Archives for March 2017

Treatment for polished marble and natural stone

Fila Chemicals has announced a new treatment for polished marble and natural stone called Fila Anti-Etch. The safe and odorless water-based treatment is said to provide resistance to stains and acid etching. The company adds that the product creates a polished barrier for countertop and work surfaces that will not yellow or discolor, that it […]

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, […]

Grouts add finishing touch to wood-look tiles

To improve the appearance of wood-look porcelain tiles, Mapei has created 10 grout colors that complement various shades of wood. From the lighter tawny shades of Bamboo and Acorn through the gradually deepening browns of Caramel, Pecan, Driftwood, Hickory and Walnut, the grouts are said to align themselves with natural wood colors. The light gray […]

Waterproof and dent resistant luxury flooring

Armstrong Flooring has introduced Pryzm, a waterproof luxury flooring product. Design, dent- and wear-resistance, waterproof technology and quick installation are the hallmarks of this flagship product, the company says. The 100 percent waterproof, wet mop friendly planks are suitable for high-moisture areas such as bathrooms and kitchens, as well as basements and mudrooms, the company […]

Luxury vinyl tiles offer intricate, realistic designs

The Art Select Stones collection of luxury vinyl tiles from Karndean Designflooring features designs inspired by travertine, marble, slate, and limestone. The 16 stone-look products come in a variety of sizes and formats, including the company’s new FreeLengths. Available in travertine-effect tiles, FreeLengths replicate popular stone plank visuals through 6 in. wide tiles that come […]

E-letter: Absolute grok

It’s beginning to look a lot like warfare…. Not bomb-and-gun warfare, to be sure, but warfare, nonetheless. For example, we elected Justin Trudeau in our quaint, non-voting-for-Justin Trudeau way; the Americans elected Donald Trump. If there are any similarities between the two, they are either very minor or I am missing something. Big-League. Last month […]

Pre-applied adhesive for LVT

Mannington Commercial has launched flooring with QuickStix backing to expedite the LVT installation process. The moisture resistance properties of the product, even with extreme subfloor moisture up to 99% RH and 18 lb MVER, means the backing not only sticks but can instantly stand up to walking and even heavy rolling loads, the company says. […]

Then-And-Now: The gold standard

When the Winnipeg, Man., manufacturing facility of the Royal Canadian Mint expanded into a full-time, state-of-the-art research and development centre to improve the its advanced plating technologies, the training facility left something to be desired. The 4,000 square foot training facility in the Hieu C. Truong Centre of Excellence allows the operations to deliver consulting, […]

Large format porcelain stone slabs

Porcelain stoneware slabs from Florim are in a single large format (exceeding 160 x 320 cm) available in three thicknesses (6, 12 and 20 mm) and different finishes. Consisting of a natural mixture of ceramic clays and mineral colours, the stone slabs are stain resistant, resistant to high temperatures and atmospheric stress, scratch-resistant, completely waterproof, […]

Investigating sexual harassment in the workplace

Happy Co. is a small company specializing in the production, sale and installation of custom flooring products in Ontario. Its head office, fabrication plant and retail location (the “plant”) has 20 employees. Happy Co.’s service and installation department also employs 20 employees (techs) that work off-site. At the beginning of each day, the techs must […]