Where are the heroes?

Leadership and discipline inspire new talent I HAD A GREAT CALL last week from Gary Stark, an old-timer in the industry and a long-time design teacher in multiple schools. Thanks, Gary, for the lovely compliments to Coverings and the team. As the conversation wandered, Stark said something really interesting. He said our design colleges have […]

Installation communication

Setting realistic expectations can help installation teams For all of my 41 years in this industry, there has been deep concern for the shortage of qualified installers, and the situation is more serious now than ever. Retailers are frustrated by slipshod installation jobs, or we have customers feeling the floor covering they purchased is not […]

Secret recordings

Proactive workplace policies make sense The proliferation of mobile devices and related technologies has made it easier and more common for people to surreptitiously record private conversations. Even in the workplace, recording conversations is on the rise; people are frequently slipping their smartphones into their pocket and turning on their recording apps before the start […]

NFCA welcomes new Prairies and Maritimes members

The National Floor Covering Association of Canada (NFCA), based in Surrey, B.C., has recently welcomed Floors by Design of Regina, Sask., as a new member supporting quality assurance and best practices in Saskatchewan’s floor covering industry. Varty Floors of Saskatoon, Sask., has also joined the NFCA as a new member with same mandate in that […]

Low tech country living

Eastern Townships house fits landscape THE HATLEY HOUSE NEAR MAGOG, Que., sits up a dirt road out in the country amongst rolling hills, its high-pitched gables so typical of the area displayed proudly. The architecture firms Pelletier de Fontenay and François Abbott Architecture, both of Montreal, collaborated on the three-winged house. According to Yves de […]

Installers needed!

State of the industry remains the same I was on the phone with the president of the National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors (NICFI), Bob Blochinger, recently talking about the state of our industry. Bob is the head of a couple of other industry groups, including the consortium that is investigating the labour market and […]

Hand-me-down

Design solutions don’t come from a shelf “She’s long, she’s tall, she’s six feet from the ground, She’s tailor made, lord she ain’t no hand-me-down” … from Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel No. 4 We usually now use the term hand-me-down when we are referring to something that has been used and is now being recycled, like children’s […]

TTMAC offers online installation training

An online educational program introduced by the Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) is designed for anyone interested in the technical aspects of tile installation and is based on the TTMAC Specification Guide 09 30 00 Tile Installation 2016-2017. The program is geared toward the Installer who is looking for TTMAC Certification, but […]

Training train never stops

Installers need constant education to do jobs right THE FIVE Ws HAVE NEVER SEEMED MORE URGENT when it comes to being trained on floor coverings. Why do we train? Who gets training? When do we train? Where do we train? What products should we train on? There is so much to learn, but luckily there […]

Porcelain tile sports wood grain appearance

Lamosa USA has introduced Old Fashioned, a wood-look porcelain tile with a grain that recalls the character of whiskey. The tile is available in four colours, with 8 in. planks ranging from 24 to 48 in. long for a realistic look. The tile is suitable for commercial, kitchen, bathroom, outdoor and indoor use.