Archives for July 2017

Floor warming system provides sound control and thermal break

Ditra-Heat-Duo from Schluter Systems is an electric floor warming system with an integrated thermal break and sound control. The relatively thin thermal break on the underside of the membrane allows the system to warm tiled floors up to 70 percent faster over concrete substrates by directing heat to the tile, not to the subfloor. The […]

Light hardwood flooring designs

Mannington’s 2017 hardwood flooring designs are said to combine rustic elements with softer, less saturated hues for a clean aesthetic. The introductions include wide, long planks that are subtly textured and distressed, then stained in an on-trend colour palette. The floors are suitable for interiors from classic to contemporary and urban to farmhouse, the company […]

Skim coating product suitable for institutional applications

Drytek Skimcoat from Laticrete is a low VOC, UL Greenguard certified skim coating product suitable for projects in schools and hospitals. The product sets so that contractors are able to install a finished flooring as soon as 20 minutes after application. The formula and packaging is said to provide the installer with features such as […]

Luxury vinyl tile features quick installation

The Fuzion Flooring SmartDrop Collection loose lay luxury vinyl tile flooring is said to install quickly over most subfloors, with no special tools, for a ready-to-live-on floor. Available in both 7 x 48 in. planks and 12 x 24 in. tiles. Installation options are loose lay, glued down, perimeter glue or tape. The Floor Score […]

Industrial grade epoxy grout for harsh environments

Custom Building Products has introduced Industrial Grade 100% Solids Epoxy Grout, formulated to stand up to harsh environments such as commercial kitchens and food processing facilities. The grout exceeds performance characteristics of ANSI A118.3, is resistant to thermal shock, offers a stain resistance and contains recycled LEED contributing materials. It is also said to offer […]

E-letter: Summer stories

It is summer in Canada, and life certainly could be worse. The economy is chugging along at a nice clip and the bellwether indicator for our sector, the number of building permits issued, is up nine percent in May. I understand our national media can find a cloud for every silver lining, but sometimes things […]

LVT tiles offer variety of looks and easy maintenance

The Art Select Stones collection from Karndean are LVT tiles that feature designs inspired by travertine, marble, slate, and limestone. Available in 16 varieties, the tiles are featured in a variety of sizes and formats including the company’s new FreeLengths. Available in travertine-effect tiles, FreeLengths replicate popular stone plank visuals through 6 in. wide tiles […]

Ready-to-use grout has iridescent appearance

Mapei has introduced a grout collection created to give designers the opportunity to add multi-faceted effects to their tile options for clients. Flexcolor 3D is a professional-grade, ready-to-use (RTU) translucent specialty grout with an “iridescent effect” finish. Its translucent characteristics not only reflect but also refract light, allowing the grout to transition in colour to […]

Tile offerings available in six collections

American Olean has introduced six new collections, expanding its catalogue of tile and stone offerings to include products inspired by textiles, marble and watercolor. The product collections include: Elemental Canvas, an organic, woven fabric look; Theoretical Bold, a bright and colorful complement to the Theoretical series; Abound, a floor, wall and mosaic combo with a […]

Standing by with a bouquet for our sector

EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, each of us gets thrown a curve ball. This month, mine came in the form of a column from Lee Senter with CFCRA, which you can read in its entirety here. The last paragraph deals with a lunch he and I shared, and the story left Lee Ann chuckling and […]