Archives for June 2013

How to attract trainees? Consider them customers!

A SIMPLE ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT CAN HELP RECRUIT AND RETAIN WORKERS IN THE FLOORING TRADE Academy Canada is a career college with three campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador, and it has created something rather unique in Canada: an independent floor-installer program. And, by most measures, it looks great. It was created to meet the demands of […]

Old design, new look

Imagine Tile says it is known for its ability to create any design in durable, commercially-related tile. Enter the company’s Jacquard Collection, which includes Damask Modern (pictured) and Baroque Motif — both patterns that embrace old-world design but with a new look in a large-format porcelain tile. Damask Modern draws inspiration from a global design […]

The old man and the sea

Ernest Hemingway called Cuba home for nearly 20 years. From his grand Spanish colonial estate outside Havana, he penned some of his finest and most memorable works. This time-worn and authentic antiquing of the Old Havana Collection from Ernest Hemingway Hardwood Floors offers the same casual Caribbean charm that the great author found so enticing […]

Canadian housing starts set for quick rebound

OTTAWA, Ont. — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) expects housing starts to regain momentum in the later part of the year and/or into 2014, as employment, economic growth and net migration are forecast to improve over the forecast horizon. Overall, total annual housing starts are expected to be lower in 2013 compared to 2012, mostly […]

The hard stuff

Teragren’s Synergy floating floor with Xcora is described by the company as being 154-percent harder than red oak. The wider and longer square-edged planks of this floor lock together quickly and can complement a variety of decors. The planks contain square edges on all four sides. Each box contains all 72-inch lengths. The floor also […]

When in distress

The Fine Sawn collection from DuChateau Floors conveys a statement of fashion and functionality which brings inspiration to any atmosphere. The finishing technique is fine sawn and displays contoured distress, which accents the floor, brings out a new feel, but still maintains its fit. Sought by designers for its unique trend in design, the Fine […]

Bringing it home

Exotic designs from Asia inspired the Silk Road collection from Saint-Gaudens Tile. Jewellery-grade bronze and gemstone overlays are combined with high quality, waterjet-cut marble for a luxurious combination of patterns and material. The designs are carried into glass tiles that shimmer with the lustre of ancient Roman glass. From her travels to India and Istanbul, […]

Tile right over

One-piece shower pans from Tile Redi offer end users the autonomy to have the design of their choice on the floor of a shower. These shower pans offer benefits for key buyers and decision makers in hospitality and healthcare. These benefits include leak-proof design, short installation times and a pre-pitched feature to optimize drainage. Customers […]

‘Bubble mongers’ thwarted

That’s the message from a Financial Post analysis of the housing market. We’ve been saying this at Coverings for years now, quite literally. Other “experts” have been predicting the bursting of Canada’s so-called housing bubble, yet the housing and construction sectors have been amazingly resilient — and consistently so. In other words, if there is some […]

It’s the painterly colours

Like its fashion namesake, the Couture collection by Kentwood is a showcase for exquisitely-designed, meticulously-crafted, and elegantly-finished products that will appeal to a select client. From the lush luxury of the Fantasy series (pictured) to the sleek elegance of Chevron Herringbone, the Couture collection offers unique visions to inspire and transform a living space. The […]