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Formaldehyde free hardwood flooring

Life-Core has introduced ai.r hardwoods, flooring said to be dedicated to a greener, cleaner lifestyle and better air quality for the home. ZeroAdd technology that ensures no formaldehyde is added during the production process. In addition, the company’s low VOC, UV-hardened finish is said to make the brand one of the lowest in VOC emissions, beating and exceeding rigorous standards, and 70 percent better than CARB 2. The hardwoods have 9 collections, 5 durable species and … [Read More...]

Hardwood planks provide character marks and chased effects

Maple hardwood flooring in 5-¼ in. sizes with a matte finish has been announced by PG Hardwood Flooring. The Athena collection is a mixture of brown, beige and grey with bright to dark shades. The product has its own grade, the Mystique, which is characterized by its character marks and chased effects but is more neutral than more rustic grades.    … [Read More...]

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Continuing education keeps design pros sharp THE WORLD OF INTERIOR DESIGN stretches far beyond the aesthetics of a well-appointed room. There is so much for the architect and design (A&D) community to stay on top of, from new flooring and lighting technologies to safety and other regulatory issues. A&D professionals have an added incentive to the ongoing pursuit of continuing … Read More...

Factory and field: Mapei meets goals

WHEN I FIRST RECEIVED an open invitation at a trade show 18 months ago to visit Mapei facilities in Milan, Italy, if I was “in the neighbourhood,” the chance seemed remote at the time. There was also an added sweetener: the corporation owns U.S. Sassuolo, a top-flight (Serie A) soccer team in Italy and I’d be invited to sit in the owner’s box for a home game if the timing was right. By Mike … Read More...

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Formaldehyde free hardwood flooring

Life-Core has introduced ai.r hardwoods, flooring said to be dedicated to a greener, cleaner … Read More

Hardwood planks provide character marks and chased effects

Maple hardwood flooring in 5-¼ in. sizes with a matte finish has been announced by PG Hardwood … Read More

Fibreglass luxury vinyl sheet line-up mimics concrete looks

Patina fibreglass luxury vinyl sheet from Mannington is said to offer the authentic look of … Read More

Engineered tile planks offered in extended lengths

Armstrong Flooring has expanded its Alterna engineered tile with longer lengths and enhanced … Read More


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Adhesive Q&A

Having been in floor covering for 40 years now, I’ve asked my share of questions about adhesives and in the last 26 years on the wholesale side, have also been asked a lot of those questions. Here are a few common ones. Q: Is there anything better than standard urethane adhesive for wood floors? A: I recently attended a seminar on wood floor adhesive and was interested to learn about some new … Read More...

Improved techniques make concrete testing easier

It wasn’t until the 15th of my 40 years in the industry that I had to seriously deal with the question of concrete moisture testing prior to floor covering installation. I had spent my career on the residential side of the business, and it was not an issue that came up very often. When it did, we taped a sheet of plastic to the concrete overnight to test. When I made the switch to the … Read More...

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...