E-letter: Splitting in two

There are some interesting observations to be made around the Yellow Sea, all of a sudden. Taking North Korea first, it appears as if Kim Jong Un may actually agree to defuse tensions. Irrespective, I have never understood what he is. Possibly, in addition to using his friends and family for mortar practice and dog food, as we hear, he is an idiot. Here’s why. I did some research and discovered that North Korea’s per capita GDP is estimated to be $1,584 in U.S. dollars per year. South … [Read More...]

Wood laminate flooring is waterproof, resists staining

RevWood Plus from Mohawk combines the look of hardwood and properties of laminate. The planks are said to offer reliable durability that resists stain, scratches and dents and is 100 percent waterproof. Spills, accidents and tracked-in stain-makers are kept on the surface for quick, easy cleanup thanks to Uniclic MultiFit technology, the glueless locking system, the company says. The planks also feature the company’s All Pet Protection & Warranty covering all pets and … [Read More...]


Costs ramp up overnight

Independent businesses face tough hiring decisions NEW EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS legislation in Ontario is making it harder for businesses to meet labour costs. Sources say when Bill 148, the “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act” came into effect on January 1, it effectively added close to 30 percent to the cost of carrying an employee in the province. According to Julie Kwiecinski, Canadian … Read More...

Multiculti material mix

Design flash adds warmth to dining experience OPERATING IN 35 COUNTRIES, Nando’s is an international restaurant chain that originated in South Africa, known for its Portuguese-style flame grilled chicken and welcoming hospitality. Drawing cues from Mozambican/Portuguese culture, the Oshawa, Ont., location combines earthy textures, rich warm colours and whimsical design elements with a … Read More...


Wood laminate flooring is waterproof, resists staining

RevWood Plus from Mohawk combines the look of hardwood and properties of laminate. The planks are … Read More

Pneumatic fastening tools for flooring installations

The 550A line pneumatic fastening tools from Primatech feature the Primpact module, said to be a … Read More

Reclaimed materials in tile provide sound and shock absorption

Ecosmash has been added to the Ecosurfaces collection from Ecore, a company that transforms … Read More

Rubber tile and plank flooring offers slip resistance

Minerality wood/stone rubber tile and plank flooring from Johnsonite is said to be inspired by the … Read More


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Tips for beautiful custom resilient floors

With more products in the commercial resilient category than ever, custom design work is continuing to be used on a variety of projects. At first glance, they can be intimidating projects, especially those that have borders, medallions, or other custom inlay work. With careful planning, these jobs can be beautiful and profitable for the installer. The first thing to consider is an … Read More...

Recycled buildings

Buildings that were once factories, mills, breweries or warehouses are increasingly being converted to occupied space. Sometimes a company expands office space into the warehouse or an old factory is converted into retail, offices or apartments. This is a way of recycling old buildings and the practice is widely known as “adaptive re-use.” Often existing wood or concrete floors that had never … Read More...

Sealing carpet seams

We’ve all seen it, those of us in the business who are always looking down, but also members of the regular public who can’t help but notice. What I’m talking about are unraveling seams in carpet, or just visible seams that draw your eye. When I started in the business in the early 1970s, I was big for my age, so my father, owner of a carpet store, would send me out on carpet installations … Read More...

More about installing by-the-book: Standards Q & A

My last column about the importance of industry standards raised a number of questions, and I hope it answered some questions as well. I just started my 40th year in floor covering, and the industry has done a good job establishing a large number of written guidelines that cover the variety of flooring materials and job conditions. The important thing to be aware of is that the standards … Read More...