Luxury vinyl flooring addresses commercial interiors

Natural Creations from Armstrong Flooring was designed to address commercial interior performance needs and design trends. The collection is available in an array of modular shapes, sizes and patterns. Three collections, ArborArt, EarthCuts and Mystix, are inspired by the natural beauty of wood, as well as the colors and organic variations of stone and the […]

Thick mortar tackles commercial and industrial installations

Thick Bed Bedding Mortar from Custom Building Products is suitable for ceramic and natural stone tiles. The pre-blended underlayment specifically designed to float a mortar bed for ceramic and natural stone tile is said to be easy to mix and use, eliminating the need for site mixing of sand and cement. The mortar’s 3:1 mix […]

Antiqued ceramic marble for contemporary architecture

The fineness of antiqued marble, noble and precious, reinterpreted according to the needs of contemporary architecture, is said to be found in Magistra by Serenissima, a brand of Gruppo Romani. The porcelain stoneware collection is said to provide an interesting selection of sizes, colours and surface finishes. The Lux version is available in every marble […]

Northern wallflower

Negotiation partners take the dance floor HOUSING SUPPLIERS IN THE STATES are beginning to whine about tariffs, and not without cause. According to the National Association of Home Builders, tariffs averaging just over 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber exports to the U.S. are causing market volatility and putting upward pressure on housing prices. No […]

Epoxy setting floor and wall mortar

Kerapoxy 410 from Mapei bonds to urethane/epoxy mesh backings, exterior walls and other applications. Solvent-free, 100 percent-solids, the epoxy setting floor and wall mortar is suited for areas where the most chemical-resistant setting material is necessary. The product has high compressive strength, which is said to provide excellent impact strength in commercial facilities. It is […]

Trade show travel

Take a shopping trip on your customers’ behalf ALMOST EVERY FLOORING RETAILER has product that was sourced as a result of a visit to a floor covering trade show — or trade fair as they say in Europe. But do these events still call out to your showroom, like Sirens to Odysseus, sweetly singing about products […]

Outsiders

Designers set apart by their work I used to ask a fresh group of first year students to raise their hand if they considered themselves to be an outsider. Everyone would. Then I would suggest that they look around and realize that they were no longer outsiders, at least not within the environment of the […]

Built on Inuit tradition

Iceberg-inspired Nunavik cultural centre TRADITION MEANS THAT NUNAVIK’S Inuit north of the 55th parallel do not hesitate travelling long distances by plane to visit each other or to attend an important cultural event. Since fall 2017, the 10,000 people living in one of Nunavik’s 14 communities on Quebec’s northern peninsula can now gather in a […]

Training for all

Opportunities you cannot afford to miss I was performing a carpet inspection at an apartment building last month and met an old-timer in the flooring industry. He watched everything I was doing and commented that he had taken an inspection class previously and politely inquired about some of the tools I was using. After some […]

Digital assets: Don’t ignore this component of your estate plan

We draft wills and name executors to carry out our wishes for our assets when we die. Digital assets are becoming ever more present in our lives but are often overlooked in estate planning. Take a moment to contemplate your digital assets. Consider your digital devices — your desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone — and […]