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Hardwood comes from sustainable, centre cuts

HomerWood, a hardwood brand from Armstrong, is said to offer classic to contemporary designs for floors in a range of species, colors, styles, textures and surface treatments. Hardwood craftsmen hand-select each plank from sustainable, well-managed centre-cut lumber to reveal the finest character and beauty created by nature, the company says. The Aesthetics collection offers new colors that including White Oak Simply White, White Oak Slate and White Oak Indigo (pictured). White Oak … [Read More...]

Rigid core flooring provides dimensional stability

Korlok rigid core floor from Karndean is said to be a product that covers any type of subfloor scenario across gluedown, loose lay and rigid core formats. The rigid core floor is secured by a 5G vertical click locking mechanism that is quick and easy to install, the company says. Its PVC K-Core is also said to ensure a stronger, more stable core that is as easy to install as glue down LVT, with a simple score and snap. The product provides dimensional stability and may be installed over … [Read More...]

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Art of the Upsell

Chevy to Caddy: How to educate and listen to your customer EVERY BUSINESS WORTH ITS SALT knows that the customer is always right. First, you listen to what she has to say but then you must also educate her, and open up the possibilities of raising her budget — shifting what is really “right” for the customer. Budget-raising, or upselling, is both an art form and a science. Flooring and … Read More...

Then-And-Now: The gold standard

When the Winnipeg, Man., manufacturing facility of the Royal Canadian Mint expanded into a full-time, state-of-the-art research and development centre to improve the its advanced plating technologies, the training facility left something to be desired. The 4,000 square foot training facility in the Hieu C. Truong Centre of Excellence allows the operations to deliver consulting, training and … Read More...

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Hardwood comes from sustainable, centre cuts

HomerWood, a hardwood brand from Armstrong, is said to offer classic to contemporary designs for … Read More

Rigid core flooring provides dimensional stability

Korlok rigid core floor from Karndean is said to be a product that covers any type of subfloor … Read More

Tiles offer hexagonal, square and rectangular options

Nemo Tile and Stone has announced the Torrone collection, a fine-glazed porcelain crafted to … Read More

Rapid-dry tile and uncoupling membrane mortar

Ardex S 28 from Ardex is said to be a high-performance, rapid drying and rapid hardening, … Read More


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INSTALLATION

Health care challenges

Plenty of opportunity if you mind the details FEW SEGMENTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY are as hot as health care right now. I’ve been involved in a lot of resilient floor projects in health care from the specification, installation and inspection side, and have seen failure and success. Depending on the use and the budget, resilient flooring in health care varies from vinyl composition … Read More...

Lippage and assumptions

I recently had to inspect an installation of porcelain floor plank. The complaint was “chipping.” Because it was a porcelain product, I was surprised because these products have the reputation for durability and I’d not heard of a case of this type of wear before. The project was a wood-look plank in a “café” area of a senior living facility so that didn’t seem very high traffic to me. By … Read More...

Stuff matters

I recently looked at a problem floor that turned out to be related to how the installer timed the adhesive. In this case, it was solid vinyl tile (sometimes called luxury vinyl) in a wood-look plank. It was was installed glued down over a concrete slab. The installer did a nice job, having prepared the slab well, so it was smooth, and the fitting of the planks around doorways and other … Read More...

Q&A 2016: Answers to installation queries

I haven’t done a Q&A column here in Coverings in over a year, and a few things came up on projects this month that I felt were worth sharing. Have questions? Please send them here to Coverings, news@wimediainc.ca, and we will dig into the subject on a future column. In the meantime, here are some that came across my desk recently. Q: Why do you (and many floor covering manufacturers) … Read More...