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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Installments: Acclimation- Foundation for successful installations

January 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Installments: Acclimation- Foundation for successful installations

Jan 4/11; Volume 30/Number 14 By Christopher Capobianco As we approach colder months, it is wise to think about the way we work in times of extreme temperatures. Acclimation is the process of getting flooring materials to a jobsite in advance so the temperature of the space and material are the same during installation. While this is common practice in the wood and laminate segments, it is often ignored in resilient and carpet. If you...

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Installments: Getting the big picture from adhesive test data

August 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Installments: Getting the big picture from adhesive test data

Aug. 3/10; Volume 30/Number 4 By Graham Capobianco Of all the floor coverings used today, wood is the most demanding when it comes to adhesives. Wood flooring adhesives must be able to sufficiently bond to plywood or concrete, and must also be flexible enough to hold the wood while it goes through dimensional changes over the course of its lifetime and maintain a strong bond with the substrate as the flooring goes through these changes. All...

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