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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Installments: Initial maintenance is vital

July 10, 2015 | Comments Off on Installments: Initial maintenance is vital

July 6/13; Volume 30/Number 2 By Bill Luallen Almost every resilient flooring product today has the same statement in its instructions: After installation, initial maintenance must be performed prior to use. Unfortunately, these documents are often ignored and seem to make for better dustpans than casual reading. Flooring contractors have immeasurable involvement throughout the lifespan of a job, from bid documents to punch out, but a vital step is often overlooked. Initial maintenance varies and is...

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Installments: Bamboo accessories: Trends, tools and tips

May 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Installments: Bamboo accessories: Trends, tools and tips

April 13/20, 2015; Volume 29/Number 1 By Bill Treiber Bamboo accessories (moldings, treads, risers and vents) always follow bamboo flooring trends. Today’s popular trend—woven, strand woven or stranded bamboo construction—differs dramatically from horizontal and vertical construction. Instead of gluing strips of bamboo together in a uniform way, strands of bamboo fibers are compressed under intense pressure to form the floorboards. Part of the appeal of woven bamboo is its unique visuals. Manufacturers can create exotic...

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Installments: Add to your bottom line with hardwood accessories

May 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Installments: Add to your bottom line with hardwood accessories

May 25/June 1, 2015; Volume 29/Number 4 By Bill Treiber Buying, selling and installing accessories can sometimes be a challenge for floor covering professionals. Moldings, vents, treads and adhesives are often difficult products to handle, let alone ensure profitability from sales. In addition, accessories are notoriously difficult to buy in the right inventory quantities—just ask distributors who try to stock them profitably. This is often due to the inability to accurately forecast sales. To add...

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Installments: Sweat the small stuff

February 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Installments: Sweat the small stuff

February 2/9, 2015; Volume 28/Number 16 By Christopher Capobianco I began working in this business in 1971 as an installer’s helper and since then have seen several sides of the floor covering process as a retailer, a manufacturer’s rep and an inspector. On the other hand, I have been a homeowner for almost 30 years so I have also been on the customer side of home improvements. In recent years I have hired contractors for...

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Installments: How to effectively address claims

January 19, 2015 | Comments Off on Installments: How to effectively address claims

January 19/26, 2015; Volume 28/Number 15 By Sonny Callaham Over the past 23 years of my career in floor covering I have been involved with every side of the claims process. I started out as the service department manager of a large flooring contractor in central Florida. My day-to-day responsibilities included many of the typical issues of any flooring contractor, but my favorite part was going out and meeting with clients to see what the...

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Installments: Progress in concrete moisture testing

January 16, 2015 | Comments Off on Installments: Progress in concrete moisture testing

January 5/12, 2015; Volume 28/Number 14 By Jason Spangler Human nature often leads us to stick with the familiar. It seems safer that way. If that’s how people have always done it, it must be right, right? Well, as it pertains to measuring the moisture condition in concrete, advances in science are rapidly leading the industry away from its most common test method. The most widely used test in America is the calcium chloride test...

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Installments: Cork, a guide for specification, installation, maintenance

November 18, 2014 | Comments Off on Installments: Cork, a guide for specification, installation, maintenance

November 10/17, 2014; Volume 28/Number 11 By Christopher Capobianco Cork tile has been around for about 100 years and is still widely used for floors and walls, especially commercially. I find it intimidates some people, but if specified, installed and maintained correctly, the result can be a beautiful, warm, quiet, environmentally friendly floor that will last for decades. I’ve worked with cork full- time for the past 14 years, both in sales and as a...

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Installments: The installation VIP

October 31, 2014 | Comments Off on Installments: The installation VIP

October 13/20, 2014; Volume 28/Number 9 By David Stafford There is often that moment during projects when the wrong call can spell disaster, or when a cunning, astute decision pulls a win from certain defeat. Frequently, that very important person is the installation manager. I once had a multi-story floor replacement project that was going down the tubes. It was July, the HVAC wasn’t working properly, there were other trades in the way, and the...

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