Archives for September 2018

Quartz collection easy to maintain and heat resistant

The Boutique Collection line from HanStone Quartz is said to vary from soft whites to subtle grey tones with long wispy veins and movement. The quartz collection is the first to be created on the company’s second production line featuring Breton Technology. Using robotic arms, the new equipment is able to create effects that closely […]

Earplugs reduce the risk of hearing loss and tinnitus

Workers who are exposed to sudden loud impacts or sustained loud sounds, but also want to hear naturally when sound levels are safe, can protect themselves from hearing loss and tinnitus with HD•15 electronic earplugs from Etymotic. The electronic earplugs allow safe sounds to pass through, as though nothing is in the ears, yet instantaneously […]

Luxury vinyl flooring addresses commercial interiors

Natural Creations from Armstrong Flooring was designed to address commercial interior performance needs and design trends. The collection is available in an array of modular shapes, sizes and patterns. Three collections, ArborArt, EarthCuts and Mystix, are inspired by the natural beauty of wood, as well as the colors and organic variations of stone and the […]

E-letter: The media the enemy — is Trump right?

It’s going to be a busy month behind the scenes for our sector, starting on September 19 or 20 in Southern Ontario, when The National Floor Covering Association (NFCA) will host a flooring education on Moisture Testing, Floor Flatness and National Standards. The first seminar will be Wednesday the 19th in Cambridge; the second will […]

Thick mortar tackles commercial and industrial installations

Thick Bed Bedding Mortar from Custom Building Products is suitable for ceramic and natural stone tiles. The pre-blended underlayment specifically designed to float a mortar bed for ceramic and natural stone tile is said to be easy to mix and use, eliminating the need for site mixing of sand and cement. The mortar’s 3:1 mix […]

Antiqued ceramic marble for contemporary architecture

The fineness of antiqued marble, noble and precious, reinterpreted according to the needs of contemporary architecture, is said to be found in Magistra by Serenissima, a brand of Gruppo Romani. The porcelain stoneware collection is said to provide an interesting selection of sizes, colours and surface finishes. The Lux version is available in every marble […]

Northern wallflower

Negotiation partners take the dance floor HOUSING SUPPLIERS IN THE STATES are beginning to whine about tariffs, and not without cause. According to the National Association of Home Builders, tariffs averaging just over 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber exports to the U.S. are causing market volatility and putting upward pressure on housing prices. No […]

Epoxy setting floor and wall mortar

Kerapoxy 410 from Mapei bonds to urethane/epoxy mesh backings, exterior walls and other applications. Solvent-free, 100 percent-solids, the epoxy setting floor and wall mortar is suited for areas where the most chemical-resistant setting material is necessary. The product has high compressive strength, which is said to provide excellent impact strength in commercial facilities. It is […]

Trade show travel

Take a shopping trip on your customers’ behalf ALMOST EVERY FLOORING RETAILER has product that was sourced as a result of a visit to a floor covering trade show — or trade fair as they say in Europe. But do these events still call out to your showroom, like Sirens to Odysseus, sweetly singing about products […]


Designers set apart by their work I used to ask a fresh group of first year students to raise their hand if they considered themselves to be an outsider. Everyone would. Then I would suggest that they look around and realize that they were no longer outsiders, at least not within the environment of the […]