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Brushed stainless steel shower shelves

Schluter has introduced a line brushed stainless steel shower shelves said to be fast and easy to install, as well as bring a new design element to tiled showers. Although they can be used in any setting, the shelves are designed to complement the company’s Style shower grates. Shelves are available in both the Curve and Floral patterns to match its point and linear drains with the same designs. Made with 5/32 in. thick stainless steel, the shelves require no special tools for … [Read More...]

Four-collection launch of rigid LVT products

The four-collection launch of Pergo Extreme rigid LVT from Mohawk provides 60 higher-end wood and stone looks. Even more appealing to owners of active homes, the collections are said to be 100 percent kid-proof, 100 percent pet-proof and 100 percent waterproof, and come with a “Worry-Free for Life” No-Dent Warranty that applies to a Lifetime Residential Warranty and a 10-Year Medium Commercial Warranty. The collections are: Wood Originals, a wide-ranging array of over 30 wood visuals … [Read More...]

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Retirement resonates

Serene surfaces inspired by nature LAST FALL, MORE than 350 resident seniors, their families, community members and dignitaries celebrated the official Grand Opening a new retirement community in Ajax, Ont. Westney Gardens was the brainchild of Revera, an owner, operator and investor in the senior-living sector, who invested $50 million to bring the modern, environmentally friendly, 132-suite … Read More...

Coverings 2019

Stone and tile flexed marketing muscle in Orlando Coverings is an annual stone and tile trade show that attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers. This year in Orlando, Fla., featured 1,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries, 26,000 visitors and was the stage for introducing some … Read More...

NEW PRODUCTS

Brushed stainless steel shower shelves

Schluter has introduced a line brushed stainless steel shower shelves said to be fast and easy to … Read More

Four-collection launch of rigid LVT products

The four-collection launch of Pergo Extreme rigid LVT from Mohawk provides 60 higher-end wood and … Read More

Large-and-heavy-tile mortars offer high transfer technology

Mapei has introduced the Keraflex line of mortars, designed for use with large and heavy … Read More

One-step large and heavy tile mortar

Laticrete has announced Multimax Lite, a one-step, non-sag, large and heavy tile mortar for interior … Read More


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INSTALLATION

Failures as a teachable moment

Another 1,000 words First, I want to thank the readers that reached out to me about my last column “Worth 1,000 words.” I asked about how you liked the format and the reaction was very positive. Here are a couple of examples of problems I saw recently that are nothing new, but installers still made an old mistake; the two situations I encountered recently were preventable problems related to … Read More...

Worth 1,000 words

Teachable moments from others’ mistakes It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are four pictures of situations I’ve encountered and about a thousand words about these situations that can help floor coverers and specifiers avoid similar failures. RESILIENT FLOORING I had a recent site visit to the lobby of an office in New York City to examine “bumps in the floor” in areas where … Read More...

Evolution of safety floors

Although it’s not an “official” category of its own, for over 30 years, there has been a resilient flooring product commonly called “Safety Flooring.” This material was developed in Europe as a resilient flooring option for wet slip resistance that is an alternative to quarry tile or poured epoxy. By incorporating an abrasive aggregate such as carborundum into a sheet vinyl floor, the material … Read More...

Installation management

Important details for commercial projects About 40 years ago, I started working full-time in this industry and since then I have worked in retail sales, technical support and commercial sales, having worked with most types of floor covering along the way. One thing that has not changed since 1978 is the common opinion that our industry has a shortage of talented installers. Being outspoken about … Read More...