Online app uses room smartphone photo to sell flooring options

Flooring websites have begun to implement an app that uses smartphone photos of consumers’ rooms to quickly demonstrate what the area would look like with different products superimposed, such as carpets, LVT and hardwood. The Evoke flooring brand of Metropolitan Hardwood Floors of Delta, B.C., and Toronto, Ont.-based Alexanian Carpet & Flooring have both added […]

3D virtual tours of home listings show off flooring

Realtor.com of Santa Clara, Calif., has announced the addition of Matterport 3D virtual home tours on for-sale and for-rent listings on the realtor.com iOS real estate app, which is available to Apple iPhone users. The high-resolution 3D mapping of the home provides a virtual walking tour — with the smartphone user’s thumb — that shows […]

ITC ruling : Bosch Reaxx saws excluded from U.S.

The SawStop table saw infringement case has reached a new threshold. Effective immediately, the Presidential review period for the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) cease and desist order has expired, and the ITC order is in force: The ITC order directs Customs to exclude Bosch Reaxx table saws, and components for those saws, including cartridges, […]

MIA+BSI announces 2016 Pinnacle Award Winners

The winners of the 2016 Pinnacle Awards were announced at the MIA+BSI: Natural Stone Institute Awards Luncheon at TISE 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev. For the ninth year, a Grande Pinnacle Award was presented to the best overall project — the Minnesota State Capitol renovation. Two Canadian projects won Pinnacle Awards both for the Commercial […]

New association for multilayer flooring standards

Seven of North America’s flooring companies have come together to found an association to serve the North American floorcovering industry. The Multilayer Flooring Association (MFA) of Calhoun, Ga., founding companies are Armstrong Flooring, CFL, Mannington, Metroflor, Novalis, Torlys and USFloors. Following the original seven, newer members that have joined include IVC/Mohawk, Congoleum and Earthwerks, with more at […]

2016 Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship

At the MIA+BSI Natural Stone Institute awards luncheon at Surfaces 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev., Jessica Lussier of Granit Design, located in Stanstead, Que., received the 2016 Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship. Lussier has been in the stone industry for less than three years, but she already knows this is where she wants to stay. […]

Coverings 2017 puts the spotlight on tiny homes

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., from April 4-7, 2017. Attendees will view a brand new iteration to the 8th annual Coverings Installation Design Showcase (IDS), with leading designers, contractors and master installers sharing their creative talent to install tile […]

NWFA announces 2017 training schedule

The National Hardwood Flooring Association of Chesterfield, Mo., has opened registration for its hands-on training courses throughout 2017. There will be two Canadian stops in Vancouver, B.C. — August 22-24 for Intermediate Installation and November 14-16 for Intermediate Sand & Finish. Intermediate Installation provides a three-day training program geared to sharpen installation skills, including job […]

Stone Tile hosts Toronto A&D community

Tile distributor Stone Tile International of Toronto, Ont., hosted its annual evening celebration for the Toronto architecture and design (A&D) community in November that coincided with the 25th anniversary of the company. More than 2,000 from the A&D community and building industry attended. Stone Tile has collections of natural stone, designer ceramic/porcelain tiles, and a […]

CFCRA names new president and board

The Canadian Flooring, Cleaning & Restoration Association (CFCRA) has elected a new president and board of directors. Lee Senter, owner of Senterprises, a floor cleaning, restoration and inspection group of companies based in Concord, Ont., and an IICRC instructor, is now acting CFCRA president, taking over from the outgoing Jason Walker of Stevens Omni in […]