Adhesive Q&A

Having been in floor covering for 40 years now, I’ve asked my share of questions about adhesives and in the last 26 years on the wholesale side, have also been asked a lot of those questions. Here are a few common ones. Q: Is there anything better than standard urethane adhesive for wood floors? A: […]

Improved techniques make concrete testing easier

It wasn’t until the 15th of my 40 years in the industry that I had to seriously deal with the question of concrete moisture testing prior to floor covering installation. I had spent my career on the residential side of the business, and it was not an issue that came up very often. When it […]

Tips for beautiful custom resilient floors

With more products in the commercial resilient category than ever, custom design work is continuing to be used on a variety of projects. At first glance, they can be intimidating projects, especially those that have borders, medallions, or other custom inlay work. With careful planning, these jobs can be beautiful and profitable for the installer. […]

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 […]

Sealing carpet seams

We’ve all seen it, those of us in the business who are always looking down, but also members of the regular public who can’t help but notice. What I’m talking about are unraveling seams in carpet, or just visible seams that draw your eye. When I started in the business in the early 1970s, I […]

More about installing by-the-book: Standards Q & A

My last column about the importance of industry standards raised a number of questions, and I hope it answered some questions as well. I just started my 40th year in floor covering, and the industry has done a good job establishing a large number of written guidelines that cover the variety of flooring materials and […]

Why standards matter

Ignoring “the book” brings high liability I have been involved in many a complaint on floor coverings when a particular industry standard was cited as not having been followed. This placed responsibility for whatever went wrong in any number of places, from the architect that didn’t write the standard into the specifications, to the general […]

Health care challenges

Plenty of opportunity if you mind the details FEW SEGMENTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY are as hot as health care right now. I’ve been involved in a lot of resilient floor projects in health care from the specification, installation and inspection side, and have seen failure and success. Depending on the use and the budget, […]

Lippage and assumptions

I recently had to inspect an installation of porcelain floor plank. The complaint was “chipping.” Because it was a porcelain product, I was surprised because these products have the reputation for durability and I’d not heard of a case of this type of wear before. The project was a wood-look plank in a “café” area […]

Stuff matters

I recently looked at a problem floor that turned out to be related to how the installer timed the adhesive. In this case, it was solid vinyl tile (sometimes called luxury vinyl) in a wood-look plank. It was was installed glued down over a concrete slab. The installer did a nice job, having prepared the […]