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Engineered hardwood hand-scraped tongue and groove oak

Hand-scraped tongue-and-groove engineered hardwood from Floors@Work in oak is available in 5 in. x 18 mm x random lengths. The engineered wood flooring is constructed to provide increased stability and moisture. The top layer is a thin sheet of natural Oak and the core is constructed of layered plywood. Engineered wood floors were developed for use over concrete slabs but can be nailed down over a wood subfloor. The newest, thinnest engineered wood flooring use an advanced … [Read More...]

Liquid waterproofing and crack prevention membrane

Redgard liquid waterproofing and crack prevention membrane from Custom Building Products is said to be ready to use so installers can just roll it on out of the drum. The quick-dry formula is engineered to be 30 percent faster to dry that its predecessor and meets ANSI A118.10, A118.12. The membrane is IAPMO-rated as a shower pan liner with no fabric, to create a continuous waterproof barrier that bonds directly to metal drains, PVC, stainless steel and ABS drain assemblies. The product … [Read More...]

FEATURE

Technology under pressure

So is technology a boomer or a bust? Homeowners are lining up at the big-box stores to take advantage of the latest flooring sales. In a few weeks, some percentage of those once-enthusiastic redecorators will be lining up again — this time to abashedly ask a professional to help them recover. THE WORD “AMATEUR” may be the key. How far back do you go? Ground-breaking U.S architect Frank Lloyd … Read More...

Training train never stops

Installers need constant education to do jobs right THE FIVE Ws HAVE NEVER SEEMED MORE URGENT when it comes to being trained on floor coverings. Why do we train? Who gets training? When do we train? Where do we train? What products should we train on? There is so much to learn, but luckily there are still experts out there to teach you how to get the job done right, no matter what surfaces … Read More...

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Engineered hardwood hand-scraped tongue and groove oak

Hand-scraped tongue-and-groove engineered hardwood from Floors@Work in oak is available in 5 in. x … Read More

Liquid waterproofing and crack prevention membrane

Redgard liquid waterproofing and crack prevention membrane from Custom Building Products is said to … Read More

Luxury vinyl tiles and planks

The Pacific Madrone Natural from the Tarkett ProGen luxury vinyl flooring collection comes in 7 x 60 … Read More

Bio-based materials featured in epoxy adhesive

Latapoxy Biogreen 300 adhesive from Laticrete is said to be a high-strength, chemical-resistant, … Read More


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INSTALLATION

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...

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...