Mannington Commercial asks the burning question: can a rubber tile offer a good facsimile of the open range?
For trail-hardened cowboys, I suspect the answer would be no. But the judges at this year's Best of NeoCon competition were certainly charmed by the concept, awarding Mannington Commercial's new Open Range line Gold in Specialty Flooring.
In some respects, Open Range does what LVT does at a more-affordable price point, offering the look of a natural material (in this case, wood) with the long-life, durability, hygiene, and clean-ability of rubber. The achievement here is in capturing "incredibly realistic rustic wood visuals in a hard-working rubber plank."
Open Range duplicates the rich texture and variations of natural wood. Tonal differences vary from plank to plank, suggesting the shadows and highlights displayed by, say, the weathered planks on aged barn siding.
Mannington Commercial's proprietary rubber curing process results in an extremely durable and hard-wearing product. It retains color, resists indentation and cracking, is highly scratch- and scuff-resistant, and is quiet underfoot. The rubber planks also feature an innovative integrated wax: Open Range never needs to be waxed, stripped, or finished. And the collection is FloorScore certified for low emissions.
12 colorways are available, with evocative names like "Bronson," "Coburn," "Cooper," and "Eastwood." Find our more at Mannington Commercial.