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Commercial carpet plank takes design queues from owls

Designed by Jason F. McLennan in collaboration with Mohawk Group, Owls commercial carpet planks are inspired by the North American birds of prey’s mottled shades of black, brown, tan and grey plumage. Two 12 x 36 in. patterns, Feather and Flight, are available. The biophilia-inspired collection is manufactured using Red List-free Duracolor Tricor solution-dyed nylon fibre and EcoFlex NXT tile backing. Duracolor Tricor uses a modified triangular-shaped core to deliver unsurpassed stain … [Read More...]

Spray adhesives address carpet and resilient floors

Ultrabond Spray RFA and Ultrabond Spray CTA, two new spray adhesives from Mapei, have been created for carpet and resilient flooring installations. Designed to replace trowel-applied adhesives, these aerosolized, water-based, high-performance, acrylic adhesives allow installers to stand upright during the application process. RFA is intended for use with resilient flooring, while CTA is designed for use with carpet tiles. Both sprays are said to feature high moisture resistance for bond … [Read More...]

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RU MARKETING or missing the MARK?

Target critical 18-39ers with education — not price THE JURY IS IN. NOTHING MATTERS BUT PRICE. RIGHT? Not so fast …. If you talk to today’s emerging generational markets, you will find, just as with young people through the ages, that much matters more than money. It’s just that you can’t act on your dreams without resources. An aside before we continue – let’s not use “millennial,” “GenX,” … Read More...

SAFETY-essayer

HAVE THE BEST INTERESTS OF REAL PEOPLE BEEN HIJACKED? WELL, IT FINALLY HAPPENED. Not to me, but my son-in-law’s brother, who has been an expert stone- and solid-surface tile and countertop installer for nearly 20 years. The stone saw slipped, he grabbed and came up with the hurty bits. It happens. Typically in these situations there is an investigation to discover what happened, and those … Read More...

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Commercial carpet plank takes design queues from owls

Designed by Jason F. McLennan in collaboration with Mohawk Group, Owls commercial carpet planks are … Read More

Spray adhesives address carpet and resilient floors

Ultrabond Spray RFA and Ultrabond Spray CTA, two new spray adhesives from Mapei, have been created … Read More

Glazed porcelain tiles go for deco look

The Barocco collection from Ege Seramik brings inkjet technology combined with design workmanship to … Read More

Membrane provides sound abatement

Super SAM 125 sound abatement membrane from NAC Products is designed for surfaces that require … Read More


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INSTALLATION

Clarifying vinyl options

WPC? SPC? LVT? SVT? VET? VCT? I spoke at a presentation for a large flooring contractor recently about a variety of flooring in the resilient category, especially vinyl and rubber. After the meeting, one of the industry veterans in the group pulled me aside. “Christopher, we have a lot of new people here, and they may be shy about asking a lot of questions. I think a lot of the lingo … Read More...

Revisiting a popular format: Installation Q&A

It has been over a year since I did a Q and A column, and the questions keep coming. So, here are some recent ones that I’ve been asked, or are based on situations that I have run into. Q: What problems do you see most often in “click” floating floors? A: This category continues to grow as more products with synthetic cores (WPC, HPC, rigid core, etc.) are entering the market and traditional … Read More...

Installation communication

Setting realistic expectations can help installation teams For all of my 41 years in this industry, there has been deep concern for the shortage of qualified installers, and the situation is more serious now than ever. Retailers are frustrated by slipshod installation jobs, or we have customers feeling the floor covering they purchased is not what was promised. One of the problems is false … Read More...

Waterproof floors

Don’t oversell and don’t under-test I was planning a writing evening after work and thinking about my column that would address some issues related to concrete moisture concerns in floor coverings. Coincidentally, I started my day on a conference call with several people from my company. As we were reviewing a variety of flooring products in our line, one of my more experienced colleagues had … Read More...