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Flooring for dining spaces, lounges and bars

Havwoods International has introduced the Italian Collection, an engineered hardwood suitable for creating fine intricate patterns including basket weave and heritage. The range includes the Notte Plank, which can be installed in a bespoke pattern in a dark brown tone. The flooring offers oversized planks that measure 4 ¾ x 33 ⅜ in. Each plank is made from multiple layers of wood boards bonded together to create a durable surface for high-traffic environments such as restaurants and … [Read More...]

Natural floor squares and planks provide mix and match options

Marmoleum Click CinchLOC from Forbo is available in 28 colours and two formats (12 x 12 in. squares and 12 x 36 in. planks). The water-resistant flooring is made primarily from renewable resources, including linseed oil, wood flour and pine rosins. The natural ingredients provide the flooring with inherent anti-static properties to repel dust and dirt, making it easy to clean, reducing exposure to allergens, and contributing to better indoor air quality, the company says. The … [Read More...]

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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...

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Flooring for dining spaces, lounges and bars

Havwoods International has introduced the Italian Collection, an engineered hardwood suitable for … Read More

Natural floor squares and planks provide mix and match options

Marmoleum Click CinchLOC from Forbo is available in 28 colours and two formats (12 x 12 in. squares … Read More

Mortar suitable for floors, walls and submerged area

Planitop 330 Fast from Mapei is said to be a quick-setting, polymer-modified, fibre-reinforced … Read More

Porcelain tile collection provides diverse design options

  Crossville has announced Java Joint, a porcelain tile collection said to incorporate on-trend hues … 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...