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Rusted visuals provide inspiration for modular carpet tile collection

The Artefact carpet tile collection from Patcraft features products inspired by an oxidation experiment exposing fabrics to metal, rust and water. The collection is available in four 12 x 48 in. carpet tiles with a multi-level pattern loop. The collection offers a selection of four carpet tile products called Patina, Etched, Relic and React. Patina features subtle patterns alluding to primitive surfaces marked by water and time, Etched includes a monochromatic palette reflecting … [Read More...]

Ceramic tiles feature new sizes and tactile sensations

Slimtech Delight, the new marble effect collection of ceramic tiles from Lea Ceramiche is available in different variations, offering new tactile sensations, in new sizes. Included in the collection are: Marquina Nero with its characteristic white veining; Calacatta Oro with the distinct patterns crossing the slabs; Invisible Light, a white background and the powerful effect of irregular veining; and, Venato Bianco, with its characteristic, delicate patterns. Available in 6 … [Read More...]

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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...

True North strong and REGIONAL

CANADA'S DESIGN PALETTE During the 1800s the captains of fishing vessels sailing out of Lunenburg, N.S., painted their homes the same bright colours as their boats. It was both a practical means of using surplus paint, and the unique colour scheme allowed boats to be rapidly identified as they sailed into harbour. — Rourgh Guides LIKE THE HOMES DOTTING THE HARBOUR in Lunenburg, N.S., Canada’s … Read More...

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Rusted visuals provide inspiration for modular carpet tile collection

The Artefact carpet tile collection from Patcraft features products inspired by an oxidation … Read More

Ceramic tiles feature new sizes and tactile sensations

Slimtech Delight, the new marble effect collection of ceramic tiles from Lea Ceramiche is available … Read More

LVT collection launched for commercial environments

Mats Inc. has introduced the Stateside luxury vinyl flooring collection for commercial … Read More

Work bench designed to perform as a four-in-one unit

The ScaffoldBench from Metaltech is a multiple-purpose four-in-one unit with many uses on the job … Read More


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  • VCT: Very careful tileChristopher Capobianco" I’d recommend picking up some of the affected tiles to see what’s going on beneath.... " Aug 04, 9:36 AM
  • VCT: Very careful tileSteve F risdell" I have a potential VCT flooring job that I would like to install over the... " Aug 01, 5:51 PM
  • E-letter: Have and have-not sectorsKerry Knudsen" Hi, Carol, Thank you for your note, and I am, naturally, sad to hear you... " Jul 11, 3:48 PM
  • E-letter: Have and have-not sectorsCarol Kleinfeldt" Please stop sending me your right-wing ravings. I would seriously consider not specifying your products... " Jul 10, 1:54 PM
  • E-letter: Bedhead entitlementDeborah Danniels-French" Kerry, you should post this elsewhere where it can get to a bigger audience! " Jun 12, 8:27 PM


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INSTALLATION

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...

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...