Factory and field: Mapei meets goals

WHEN I FIRST RECEIVED an open invitation at a trade show 18 months ago to visit Mapei facilities in Milan, Italy, if I was “in the neighbourhood,” the chance seemed remote at the time. There was also an added sweetener: the corporation owns U.S. Sassuolo, a top-flight (Serie A) soccer team in Italy and I’d […]

Installation training

Exciting opportunities are in the works My last column discussed the industry shortage of experienced and skilled flooring installers. It also discussed how the young people are not flocking to the industry. The reaction from the Coverings readers was both supportive and encouraging. The number of people who reached out to me from all over […]

Ceramic tile takes its cue from artist-inspired hues

Like miniature works of art, ceramic tiles in the Watercolors collection from Lunada Bay are said to express a handcrafted, artisanal aesthetic that shines in contemporary, country and coastal environments. From rich to delicate, earthy to aquatic, the shaded hues pay homage to the palettes of five famous painters, the company says. The multi-tint Green […]

Luxury vinyl tile installs quickly with no special tools

The SmartDrop Collection from Fuzion Flooring is loose lay luxury vinyl tile flooring that is said to install quickly over most subfloors, with no special tools, for an instant ready-to-live-on floor. Available in both 7 x 48 in. planks and 12 x 24 in. tiles, installation options include loose lay, glued down, perimeter glue or […]

Brick veneer installation mimics ceramic tile process

Royal Thin Brick is a brick veneer product from Ironrock that installs like ceramic tile. After firing, the product is tumbled to capture the essence of reclaimed brick, the company says. The veneer color palette consists of single tones and blends that are said to be reminiscent of the character of worn brick from a […]

E-letter: Clouds from both sides now

Watching politics these days is like watching a cloud of mosquitoes. If you focus on any individual, it can go in any direction, but if you back off and refocus, you can see it’s all one cloud and it moves as one. And you can’t get away from it. Sunday, France elected a man married […]

Attorney powers: Property and person

Although most individuals understand the importance of having a will, the importance of having a Power of Attorney for Property and a Power of Attorney for Personal Care is often overlooked. A Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives another individual the right to act on one’s behalf during the grantor’s lifetime. There […]

Laminate patent case judgement for Unilin

Unilin, headquartered in Wielsbeke, Belgium, was recently awarded a $1.17 million US judgment in compensation for the patent infringement of Granada Kitchen & Floor, Granada Wood & Cabinets, Inc., and NSL Trading Corporation — all of of Anaheim, Calif. — for past imports and sales of approximately 600,000 m² of glueless laminate flooring products that […]

Projects in Canada win at Ceramics of Italy

Now in its 23rd year, the internationally-juried Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has announced six winning projects at Coverings 2016 in Chicago, Ill., that represent the competition’s goal of honouring use of Italian tile in North American architecture and design, included two from Canada. Sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the […]

Flooring TV ad takes on big-box retailers

Carpet One Floor and Home, a cooperative of floor covering retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada headquartered in Manchester, N.H., has recently launched a new advertising campaign directly attacking big-box retailers. While some might consider this a bold strategy, Carpet One sees this as a win for smaller home improvement retailers trying to compete with […]