E-letter: Own the boots

I wonder if the business environment is actually any different than it ever is. Sure, we are threatened by imports, trade deals, dollar exchange, governmental regulations and fly-by-night operators. And, while it may seem that the pressures are more overwhelming than they were 30 years ago, I think if you checked the editorial pages from back then you would find the intensity about the same. There is no “easy money” in business. Still, one cannot help but wonder about the “China threat,” … [Read More...]

Rubber tile for healthcare and educational spaces

Roppe has introduced health & learning rubber tile in a palette of calm, warm and inviting colours that also allows for pops of colour to add interest and character to many different types of healthcare and educational spaces. Available in .080 in., 24 x 24 in. or 1/8 in. 50 cm Hammered and 1/8 in. 50 cm Smooth tile, benefits include PVC free, 10 percent post-industrial waste, and FloorScore, NSF332 and CHPS criteria. Colours coordinate with other Roppe products, so users can mix and … [Read More...]

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Digital marketing: Leads at a Cost

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...


Rubber tile for healthcare and educational spaces

Roppe has introduced health & learning rubber tile in a palette of calm, warm and inviting … Read More

Carpet fibre technology offers stain resistance

Mohawk Industries has announced a new line of residential carpet to the flooring … Read More

Wet polisher matches speed to application

Wet polisher from Makita introduced by Lackmond Stone features a variable speed control dial that … Read More

LVS flooring has natural stone look

Parthenon resilient luxury vinyl flooring from Mannington features a natural stone look and worn … 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...