Hardwood floors feature chased effects to add character

Chased effects have been added to three of the new hardwood floor products from PG Hardwood Flooring. Chased effects consist of a series of lines randomly placed on the boards to create character, texture and highlight contrast spots. If well-balanced, chased marks are a versatile and elegant addition, the company says. The Barista style is […]

Kick back with us

DEALS HAPPEN IN VEGAS and not just at the black jack tables. If you are attending The International Surfaces Event this month, your objective will be to play your cards right and come back to Canada with a winning hand. That’s why we go every year. As we pointed out 12 months ago, one of the first things […]

Ten-inch heavy duty worm drive table saw

Skilsaw has introduced a 10-inch heavy duty table saw with worm drive power train for maximum torque, and a patented Dual-Field motor that runs cool, the company says. The table saw features a 3-5/8-in. depth of cut that is said to rip through sheet goods and cross cuts 4x with ease and accuracy, as well […]

Multiculti material mix

Design flash adds warmth to dining experience OPERATING IN 35 COUNTRIES, Nando’s is an international restaurant chain that originated in South Africa, known for its Portuguese-style flame grilled chicken and welcoming hospitality. Drawing cues from Mozambican/Portuguese culture, the Oshawa, Ont., location combines earthy textures, rich warm colours and whimsical design elements with a hand-crafted appeal. According to Keith Rushbrook, partner […]

Mindful museums

Where manual and fine art meet By Paul Epp I go to a lot of museums. I see it as professional development. I’m kind of in that business myself. I design things and I try to do a good job. Museums collect and display things that are done well and this sometimes includes my work, which is, of course, […]

Train for certification

CFCRA brings CFI classes to Canada By Lee Senter The CFCRA is now authorized and accredited by the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) to offer their flooring certification classes in Canada. The CFI is an organization of flooring professionals whose purpose is to identify, train and certify flooring installers according to skill and knowledge, and to provide the Industry with […]

Big changes coming

Bill 148: Labour law in Ontario By David Alli At this point, many of us have heard about the increases to the minimum wage that will be taking effect across the province of Ontario. This change is part of the “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act,” also known as Bill 148, which is intended to update workplace laws across Ontario. […]

New handbook for tile industry

Update on standards, test methods By Dale Kempster Over the last few years there has been a lot of work conducted by various tile associations. This work has resulted in new standards, revisions and a new handbook that you should be aware of. There have been a lot of developments, making it an exciting time to be in the tile […]

Recycled buildings

Buildings that were once factories, mills, breweries or warehouses are increasingly being converted to occupied space. Sometimes a company expands office space into the warehouse or an old factory is converted into retail, offices or apartments. This is a way of recycling old buildings and the practice is widely known as “adaptive re-use.” Often existing wood or concrete floors that had never […]

Cultivating commercial

Growth opportunity with economies of scale — if you have the courage to play a long game THE COMMERCIAL FLOORCOVERING CLIENT can be just like a residential customer. Both are demanding, have different levels of product knowledge and both need your help — it’s just that the stakes are higher when a whole condo needs work compared to a single unit. Economies […]