Tile alignment spacer also sets grout spacing

Pearl Abrasive has introduced Tuscan SeamClip TruSpace, an all-in-one tool that brings tiles into alignment and sets the grout spacing without the need for additional spacers. Clips hold tiles in place until they are set, then are easily snapped off leaving a level tile surface. Units are colour-coded for set grout sizes of 1/32, 1/16, […]

Rigid core vinyl planks have an attached underpad

AquaPlus rigid core vinyl planks from Floors@Work are made from a stone plastic composite. The main component is lime stone (calcium carbonate), along with PVC powder and a stabilizer. The floor’s layers consist of a UV Coating, scratch resistant paper, decorative paper film, core board and attached under pad. Features include: 100 percent water proof, […]

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 […]