VOC-free edge sealing compound

The Flex-Tred edge sealing compound from Wooster Products has no VOCs and is a one-part, high solids, elastomeric sealant. The solvent release product is ready to use without mixing, priming or heating. Applied by squeeze tube, the flexible compound seals the company’s Flex-Tred anti-slip tape to all types of metal including galvanized, wood, particleboard, plywood, EPDM and other kinds of rubber, thermoplastics, thermoset plastics, fibreglass and other fibre reinforced plastics, concrete, … [Read More...]

Better than hoped

Family business outlook: Snapshot in time IN THIS ISSUE’S CFCRA COLUMN by Lee Senter, you will see jobs that once were left unfilled for lack of any candidates now have more applicants than can be easily reviewed. For the meanwhile, that means downward pressure on wages and a good pool of applicants. These people may not be interested in staying around as the economy returns, but the future is pretty foggy and they may find the job you have is better than the job they don’t. The future … [Read More...]


The new age of training and development

I THINK WE HAVE ALL HEARD the statement “it’s a new world” enough that it’s tiring. By Lee Senter The subject of “the new world” certainly stimulates conversation and there are always lots of responses, but exactly what is new out there? What are we going to experience? How will things be different? The reality is that all levels of a company’s management team have likely been involved in … Read More...

The forgotten marketing metric: RESULTS

It was one of the few warm, early spring days in April. I was coasting back into the neighbourhood after a ride on the local bike trail, while such things were still open during the pandemic. Three of the little, neighbourhood girls were playing outside in the sun. The oldest saw me, stood up and yelled, “Hi, Kerry.” I was going too fast to address each by name, so I called back, “Good morning, … Read More...


VOC-free edge sealing compound

The Flex-Tred edge sealing compound from Wooster Products has no VOCs and is a one-part, high … Read More

Colour flocked, vinyl backed flooring

Forbo has launched a new range of its textile flooring designed for offices. The Flotex Colour … Read More

Decorative epoxy flooring

Florock Polymer Flooring has introduced the FloroStone Decorative Flooring System, a decorative … Read More

Smooth self-leveling underlayment

TEC Specialty has introduced Level Set 500 HF self-leveling underlayment (SLU) that is said to … Read More


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Important in the summer also! For floor coverers, the way we work in very cold or very warm weather is a detail that is often forgotten and, if not handled correctly, can lead to problems. We hear talk about “acclimation” and most often think of the cold weather months. However, I’ve seen as many, if not more, problems with flooring that is not properly acclimated in the summer. Delivering … Read More...

Necessity: Mother of invention

Temp, fast-track installations in the pandemic era First, to my readers, I hope that you, your colleagues and all of your families are keeping well in these uncertain times. As I am writing this, I have started my second month staying and working at home. I could fill these pages with what it has been like to live and work in these circumstances, but I am well and so is my family. I wish the same … Read More...

Clarifying vinyl options

WPC? SPC? LVT? SVT? VET? VCT? I spoke at a presentation for a large flooring contractor recently about a variety of flooring in the resilient category, especially vinyl and rubber. After the meeting, one of the industry veterans in the group pulled me aside. “Christopher, we have a lot of new people here, and they may be shy about asking a lot of questions. I think a lot of the lingo … Read More...

Revisiting a popular format: Installation Q&A

It has been over a year since I did a Q and A column, and the questions keep coming. So, here are some recent ones that I’ve been asked, or are based on situations that I have run into. Q: What problems do you see most often in “click” floating floors? A: This category continues to grow as more products with synthetic cores (WPC, HPC, rigid core, etc.) are entering the market and traditional … Read More...