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Anti-microbial effect ceramic tiles

The Tech Land ceramic tile collection from Natucer produces the colour of fired natural clay and its wide shading. The floor tile is said to offer a high resistance both to wear in the most demanding climates. Its high anti-slip resistance makes the product suitable to be used in wet areas. The tile surface has an anti-bacteria effect provided by the Active Oxygen produced after sunlight exposure (natural or artificial). The effect transforms any organic material falling on the surface … [Read More...]

Wood appearance gluedown LVT range extended

New visuals within the Art Select Wood gluedown LVT plank range from Karndean are designed with hand-carved embosses and beveled edges, crafted to enhance the unique grains, knots and textures of the woods that inspired them, some of which are no longer available or are cost-prohibitive in their natural state. Reclaimed Hickory, one visual in the 56 x 9 in. collection was developed from boards recovered at a mid-west lumber yard, the stark colour contrast between the "heartwood" and sapwood … [Read More...]

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Reality in 2019: Recreational cannabis

HARD TO MEASURE, IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE NOW THAT RECREATIONAL CANNABIS has been legal in Canada since October, employers and safety experts have been taking stock of its effect on personnel at business establishments. Not a problem? Think again. According to Statistics Canada, the number of new cannabis users is increasing. During the first quarter of 2019, 646,000 cannabis users reported … Read More...

Retirement resonates

Serene surfaces inspired by nature LAST FALL, MORE than 350 resident seniors, their families, community members and dignitaries celebrated the official Grand Opening a new retirement community in Ajax, Ont. Westney Gardens was the brainchild of Revera, an owner, operator and investor in the senior-living sector, who invested $50 million to bring the modern, environmentally friendly, 132-suite … Read More...

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Anti-microbial effect ceramic tiles

The Tech Land ceramic tile collection from Natucer produces the colour of fired natural clay and its … Read More

Wood appearance gluedown LVT range extended

New visuals within the Art Select Wood gluedown LVT plank range from Karndean are designed with … Read More

Business management and estimating software integrates interface

RollMaster integrated flooring business management software users can now seamlessly integrate their … Read More

Backpack vacuuming hardwood floors

There are four major benefits to cleaning hardwood floors with backpack vacuums, according to … Read More


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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...

Failures as a teachable moment

Another 1,000 words First, I want to thank the readers that reached out to me about my last column “Worth 1,000 words.” I asked about how you liked the format and the reaction was very positive. Here are a couple of examples of problems I saw recently that are nothing new, but installers still made an old mistake; the two situations I encountered recently were preventable problems related to … Read More...

Worth 1,000 words

Teachable moments from others’ mistakes It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are four pictures of situations I’ve encountered and about a thousand words about these situations that can help floor coverers and specifiers avoid similar failures. RESILIENT FLOORING I had a recent site visit to the lobby of an office in New York City to examine “bumps in the floor” in areas where … Read More...

Evolution of safety floors

Although it’s not an “official” category of its own, for over 30 years, there has been a resilient flooring product commonly called “Safety Flooring.” This material was developed in Europe as a resilient flooring option for wet slip resistance that is an alternative to quarry tile or poured epoxy. By incorporating an abrasive aggregate such as carborundum into a sheet vinyl floor, the material … Read More...