Longer resilient planks provide extended visual appearance

The Splitwood resilient collection has been introduced by Patcraft. Available in 9 x 60 in. planks, the collection is said to embrace the innate beauty of worn wood, turning natural imperfections into versatile design features. By elevating the traditional wood visual with the addition of a metallic ink within the splits and grain, the bronze, […]

Water-based polyurethane topcoat covers various wood species

W120 from Canlak is a one-component clear water-based polyurethane topcoat that is said to provide excellent durability and chemical resistance. It is recommended for use over various wood species. Technical specifications include: viscosity (25ºC) — 74±2 sec (FC#4); solid percentage by weight of 31±2%; solid percentage by volume of 30±2 (at application); VOC 93 g/L; […]

Fibre-reinforced, polymer-modified flexible floor tile adhesive

Ardex X78 from Ardex is a fibre reinforced, polymer modified floor tile adhesive, which has been formulated with Microtec Technology. When mixed with water, a smooth, creamy, pourable mortar is produced which easily enables full coverage to be achieved on the back of floor tiles, the company says. It also has double extended open time […]

Luxury vinyl sheets install over existing flooring

TruTEX LVS (luxury vinyl sheet) from Tarkett installs over most existing floor coverings and is said to greatly reduce the time spent preparing concrete and plywood subfloors. From kids’ bathrooms to damp basements, the LVS moisture management system resists mold, mildew and moisture staining, backed by the AquaGuard guarantee. Beyond Tough brand backing protects against […]

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 […]

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 […]