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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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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