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Backerboard suitable for commercial and residential applications

WonderBoard Lite backerboard from Custom Building Products is a 20 percent lighter fibreglass mesh-reinforced cement backerboard for residential and commercial tile, stone, slate and thin-brick applications. High-flexural strength, along with moisture resistance, also makes the product suitable for both interior and exterior substrate applications, the company says. The backerboard meets the performance standards of ANSI A118.9 for cement backerboard. For use in wet areas, the product … [Read More...]

E-letter: Stand up, sit down, fight fight fight!

In case you haven’t heard, the media has a new pet word. Trope. As with preceding pet words, all media are now required to look up the word trope and use it in a sentence. Or even 20 sentences. It joins deep dive, start a conversation, boots on the ground and double-down as media pet phrases. To them, they are creating a professional jargon that will help identify them as professionals, just so everybody will know. Like “gravitas.” To us, it is just another step into the realm of … [Read More...]

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The HGTV effect

Celebrity culture and social media drive consumers’ design thinking A wife, a husband and a contractor walk into a bar — no, make that a retail flooring store. The start of a joke? No, but it’s the inevitable start of a design process, as each brings a set of creative ideas about the next home renovation project. Where do these design ideas come from? In our information age of sharing (and … Read More...

Two knees support installer careers

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as chronic back pain or shoulder problems, often take time to develop. Forceful exertion, awkward positions, hand-arm and whole-body vibration, contact stress, and repetitive tasks can add up over time to produce an MSD. This statement comes courtesy of Ontario’s Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) pamphlet on musculoskeletal hazards and … Read More...

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Backerboard suitable for commercial and residential applications

WonderBoard Lite backerboard from Custom Building Products is a 20 percent lighter fibreglass … Read More

Finish nailer for starter and end rows of hardwood flooring

The Primatech Pro 534FN finish nailer is suitable for starter and end rows of hardwood flooring. It … Read More

Carpet tile flooring features patterns based on cloud formations

The Tessera Cloudscape collection of carpet tiles from Forbo Flooring Systems has 16 colour options, … Read More

Red List-free enhanced resilient tile and planks

Pivot Point line Red List-free enhanced resilient tile from Mohawk holds Living Product Challenge … Read More


WHAT’S BEING SAID

  • Lippage and assumptionsJordan Stile" Over my many years in the field, I have always noticed that porcelain floor plank... " Mar 18, 5:51 AM
  • Luxury vinyl sheet mimics decorative tile patternJordan Stile" I cant remember exactly but there are a lot of other benefits of using Luxury... " Mar 18, 3:18 AM
  • VCT: Very careful tilePamela" I had an armstrong VCT floor installed in my kitchen this summer as part of... " Mar 04, 1:31 PM
  • Peel-and-stick membrane floor heating system introducedWarmup Inc" Hi Kaireen - Short answer: Yes. Long answer: The Warmup thermostats have to be wired... " Feb 13, 11:55 PM
  • Peel-and-stick membrane floor heating system introducedkaireen cotnam" does this have to be inspected by an electrical inspector " Feb 13, 1:44 PM


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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...

Installation management

Important details for commercial projects About 40 years ago, I started working full-time in this industry and since then I have worked in retail sales, technical support and commercial sales, having worked with most types of floor covering along the way. One thing that has not changed since 1978 is the common opinion that our industry has a shortage of talented installers. Being outspoken about … Read More...

Concrete Q and A: The questions never stop!

Just as I was contemplating the topic of this month’s column, three situations came my way that not only gave me inspiration for the topic but also reinforced that there is still a lack of understanding of concrete floor slabs and how they interact with floor coverings, even by people with tremendous knowledge of building design and construction. It’s no wonder that over $1 billion in claims are … Read More...