Wood Grain Pattern Arrangement Patents (Class 52/313)
  • Patent number: 10697185
    Abstract: A floor panel is of synthetic material and forms a layer-shaped substrate with first and second pairs of opposite edges. The first pair of opposite edges has coupling parts forming a first mechanical locking system, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effects a locking in the plane of the floor panels and perpendicular to the respective edges, and forms a second mechanical locking system, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effects a locking transverse to the plane of the panels. The coupling parts on the first pair of opposite edges are realized substantially in the material of the floor panel itself. The floor panel is provided with an edge configuration on the second pair of edges allowing two of such floor panels to be positioned with their respective edge alongside each other and free from mechanical horizontally active locking systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Luc Vanhastel, Guy Van Hooydonck
  • Patent number: 10556461
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for producing a printing subsurface for direct printing for producing a decorative panel, in particular a direct printed decorative panel without a backing layer. In addition, the present disclosure relates to a decorative panel which comprises a printing subsurface produced according to a method according to the disclosure. With the method according to the disclosure it is proposed that for forming the printing subsurface a resin composition comprising a melamine resin and/or a urea resin is applied, which at first is dried under the action of heat and subsequently is treated with UV radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SURFACE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Carsten Buhlmann
  • Patent number: 10550582
    Abstract: A panel for forming a covering, more particularly a floor panel for forming a floor covering, which at least at two opposite edges, comprises coupling parts arranged to couple two of such panels to each other by means of a downward movement of one panel in respect to the other. The coupling parts form a first locking system arranged to lock in the plane of the panels and perpendicularly to the edges, as well as form a second locking system, which effects a locking perpendicularly to the plane of the panels. At least one of the coupling parts is formed at least partially in soft PVC (polyvinyl chloride), as well as at least partially formed from a milled profiled part of this soft PVC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventor: Mark Cappelle
  • Patent number: 10507688
    Abstract: This invention provides a metal sheet preparing process with a surface having wood grain, and the process includes the following steps: spraying photosensitive ink on the metal sheet; pasting a designed film on a surface of the metal sheet sprayed with the photosensitive ink; exposing the metal sheet pasted with the film in an ultraviolet light for 1-15 min; spray developing the surface of the metal sheet with sodium carbonate solution, and exiting the film after developing; etching the metal sheet exited the film after developing with a mixed aqueous solution of ferric trichloride and copper sulfate, and a corrosive temperature being 30-50° C. which lasts for 5-8 min; and washing corrosive liquid on the grain and cured films of the photosensitive ink out of the grain with sodium hydroxide solution of 5-8% wt %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG YOTRIO GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guo Zhang, Jianping Xie
  • Patent number: 10450760
    Abstract: A set of essentially identical floorboards each including a front face and a rear face extending in the horizontal plane, a core, and a surface layer, a mechanical locking system is arranged at least at two opposite edges for connecting a floorboard with an adjacent floorboard in a horizontal and a vertical direction, said mechanical locking system being configured for connecting the floorboard with the adjacent floorboard by vertical folding, wherein one of said opposite edges is provided with a horizontally extending protrusion at an upper edge, and wherein said protrusion is configured to overlap a surface groove at an upper edge of the other of said opposite edges, such that two connected and adjacent floorboards have upper overlapping edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: VALINGE INNOVATION AB
    Inventors: Marcus Bergelin, Mats Nilsson
  • Patent number: 10415257
    Abstract: A floor panel has a rectangular shape and an upper surface. The floor panel includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate. The top layer is made on the basis of synthetic material extending over a substantial part of the upper surface. The top layer includes a printed decor extending over a substantial part of the upper surface. The substrate has at least two opposite edges, with the edges being provided with coupling parts. The upper surface, at one or more edges, shows a sloping edge portion sloping down to the respective edge. The sloping edge portion, viewed according to a cross-section transverse to the respective edge, has a shape and/or angle varying in function of the longitudinal direction of the respective edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Christian Vandevoorde, Bernard Thiers
  • Patent number: 10329776
    Abstract: A floor panel is of synthetic material and forms a layer-shaped substrate with first and second pairs of opposite edges. The first pair of opposite edges has coupling parts forming a first mechanical locking system, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effects a locking in the plane of the floor panels and perpendicular to the respective edges, and forms a second mechanical locking system, which, in a coupled condition of two of such floor panels, effects a locking transverse to the plane of the panels. The coupling parts on the first pair of opposite edges are realized substantially in the material of the floor panel itself. The floor panel is provided with an edge configuration on the second pair of edges allowing two of such floor panels to be positioned with their respective edge alongside each other and free from mechanical horizontally active locking systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Luc Vanhastel, Guy Van Hooydonck
  • Patent number: 10267048
    Abstract: A floor panel has a rectangular and oblong shape, and includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate and forming a decorative side of the floor panel. The top layer is composed of a print provided on a carrier sheet and a transparent thermoplastic layer situated above the print. The substrate has a thickness from 2 to 10 millimeter and forms at least half of the thickness of the floor panel. The substrate is a polyurethane-based substrate and the transparent thermoplastic layer is polyurethane-based. The floor panel has a length of more than 1.1 meters and has a plurality of reinforcing layers situated outside the center line of the substrate. A reinforcing layer may be provided in combination with the substrate and the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Luc Vanhastel
  • Patent number: 10060140
    Abstract: A floor panel for forming a floor covering wherein the floor panel is substantially realized on the basis of synthetic material. The floor panel is rectangular and comprises a first pair of opposite edges and a second pair of opposite edges such that both pairs of opposite edges comprise coupling parts allowing for mutually coupling a plurality of such floor panels to each other. The coupling parts of at least the first pair of opposite edges are configured such that two of such panels can be coupled to each other at these edges by means of a turning movement and the coupling parts to this aim consist of a tongue and a groove as well as locking parts, which, in the coupled condition, prevent the shifting apart of tongue and groove. The floor panel has a global thickness which is smaller than or equal to 4.5 millimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventors: Mark Cappelle, Pieter Devos
  • Patent number: 9994010
    Abstract: A water-based ink and a method to form a digital print with the water-based ink on a dense substrate including a polymer material or on surfaces that are heated and pressed after printing. The substrate is prior to the printing step preferably heated in order to prevent floating of the water-based ink drops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: CERALOC INNOVATION AB
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 9567794
    Abstract: A panel overlay system for embellishing an existing metal multi-panel articulating overhead garage door is disclosed. Plural lightweight panels are removably attached to the panels of the existing garage door with magnets. Each panel comprises an underlayment sheet that provides a relatively rigid structural backing, and thin wood veneer adhesively bonded to the outer-facing major surface of the backing sheet. The veneer includes plural vertical demarcations; when multiple panels are installed the demarcations on adjacent panels align to give the appearance of elongated vertical boards. Vertical and horizontal members are placed at desired positions on the veneer—typically the vertical members are aligned along the side edges of the panel and the horizontal member extends across the middle of the panel so that the entire installation provides the appearance of a garage door typical of the well-known rail and stile carriage house design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Garageskins, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Medlen
  • Patent number: 9015924
    Abstract: A panel for use in an assembly of panels is attached to each other to form a covering. The panel comprises an upper surface and a lower surface each extending within a different main plane, and at least an edge between these surfaces comprising a coupling to couple the panel to a coupling of another panel. The upper surface includes a lowered part at said edge and the cross-section of the lowered part, perpendicular to the edge of the panel, varies along the edge. Such a panel provides a good imitation of a panel made of natural materials. The invention also provides an appropriate method and apparatus to make such a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Spanolux N.V.-Div. Balterio
    Inventors: Bruno Paul Louis Vermeulen, Jan Eddy De Rick
  • Publication number: 20150107178
    Abstract: A floor panel includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate. The top layer is composed of a print and a transparent thermoplastic layer having a thickness of 0.5 mm or less and being situated above said print. The floor panel, at least on two opposite edges, is provided with a straight or curved chamfer extending to below the global level of the print.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Laurent MEERSSEMAN, Luc VANHASTEL
  • Patent number: 8993094
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a door skin having an exterior surface with a wood grain pattern formed therein, and an etched plate for use as an embossing plate or with a molded die set, for forming the woodgrain pattern in the door skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Karine Luetgert, Christ Henry Melonio
  • Patent number: 8950139
    Abstract: A molded door skin is provided that features a molded component having a stainable or stained exterior surface including molded grooves and molded tonal portions. The grooves are configured with variable depths and lengths with respect to one another and variably spaced with respect to one another to collectively simulate an appearance of a naturally appearing wood grain tick pattern. The tonal portions are configured to receive and retain sufficient stain to simulate an appearance of darkened naturally appearing wood grain background tone. Doors having the molded door skin or first and second molded door skins are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Karine A. Luetgert, Mark Richter, William R. Immell, Stephen G. Huhn
  • Patent number: 8925275
    Abstract: A floor panel includes a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate. The top layer is composed of a print and a transparent thermoplastic layer having a thickness of 0.5 mm or less and is situated above the print. The floor panel, at least on two opposite edges, is provided with a straight or curved chamfer extending to below the global level of the print.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Luc Vanhastel
  • Patent number: 8919063
    Abstract: A building board, in particular a flooring panel of wooden material is provided. The building board includes a top and an underside, in which at least the top is provided with a decorative layer imitating a natural material. The building board further includes connecting mechanisms corresponding to one another and peripheral side surfaces. At least one side surface and at least one connecting mechanism is provided with a pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Flooring Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Frank Oldorff
  • Patent number: 8826619
    Abstract: A wood-fiberglass hybrid panel door featuring natural wood veneer permanently bonded to at least one side of a fiberglass door. The panel and the stile/rail portions of the fiberglass door skin for bonding wood veneers can be either one-piece compression molded construction or can be separately compression molded pieces joined together by mechanical or chemical methods. The two pieces of door skins are used to make a fiberglass door first. Wood veneer is then bonded to at least one side of the said fiberglass door through the use of a vacuum press. Wood raised molding or flush sticking is applied around the veneered panel to cover the veneer edges on the panel and/or stiles/rails. Wood raised molding or flush sticking is fixed to the door by mechanical or chemical methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: MaxCraft Doors, Inc.
    Inventor: Zhihua Cai
  • Patent number: 8697226
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a door skin having an exterior surface with an woodgrain pattern formed therein, and an etched plate for use as an embossing plate or with a molded die set, for forming the woodgrain pattern in the door skin. The exterior surface has outer portions lying on a first plane, spaced grooves recessed from the plane of the outer portions, and halftone portions. The halftone portions have spaced protrusions defined by channels, wherein the channels are recessed from the plane of the outer portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Karine Luetgert, Christ Henry Melonio
  • Patent number: 8590273
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of forming a multi-ply core component. A mold press is provided having an upper die and a lower die defining a mold cavity. At least one of the upper die and the lower die has a plurality of protrusions. A first wood composite board and a second wood composite board are disposed within the mold cavity. The first and second boards are fused proximate the plurality of protrusions by compressing the boards in the mold cavity through application of heat and pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Hardwick, Randy C. McGuire
  • Patent number: 8563118
    Abstract: A door facing blank is provided that includes a central portion, first and second side portions adjacent to and integral with opposite sides of the central portion, opposite interior and exterior major surfaces, and a design element including a molded portion and an embossed portion. The side portions include stile-receiving areas that are substantially planar. The molded portion is molded in the central portion to establish a first groove portion in the exterior surface region of the central portion and a protrusion on the interior surface region of the central portion. The embossed portion is embossed in the first side portion to establish a second groove portion in the exterior surface region of the first side portion but no protrusion on the interior surface region of the first side portion. The first and second groove portions establish a continuous groove in the exterior major surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Jason M. Walsh, Mark A. Ruggie, Steven K. Lynch, Robert C. Allen
  • Patent number: 8557166
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wood composite panel having a major planar portion, at least one panel portion, and an inwardly extending contoured portion surrounding the panel portion and interconnecting the major planar portion and the panel portion. The contoured portion defines an inter-relationship between a vector angle and a deep draw depth that achieve a satisfactory stretch factor. The present invention also relates to a door having the disclosed wood composite door facings, and methods of forming the facing and door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Bei Hong Liang, Jason M. Walsh, Steven K. Lynch, Mark A. Ruggie, Richard D. Trubey, Henry M. Coghlan
  • Patent number: 8549807
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing floor panels that have at least a substrate and a top layer provided on the substrate, the top layer including a thermoplastic layer that is translucent or transparent, the method may involve providing the top layer, including the thermoplastic layer, on the substrate. The method may also involve heating at least the thermoplastic layer, and structuring the thermoplastic layer using a mechanical press element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Laurent Meersseman, Martin Segaert, Bernard Thiers, Benjamin Clement, Christophe Maesen
  • Patent number: 8499509
    Abstract: Disclosed is a jamb assembly for a door having a novel structure, capable of representing a wooden feel and reinforcing the strength for a specific region by improving the structure of the jamb assembly coupled with an opening of a wall surface for the installation of the door. The jamb assembly is installed along an inner peripheral surface of an opening of a wall surface for installation of a door and constituting a door frame. The jamb assembly includes an outer skin section constituting an outer portion of the jamb assembly and having a surface molded with various patterns such as a wooden pattern, and a body core section surrounded by the outer skin section, constituting an inner frame portion of the jamb assembly, and fixedly coupled with the opening of the wall surface for the installation of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Capstone Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Yong Sibbett
  • Patent number: 8484919
    Abstract: A structure to form flooring transitions having outer surfaces comprising two disparate materials. In a preferred embodiment the flooring transitions includes a T-shaped molding and at least one attachment thereto. The outer surfaces of the T-molding and attachment may be comprised of different materials, even though they may sometimes have the same pattern or décor. For example, the T-molding may have a surface of real wood or veneer and the attachment may have an outer surface of abrasion resistant foil, metal, or even a visual perception element, such as lights or reflective tape. A kit is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Pergo (Europe) AB
    Inventors: Dan Brunedal, Patrick Smith
  • Patent number: 8443563
    Abstract: Various systems are provided for building blocks having the appearance of wood shake. In one embodiment, a building block includes first side body portion including a protrusion, a second side body portion including a recess configured to engage the protrusion of an adjacent building block, and a front body portion including a front exterior surface having vertical striated grooved lines configured to resemble a plurality of wood shakes; and a lower lip extending across the front exterior surface and extending below a lower surface. In another embodiment, a building block includes a front exterior surface having vertical striated grooved lines configured to resemble a plurality of wood shakes and a first side body portion including a side exterior surface having vertical striated grooved lines configured to resemble at least one wood shake and a lower lip extending across the front and side exterior surfaces and extending below a lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Malcolm Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8375679
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing floor panels, wherein boards of laminate material are formed by means of a press treatment and wherein these boards are divided into several panels, from which the actual floor panels are formed. In a press treatment of the method, at least one impression is provided in the board, which at least is employed as a guiding groove for guiding the aforementioned board or the subsequently obtained panels in further treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Mark Cappelle, Lode De Boe
  • Patent number: 8316604
    Abstract: Floor panel, said floor panel (1) comprising a decor (2), as well as a top layer (8) based on synthetic material (9), and wherein the decor (2) represents a pattern with several wood parts (3) per floor panel (1), characterized in that in the upper surface (14) of the floor panel (1) one or more height differences are present in that the upper surface (14), at the location of one of more of the wood parts (3), shows an individualized global surface level (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventor: Bernard Thiers
  • Patent number: 8302355
    Abstract: Simulated log siding is formed of an engineered cementitious composite. Single or dual flanges on each log piece is used to apply siding units to a surface. Some siding members are molded into a three dimensional configuration to appear as a structural wood log. Individual end pieces and molded tail clusters when used with the siding provide the appearance of the characteristic stacked or staggered corners of a log structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Concrete Log Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Cook, Stewart K. Hansen, Robert L. Whitson
  • Patent number: 8287795
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wood composite panel having a major planar portion, at least one panel portion, and an inwardly extending contoured portion surrounding the panel portion and interconnecting the major planar portion and the panel portion. The contoured portion defines an inter-relationship between a vector angle and a deep draw depth that achieve a satisfactory stretch factor. The present invention also relates to a door having the disclosed wood composite door facings, and methods of forming the facing and door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Bei Hong Liang, Jason M. Walsh, Steven K. Lynch, Mark A. Ruggie, Richard D. Trubey, Henry M. Coghlan
  • Publication number: 20120192517
    Abstract: The present invention provides exterior building products, such as roofing and siding, shake, shingles, siding, sheathing, panels, planks, vertical siding, soffit panels, fencing, decking, fascia, corner posts, column corners and trim boards in which a plurality of cementitious layers are provided with an improved interlaminar bond by employing a resinous bond promoter, a rheological agent, mechanical means to distribute fibers in a direction which is perpendicular to the machine direction so as to bridge between layers in the product, or a combination thereof. These techniques help to increase interlaminar bond strength to improve the mechanical properties of the product. When certain resinous bond promoters are used, the additional benefits of water absorption resistance and pigmentation throughout the product can be provided with minimal expense. Improvements in interlaminar bond strength of about 10 46% were observed with a percent elongation improvement of about 7%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventor: William Paul Bezubic, JR.
  • Patent number: 8209928
    Abstract: Laminated flooring panels include decorative motifs, mechanically embossed-in-registration surface textures, recessed perimeters, and locking mechanisms. The locking mechanisms facilitate the alignment of adjacent flooring panels. Adjacent flooring panels substantially aligned allow embossed-in-registration patterns to be substantially continuous across adjacent flooring panels. The recessed perimeter prevents the edges of the flooring panel from prematurely wearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Faus Group
    Inventors: Eugenio Cruz Garcia, Vicente Sabater
  • Patent number: 8205404
    Abstract: A panel for use in an assembly of panels is attached to each other to form a covering. The panel comprises an upper surface and a lower surface each extending within a different main plane, and at least an edge between these surfaces comprising a coupling to couple the panel to a coupling of another panel. The upper surface includes a lowered part at said edge and the cross-section of the lowered part, perpendicular to the edge of the panel, varies along the edge. Such a panel provides a good imitation of a panel made of natural materials. The invention also provides an appropriate method to make such a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Spanolux N.V.-Div. Balterio
    Inventors: Bruno Paul Louis Vermeulen, Jan Eddy De Rick
  • Patent number: 8181408
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel wooden wall or ceiling paneling or flooring manufactured from wine or whiskey cask staves having a desirable patina that emits a scent having a bouquet resembling the wine or whiskey that was aged in the cask, as well as a method to manufacture the wooden paneling or flooring that includes the steps of first straightening the curved cask staves, and then milling the non-stained surface layer of the straightened wine cask staves to a predetermined thickness and hand scrapping or shaving a portion of the stained surface layer of the wine cask stave to remove any splintering that may have occurred during the stave straightening process. The straightened, milled and hand scraped or shaved stave is affixed to a wall or predetermined sub flooring surface with the stained, hand scraped surface layer remaining exposed for viewing or foot traffic and to permit the release of the wine, whiskey or other spirit bouquet into the room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph P. Triglia
  • Patent number: 8181407
    Abstract: Laminated flooring planks include decorative motifs, mechanically embossed-in-registration surface textures, recessed perimeters, and locking mechanisms. Adjacent planks substantially aligned allow embossed-in-registration patterns to be substantially continuous across adjacent flooring panels. The recessed perimeter prevents the edges of the flooring panel from prematurely wearing. Individual planks within the flooring system may comprise at least one partial sub-panel having a decorative motif and/or embossed surface texture (i.e., pattern) that is complementary with a pattern of a neighboring partial sub-panel or plank. Each plank may include edge patterns adjacent a portion of an edge of the plank and at least one bulk pattern adjacent the edge patterns. Edge patterns within a plank and of planks within a flooring system are substantially identical to each other. Bulk patterns form a substantially continuous pattern within an individual plank when adjacent a plank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Faus Group
    Inventors: Eugenio Cruz Garcia, Vicente Sabater
  • Patent number: 8176698
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a panel, in particular floor panel, having a core made of a woodbased material and having a decoration applied to a visible side, the visible side being provided, on at least one side edge (I, II), with a chamfer running at an angle thereto, and the chamfer likewise being provided with a decoration, characterized in that a relief is stamped into the surface of the chamfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Kronotec AG
    Inventor: Matthias Lewark
  • Patent number: 8168104
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method of manufacturing a wood plastic composite panel, including a panel manufacturing process of extruding and cooling a resin complex, such that wood fiber is uniformly dispersed into a synthetic resin matrix, to manufacture the resin complex into the form of a panel, an embossing process of forming a wood pattern corresponding to the cut-open surface of a natural lumber on the surface of the panel to a predetermined depth, and a brushing process of removing some of a synthetic resin layer from the surface of the panel to form linear micro concavo-convex parts to a predetermined depth, and an apparatus for manufacturing a wood plastic composite panel that is capable of efficiently performing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yousoo Han, Seongchan Park, Jungil Son, Dongjin Kim, Sangho Han, Yunhwan Hwang
  • Patent number: 8146325
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wood composite panel having a major planar portion, at least one panel portion, and an inwardly extending contoured portion surrounding the panel portion and interconnecting the major planar portion and the panel portion. The contoured portion defines an inter-relationship between a vector angle and a deep draw depth that achieve a satisfactory stretch factor. The present invention also relates to a door having the disclosed wood composite door facings, and methods of forming the facing and door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Bei Hong Liang, Jason M. Walsh, Steven K. Lynch, Mark A. Ruggie, Richard D. Trubey, Henry M. Coghlan
  • Patent number: 8087212
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of forming a multi-ply core component. A mold press is provided having an upper die and a lower die defining a mold cavity. At least one of the upper die and the lower die has a plurality of protrusions. A first wood composite board and a second wood composite board are disposed within the mold cavity. The first and second boards are fused proximate the plurality of protrusions by compressing the boards in the mold cavity through application of heat and pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Hardwick, Randy C. McGuire
  • Patent number: 7989050
    Abstract: A building board, in particular a flooring panel, with a core comprising at least one upper layer and one lower layer of wood fibers or wood chips glued with an adhesive and pressed to one another, which is provided on at least its top side with a pattern that is covered with a sealing coat and in which sealing coat a structure corresponding to the pattern is embossed, is characterized in that at least the chips of the upper layer are glued with an adhesive having thermoplastic properties, and the upper layer has recesses formed at least directly beneath the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Kronotec AG
    Inventors: Joachim Hasch, Dirk Grunwald
  • Publication number: 20110146179
    Abstract: A unitary molded panel simulates the appearance of a plurality of boards. A body of molded material has a plurality of elongated board elements each with a top face, a pair of opposed end faces, and a pair of opposed side edges. The end faces define a thickness of the board elements. The board elements are parallel to one another and spaced apart so as to define a width of the body. Connection elements each extend between and interconnect the side edges of adjacent board elements. The connection elements provide the only connection between adjacent board elements. Each connection element has a pair of opposed ends and an upper surface extending between the ends. The entirety of the upper surface of each connection element is spaced below the upper plane. Each of the ends is spaced inwardly from the end faces of the adjacent board elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Richard W. Cantley, Nick M. Kokotovich
  • Publication number: 20110138714
    Abstract: The present invention is method and product for a door system or window system incorporating stainable vinyl components. The stainable vinyl may be result in a finish that is similar to that of stained wood. The effect may be that the stained vinyl has the same look as any stained wood component of a door system or window system to achieve an aesthetically pleasing effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: Gerald Harry Van Seters
  • Publication number: 20110113712
    Abstract: This invention designed a vinyl panel and panel trim in such ways that hollow channels within the panel (and trims) are connected by thin vinyl walls and two flat surfaces on both side of a panel are formed through the extrusion process. The hollow channels reduce over 80% (depending on the thickness of the wall and surfaces) of vinyl needed for building such a panel in comparison to a solid vinyl panel of same size. The sides of the panel have tongue and groove formed in the extrusion process. The surface(s) of the panel can be further worked on with methods such as laminating patterned (such as wood-grains) PVC veneer, painting, pattern (such as wood-grains) printing, etc. Such panels and trims can be used as wainscot (or wall covering) as a more environmentally-friendly substitute for wood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Benjamin Dengfa Liu
  • Patent number: 7908808
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roof, ceiling or wall element (1) made of several successive superposed layers of wooden boards (2; 2a, 2b), where the wooden boards (2; 2a, 2b) of the successive superposed layers lie on top of each other with their broad surfaces (3) facing, and the wooden boards (2; 2a, 2b) of a layer are connected to the wooden boards (2; 2a, 2b) of at least the abutting layer by holding elements (4). A cost effective manufacture with small loss of material can be achieved by the fact that the wooden boards (2; 2a, 2b) on the mutually facing broad surfaces (3) are unplaned, and at least the small surfaces (8) of the wooden boards (2; 2a, 2b), which surfaces form a visible side of the roof, ceiling or wall element (1), are stepped at their edges with an upper and lower notch (9, 10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Hans Hundegger
  • Publication number: 20110061322
    Abstract: A trimmable pigmented door product trimmed without coloration variations comprising two identical same pigmented compression molded skins (11, 12) by face to face assembled each other, each pigmented skin is composed by weight of 12% to 20% polyester resin, 6% to 13% styrene monomer, 3% to 6% polystyrene, 36% to 54% calcium carbonate and 16% to 28% chopped fiber glass to blend in different percentages with pigmented components selected from the group consisting of titanium oxide, ferric oxide, organic green pigment, organic blue pigment and carbon black, so that a trimmable pigmented door product having different colors and trimmed without loss of the integrity of the skin can be obtained and particularly has the feature that if scratched and abraded the scratches and abrasions on the skin are not apparent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: NAN YA PLASTICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kuei Yung WANG CHEN
  • Publication number: 20110036033
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a door skin having an exterior surface with an woodgrain pattern formed therein, and an etched plate for use as an embossing plate or with a molded die set, for forming the woodgrain pattern in the door skin. The exterior surface has outer portions lying on a first plane, spaced grooves recessed from the plane of the outer portions, and halftone portions. The halftone portions have spaced protrusions defined by channels, wherein the channels are recessed from the plane of the outer portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Karine LUETGERT, Christ Henry MELONIO
  • Publication number: 20110036032
    Abstract: This invention relates to a construction element (1) which is suitable for cladding the walls of buildings. The element (1) is made of synthetic plastics material, has a generally planar exterior decorable face (2) and a hollow interior face opposite the exterior face, and is preferably fire resistant, fibre reinforced, UV-stabilized, biocidal and formed by moulding. The exterior face (2) is decorated with a decorable finish which is in the form of a sprayable mixture of a polymer or resin and any one or more of a has formations (5, 7, 9) located within the hollow which facilitate securemtne of the element to a wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Sean Smith, Peter George Thorne
  • Patent number: 7866119
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of forming a multi-ply core component. A mold press is provided having an upper die and a lower die defining a mold cavity. At least one of the upper die and the lower die has a plurality of protrusions. A first wood composite board and a second wood composite board are disposed within the mold cavity. The first and second boards are fused proximate the plurality of protrusions by compressing the boards in the mold cavity through application of heat and pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Hardwick, Randy C. McGuire
  • Patent number: 7856780
    Abstract: The invention relates to panels having a decorative surface for forming a flooring, to a method for producing the decors and to a flooring made up of said panels. The invention finally relates to a decorative paper. The aim of the invention is to provide panels that allow to produce an inexpensive flooring having a high-quality appearance and to provide a corresponding method for producing them. For this purpose, the décor surfaces of panels on at least one end each are optically adapted to each other to such a degree that, when the panels are laid, they give a continuous image of the décor at the transition from one laid panel to the adjacent laid panel. The wood décor has a continuous image within the meaning of the invention if the grain of the depicted wood is optically uninterrupted at the transition from one laid panel to the adjacent laid panel, i.e. when there is no offset between the respective depicted grains. The same applies for other decors, for example stone decors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Kaindl Flooring GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Durnberger
  • Patent number: 7854986
    Abstract: A building board, in particular of wooden material, plastic or a mixture of wooden material and plastic, with a top side and an underside and side edges. A polyurethane layer is applied at least on the top side. A decorative layer imitating a natural material is applied onto the polyurethane layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Flooring Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Frank Oldorff