Installments: Offset labor shortage by seizing opportunities

March 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Installments: Offset labor shortage by seizing opportunities

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Graham Capobianco   President John F. Kennedy once said, “In crisis, be aware of the danger but recognize the opportunity.” This memorable quote is still relevant today, particularly as it pertains to the flooring industry’s well-documented labor shortage (the challenge) vs. the growth of the overall construction market (the opportunity). The construction industry has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. over the past...

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Installments: Tips for selecting stair treads

January 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Installments: Tips for selecting stair treads

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Mike Pigeon Quite a bit of thought is needed when it comes to stair tread selection. One word to keep in mind during this process is “application.” This is a very important concept when it comes to any type of flooring because installing flooring in the wrong application will end up in a failure. The same is true for stair tread applications. The first question you need...

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Installments: Entryway systems have both form and function

November 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Installments: Entryway systems have both form and function

November 7/14, 2016: Volume 31, Number 11 By Renee Hite In high-traffic commercial structures, flooring is one of the most critical components of an installation, but it’s usually the first thing that is compromised. An entryway is the first line of defense—the ideal starting point for trapping dirt and water. Quick fixes using carpet tiles are often preferred, but they might not be the best, most cost-efficient approach. Too often, less-expensive alternatives only add to...

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Installments: The benefits of joining an industry association

October 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Installments: The benefits of joining an industry association

October 10/17, 2016: Volume 31, Number 9 By Sarah Bays In 2010, the IRS recognized 92,331 trade and professional associations and 1,280,739 charitable and philanthropic organizations. With so many active associations within the U.S. alone, it is not surprising that you may have recently been solicited to join an association that aligns with your profession, trade or outside interest. Associations offer a wide range of benefits for both individuals and companies providing an avenue for...

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Installments: The benefits of joining an association

October 6, 2016 | Comments Off on Installments: The benefits of joining an association

By Sarah Bays According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 the IRS recognized 92,331 trade and professional associations and 1,280,739 charitable and philanthropic organizations. With so many active associations within the U.S. alone, it is not surprising that you may have recently been solicited to join an association that aligns with your profession, trade or outside interest. Associations offer a wide range of benefits for both individuals and companies providing an avenue for...

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Installation: Preventing hollow spots in hardwood flooring

August 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Installation: Preventing hollow spots in hardwood flooring

FCICA Installments Hollow spots in hardwood installations By John Brown One of the most frequent consumer complaints about hardwood flooring installations is the common creaky, hollow-sounding floor that can develop once the job is complete. Noisy floors are annoying and a nuisance that many homeowners prefer to do without. These hollow or loose spots can even detract from the overall visual and essence of a hardwood floor. Most hollow spots or loose areas in a...

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Installments: Avoiding hollow spots in hardwood flooring

July 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Installments: Avoiding hollow spots in hardwood flooring

July 4/11, 2016; Volume 30, Number 27 By John Brown One of the most frequent consumer complaints about hardwood flooring installations is the common creaky, hollow-sounding floor that can develop once the job is complete. These hollow spots can even detract from the overall visual and essence of a hardwood floor. Most hollow spots or loose areas in a glue-down wood floor come from not following the flooring and adhesive manufacturers’ installation specifications and limitations....

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Installments: Asbestos-containing products still linger

May 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Installments: Asbestos-containing products still linger

May 9/16, 2016; Volume 30, Number 23 By Christopher Capobianco Questions about the analysis and handling of asbestos-containing floor coverings continue to come up, although it’s been many years since they were sold. There is still a lot of this material on the floor and there is a lot of misunderstanding. Asphalt floor tile (AFT) and vinyl asbestos tile (VAT) were the primary asbestos materials, although felt backing in some sheet resilient floors and some...

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Installments: Choosing the right independent inspector

April 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Installments: Choosing the right independent inspector

April 25/May 2, 2016; Volume 30, Number 22 By Mike Newberry As a flooring contractor, a good resource to have available is an independent company that is qualified to perform inspections and testing services. Just keep in mind that your specific needs should be addressed when you hire an independent inspector. There are several critical things to look for when searching for an independent inspector and when it makes the most sense to hire one....

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Installments: The evolution of moldings

February 8, 2016 | Comments Off on Installments: The evolution of moldings

February 1/8; Volume 30/Number 16 By Bill Treiber For many years, ¾-inch solid wood flooring was seen as the primary leader of hard surface floors. Back in the 1600s, many of these hardwood floors were installed directly on dirt and the need for transitions did not exist. It wasn’t until the introduction of the International Building Codes (IBC) in the early 1970s that states began to adopt concerns for transitions on flooring. These codes quickly...

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