IWCE).

About the Event: The International Surface Event brings together architects, builders, contractors, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, quarries, restoration pros and retailers for face-to-face interaction, product review, vital knowledge and powerful connections. 750+ exhibiting companies will fill 350,000 sq. ft. of space with the latest floor covering, stone and tile industry products, materials, equipment, services and technologies.

History of the Event: Rebranded as The International Surface Event (TISE) in 2014, TISE features three shows held concurrently – SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and Tile Expo. TISE ranked 54, from a pool of over 14,000 tradeshows in 2013 in the Trade Show News Network’s Top 250 list, distributed annually as a valuable resource in assisting businesses across all industries in the selection and targeting of their face-to-face marketing efforts.  The show is owned/ produced by Informa Exhibitions (formerly Hanley Wood Exhibitions).  Sponsors include the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), Marble Institute of America (MIA), Natural Stone Council (NSC), Building Stone Institute (BSI), Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) and Natural Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).  The show is endorsed by over 60 industry associations and media partners who work in conjunction with Informa Exhibitions to promote the event to their members and readership, with a global reach.

About Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate: Located in Dallas, TX, Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate is an award-winning, full-service exhibition company with an exceptional track record for producing high-quality, successful shows providing networking and industry education.

Johnson Hardwood Donates to Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity


E. CANTON, OHIO (February 18, 2015) – Johnson Hardwood donated 2,250 square feet of hardwood flooring to Mountain Re-Source Center (MRC) at The International Surface Event (TISE) in Las Vegas, Nev.

Johnson Hardwood exhibited at TISE, which was held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from Jan. 21 to 23. TISE is the largest North American event serving the floor covering, stone and tile industries. The flooring was part of the Johnson Hardwood booth on the show floor.

MRC is a 501c3 organization that partners with manufacturers, distributors, contractors and individuals that have excess materials to donate in order to support the work of its nonprofit partners around the country.  For the fourth consecutive year, MRC partnered with Informa Exhibitions and Freeman to collect materials donated by exhibitors at the end of the show. Eighty-four exhibitors donated a total of 140,765 pounds of material from the 2015 show.

Johnson Hardwood’s donation benefited Habitat for Humanity of Las Vegas, a nonprofit organization that works with families in need to build simple, safe and durable homes. The flooring will support the efforts of Habitat for Humanity to build more homes in Las Vegas.

This is the third consecutive year that Johnson Hardwood has donated the flooring from its booth at TISE/Surfaces to MRC.

For Veronica Ventimiglia, marketing manager of Johnson Hardwood, knowing that the floor will support community improvement efforts after the show is a source of pride for the company.

“It’s a real honor to be able to support Habitat for Humanity’s efforts. Trade shows can be really exhausting, and by the end of the week we all just want to sit down. Being able to end the show with our donation lifts everyone’s spirits for a strong finish. We are all really grateful for that!”

Herb Miller, executive director of MRC, thanked Johnson Hardwood for its ongoing partnership and said the donation will make an immediate difference for families in need.

“We are grateful that Johnson Hardwood understands the benefit of supporting community partners through donations of their beautiful materials! Thanks to their generosity, Habitat for Humanity will be able to support families in need in Las Vegas. We appreciate them so much!”

About Johnson Hardwood: Johnson Hardwood is one of the leading manufacturers of premium hardwood flooring. We produce on-trend, hand crafted, and hand stained flooring options by sourcing durable hardwood species from around the globe. Plus, we offer the highest standard of worry-free floors in the industry being CARB II and Lacey Act compliant. Johnson Hardwood floors are manufactured with the greatest care and backed by a warranty that assures complete satisfaction

About Mountain Re-Source Center: MRC welcomes donations of all types of building materials as well as disaster relief supplies, educational resources, household necessities, and medical supplies. To donate or for more information on MRC or Tile Partners for Humanity, contact MRC Executive Director Herb Miller at 304-678-4229/ or Networking Director Ally Venugopal at 425-429-6188/ MRC provides a donation receipt for tax purposes. For more information, visit or



Water Damage

Water may permanently harm the floor, so it is extremely crucial to not let any water come in close contact with it. The use of a map is strongly discouraged! Pet accidents, spills, and any other dirt that gets tracked in must be cleaned up immediately. Basic Coatings Squeaky Clean or Bona Hardwood Cleaner is recommended for regular maintenance.

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Moisture-Related Damage

Moisture damage can be easily seen on hardwood floors and it can easily harm the sustainability. It is critical to make sure moisture does not seep into the floors. Area rugs should be in every section of the home where there is major foot traffic and where moisture is more likely to filter through, such as kitchen sinks and hallways.

Moisture Related

Furniture Damage

DENTSHeavy furniture left without furniture leg protector pads (felt or indoor outdoor carpet type) can cause minimal to major damage on hardwood floors. It is crucial to keep the protector pads on every piece of furniture that comes in contact with the floor. Not doing so can result in harming the look and durability of the floor.

Hardwood Flooring Scratches

Hardwood flooring requires a bit more care than tile or carpet to keep it looking brand new. Strong force from your pet’s nails, high heels, or moving furniture without foot pads can cause scratches. Hand scraped finish floors can help mask some of the every day wear and tear. Also, the darker the wood, the more pronounced a scratch can be, depending on how much of the top layer has been pulled off. There are wood stain pens that are sold at hardware stores that may help with touch up. Ideally you want to keep rough play and stomping down to a minimum. Here are some examples of scratched hardwood flooring surfaces. photo(1)Image 1(1)