Archives for August 2019

Training train never stops

Installers need constant education to do jobs right THE FIVE Ws HAVE NEVER SEEMED MORE URGENT when it comes to being trained on floor coverings. Why do we train? Who gets training? When do we train? Where do we train? What products should we train on? There is so much to learn, but luckily there […]

Porcelain tile sports wood grain appearance

Lamosa USA has introduced Old Fashioned, a wood-look porcelain tile with a grain that recalls the character of whiskey. The tile is available in four colours, with 8 in. planks ranging from 24 to 48 in. long for a realistic look. The tile is suitable for commercial, kitchen, bathroom, outdoor and indoor use.

Waterproof backerboard prevents wall, floor moisture penetration

Introduced by James Hardie, HardieBacker 500 is said to be the first and only waterproof cement board. The product passes ANSI 118.10 for waterproofness and protects tile installation and wall cavities from moisture penetration, eliminating the need for added coating. The product is made from 90 percent Portland cement and sand with no loose aggregate […]

Anti-microbial effect ceramic tiles

The Tech Land ceramic tile collection from Natucer produces the colour of fired natural clay and its wide shading. The floor tile is said to offer a high resistance both to wear in the most demanding climates. Its high anti-slip resistance makes the product suitable to be used in wet areas. The tile surface has […]

Wood appearance gluedown LVT range extended

New visuals within the Art Select Wood gluedown LVT plank range from Karndean are designed with hand-carved embosses and beveled edges, crafted to enhance the unique grains, knots and textures of the woods that inspired them, some of which are no longer available or are cost-prohibitive in their natural state. Reclaimed Hickory, one visual in […]

Business management and estimating software integrates interface

RollMaster integrated flooring business management software users can now seamlessly integrate their data with MeasureSquare estimating software. The integration is said to drastically reduce time spent on the ordering process for flooring professionals. Users can measure jobs, originate quotes (complete with catalog SKUs) out to MeasureSquare, and receive the data back, ready to order. RollMaster […]

E-letter: Loose lips

My first in-town job was at a service station, where I did tire repair, oil changes and lubes, and was the gas jockey. The mechanic, Bernie, was an aging WWII veteran that kept to himself and shut himself in his camper from noon to 1:00. He refused to talk about anything but sports, weather and the news. He […]

Backpack vacuuming hardwood floors

There are four major benefits to cleaning hardwood floors with backpack vacuums, according to ProTeam. The company’s systems capture fine dust in a multi-level filtration system, keep the weight off the floor, clean without kicking up dust and permit users to match the tool to the surface. The 14 in. scalloped felt brush tool is […]

Tiles mimic natural stone or cement textures

Portobello America has introduced Ms. Barcelona porcelain from a fusion of materials like limestones, cements and basaltins. The effect is said to create a striking but minimalist surface combining veins and elements of natural stones or cement textures with aggregates, in a chromatic balance that converges into something unique. Formats include 90 x 90 cm, […]

Porcelain tile collection expands to larger format

Marvel Edge porcelain tiles from Atlas Concorde are available in three different looks (marble, concrete, and stone) and two finishes (matte and glossy), and a new 6 mm, 48 x 109 in. format that expands the collection. The tiles are compliant with standards EN 14411:2012 annex L group BIII and have a water absorption rating […]