Installation: Underlayments put moisture protection to the test

March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Installation: Underlayments put moisture protection to the test

March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Megan Salzano   While a seemingly ancillary product, underlayments have become increasingly more important to the flooring industry. Not only do they help boost the bottom line for retailers and contribute to successful installations across product categories, but the segment also provides protection against a growing consumer concern: moisture incursion. Subfloor moisture that can adversely affect the integrity of a flooring system may have always been a...

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Installation: Molding intros tout form and function

March 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Installation: Molding intros tout form and function

March 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 20 By Megan Salzano   Consumers can sometimes forget the finishing touches necessary to complete a new flooring installation. Accessory items, such as trim and molding, not only help to create a flawless installation but also add to a retailer’s overall project sale. At this year’s International Surfaces Event, held in Las Vegas in January, trim and molding manufacturers showcased innovative new products meant to help retailers grow sales...

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Adhesive: Suppliers up the ante with latest innovations

February 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Adhesive: Suppliers up the ante with latest innovations

February 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 19 By Ken Ryan   Leading adhesives manufacturers are coming to market with new products that claim to be faster, stronger and safer than previous iterations. Indeed, many of the new offerings boast enhanced eco-friendly properties, are able to cure underwater and be installed in higher relative humidity (RH) conditions. Following are some recent introductions from those manufacturers: Ardex The new Henry 647 PlumPro was engineered for today’s fast-track...

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Laticrete looks to pull out all the stops at TISE 2019

November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Laticrete looks to pull out all the stops at TISE 2019

November 26/December 3, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 12 By Nicole Murray   Laticrete is preparing to showcase its breadth of products at The International Surface Event (TISE) 2019 in Las Vegas. Following is a preview: Laticrete Strata_Heat is an electric radiant floor heating system designed to go under tile and stone flooring. The system uses thermal diffusion technology to uniformly distribute heat through the adhesive, which results in an evenly heated flooring surface. The system...

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Installation: ­­J-Lock spacers keep floating floors in check

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: ­­J-Lock spacers keep floating floors in check

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By Mara Bolletieri Stop me if you’ve heard this one: 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 perimeter of the installation, he finds the planks keep...

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Installation: Latest adhesives tackle subfloor moisture issues

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: Latest adhesives tackle subfloor moisture issues

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   A floor’s ability to resist water starts with a properly prepared subfloor. To that end, many adhesive manufacturers are developing moisture-mitigating products and systems to assist installers during the installation process. Following is a sampling of some of the new adhesives and systems designed to inhibit moisture in the subfloor. DriTac DriTac 7800 Supreme Green is DriTac’s latest multifunctional adhesive solution for the...

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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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