Leather Engineered Flooring: A Beautiful Alternative to Standard Engineered Hardwood Floors.February 22, 2009
Torlys is a manufacturer of flooring based in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. In October, they announced that they would soon be releasing their engineered leather flooring in North America, starting in Canada and moving into the United States thereafter. It has since hit the show rooms of American flooring retailers nationwide, and it is an amazing product.
There are some great selling points for the leather product: It’s made from environmentally responsible leather, uses cork backing to eliminate the need for underlayment, both of which provide a soft feel to those walking on it. The leather itself is comprised of scrap leather which is chopped up into fine bits, put into a slurry with other polymers and resins, and once it is hardened, it is imprinted with leather patterning.
This product is designed to appeal to those looking for comfort and luxury. Pricewise, there is a bit of a divide: MSRP for the leather flooring is approximately $12.95/sf, compared to engineered hardwood flooring’s MSRP range starting around $3. However, the product is gorgeous, unique, and well made, so the higher price seems only natural. Additionally, leather flooring in the past has been prohibitively expensive, so Torlys‘ pricing is quite reasonable by comparison.
Overall, kudos are due to Torlys for manufacturing this green flooring in a way that reuses scrap leather to creates a beautiful new product. These elegant engineered leather floors bring a very unique and luxurious product into the price range of more consumers than leather flooring products in the past, all the while adding sustainability and environmental friendliness to the overall product.