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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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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