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Engineered hardwoods in walnut, maple, hickory, oak

The Havana collection from Fuzion Flooring is said to provide a hand-sculpted time worn look. The walnut, maple, hickory and oak engineered hardwoods in a 6 in. wide plank format have an engineered plywood core. Features include: wear layer of 5/64 in. (2 mm) sawn face; dimensions of 3/4 x 6 in. x RL (12 to 48 in.); 4-side sculpted edge detail; hand scraped and distressed finish, 10 layers UltraMax UV-cured; and, gloss Level of 15-degree luster. Installation is tongue and groove, nailed, … [Read More...]

One-component moisture vapor retarder

Ardex VR 95 fast-track, one-component moisture vapor retarder from Ardex Americas is a ready-to-use, one-component, water-based, two-coat system formulated to suppress residual moisture in new concrete with RH readings up to 95 percent. It can be applied over concrete with no minimum surface profile and may be installed over the second coat in as little as 2 hours without priming. The product is pigmented blue to help indicate uniform coverage for ease of application. … [Read More...]

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Leading the way

When a prospective customer enters a retail store or showroom, or engages an interior designer, the presumption is she is likely ready to buy. But how should this customer be approached to start that conversation about their design needs? For Susan Rea, interior designer at Winnipeg, Man.-based Susanrea Interior Design, “typically when I first sit down with new clients and meet with them the … Read More...

Leverage LFT

AT THE CERSAIE 2016 TRADE SHOW recently held in Bologna, Italy, the Tile of Spain branch of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association identified large format tiles as one of the top 10 trends at the show. The organization observes that ceramic tile sales are continuing to grow year after year and in parallel, bring new possibilities for design. These thin, very large ceramic tiles can … Read More...

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Engineered hardwoods in walnut, maple, hickory, oak

The Havana collection from Fuzion Flooring is said to provide a hand-sculpted time worn look. The … Read More

One-component moisture vapor retarder

Ardex VR 95 fast-track, one-component moisture vapor retarder from Ardex Americas is a ready-to-use, … Read More

Nylon carpet collection is traffic resistant

Beaulieu has announced the launch of the Stylish Beauty carpet collection. It is said to consist of … Read More

Protective coatings for restoration and waterproofing

The Elastocolor product line of wall coatings is the latest extension to the Mapei Concrete … Read More


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INSTALLATION

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. By Christopher Capobianco The installer did a nice job, having prepared the slab well, so it was smooth, and the fitting of the planks … Read More...

Q&A 2016: Answers to installation queries

I haven’t done a Q&A column here in Coverings in over a year, and a few things came up on projects this month that I felt were worth sharing. Have questions? Please send them here to Coverings, news@wimediainc.ca, and we will dig into the subject on a future column. In the meantime, here are some that came across my desk recently. Q: Why do you (and many floor covering manufacturers) … Read More...

Vinyl tile confusion

In today’s world of vinyl tile, it’s easy to get confused. As the vinyl tile category continues to grow, I see confusion among installers about installation methods, adhesives and floor prep. Some of it is just the nature of so many different terms being tossed around these days; VCT, VET, HVT, Solid Vinyl, Quartz tile, “Luxury” Vinyl, “Click” Vinyl, WPC, “PVC Free”.... It’s no wonder we can’t … Read More...

New standard, old installation methods: cork tile

I’ve been involved with cork flooring for the past 15 years, some of that time as a technical support consultant for two cork companies, and some of that time in commercial sales, which I’ve been doing since 2007. Cork flooring comes as traditional cork tile that is glued down, and as engineered planks that are installed the same way as laminate or engineered wood floating floors. However, … Read More...