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Waterproof LVT collection offers fewer plank design repeats

Waterproof LVT planks from IVC Floors feature the Urbane collection with visuals that achieve authenticity through embossed in register technology (EIR), as well as having fewer plank repeats – up to 10 unique planks per design. Additionally, four-edge painted micro bevels provide design details. Using a unique multi-layer construction reinforced with woven fibreglass, the collection also has a multi-wear layer for stain and scratch resistance. Consumers can also combine different … [Read More...]

Engineered flooring platforms offer longer, wider boards

Preverco has announced Genius16 and Max19, two traditional engineered platforms that are said to have been reinvented to cater to the needs of clients looking for longer and wider floor boards. The boards are suitable for both condos and residential homes and can be used for floors with radiant heating. The Genius16 is a 5/8 in.-thick engineered floor that is available in super long (80 percent of boards are 88 ft and up) as well as widths of 5-3/16 and 7-3/16 in. It is composed of a 2 … [Read More...]

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Sky House by the lake

Building a cottage home on the Canadian Shield that would comfortably host a family reunion or just a couple on a weekend retreat posed some challenges for architects Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster. The Canadian pair have set up shop in Buffalo, N.Y., but cater to clients on both sides of the 49th parallel. Kempster and Jamrozik designed the Sky House home to be virtually energy … Read More...

Resilient wave

Product categories in the flooring industry are always jockeying for position in the marketplace, but there is no argument that resilient has made a tremendous splash over the last several years. A WATER METAPHOR makes sense, too, as residential and commercial clients have embraced the flooring in applications where wet conditions can do tremendous damage. “The growth started happening in the … Read More...

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Waterproof LVT collection offers fewer plank design repeats

Waterproof LVT planks from IVC Floors feature the Urbane collection with visuals that achieve … Read More

Engineered flooring platforms offer longer, wider boards

Preverco has announced Genius16 and Max19, two traditional engineered platforms that are said to … Read More

Wood floor moisture control underlayment

The MCS 7000 underlayment application from DriTac reduces moisture vapour transmission up to … Read More

Mortar suitable for floors, walls and submerged area

Planitop 330 Fast from Mapei is said to be a quick-setting, polymer-modified, fibre-reinforced … Read More


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Improved techniques make concrete testing easier

It wasn’t until the 15th of my 40 years in the industry that I had to seriously deal with the question of concrete moisture testing prior to floor covering installation. I had spent my career on the residential side of the business, and it was not an issue that came up very often. When it did, we taped a sheet of plastic to the concrete overnight to test. When I made the switch to the … Read More...

Tips for beautiful custom resilient floors

With more products in the commercial resilient category than ever, custom design work is continuing to be used on a variety of projects. At first glance, they can be intimidating projects, especially those that have borders, medallions, or other custom inlay work. With careful planning, these jobs can be beautiful and profitable for the installer. The first thing to consider is an … Read More...

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...