Installation: J-Lock spacers keep floating floors in check

October 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: J-Lock spacers keep floating floors in check

By Mara Bollettieri   J-Lock spacers are designed to hold floating floors firmly in place during the installation process. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: So an installer is getting ready to lay down a laminate floor. He has all the necessary tools for the job—including the plastic, wedge-style spacers that came with the standard installation kit he purchased at the store. While the spacers were designed to ensure the requisite space around the...

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Installation: For underlayment suppliers, silence is golden

September 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: For underlayment suppliers, silence is golden

Sound-deadening padding provides noise-control solutions September 3/10, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 6 By Reginald Tucker In today’s fashion-centric world of flooring, a lot of emphasis is placed on style and design. But it’s important to not overlook what lies beneath the flooring—specifically underlayments. Not only can these innovative, functional products extend the life of the flooring materials they support, but they also provide numerous benefits for end users, especially noise suppression. Centaur Centaur Sound Reducer...

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Installation: Adhesives aim to ease the task at hand

August 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: Adhesives aim to ease the task at hand

August 6/13, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 4 By Ken Ryan The installation crisis—a shortage of installers and a lack of skilled workers—has created a backlog of business for many flooring dealers who worry that projects will not be completed satisfactorily or on a timely basis. In today’s environment, products that can ease the burden for installers and save time and money for dealers are golden. Fortunately, many of today’s new adhesives add value to the...

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Installation: Latest adhesives promote eco-friendly attributes

June 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: Latest adhesives promote eco-friendly attributes

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Lindsay Baillie Adhesive manufacturers are continuing to develop premium environmentally friendly products as a means to stay in lockstep with the flooring industry’s continuous push toward greener floors. Many of today’s green adhesives are FloorScore certified, solvent free and contain zero VOCs—all of which help contribute points to LEED. These qualities are all beneficial to the end user and environment as well as the installers who...

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Installation: ‘Blazer’ tool makes quick work of laying cove base

May 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: ‘Blazer’ tool makes quick work of laying cove base

By Reginald Tucker David Low, a floor covering installer with 25 years under his belt, had grown tired of pulling muscles, busting his knuckles and otherwise breaking his back when laying down wall base—particularly on large jobs. But he wasn’t quite ready to hang up his tools and knee pads altogether, so he decided to do something about it. Using a little ingenuity—and a lot of imagination—Low crafted a crude dolly device that would not...

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Installation: Self-levelers solve subfloor prep issues

May 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: Self-levelers solve subfloor prep issues

April 30/May 7, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 23 By Lindsay Baillie Retailers, installers and contractors know that what’s underneath a floor is just as critical to a consumer’s long-term happiness as the floor’s overall look and feel. For the consumer to get the most out of her floor over the life of the product, installers need to properly prep the substrate. To assist installers with this crucial step, manufacturers are developing new self-levelers to help...

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Guru USA looks to make a splash in North America

April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Guru USA looks to make a splash in North America

Europe-based waterproof membrane supplier seeks opportunity for expansion April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Mara Bollettieri   Guru USA knows a thing or two about waterproof membranes for ceramic tile flooring and wall installations. The Spain-based company brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of waterproofing membranes, shower drain systems and other accessories designed to advance installation performance and increase sales opportunities for its customers. Derick Cooper, national sales and...

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Mohawk accessory program aims to complete the package

March 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Mohawk accessory program aims to complete the package

March 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 19 By Reginald Tucker   To many retailers, Mohawk is regarded as a supplier of all manner of hard- and soft-surface products, including hardwood, laminate, LVT/P, ceramic and carpet, to name a few. But the supplier is looking to remind dealers that it also provides a vast array of accessories. Among Mohawk’s line of complementary installation products are: transitions and moldings, flooring adhesives, underlayments and care/maintenance items such as...

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MagneBuild seeks to address installation issues

February 26, 2018 | Comments Off on MagneBuild seeks to address installation issues

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Ken Ryan   While it might not solve the installation crisis entirely, there is hope that MagneBuild by Magnetic Building Solutions (MBS), a new magnetic flooring system, may be the breakthrough technology the industry needs. Winner of a Best of Surfaces Award for Technology (see page 10 in this issue), this underlayment system from MBS uses magnetic technology as the foundation for all types of floors. To...

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Installation: Flooring dealers grapple with tight labor market

February 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: Flooring dealers grapple with tight labor market

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Ken Ryan   A strengthening economy coupled with an increasingly tight labor market—with unemployment at 4.1% nationally—has exacerbated the installation crisis for many dealers, observers say. The issue has forced some to turn work away because of a scarcity of crews, while others are having to pay substandard mechanics more just to retain them. While flooring dealers say business is still up in 2018, they believe the...

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