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Hardwood floors range extended

Hardwood flooring maker Mirage has announced the addition of two new colors to its range of products: Rio and Havana. Reminiscent of a warm, sunny beach, the company says, Rio is a sandy beige colour with subtle grey tones. Havana is a pure brown shade with golden highlights. Rio and Havana are offered with Mirage Admiration Collection and are available on Yellow Birch, Red Oak, and Maple in Classic technology in 3-1/4 and 4-1/4 in. widths, on Red Oak and Maple in Engineered technology … [Read More...]

Certified Installation Manager Program scholarship available

West Bloomfield, Mich.-based FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, in cooperation with ARDEX America and nora systems, Inc., has announced that the next quarterly Bruce Newbrough Memorial Scholarship is available for the Certified Installation Manager Program. The scholarship, valued at US$1,225, will enable yet another installation manager to distinguish themselves from their peers by enrolling in and completing the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program. Applications will be … [Read More...]

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When it comes to internet retail marketing, the one tool that no one can do without is a website. After that, though, the digital tools available are seemingly endless. How deep or wide — sophisticated — do you want your website design to be? Which social media platform do choose: YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, Houzz, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+? Do you take the plunge and … Read More...

Installers: Save your back for your kids

Getting down and dirty may apply to many occupations, but none more-so than the floor-covering business. However, man wasn’t designed to work that close to the ground. The carpet installer can especially attest to this — stretching out a thick material to fit tightly into rooms and staircases requires careful planning, skill, brute force and forgiving knees. READ/DOWNLOAD COMPLETE … Read More...

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Hardwood floors range extended

Hardwood flooring maker Mirage has announced the addition of two new colors to its range of … Read More

Nailers seat nails sub-flush to hardwoods

Milwaukee has announced cordless M18 Fuel finish nailers with the power to consistently seat nails … Read More

Grout technology advances stain resistance

Custom Building Products has introduced stain resistant Fusion Pro Single Component … Read More

Single SKU acoustic underlayment

When installing more than one type of hard surface flooring in a home or at multiple locations, MP … Read More


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Be aware of concrete moisture

One of the most common problems in the floor covering industry continues to be floor failures related to excess moisture and high alkalinity at the surface of the concrete. By Christopher Capobianco All floor coverings are affected, including carpet, resilient, wood, laminates, coatings, stone, and tile. The symptoms include gaps between tiles, adhesive oozing, carpet buckling, tile … Read More...

Floating floors: Easy, but not foolproof

By Christopher Capobianco   Last month, I was moderator for a panel of experts invited to speak at the TISE (Surfaces) trade show in Las Vegas. The topic was floating floors: specifically the “click” category as opposed to other loose-lay resilient floors. I found myself learning a lot from my fellow presenters, and since it’s been a while since my 2007 Coverings column on the subject, … Read More...

Relative humidity testing

It has been about 13 years since ASTM approved a “new method" of concrete moisture testing: the relative humidity probe method, also known as the RH test or the “in situ” test. ASTM F 2170, Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using In Situ Probes was published in 2002. This “new method” had actually been used in Europe for decades, but came to North … Read More...

Seams like trouble

Planning and execution prevent seam complaints BY CHRISTOPHER CAPOBIANCO Seams in floor coverings — whether we’re talking about carpet or resilient — cause more concern for customers and more potential complaints for installers than any other aspect of a floor covering installation. In my career in sales, I can’t count how many seam questions I have had to field about seams during the … Read More...