Hardwood plank collection

The Venture Plank collection from Havwoods includes hardwood plank options such as the Amendo board (shown). The collection range is suitable for residential, hospitality and commercial projects. The engineered oak European-produced planks are backed by a birch ply to ensure greater stability. Additionally, most of the planks in the collection are finished with a fourth generation, UV-cured hard wax oil to provide durability while maintaining a natural appearance. … [Read More...]

E-letter: Power of chaos

I gave a more formal “thank you” in this month’s magazine for the attendees at last month’s Canada Night event at The International Surfaces Event in Las Vegas, but I need to say thanks, again. One thing our sector could use energy in is the area of self-promotion. It was great to see over 150 Canadians show up a thousand miles or more from home to fly the colours and be Canadian. Of course, the free margaritas, beer and canapes may have helped. The venue, The Border Grill, right off … [Read More...]

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Leading the way

When a prospective customer enters a retail store or showroom, or engages an interior designer, the presumption is she is likely ready to buy. But how should this customer be approached to start that conversation about their design needs? For Susan Rea, interior designer at Winnipeg, Man.-based Susanrea Interior Design, “typically when I first sit down with new clients and meet with them the … Read More...

Leverage LFT

AT THE CERSAIE 2016 TRADE SHOW recently held in Bologna, Italy, the Tile of Spain branch of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association identified large format tiles as one of the top 10 trends at the show. The organization observes that ceramic tile sales are continuing to grow year after year and in parallel, bring new possibilities for design. These thin, very large ceramic tiles can … Read More...


Hardwood plank collection

The Venture Plank collection from Havwoods includes hardwood plank options such as the Amendo board … Read More

Carpet offers pet protection warranty

SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet from Mohawk now features All Pet Protection and Warranty, said to … Read More

Primer coating prepares substrates for underlayments

Pro Prime LP Improved is a highly-concentrated acrylic primer from Proma that is blue in color and … Read More

Spike grinding wheel removes coatings

The Beast Pro spike grinding wheel from Lackmond is engineered with diamond spikes arranged in … Read More


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Stuff matters

I recently looked at a problem floor that turned out to be related to how the installer timed the adhesive. In this case, it was solid vinyl tile (sometimes called luxury vinyl) in a wood-look plank. It was was installed glued down over a concrete slab. By Christopher Capobianco The installer did a nice job, having prepared the slab well, so it was smooth, and the fitting of the planks … Read More...

Q&A 2016: Answers to installation queries

I haven’t done a Q&A column here in Coverings in over a year, and a few things came up on projects this month that I felt were worth sharing. Have questions? Please send them here to Coverings,, and we will dig into the subject on a future column. In the meantime, here are some that came across my desk recently. Q: Why do you (and many floor covering manufacturers) … Read More...

Vinyl tile confusion

In today’s world of vinyl tile, it’s easy to get confused. As the vinyl tile category continues to grow, I see confusion among installers about installation methods, adhesives and floor prep. Some of it is just the nature of so many different terms being tossed around these days; VCT, VET, HVT, Solid Vinyl, Quartz tile, “Luxury” Vinyl, “Click” Vinyl, WPC, “PVC Free”.... It’s no wonder we can’t … Read More...

New standard, old installation methods: cork tile

I’ve been involved with cork flooring for the past 15 years, some of that time as a technical support consultant for two cork companies, and some of that time in commercial sales, which I’ve been doing since 2007. Cork flooring comes as traditional cork tile that is glued down, and as engineered planks that are installed the same way as laminate or engineered wood floating floors. However, … Read More...