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Longer resilient planks provide extended visual appearance

The Splitwood resilient collection has been introduced by Patcraft. Available in 9 x 60 in. planks, the collection is said to embrace the innate beauty of worn wood, turning natural imperfections into versatile design features. By elevating the traditional wood visual with the addition of a metallic ink within the splits and grain, the bronze, gold and silver accents provide a subtle gleam and a rich brilliance within commercial interiors. The planks are designed to provide a longer visual … [Read More...]

Water-based polyurethane topcoat covers various wood species

W120 from Canlak is a one-component clear water-based polyurethane topcoat that is said to provide excellent durability and chemical resistance. It is recommended for use over various wood species. Technical specifications include: viscosity (25ºC) — 74±2 sec (FC#4); solid percentage by weight of 31±2%; solid percentage by volume of 30±2 (at application); VOC 93 g/L; and, density of 1.060 ± 0.02. Shelf life is 12 months. Drying times when thickness applied of 4 to 5 wet … [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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Longer resilient planks provide extended visual appearance

The Splitwood resilient collection has been introduced by Patcraft. Available in 9 x 60 in. planks, … Read More

Water-based polyurethane topcoat covers various wood species

W120 from Canlak is a one-component clear water-based polyurethane topcoat that is said to provide … Read More

Fibre-reinforced, polymer-modified flexible floor tile adhesive

Ardex X78 from Ardex is a fibre reinforced, polymer modified floor tile adhesive, which has been … Read More

Luxury vinyl sheets install over existing flooring

TruTEX LVS (luxury vinyl sheet) from Tarkett installs over most existing floor coverings and is said … Read More


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  • Worth 1,000 wordskaireen cotnam" Loved the article. We can relate to these problems, we try and tell customers what... " Apr 10, 2:28 PM
  • Worth 1,000 wordsRyan Cooper" Hi Christopher, I JUST finished reading your article in COVERINGS MARCH/APRIL issue about problems &... " Mar 31, 3:00 PM
  • 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


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INSTALLATION

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...