Archives for May 2020

Versatile grout for narrow and wide joints

Pro Grout Max from Proma is a grout formulated with an aggregate for grouting both narrow and wide joints (1/16 to 1 in.). The VOC-free product is suitable for grouting most types of ceramic and porcelain tiles, quarry tiles, pavers, natural and engineered dimension stones, granite, slate, glass tile and mosaics. The efflorescence-free grout is […]

Real wood look laminates

The Adore laminate flooring collection from Taiga Building Products features real wood looks in a variety of styles and colours. Valinge Drop Lock 2G technology decreases installation times by half, the company says. Features include a 25-year residential warranty, glueless locking system, four-sided V-groove, formaldehyde free and E1 emissions rating. The 1216 x 196 mm […]

Radiant under floor heating

The Strata_Heat radiant floor heating system introduced by Laticrete consists of a floor heating wire, an uncoupling mat, a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat and what is said to be the world’s first heat conductive thin-set additive. The system provides comfort and warmth in spaces where more uniform and efficient heat source is valued, the company says. […]

Versatile sanded grout

Polyblend Plus Sanded Grout from Custom Building Products has all of the features of its original Polyblend, plus some enhancements to improve performance, finished colour, and colour consistency. It is now an ANSI A118.7 polymer-modified, cement-based sanded grout that produces hard, dense joints that resist shrinking, cracking, and wear. The product is suitable for vitreous, […]

E-letter: Coming out of hiding

There was an encouraging bit of news out of China last week. Disneyland Shanghai announced its reopening, and was rewarded with its opening-day ticket sales selling out in hours. Granted, the ticket sales were limited to 30 percent of normal, but if the markets were looking for fear or caution, they did not find it.  There is also good news […]

Pre-cast customizable shower bases

Wetstyle has introduced its FEEL collection of pre-cast shower bases. With its single slab construction and customizable availability, the collection is said to leverage refined moulding techniques that enable textures to be replicated on shower base surfaces. The result is the clean, sleek, natural stone appearance, the company says. Developed from an innovative, high-density stone […]

BCFCA webinar featuring Kerry Knudsen

Kerry Knudsen, Coverings editor and publisher, was invited to speak to the British Columbia Floor Covering Association on May 7, 2020. His topic was Broken field runners: Post-Covid strategies and tactics. View his presentation here.

Pandemic has paralyzed business

…SO LET’S TALK ABOUT DOPE I AM AWASH IN COVID, SO LET’S TAKE A BREAK. Let’s talk about dope. I was talking to a landscaper the other day. He said he never thought he’d see the day that it’s legal to smoke grass and illegal to cut it. But there it is: Covid. Folks are […]

The Joy of Design

My take on the ultimate how-to manual Lately, I’ve found myself busy being a designer. It seems that I should describe this as working, but it actually feels more like playing. That might be more accurate, as there isn’t likely to be any remuneration downstream, but it’s still essentially the same activity that paid my […]

Associations have role to fill

Practises after pandemic It has always been a bit unusual to write a column six-to-eight weeks in advance and be able to deliver a message that is suitable for the times. You never knew for sure what would happen in the coming weeks, but you could write considering for what will “likely happen.” But the […]