Surface coverings having a natural appearance and methods to make a surface covering having a natural appearance

  • US 6,114,008 A
  • Filed: 05/20/1999
  • Issued: 09/05/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/20/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A floor covering having a natural wood, stone, marble, granite, or brick appearance, comprising:

  • a backing layer;

    a foam layer located on said backing layer and having a chemically embossed portion;

    a design layer located on said foam layer and having a design selected from the group consisting of natural wood, stone, marble, granite, and brick, wherein said design includes joint or grout lines corresponding to said chemically embossed portion; and

    a wear layer located on top of said design layer and mechanically embossed to form a mechanically embossed portion with a surface texture selected from the group consisting of natural wood, stone, marble, granite, and brick, wherein the surface texture is mechanically embossed in the wear layer when said wear layer is in a softened state and wherein said chemically embossed portion has an emboss depth greater than the emboss depth of any portion of said mechanically embossed portion.

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