With Spacing Sleeper Or Subflooring Patents (Class 52/480)
  • Patent number: 10815674
    Abstract: Floor panel, with a horizontally and vertically active locking system allowing that two of such floor panels can be connected to each other at said sides by providing one of these floor panels, by means of a downward movement, in the other floor panel; wherein the vertically active locking system comprises a locking element in the form of an insert; wherein this locking element comprises at least a pivotable lock-up body; characterized in that the pivotable lock-up body comprises a support portion which is rotatable against a support surface pertaining to the floor panel concerned, and more particularly in a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FLOORING INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SARL
    Inventor: Mark Cappelle
  • Patent number: 9834928
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surface covering system, and, more specifically, to an improved linear surface covering system. The improvement includes each plank of the system having multi-directionally cut grooves. The improvement further includes clip projections which conform substantially to a notch formed by the multi-directional grooves. The system also includes an improved splice plate for stabilizing two adjacent planks positioned in end-to-end relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AWI Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Nathan J. Baxter, Eric Krantz-Lilienthal
  • Patent number: 9169656
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flooring system base unit (1), made of a resilient material, and comprising a first portion (3) having a first surface (4) which, in use, contacts the floor to cover, and a second surface (5), opposite to said first surface (4), a second portion (7) set above said first portion (3), at least one space (9) provided on said second surface (5) of said first portion (3) and provided by a side edge of said second portion (7), anchoring means provided through said first and second portions (3, 7) to anchor said base unit (1) to the floor to cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Tarkett GDL
    Inventor: William Thornton
  • Patent number: 9121183
    Abstract: A wood flooring panel includes a plurality of parallel longitudinal wood slats situated side by side. A latex vinyl impregnated flexible backing paper is affixed by a polyurethane resin adhesive to a back side of the slats to accurately hold the slats as a panel. The latex vinyl impregnated flexible backing paper is of a material that is inextensible in the longitudinal and lateral directions, but flexible to permit bending at joints defined between the wood slats. The latex vinyl impregnated flexible backing paper acts a primary protective moisture barrier to a subfloor, and a polyurethane resin adhesive acts as a secondary protective moisture barrier to the subfloor. A method of installing a hardwood floor is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Marmon
  • Patent number: 8959844
    Abstract: A deck for positioning adjacent a structure may include a foundation configured for positioning relatively proximate to the structure, a frame extending from the foundation, and a deck system arranged about and supported by the frame, wherein the deck is adapted for positioning adjacent the structure and for cantilevering away from the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Mike Ingalls
  • Patent number: 8955279
    Abstract: A resilient cantilevered athletic flooring system wherein a multiplicity of flexible rectangular panels having an anchor strip secured under the panels along the longitudinal centerline of the panels and multiple nailer strips attached to the top of the panels and to either side of the centerline and multiple resilient pads secured to the underside of the panel under the nailer strips and the panels are secured to a prepared base by passing anchors through the panels and the anchor strips. Multiple panels are secured side by side and end to end to cover the flooring venue and a wear floor is secured to the nailer strips to complete the installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Aacer Acquisition, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas A. Clairmont, Michael J. Mann, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140373476
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus, methods and kits for reducing an impact from a fall and/or increasing the cushioning properties of a surface. Particularly, although not exclusively, the present invention relates to apparatus for reducing impact of a fall onto and/or increasing cushioning of a surface, wherein the apparatus comprises a first upper layer and a second layer, wherein the second layer is resilient and comprises at least one foam element and at least one inset region. Also included in the present invention are methods of installing apparatus of the invention and kits and systems for providing impact-absorbing and/or cushioning surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: PlaySmart UK Limited
    Inventors: Spencer David Curtis, Anthony John Johnston
  • Patent number: 8898982
    Abstract: A modular floor system comprises modular floor panels and zippers that are fabricated in a manufacturing facility and subsequently installed in a facility. By virtue of being fabricated in the manufacturing facility the modular floor is subsequently installed in the sports facility with minimal labor and cost, while providing superior performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Donald E. Tucker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8850769
    Abstract: Floorboards for making a floating floor, which floorboards have a core having at least two layers of material arranged at different distances from the surface layer, which differ with respect to at least one of the parameters of composition of materials and material properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 8789340
    Abstract: A flooring system is constructed on a base. The flooring system includes a permeable barrier layer, a porous underlayment, an impermeable sealing layer, and a flooring. The barrier layer is configured to cover the base. The underlayment overlies the barrier layer, with the barrier layer preventing binding of the underlayment to the base while permitting fluid to pass between the base and underlayment. The underlayment presents a top face, and the sealing layer coats the top face of the underlayment. The flooring is fixed relative to the top face of the underlayment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Track Renovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Dixon, Richard L. Dixon, Benjaman M. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8769899
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing a platform area in an attic having a plurality of generally parallel joists 4, the apparatus comprising a plurality of legs 33, each leg having a joist mounting 43 at one end and a platform support 45 at, or in the region of, the opposite end, and a plurality of boards 35, the apparatus being arranged, in use, to provide a raised platform over adjacent joists with boards mounted on legs connected to different joists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Barry & Lehane Architectural Limited
    Inventors: John Barry, Niall Lehane
  • Patent number: 8615955
    Abstract: A locking system for mechanical joining of floorboards constructed from a body, a rear balancing layer and an upper surface layer. A strip, which is integrally formed with the body of the floorboard and which projects from a joint plane and under an adjoining board has a locking element which engages a locking groove in the rear side of the adjoining board. The joint edge provided with the strip is modified with respect to the balancing layer, for example by means of machining of the balancing layer under the strip, in order to prevent deflection of the strip caused by changes in relative humidity. Also, a floorboard provided with such a locking system, as well as a method for making floorboards with such a locking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Tony Pervan
  • Publication number: 20130318903
    Abstract: Some novel features pertain to a floor coupling structure that includes a first portion, a second portion extending from a first end of the first portion, the second portion for coupling to a first plank portion of a floor plank; and a third portion extending from a second end of the first portion, the third portion for coupling to a second plank portion of the floor plank. In some implementations, the first portion, the second portion and the third portion are a single piece. In some implementations, the floor coupling structure further includes a side protrusion and side slot, the side slot configured to couple to another protrusion of a first coupling structure, the side protrusion configured to coupled to another side slot of a second coupling structure. In some implementations, the second portion is a first coupling portion and the third portion is a second coupling portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Byung Ki Choi
  • Patent number: 8590253
    Abstract: A locking system for mechanical joining of floorboards including horizontal joining of a first and a second joint edge portion of a first and a second floorboard respectively at a vertical joint plane and vertical joining of the first and second joint edge portions, the tongue, the tongue groove, the locking element and the locking groove have a configuration that allows insertion of the locking element into the locking groove by inward angling of the second floorboard towards the first floorboard while maintaining contact between the joint edge portions, and the tongue, the tongue grove, the locking element and the locking groove have a configuration that allows insertion of the locking element into the locking groove by a substantially vertical snap action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 8584420
    Abstract: A spacer device (30) for use in a cavity wall of a building to determine the separation of the building elements of the two leaves (19,20) of the wall during construction, comprising a support body (31) having a plurality of spaced projections (32) extending transversely of the general plane of the support body and, in use, across the cavity between the said two leaves, each projection having means for preventing or at least inhibiting the transfer of moisture at least in one direction from one end of the projection to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Surecav Limited
    Inventors: Charles William Jack Ayers, Ronald John Pickersgill
  • Patent number: 8474196
    Abstract: A modular decking system includes a plurality of elongated deck members for placement across a subsurface. Each plurality of elongated deck members has a top deck portion, opposed first and second downwardly extending sides having outwardly and laterally extending longitudinal flanges, and a plurality of laterally spaced and longitudinally extending leg members extending downwardly from the top deck portion between the first and second sides. An elongated connector, connecting adjacent first and second deck members of the plurality of deck members, has a horizontal base portion having first and second laterally spaced and upwardly extending sidewalls and an interconnecting wall extending between the first and second sidewalls forming an upwardly opening channel adapted to receive the first and second longitudinal flanges of the first and second deck members, respectively, and forming a longitudinal gutter disposed between the top deck portions of the first and the second deck members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Cameron Marriott
  • Patent number: 8464486
    Abstract: The apparatus and method for forming a tunable crumb rubber floor pad and flooring system using the pad. The method including the steps of; determining a pad design angle to provide a floor performance; cutting strips of pad material from a relatively thin sheet of recycled crumb rubber to form strips of pad material having two angled sides cut at the pad design angle, chopping the strips into pads wherein each pad has two angled walls and two straight walls. The pads are then stapled to a plywood subfloor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventors: Paul W. Elliott, Steven M. Chase
  • Patent number: 8458987
    Abstract: A studded plate (1) of layer (2) of a polymeric material where an adhesive material (3,4) in the form of a woven or non-woven material is attached on each side of the layer (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Isola AS
    Inventor: Björn Eduardo Becker
  • Patent number: 8307597
    Abstract: A modular floor system comprises modular floor panels and zippers that are fabricated in a manufacturing facility and subsequently installed in a facility. By virtue of being fabricated in the manufacturing facility the modular floor is subsequently installed in the sports facility with minimal labor and cost, while providing superior performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Donald E. Tucker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8291661
    Abstract: A modular floor includes a plurality of interconnected, uniform and elongated floor sections. Each floor section includes a wear layer, an upper subfloor panel, a lower subfloor panel and a plurality of parallel spacers sandwiched between the upper and lower subfloor panels. The spacers extend horizontally outwardly from three sides of the sections, including both longitudinal sides and one transverse side, but are recessed on the remaining transverse side. The parallel spacers extend into the recesses of adjacently located floor sections, alongside the corresponding spacers of those floor sections, along the longitudinal sides. At the transverse sides, each section has a spacer that extends into an adjacently located section in the same row and also receives a spacer from an adjacently located section in the same row. The sections have hardware connections that are concealed from view, and connecting each subsequent section requires two fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Robbins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Frederick Bengry, Michael W Niese
  • Publication number: 20120174503
    Abstract: The invention relates to a building section including a sub-structure and a cladding member connected in fixed relation relative to the sub-structure. A multi-function elongate, flexible insulating element is disposed between the sub-structure and the cladding member for damping energy transfer between the cladding member and the sub-structure, facilitating alignment of the cladding, and creating a rainscreen configured to drive out moisture from the wall cavities. In some implementations, the insulating element has at least one insulating layer which is substantially incompressible and which has a substantially constant density in the range of 200 kg/m3 to 300 kg/m3. In certain preferred implementations, the insulating element can be formed of a foam material such as foam tape or thermal break tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: JAMES HARDIE TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Anthony Milostic
  • Patent number: 8181916
    Abstract: To provide a pipe support base light in weight and with good workability, to which loads may given according to need. This problem may be overcome with a hollow cylindrical body with a rectangular cross section and with four sides. A through passage is provided in the center portion thereof. Further, a cross-shaped rib is provided at an approximately central position thereof. Additionally, grooves are formed parallel to the aforementioned through passage on at least any of the surfaces, upon the edges of which are provided engagement plates protruding into the cross sections of the grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Advance Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Azuma, Atsushi Hikoyama
  • Patent number: 8161690
    Abstract: An interlocking portable rollout attic flooring having a plurality of planks laid in a mutual abutting relationship of side edges of the planks, to define a common longitudinally extensive top and bottom surfaces, the common bottom surface having longitudinally directed notches oriented orthogonal to the side edges. The longitudinally directed notches engaged with spaced apart beams for support and stability of the flooring. The side edges of the planks configured in a mutually overlapping relationship wherein each plank supports a portion of weight applied to each adjacent plank. At least one longitudinally directed flexible strap fixed to the top surface of the flooring to secure the planks in the abutting relationship while allowing the planks to be rolled into a cylindrical configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventors: Lynn Eric Borne, Lynn Charles Borne
  • Patent number: 8146303
    Abstract: The deck track is a steel track having a series of formed receivers and fasteners. The deck track will allow a deck system to be installed without the use of any mechanical fasteners such as screws, nails or individual fasteners. The upper fasteners and receivers, referred to as tangs, maintain the desired gap between composite deck boards for the life of the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventors: Brent Alan Gibson, Donald George Hinkle
  • Patent number: 8122670
    Abstract: A system for setting tiles uses a number of tile assemblies and joining elements (21a) interconnecting adjacent tile assemblies. Each tile assembly—has a tile member (3a) and a support member. The support member is connected to the underside of the tile member, and is provided with recesses for accommodating parts of the joining elements. The support member has a number of openings and/or projections (12a) extending in a direction perpendicular to a main surface of the tile member. The joining element has an elongate strip-like member provided with openings (30a) and/or projections fitting into corresponding projections and/or openings of the support members of two adjacent tile assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Handy Tiling Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Richard Matthee
  • Patent number: 8112958
    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. Individual flooring panels within the flooring system may comprise at least one partial sub-panel having a decorative motif and/or embossed surface texture that is complementary with a decorative motif and/or embossed surface texture of a neighboring partial sub-panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Faus Group
    Inventors: Eugenio Cruz Garcia, Vincente Sabater
  • Publication number: 20110283644
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing a platform area in an attic having a plurality of generally parallel joists 4, the apparatus comprising a plurality of legs 33, each leg having a joist mounting 43 at one end and a platform support 45 at, or in the region of, the opposite end, and a plurality of boards 35, the apparatus being arranged, in use, to provide a raised platform over adjacent joists with boards mounted on legs connected to different joists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: John BARRY, Niall LEHANE
  • Patent number: 8011148
    Abstract: Components for use in the assembly and installation of a modular decking system, comprised of structural free floating piers which distributes loads of deck pad to ground, piers have a pad bearing surface and four uniformly placed receiver blocks which interlock with corresponding recesses at four pad corners, an interlocking cam passes through pad recesses at deck surface and locks to piers by rotating cam with custom designed tool. The system is designed to be assembled without permanent fasteners to allow for expansion, reconfiguration or relocation, or addition of traditional and contemporary deck accessories that engage and interlock with the piers, pads and cams. One ideal manufacturing method of one or any of the system components is compression molded post-consumer and/or industrial thermo-plastic waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: We Design Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Bertke, John M. Van Leeuwen, Michael P. Weaver
  • Patent number: 7922130
    Abstract: A support device is provided herein and includes a pliable support structure. The support device further includes a plate structure for use with the pliable support structure. The plate structure is disposed on the support structure. A coupling member is associated with the plate structure allowing for other members to be coupled to the support device. Elevating assemblies are optionally further included to elevate elongate structure supported by the support device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Pipe Pier
    Inventor: Patrick A. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 7908810
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sound rated floor system for inhibiting sound transmission between floors. The system includes a corrugated steel deck; a first layer of cementitious material or board or sheet applied over the corrugated steel deck; a sound insulation mat or board applied over the first layer; a second layer of cementitious material applied over the sound insulation mat or board. The floor system has an IIC rating of at least 25 and the corrugated steel deck provides at least 50 percent of the ultimate load carrying capacity under static and impact loading of the floor system with a floor deflection of at most 1/360 of the floor span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventors: Stephen W. Payne, Jr., Kurt Goodfriend, David Bruce McDonald, Dennis A. Socha, John Ellicson, Francis H. Laux, Russell A. Dombeck, Thomas F. Sheppard
  • Publication number: 20110047917
    Abstract: A floor system for a building includes prefabricated grid sections attached to framing members of the building and a plurality of panels mounted to the grid to form a structurally integrated floor. The panels are removable to provide access to space below the floor that would otherwise be inaccessible in a conventional floor. A subfloor deck below the floor separates one building story from another and encloses the space between the floor and the deck, which can be used for temporary and permanent installations including, for example, pipes for water, laboratory gases, and compressed air, and power, telephone, and data cables; and as a plenum for HVAC. Either or both of the floor and the subfloor deck can be attached to the building frame to function as a diaphragm. The floor system replaces conventional permanent structural floors and raised accessible flooring systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Roger C. Roen
  • Patent number: 7886488
    Abstract: An acoustic isolation medium configured for placement between a subfloor and a finished floor with a poured underlayment, includes a first layer being a sound reduction mat disposed upon the subfloor, a second layer placed upon the first layer and being one of a sheet of fibrous material and a web of limp mass material with a high internal damping coefficient, and a third layer placed upon the second layer and being the other of a sheet of the fibrous material and a web of the limp mass material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventors: Stephen W. Payne, Jr., Kurt J. Goodfriend
  • Patent number: 7877957
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention are directed to a method for installing an elevated batten system that includes a horizontal batten strip to which cylindrical-shaped pads are coupled. The pads elevate the horizontal batten strip above the roof deck surface, preventing water and debris from gathering on the roof deck surface and eliminating the need to install the vertical and horizontal battens in separate steps. Other various embodiments of the invention are directed to an elevated batten system that includes a horizontal batten strip to which pads are coupled that define a depressed portion. The depressed portion receives a fastener for coupling each pad to the horizontal batten strip, and in some embodiments, prevents irregularities in the height of the horizontal batten strip relative to the roof deck surface when installed on the roof deck surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignees: Boral Lifetile, Inc., Monier, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald Charles Vandewater, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7874113
    Abstract: The present invention is an anchoring biscuit device for joining three boards. It includes, (a) an at least partially flat horizontal top element having an imaginary center line, having opposite side walls, and having a top view footprint adapted to be inserted into grooves of adjacent boards; (b) at least one substantially vertical support member attached to the underside of the top element and extending downwardly therefrom for a predetermined length for joinder of two adjacent boards which contain said grooves for receiving portions of said top into said grooves; and, (c) at least one compressive element located on aid device, with at least a portion of said at least one compressive element, from a top view footprint, being located away from said imaginary center line and way from said vertical support member, wherein said compressive element is adapted to at least partially collapse under predetermined compressive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Harry W. Eberle, III
  • Publication number: 20110011013
    Abstract: The present invention provides a floor panel that affords a seismic isolation effect against large-magnitude quakes. A floor panel comprises a sliding unit that comprises a floor unit member having a lower portion that can come into contact with a base member and an upper portion supported on the lower portion; and a panel member having a structure fixing face that can be fixed to an upper structure, and an abutting face that abuts an upper face of the upper portion of the floor unit member, such that the abutting face is provided so as to be slidable on the upper face. The floor panel also comprises an elastic insert member provided between a wall and a side face of the panel member of the sliding unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Mitsuo KANAZAWA
  • Patent number: 7849646
    Abstract: A gymnastic floor structure includes an elastic collective floor substrate 30 having a given area formed by arranging a plurality of plywood unit floor panels 3 equipped with a plurality of elastically supporting leg members 2 provided on a bottom surface thereof on a floor surface of a building, and an elastic layer including a flat cushioning air mat 4 and a fiber mat 5 as essential structural elements provided on the floor substrate 30. The air mat 4 includes a linking body 41 in which a pair of textile inner sheets 41a and 41b are linked by a plurality of linking threads 43 and airtight external sheets 42 and 42a entirely covering the linking body 41, and has an airtight space 44 therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: NGC Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Harinishi
  • Patent number: 7845133
    Abstract: A locking system for mechanical joining of floorboards includes horizontal joining of a first and a second joint edge portion of a first and a second floorboard respectively at a vertical joint plane; vertical joining of the first and second joint edge portions; wherein the tongue, the tongue groove, the locking element and the locking groove have a configuration that allows insertion of the locking element into the locking groove by inward angling of the second floorboard towards the first floorboard while maintaining contact between the joint edge portions, and wherein the tongue, the tongue grove, the locking element and the locking groove have a configuration that allows insertion of the locking element into the locking groove by a substantially vertical snap action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 7832165
    Abstract: A subfloor assembly for supporting a floor on a substrate includes a plurality of lower subfloor panels and a plurality of upper subfloor panels. The lower subfloor panels are resiliently disposed over the substrate while the upper subfloor panels are disposed over the lower subfloor panels. Each of the upper subfloor panels has at least one pocket and the pocket is disposed over a void that is provided between adjacent lower subfloor panels. An anchor is positioned in each pocket and is attached to the substrate. The anchor also engages a surface of a shoulder of at least one of the lower subfloor panels that is exposed under the pocket to thereby limit resilient upward movement of the subfloor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Connor Sport Court International, Inc.
    Inventor: Erlin A. Randjelovic
  • Patent number: 7748187
    Abstract: A bracket for joining at least two spanning members, such as a board and a supporting member, includes a generally planar unitary body having front and rear sections, and a mid-section. The front and rear sections include locking members, which interlock when two brackets are aligned to each other. The bracket allows building of a structure, such as a deck, from top, where the nail or screw heads are hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: W. Glenn Sensenig
  • Patent number: 7735280
    Abstract: A shock absorber for a sports floor assembly. The shock absorber has a base portion and a truncated pyramid portion. The base portion is formed of an elastomeric material and is connectable to a sub-flooring of the floor assembly with the second side positioned adjacent to the sub-flooring. The pyramid portion extends from the first side of the base portion. The pyramid portion is formed of an elastomeric material and has stepped sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Jim Louis Valentine
  • Patent number: 7735279
    Abstract: A building flooring system includes a plurality of polymer-based composite structural underlayment boards overlaying and secured to a building subfloor to form an underlayment layer over the building subfloor and a nonstructural finish-flooring layer overlaying and bonded to the underlayment layer. The polymer-based composite structural underlayment boards each have a polymer material core layer or a predominantly polymer material core layer that typically contains from 1% to 40% by weight filler(s) and a density between 1.6 lbs/ft3 and 25 lbs/ft3. At least the top or bottom major surface of each of the polymer-based composite structural underlayment boards is overlaid by a facer that reinforces and strengthens the polymer-based composite structural underlayment board and that is generally coextensive with and bonded to the overlaid major surface of the polymer-based composite structural underlayment board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Duane R. Paradis, Patrick William Tierney
  • Patent number: 7735275
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention are directed to an elevated batten system that includes a horizontal batten strip to which cylindrical-shaped pads are coupled. The pads elevate the horizontal batten strip above the roof deck surface, preventing water and debris from gathering on the roof deck surface and eliminating the need to install the vertical and horizontal battens in separate steps. Other various embodiments of the invention are directed to an elevated batten system that includes a horizontal batten strip to which pads are coupled that define a depressed portion. The depressed portion receives a fastener for coupling each pad to the horizontal batten strip, and in some embodiments, prevents irregularities in the height of the horizontal batten strip relative to the roof deck surface when installed on the roof deck surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignees: Boral Lifetile, Inc., Monier, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald Charles Vandewater, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7735281
    Abstract: A sub-floor assembly for a sports flooring system includes a plurality of sub-floor panel components each formed of a plastic material and each having a formed channel wherein the formed channels of the plurality of sub-floor panel components are linearly aligned. A first strip of anchoring material is disposed within the linearly aligned formed channels of the plurality of sub-floor panel components and is used to attach a plurality of flooring strips to the sub-floor panel components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Connor Sport Court International, Inc.
    Inventors: Erlin A. Randjelovic, Mark Jenkins, Thayne Haney, Amy Haney, legal representative
  • Patent number: 7708235
    Abstract: A support device is provided herein and includes a pliable support structure. The support device further includes a plate structure for use with the pliable support structure. The plate structure is disposed on the support structure. A coupling member is associated with the plate structure allowing for other members to be coupled to the support device. Elevating assemblies are optionally further included to elevate elongate structure supported by the support device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Pipe Pier
    Inventor: Patrick A. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 7703252
    Abstract: A sub-floor assembly for a sports flooring system includes a plurality of sub-floor panel components each formed of a plastic material and each having a formed channel wherein the formed channels of the plurality of sub-floor panel components are linearly aligned. A first strip of anchoring material is disposed within the linearly aligned formed channels of the plurality of sub-floor panel components and is used to attach a plurality of flooring strips to the sub-floor panel components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Connor Sport Court International, Inc.
    Inventor: Erlin A. Randjelovic
  • Patent number: 7694480
    Abstract: An athletic floor uses a panel-type subfloor to secure directly to a concrete base. The panel-type sections include upper and lower rigid layers which sandwich a resilient layer. The rigidity of the lower layer spans most uneven spots in the floor, while the resilient layer provides some degree of a compressibility and/or conformability, as needed, to provide a flat horizontal surface for supporting a layer of floorboards thereabove. The panel sections can be secured directly to the base, via anchors which secure the lower rigid layers to the base, the anchors residing in access openings formed along the perimeter of the upper rigid layer and in the resilient layer. This anchoring arrangement enables each anchor to hold at least two adjacently located panel sections, and it also eliminates precompression of the resilient layer. The subfloor panel sections are prefabricated, at the factory, and then shipped to the installation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventors: Michael W. Niese, John Richard Puening
  • Patent number: 7624554
    Abstract: A rail type fixing apparatus for installing panels includes a rail 120 having an elongate shape and a plurality of attachment panels 30 inserted into the rail so that they can be moved. The rail 120 has a lower surface 120a, a top surface 120b on which the panels are placed, and a guide groove 121 spaced a little apart from the inside bottom in the longitudinal direction. The attachment panel 30 is provided with a guide panel 31 extended from the bottom edges thereof so that it is guided by the guide groove 121 to move in the longitudinal direction of the rail 120, and a hook projection 132 formed protruding and perpendicularly with respect to the longitudinal direction from the top surface, the hook projection hooked with and maintained to a first hook groove 4 of the panel 1 and a second hook groove 7 of the other panel 1. An attachment panel 30 and an adjacent attachment panel 30 are applied of the tension restoring force by the elastic member so that the both hook projections 132 close to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Wan S. Chae
  • Patent number: 7621089
    Abstract: A modular prefabricated deck system which includes a plurality of rectangular flooring modules. Each module may include a plurality of laminations, such as a decorative upper element, and a lower support element for supporting the module upon the underlying joist structure of the deck. Additionally, the system includes spline and support portions for attaching the modules upon an underlying structure, such as a wood deck structure, upon installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventor: John Potter
  • Patent number: 7617645
    Abstract: Floor covering, including hard floor panels which, at least at the edges of two opposite sides, are provided with coupling parts, cooperating which each other, substantially in the form of a tongue and a groove, wherein the coupling parts are provided with integrated mechanical locking elements which prevent the drifting apart of two coupled floor panels in a direction (R) perpendicular to the related edges and parallel to the underside of the coupled floor panels, and provide a snap-action coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Unilin Beheer B.V., besloten vennootschap
    Inventors: Stefan Simon Gustaaf Moriau, Mark Gaston Maurits Cappelle, Bernard Paul Joseph Thiers
  • Patent number: 7600353
    Abstract: A decking system and clip apparatus used therein are provided. According to one aspect of the invention, the clip apparatus typically includes a top portion and a pair of lateral projections extending from opposite sides of the top portion. Each lateral projection is configured to contact a respective decking member, thereby maintaining a predefined distance between the decking members. The clip apparatus further typically includes a pair of spaced-apart downward projections extending downward from the top portion, the downward projections being separated by a void sized to receive the joist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Hafner