Porcelain floor tiles and slabs reproduce marbling

Marmi 3.0 tiles for porcelain floor and ceramic wall applications from Iris Ceramica feature metallic tones and bold, glossy colour palette that are said to offer a shimmering richness to classic colours. Produced in Italy, the Maximum Marmi 120 x 60 large format slabs are inspired by the fine veins, colour variations, and elegant details […]

Duties and liabilities of directors and officers

It is a common misconception that if you are a director or officer of a private corporation you cannot be held personally liable for acting as such; after all, a corporation was incorporated to run your business to avoid personal liability. However, directors and officers of a corporation can be held personally liable should they […]

Two knees support installer careers

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as chronic back pain or shoulder problems, often take time to develop. Forceful exertion, awkward positions, hand-arm and whole-body vibration, contact stress, and repetitive tasks can add up over time to produce an MSD. This statement comes courtesy of Ontario’s Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) pamphlet on musculoskeletal hazards and […]

Stagecoach stop reno

Boutique hostel rhapsodizes bohemians BACK IN THE 19TH CENTURY, stagecoach travel meant that relay stations popped up all over North America, including Quebec. There would be a place to water, feed and rest horses, as well as accommodations for hungry, weary travelers. One such “le relais de la diligence” (relay station) built in 1849 in […]

Up-and-running

Does this scenario sound familiar? The floor covering contractor is complaining about poor site conditions, the confusion around who is responsible for what on site and having to fight for legitimate extras. Meanwhile, the construction manager is complaining about flooring contractors rejecting slabs and consultants issuing boilerplate specs. Building owners are caught in the middle, […]

Evolution of safety floors

Although it’s not an “official” category of its own, for over 30 years, there has been a resilient flooring product commonly called “Safety Flooring.” This material was developed in Europe as a resilient flooring option for wet slip resistance that is an alternative to quarry tile or poured epoxy. By incorporating an abrasive aggregate such […]

Alternatives to virtuous vegetation

I hate kale. I realize that that’s not very politically-correct of me. Kale is overfull of virtue and its consumption will undoubtedly keep me cancer-free and wholesome in every way. But I don’t like it. I kind of wish I did, but I don’t and the vague social compulsion I feel to embrace it actually […]

Thermal membrane warms and protects floor tiles

The Mapeguard Heat membrane introduced by Mapei provides customizable, targeted heating for interior floors, regardless of room dimension or configuration. The lightweight uncoupling membrane is designed to provide load support and vapour management, as well as crack-isolation and waterproofing protection when used in ceramic, porcelain and natural-stone tile installations. For use with plywood, concrete and […]

Clear UV waterbase topcoat and sealer protects wood surfaces

Canlak has introduced Series 226, a product that is a clear UV topcoat/sealer, suitable for woodwork such as doors, panels, flooring, stairs and furniture that require excellent resistance properties. It combines UV and water-based technologies, making it a very specialized product in the market, the company says. Thickness application ranges from 2.5 to 3 mils […]

Odor-neutralizing technology uses absorption

Eco-friendly ScentGuard odor neutralizer from Beaulieu Canada works to absorb odors and break down odors, giving the home a fresh and neutral scent. The treatment is available in the Tyresse, Tryesse Pro and Tryesse Ultra series of carpets. ScentGuard acts in 90 minutes to elimate 90 percent of the odors. Treated carpets have been tested […]