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Digital Print Engineered Floors Weather Well at Outdoor Venues

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September 24, 2021 | Bill Esler

Portsmouth, NH—Groove Surfaces, LLC has developed a digitally imaged engineered wood flooring that is designed for semi-permanent use at outdoor venues.

Groove Semi-Permanent/Outdoor Flooring is fabricated from a plywood base on which images, texture, and wear layers are laminated. Groove flooring is distributed by Palmer Snyder, a furniture manufacturer and supplier specializing in education and hospitality markets.

Early American Barnwood pattern from Groove Surfaces.

Groove Surfaces says its composite panels have been used by top designers for many high-end events. Made from the strongest materials on the market, the panels consist of a composite top layer of wood, stone or brick pattern. This is then laminated to a high-grade plywood substrate and coat with a textured top layer for durability and protection. Groove panels are 4 x 8 foot, or 32 square feet of coverage per panel. Semi-permanent, it can be left in place for weeks at a time saving labor costs.

Groove flooring digitally imaged and texturized stone printed and laminated to plywood, and fabricated into stairs.

“Composite surfaces have long been the material of choice for architects and builders needing durable and cleanable surfaces to primarily protect high traffic commercial settings,” says Groove. “But these materials have been almost entirely specified for their properties of physical utility and not for their aesthetic appeal,” the company says. Architects traditionally reserved these materials for use as the back walls of commercial kitchens and gas station bathrooms.

Groove Surfaces says its patent pending process uses advanced technology to produce visually stunning and impact resistant floor panels, including digital printing devices and a European coating system. Groove says it can replicate any high-resolution digital image from corporate logos to barn board. The flooring goes down quickly to dramatically transform any under-tent or outdoor space

Groove flooring is exclusively distributed and installed by Palmer Snyder, which also does its own product manufacturing and distribution from its factory in Conneautville, PA. Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, Palmer Snyder began in business in 1919 as The Snyder Chair Co., a manufacturer of Appalachian hardwood folding chairs. Later branded as PS Furniture it sold to customers across the spectrum of commercial furniture markets.

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