Archives for September 2019

Pre-mixed grout reflects tile colours

Pro Grout One Luminance from Proma is a professional-grade, ready-to-use premixed grout with Smart Color Technology, which produces a translucent chameleon effect that blends with the colour of tile. The grout can also be used to install mosaic tile sheets up to 12 x 12 in. on floors and walls. Said to be extremely easy […]

Colour synthetic flooring boasts textile acoustic properties

The Flotex Colour range from Forbo is said to combine the warmth, comfort and acoustic properties of textile flooring with the practical and hygienic considerations of a synthetic material. The flocked flooring range has ultra-low volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions and zero phthalates, and also holds allergy approvals. The collection is available in five designs, […]

Ceramic floor tiles present geometrical patterns

FS Yard ceramic floor tile from Peronda offers a geometrical pattern said to bring personality to living spaces. The tile model comes in 3 colours – black, blue and sage – combinable with the company’s FS-0 model and with the FS Ivy collection. FS Yard also features a rectangular glossy monochrome wall tile model called […]

Workspace flooring provides raised access for commercial spaces

Raised access flooring that offers practical benefits in commercial premises has been announced by Havwoods International. The Magna magnetic raised access flooring system can be used for any of the company’s Venture Plank, Henley or Relik collections — totalling about 150 tongue-and-groove, engineered wood floor planks. For commercial refurbishments, the range is said to be […]

E-letter: Confidential? You bet.

Do you know anybody that would like to become an editor? Coverings is looking for a four-month intern. Details follow this month’s commentary.   In March of 2018, U.S. President Trump voiced concerns to PM Trudeau that China might use its Canadian connections to transship steel and avoid U.S. tariffs. That’s interesting, if you think about it. For one thing, the […]

Vertical thermostat for underfloor heating systems

The 4iE Portrait thermostat Warmup is designed to fit a common vertical mounting box. An expansion of the company’s 4iE product line, the Portrait series has been designed identically to the original Horizontal 4iE specification with only orientation as the difference. Both thermostats allow for efficient and convenient use of underfloor heating systems. Using the […]

Ceramic tile collection in two new formats

Tau has announced the first Capsule Edition of its Fluid collection. The two new formats added to the four-series portfolio are in 90 x 90 and 25 x 150 cm sizes. Brest is a strong wood of broad and deep vein in the new 25 x 125 format that is presented in four colours with […]

NFCA: The right thing

Promoting awareness, understanding and action Since the revitalization of NFCA in 2015, we have been sharing our message with the industry via a multitude of channels — media, trade shows, architectural lunch-and-learns, seminars for flooring and general contractors, building owners and project managers. The overall message underlines the importance of planning the floor covering portion […]

Where are the heroes?

Leadership and discipline inspire new talent I HAD A GREAT CALL last week from Gary Stark, an old-timer in the industry and a long-time design teacher in multiple schools. Thanks, Gary, for the lovely compliments to Coverings and the team. As the conversation wandered, Stark said something really interesting. He said our design colleges have […]

Installation communication

Setting realistic expectations can help installation teams For all of my 41 years in this industry, there has been deep concern for the shortage of qualified installers, and the situation is more serious now than ever. Retailers are frustrated by slipshod installation jobs, or we have customers feeling the floor covering they purchased is not […]