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Ceramic tile evokes memories

The Retro ceramic tile series from Colorker includes the Nature, Deep and Country variants. Mosaic, offset and standard plank-effect versions are available. Specifications include: 2600 N breaking strength; 6.3 x 10-6 coefficient of linear thermal expansion; and, 53 N/mm2 modulus of rupture. The series is complemented with a large variety of cut pieces that satisfy a broad range of needs, the company says. … [Read More...]

Durable ceramic panels resist defects

The Crea collection of ceramic panels from Ariana is said to combine the company's tradition in the field of designer wall tiles with the advantages of W&P, an innovative and exclusive technology that ensures outstanding aesthetics and ease of use. Ariana has chosen the five colours of the collection from the latest trends, from the white look of Pearl to the immersive sensations of Bisquit, from the intensity of Ash to the sophisticated warmth of Quartz and the vital energy of … [Read More...]

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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...

Then-and-Now: Vancouver Olympics lives on

When an athlete’s village is constructed for an Olympics such as the summer version this year in Rio, materials and finishes can leave a lot to be desired. What is often desirable, however, are the locations. Often by the water or offering downtown city views, people that move into these condominium units will overlook any shortcomings to be where the action is. Such is the case for the … Read More...

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Ceramic tile evokes memories

The Retro ceramic tile series from Colorker includes the Nature, Deep and Country variants. Mosaic, … Read More

Durable ceramic panels resist defects

The Crea collection of ceramic panels from Ariana is said to combine the company's tradition in the … Read More

Tiles inspired by urban historic bricks

The Urban District BRX tile series from American Marazzi Tile is said to be inspired by Chicago’s … Read More

Ceramic tiles evoke look of carpet in two tonalities

Ceramicas Aparici, S.A. has introduced Carpet, a series of ceramic tiles that feature two tonalities … Read More


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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, news@wimediainc.ca, 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...

Be aware of concrete moisture

One of the most common problems in the floor covering industry continues to be floor failures related to excess moisture and high alkalinity at the surface of the concrete. By Christopher Capobianco All floor coverings are affected, including carpet, resilient, wood, laminates, coatings, stone, and tile. The symptoms include gaps between tiles, adhesive oozing, carpet buckling, tile … Read More...