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Skim coating product suitable for institutional applications

Drytek Skimcoat from Laticrete is a low VOC, UL Greenguard certified skim coating product suitable for projects in schools and hospitals. The product sets so that contractors are able to install a finished flooring as soon as 20 minutes after application. The formula and packaging is said to provide the installer with features such as a creamy consistency providing excellent workability, as well as an enhanced pot life allowing for extra-large areas to be troweled and a tin tie re-sealable … [Read More...]

Luxury vinyl tile features quick installation

The Fuzion Flooring SmartDrop Collection loose lay luxury vinyl tile flooring is said to install quickly over most subfloors, with no special tools, for a ready-to-live-on floor. Available in both 7 x 48 in. planks and 12 x 24 in. tiles. Installation options are loose lay, glued down, perimeter glue or tape. The Floor Score Certified product offers a 5 mm overall thickness with 0.3 mm wear layer. Suitable locations can be on, above or below grade. … [Read More...]

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Training and education sets your business apart

Flooring businesses have to be able to differentiate themselves from their competition in order to succeed. But what makes one enterprise smarter than the next, and more knowledgeable than your average big box store? Staff training — in-house education, vendor seminars and apprenticeships — is what makes the difference. Training contributes to satisfying the demands of customers so that when … Read More...

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...

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Skim coating product suitable for institutional applications

Drytek Skimcoat from Laticrete is a low VOC, UL Greenguard certified skim coating product suitable … Read More

Luxury vinyl tile features quick installation

The Fuzion Flooring SmartDrop Collection loose lay luxury vinyl tile flooring is said to install … Read More

Industrial grade epoxy grout for harsh environments

Custom Building Products has introduced Industrial Grade 100% Solids Epoxy Grout, formulated to … Read More

LVT tiles offer variety of looks and easy maintenance

The Art Select Stones collection from Karndean are LVT tiles that feature designs inspired by … Read More


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Why standards matter

Ignoring “the book” brings high liability I have been involved in many a complaint on floor coverings when a particular industry standard was cited as not having been followed. This placed responsibility for whatever went wrong in any number of places, from the architect that didn’t write the standard into the specifications, to the general contractor, dealer or installer not following … Read More...

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...