Archives for November 2017

Flooring underlayment provides acoustical abatement

DriTac Flooring Products has announced a line of eco-friendly, acoustical abatement underlayment for residential and commercial flooring applications. DriTac 8301 Impact 1 mm is for resilient flooring installations and DriTac 8302 Double Impact 2 mm is for wood and laminate flooring installations. The lightweight flooring underlayments incorporate the company’s Total Sound Reduction System with a […]

Visualization drives design and sales decisions

VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITIES FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON, VISUALIZING how a living space will look after it is remodeled is overwhelming. It is also a barrier to choosing surfaces and committing to a purchase. Even catalogs, brochures, online photos, colour swatches and physical samples can only go so far towards concluding the decision-making process. But unlike flying cars and […]

Go for it

THE LITTLE, STONE GENERAL STORE in the next town over closed down this month. What a loss. In addition to such standard fare as chicken soup and baking supplies, the store sported artisan condiments and fancy sweets as well as a little butcher shop, complete with bespoke meats, cheese and sausages. My dream was to ride […]

Self-levelers available in three varieties

Three new self-levelers from the Mapei Ultraplan self-leveling underlayment series are for contractors that need to apply a skimcoat quickly over a large surface, complete surface preparation under short time deadlines or require a lightweight self-leveling underlayment. The company says that Ultraplan LSC spreads quickly and easily, reducing the need for hand-applied skimcoating, while Ultraplan […]

Commercial laminates available in 32 variations

The SurfaceSet 2018 collection from Formica Canada includes 32 new laminate colours, patterns and woodgrain designs, and one new finish. The laminate features three new palettes — Personal Sanctuary, Spectral and Smart Organic — for commercial interior spaces that illustrate the balance and tension between man-made and natural materials, the company says. The collection offers […]

Installation training

Exciting opportunities are in the works My last column discussed the industry shortage of experienced and skilled flooring installers. It also discussed how the young people are not flocking to the industry. The reaction from the Coverings readers was both supportive and encouraging. The number of people who reached out to me from all over […]

Seller beware?

Rocky residential real estate landscape Joseph and Anna Canuck are retired and living mortgage-free in their 2,100-square-foot bungalow in Vaughan, Ont. After years of home ownership, they have decided to downsize by mov- ing into a condominium. On the advice of their realtor, they list their home for sale on March 10, 2017, asking $710,000 […]

Stone and glass combine with nanotechnology in slab collection

The Stratospherica collection from Antolini includes 14 designs created by Alessandro La Spada where natural stones match with tiny Tilla glass picotesserae decorated with silver foil. The collection is a collaboration between the Italian stone company and Mutaforma, an Italian brand that operates in the field of augmented materials — starting with glass — through […]

Antique marble look collection

Florim has announced that its Cerim tile collection has another six series inspired by the beauty of natural materials. The antique marble-look collection exploits a variety of finishes, sizes and colour themes. The six colour looks are Ghost Marble, Pure Marble, Majestic Marble, Imperial Marble, Royal Marble and Pantheon Marble. Sizes include 6 mm (magnum […]

Sealing carpet seams

We’ve all seen it, those of us in the business who are always looking down, but also members of the regular public who can’t help but notice. What I’m talking about are unraveling seams in carpet, or just visible seams that draw your eye. When I started in the business in the early 1970s, I […]