Hannover Fairs to launch Domotex USA

Chicago, Ill.-based Hannover Fairs USA has announced that it will debut Domotex USA from February 28 to March 2nd, 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. Launched in 1988 in Hannover, Germany, by the international trade show organizer Deutsche Messe, Domotex is a showcase for floor coverings innovation. Focused on the residential floor covering industry, Domotex USA will consist of exhibition space, conferences and education, featuring flooring and flooring innovations … [Read More...]

Rubber tile and plank flooring offers slip resistance

Minerality wood/stone rubber tile and plank flooring from Johnsonite is said to be inspired by the natural grain of wood and stone materials, bringing linear and striated visuals to rubber tiles and planks. The looks are suitable for healthcare, retail and corporate where the benefits of rubber flooring — slip resistance, shock-absorbing qualities and natural acoustic properties — are desired and where real stone and wood flooring is impractical and cost prohibitive. Combining the superior … [Read More...]


Multiculti material mix

Design flash adds warmth to dining experience OPERATING IN 35 COUNTRIES, Nando’s is an international restaurant chain that originated in South Africa, known for its Portuguese-style flame grilled chicken and welcoming hospitality. Drawing cues from Mozambican/Portuguese culture, the Oshawa, Ont., location combines earthy textures, rich warm colours and whimsical design elements with a … Read More...

Cultivating commercial

Growth opportunity with economies of scale — if you have the courage to play a long game THE COMMERCIAL FLOORCOVERING CLIENT can be just like a residential customer. Both are demanding, have different levels of product knowledge and both need your help — it’s just that the stakes are higher when a whole condo needs work compared to a single unit. Economies of scale certainly make the … Read More...


Rubber tile and plank flooring offers slip resistance

Minerality wood/stone rubber tile and plank flooring from Johnsonite is said to be inspired by the … Read More

Mid-century art-inspired commercial modular carpet collection

Milliken has announced its newest collection, MultiForm, is a commercial modular carpet collection … Read More

Porcelain stoneware tiles offer wood tones and antimicrobial surfaces

Designed using the porcelain stoneware of Panaria Ceramica, the Chic Wood collection is said to … Read More

Soft carpet has durable fibres and Mediterranean influences

SmartStrand Silk Reserve from Mohawk is said to be the company’s softest carpet ever, born from the … Read More


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Recycled buildings

Buildings that were once factories, mills, breweries or warehouses are increasingly being converted to occupied space. Sometimes a company expands office space into the warehouse or an old factory is converted into retail, offices or apartments. This is a way of recycling old buildings and the practice is widely known as “adaptive re-use.” Often existing wood or concrete floors that had never … Read More...

Sealing carpet seams

We’ve all seen it, those of us in the business who are always looking down, but also members of the regular public who can’t help but notice. What I’m talking about are unraveling seams in carpet, or just visible seams that draw your eye. When I started in the business in the early 1970s, I was big for my age, so my father, owner of a carpet store, would send me out on carpet installations … Read More...

More about installing by-the-book: Standards Q & A

My last column about the importance of industry standards raised a number of questions, and I hope it answered some questions as well. I just started my 40th year in floor covering, and the industry has done a good job establishing a large number of written guidelines that cover the variety of flooring materials and job conditions. The important thing to be aware of is that the standards … Read More...

Why standards matter

Ignoring “the book” brings high liability I have been involved in many a complaint on floor coverings when a particular industry standard was cited as not having been followed. This placed responsibility for whatever went wrong in any number of places, from the architect that didn’t write the standard into the specifications, to the general contractor, dealer or installer not following … Read More...