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Plank flooring for commercial applications

Lightwood brand commercial plank flooring from Toli International is engineered for schools, hospitals, restaurants, retail environments and other commercial areas. Films are used to give the flooring the finely detailed wood grain appearance of natural oak, maple, cherry, cedar and other attractive wood species, Toli says. Product is available in 26 shades, in 4 and 6 in. planks. An extended construction process ensures the flooring is dimensionally stable, the company says, which allows … [Read More...]

Eight new luxury vinyl flooring looks

Mannington has expanded its Adura line of luxury vinyl flooring with eight new looks, each with a range of options in design, color, size and installation. Customers can choose from a variety of tile and plank sizes that are designed for stand-alone use or mixing. All of these new looks have Mannington's ScratchResist wearlayer, a patented performance coating with aluminum oxide that keeps floors looking newer longer by resisting everyday scratches. The line is also FloorScore … [Read More...]

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Storefronts at the forefront

Whenever customers walk into your showroom or retail outlet, wouldn’t you like to have helpful, knowledgeable sales reps there to provide them a positive experience that begins with an order and ends with an installation? Naturally, the size of your business dictates what resources you have at your disposal for training up your next trusted, reliable staff member. The type of customer you have … Read More...

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...

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Plank flooring for commercial applications

Lightwood brand commercial plank flooring from Toli International is engineered for schools, … Read More

Eight new luxury vinyl flooring looks

Mannington has expanded its Adura line of luxury vinyl flooring with eight new looks, each with a … Read More

Warm tiled floors up to 70 percent faster

Schluter-DITRA-HEAT-TB from Schluter-Systems is said to be the first electric floor warming system … Read More

Hardwoods reflect historic craftsmanship

Artistic Timbers hardwood from Armstrong includes two new collections — TimberCuts solid and … Read More


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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...

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...