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 […]

Q&A 2016: Answers to installation queries

I haven’t done a Q&A column here in Coverings in over a year, and a few things came up on projects this month that I felt were worth sharing. Have questions? Please send them here to Coverings,, and we will dig into the subject on a future column. In the meantime, here are some […]

Vinyl tile confusion

In today’s world of vinyl tile, it’s easy to get confused. As the vinyl tile category continues to grow, I see confusion among installers about installation methods, adhesives and floor prep. Some of it is just the nature of so many different terms being tossed around these days; VCT, VET, HVT, Solid Vinyl, Quartz tile, […]

New standard, old installation methods: cork tile

I’ve been involved with cork flooring for the past 15 years, some of that time as a technical support consultant for two cork companies, and some of that time in commercial sales, which I’ve been doing since 2007. Cork flooring comes as traditional cork tile that is glued down, and as engineered planks that are […]

Be aware of concrete moisture

One of the most common problems in the floor covering industry continues to be floor failures related to excess moisture and high alkalinity at the surface of the concrete. By Christopher Capobianco All floor coverings are affected, including carpet, resilient, wood, laminates, coatings, stone, and tile. The symptoms include gaps between tiles, adhesive oozing, carpet […]

Floating floors: Easy, but not foolproof

By Christopher Capobianco   Last month, I was moderator for a panel of experts invited to speak at the TISE (Surfaces) trade show in Las Vegas. The topic was floating floors: specifically the “click” category as opposed to other loose-lay resilient floors. I found myself learning a lot from my fellow presenters, and since it’s […]