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Lightweight uncoupling, waterproofing membrane for electrical floor heating

Mapeguard Heat from Mapei is a lightweight uncoupling, crack-isolation and waterproofing membrane that also provides vapour management and load support. It is designed to speed the installation of tile and stone in interior rooms such as bathrooms, kitchens and three-season rooms where the luxury of radiant floor heating is desired. The membrane’s thin profile is said to work well with remodeling projects where the new floor will be installed directly over a preexisting one. Once the … [Read More...]

Amazon Alexa used to activate heated floor thermostat

The 4iE Smart WiFi thermostat from Warmup is now compatible with Amazon Alexa. With the MyHeating App and Alexa, users can now control a Warmup smart heating system with their voices. For example, just say, “Alexa, increase the living room underfloor heating by 5 degrees,” a useful comfort control when the users are caught with their hands full or can’t reach their thermostat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnLCWjAqnh0&t=3s Compatibility with Amazon Echo also means that a … [Read More...]

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Two knees support installer careers

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as chronic back pain or shoulder problems, often take time to develop. Forceful exertion, awkward positions, hand-arm and whole-body vibration, contact stress, and repetitive tasks can add up over time to produce an MSD. This statement comes courtesy of Ontario’s Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) pamphlet on musculoskeletal hazards and … Read More...

True North strong and REGIONAL

CANADA'S DESIGN PALETTE During the 1800s the captains of fishing vessels sailing out of Lunenburg, N.S., painted their homes the same bright colours as their boats. It was both a practical means of using surplus paint, and the unique colour scheme allowed boats to be rapidly identified as they sailed into harbour. — Rourgh Guides LIKE THE HOMES DOTTING THE HARBOUR in Lunenburg, N.S., Canada’s … Read More...

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Lightweight uncoupling, waterproofing membrane for electrical floor heating

Mapeguard Heat from Mapei is a lightweight uncoupling, crack-isolation and waterproofing membrane … Read More

Amazon Alexa used to activate heated floor thermostat

The 4iE Smart WiFi thermostat from Warmup is now compatible with Amazon Alexa. With the MyHeating … Read More

Green floor primer for wood and resilient installations

DriTac Flooring Products has launched a “green,” single-component acrylic floor primer for interior … Read More

Luxury vinyl plank flooring provides fade resistance in sunny applications

Chart House, part of the Mannington Adura Max Apex collection provides a shiplap look in luxury … Read More


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  • Peel-and-stick membrane floor heating system introducedWarmup Inc" Hi Kaireen - Short answer: Yes. Long answer: The Warmup thermostats have to be wired... " Feb 13, 11:55 PM
  • Peel-and-stick membrane floor heating system introducedkaireen cotnam" does this have to be inspected by an electrical inspector " Feb 13, 1:44 PM
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  • VCT: Very careful tileChristopher Capobianco" I’ve heard anecdotally about these products being used on a variety of resilient flooring products... " Jan 29, 8:32 AM
  • VCT: Very careful tileErica Maxwell" Hello Christopher, I found your article very informative and insightful in researching industry standards for... " Jan 14, 6:35 PM


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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...

Concrete Q and A: The questions never stop!

Just as I was contemplating the topic of this month’s column, three situations came my way that not only gave me inspiration for the topic but also reinforced that there is still a lack of understanding of concrete floor slabs and how they interact with floor coverings, even by people with tremendous knowledge of building design and construction. It’s no wonder that over $1 billion in claims are … Read More...

Adhesive Q&A

Having been in floor covering for 40 years now, I’ve asked my share of questions about adhesives and in the last 26 years on the wholesale side, have also been asked a lot of those questions. Here are a few common ones. Q: Is there anything better than standard urethane adhesive for wood floors? A: I recently attended a seminar on wood floor adhesive and was interested to learn about some new … Read More...