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Wood and concrete highlighted in ceramic floor tiles

ABK has introduced its LAB325 and Nest collections of ceramic floor tiles. LAB325 illustrates the varied aesthetics of concrete in the three different surfaces — Base, Form and Metal — as part of a contemporary stylistic moodboard, the company says. The name of the product links the number 325, the code for the cement powder widely used to make concrete, it says, with the concept of a laboratory as a melting pot of ideas and creative experimentation. Nest is inspired by the aesthetics … [Read More...]

Carpet tile and broadloom mimics botanical patterns

Patcraft has introduced a product for high-performance commercial flooring environments called Estrato. Inspired by the beauty of abstract botanicals, the company says, the scale and movement within the product’s pattern creates a sophisticated flooring visual. Offered in coordinating carpet tile and broadloom, the product’s colourways provide versatile options for design flexibility, it adds. Constructed with Eco Solution Q and EcoWorx backing, the products are backed with lifetime … [Read More...]

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Trade show travel

Take a shopping trip on your customers’ behalf ALMOST EVERY FLOORING RETAILER has product that was sourced as a result of a visit to a floor covering trade show — or trade fair as they say in Europe. But do these events still call out to your showroom, like Sirens to Odysseus, sweetly singing about products that will make your business more profitable? After all, the internet, the email inbox, … Read More...

Social media’s epic fail

THAT’S THE UNDERBELLY of today’s social media landscape, whether you’re in Canada or Pago Pago. The deception found by The New York Times in its analysis of fake views on YouTube is staggering. The newspaper identifies Martin Vassilev of Ottawa, Ont., as earning more than $200,000 per year and has sold close to 15 million views on the video platform so far in 2018. His website, 500Views.com, … Read More...

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Wood and concrete highlighted in ceramic floor tiles

ABK has introduced its LAB325 and Nest collections of ceramic floor tiles. LAB325 illustrates the … Read More

Carpet tile and broadloom mimics botanical patterns

Patcraft has introduced a product for high-performance commercial flooring environments called … Read More

Natural stone sports camouflage design elements

The Verde Borgogna Camouflage Design natural stone from the Natura Collection of Antolini displays … Read More

Ceramic tiles evoke leather, slate tones

Ariana has announced Worn and Mineral collections based on stylistic and material research aimed at … 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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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...

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...