Archives for March 2019

Wider membrane provides faster shower waterproofing

To help tile installers work faster, Schluter Systems has introduced its Kerdi waterproof membrane in a roll twice as wide as previously available. The new size is 2 metres wide, versus a standard roll that is 1 metre wide. The length of membrane on each roll remains 98 ft. 5 in., providing 646 sq. ft. […]

Backerboard suitable for commercial and residential applications

WonderBoard Lite backerboard from Custom Building Products is a 20 percent lighter fibreglass mesh-reinforced cement backerboard for residential and commercial tile, stone, slate and thin-brick applications. High-flexural strength, along with moisture resistance, also makes the product suitable for both interior and exterior substrate applications, the company says. The backerboard meets the performance standards of ANSI […]

E-letter: Stand up, sit down, fight fight fight!

In case you haven’t heard, the media has a new pet word. Trope. As with preceding pet words, all media are now required to look up the word trope and use it in a sentence. Or even 20 sentences. It joins deep dive, start a conversation, boots on the ground and double-down as media pet […]

Life is good

Picturing hope beneath the snow BUILDING PERMITS on the federal level remain at record highs. As you will see in our Bullets department, Statistics Canada says Canadian municipalities issued $8.8 billion worth of building permits in December, up 6.0 percent from November, up 10.6 percent year-over-year and it was the fourth consecutive monthly increase. The […]

Finish nailer for starter and end rows of hardwood flooring

The Primatech Pro 534FN finish nailer is suitable for starter and end rows of hardwood flooring. It is also recommended for multiple applications such as baseboards, casings, moldings and paneling. The lightweight magnesium body and the angled magazine offers superior maneuverability, the company says. Other features include a tool-less quick clear jam release, anti-dry fire […]

Dealership delight

Crossing a high-end finish line BACK IN 2016, PORSCHE CARS CANADA, along with the Lauzon Group dealership network, broke ground to extend its automotive list of retail locations with the addition of Porsche Centre Rive-Sud in Montreal’s South Shore. The four-level facility spans 100,000 square feet that includes interior parking, a 17-car showroom, 15 service bays, a […]

A bumpy ride

The sub-floor rollercoaster Sub-floor preparation, and, in particular, leveling work, has always been a source of contention between the flooring contractor and construction manager. The issue of who will perform the work and who will pay for it bears down during late-stage construction when flooring comes onto the scheduling radar. At that point, there is […]

Partners in learning

Groups want to collaborate with CFCRA on education The CFCRA is a shareholder of the ANSI Standard-producer, Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC). The largest association in the world for cleaning is the ISSA — the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. The ISSA recently took over the management of the CSSA in Canada. This is […]

Worth 1,000 words

Teachable moments from others’ mistakes It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are four pictures of situations I’ve encountered and about a thousand words about these situations that can help floor coverers and specifiers avoid similar failures. RESILIENT FLOORING I had a recent site visit to the lobby of an […]

Things matter

Some so very much more than others Things matter. Material things. Of course they do. But they don’t all matter the same; we have our favourites. Things usually refers to what has been made. Especially made with an intention. An old distinction has been made between that which is utilitarian, like tools and that which […]