Flooring, Parisian style

New in Preverco’s Inspiration collection is White Oak Paris Oiled. Has a brushed texture to accentuate the wood’s natural grain and feel. Available in SolidGenius and EnGenius styles. SolidGenius planks are 19 millimetres (3/4-inch) thick on 11-layer, Baltic Birch plywood. Plank widths are 5-3/16 inches (Nuance) and seven inches (Nuance XI). EnGenius planks are 12 millimetres (1/2-inch) thick. Plank width 5-3/16 inches (Nuance). www.preverco.com

Diamonds are a blade’s best friend

Diamond Tec International’s new Radio Active Bridge Saw Blade was one of the hot new installation tools showcased at the Coverings show in April. The blade is designed to cut engineered stone, granite and quartzite quickly and precisely with every pass. Features new 25-millimetre diamond patterned cutting segments. Each segment has a specific array of diamonds. Four blade sizes: 12, 14, 16 and 18 inches. […]

Really quiet under foot

Ecore Commercial Flooring’s new Forest rx features a two-millimetre wear layer fused to a five-millimetre, 97 percent-recycled rubber backing. It is designed for heavy-traffic institutional, commercial or residential projects where quiet is a concern. Reduces impact sound more than 20 decibels with no ceiling below. Also reduces fall impact by 16.9 percent. No need for separate underlayment. Seven wood visuals: Rich Cherry, Mahogany and Warm […]

Fossilized flooring

Cali Bamboo in California has expanded its offerings with the addition of Green-Claimed’s Cocoa Fossilized Eucalyptus flooring. Made with Cali Bamboo’s proprietary strand-woven, Fossilized manufacturing process. Planks are twice as hard as traditional timbers. The Cocoa Eucalyptus provides a dark, exotic wood look and grain similar to dark walnut. Planks are 47-1/4 inches long, 5-1/4 inches wide, 9/16 inches thick. They have a 10-coat, scratch-resistant […]

Hammer away

One of the hammers in Stanley’s new line of five FatMax High Velocity Hammers may come in handy when you’re installing trim mouldings or baseboard. The hammers are engineered to be lightweight, but with the new high-velocity head design, they can produce the same striking force as hammers twice as heavy as these. Hammer shafts are curved to increase hammer strength. Claws have magnetic nail […]

Finding the perfect fit

For tile installation contractors, Mapei has introduced Mapei Ultralite S2. The mortar helps ensure a perfect fit between large, thin tiles and the subfloor. Features a long open time, extended coverage and superior transfer properties to enhance back-buttering. Ultralite S2 provides twice the coverage of standard thin-set. Formulated with Mapei’s Easy Glide Technology for ease of application. Mapei says this new mortar gives architects more flexibility. They can design dramatic spaces with large, lightweight thin […]

E-letter: Sex sells. Right.

We touch often on the issue of marketing for “occupied-space” product suppliers in Canada, but just when it seems it’s time to move over to something warm and fuzzy, along comes something like the most recent cover feature in Canada’s Marketing magazine: “Porn and Advertising: Will They Ever Hook Up?” Right about here is where […]

Put a hex on the job

Lunada Bay Tile’s new Agate Hexagon is the latest addition to the company’s Agate Glass collection. It is evocative of the precious stone found in volcanic formations, Lunada Bay says. Agate Hexagon tiles come in 15 colours and two finishes. The glass tiles can be used for both flooring and wall installations in wet or dry areas. Product is sustainable — tiles are made […]

Revisions to the Canada Labour Code: Danger-ous?

  By Jeremy Warning Although decried by organized labour, key amendments to Part II of the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) came into effect on Oct. 31, 2014. These amendments change the definition of “danger” in the Code and provide expanded obligations for the workplace parties when an employee exercises the right to refuse dangerous work. Organized labour has been vocal […]

Initial maintenance — what flooring contractors need to know

  For the past 22 years I have worked with architects, interior designers, general contractors and owners on commercial resilient flooring projects. I get asked all the time about initial maintenance of a given floorcovering material. As simple as it seems, it gets complicated. I start the conversation by asking, “Who is responsible for the initial maintenance?” It is widely assumed […]