Installation: With underlayments, silence is the golden rule

September 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Installation: With underlayments, silence is the golden rule

September 2/9, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 6 By Megan Salzano   Flooring underlayments don’t often get their due when it comes to the successful completion of a flooring installation. However, without these sundry products consumer needs can often be left unmet, including the need for sound abatement. Sound abatement is not often top of mind for consumers when looking to install or upgrade their flooring, but it should be a key selling point for retailers....

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Moldings find their match in multi-layer flooring products

August 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Moldings find their match in multi-layer flooring products

August 5/12, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 4 By Megan Salzano   Multi-layer flooring has impacted the flooring market greatly as its quick acceptance by consumers has driven growth within the home. While it has taken share from other flooring categories such as laminate and hardwood, there is one subcategory that has welcomed the newcomer with open arms: moldings. For some in the moldings game, the explosion of multi-layer flooring—including LVT, WPC and SPC—has opened new...

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Installation: Floor layers ‘stick’ to their favorite adhesives

July 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Installation: Floor layers ‘stick’ to their favorite adhesives

July 8/15, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 2 By Lindsay Baillie   Ask any flooring installer what makes a successful installation, and he or she will likely tell you it all depends on what is used to secure the flooring material to the substrate. Flooring adhesives come in all shapes and sizes—many of which are created and used for specific types of flooring. To use the incorrect adhesive is to risk the entire job and potentially...

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Schönox enters radiant heating market with ComfortSafe

July 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Schönox enters radiant heating market with ComfortSafe

July 8/15, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 2   FLORENCE, ALA.—HPS Schönox, known for its innovative spirit in bringing subfloor solutions to the flooring industry, has entered a new frontier with the introduction of the ComfortSafe electric radiant full-surface floor heating system. “ComfortSafe is just another example of the innovative products offered HPS Schönox,” Thomas Trissl, HPS Schönox principal, told FCNews. ComfortSafe can be installed on its own or as a system with Schönox underlayment products....

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Installation: Underlayments = solutions + add-on opportunities

June 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Installation: Underlayments = solutions + add-on opportunities

June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Megan Salzano   Sundry products such as underlayments and subfloor levelers are often overlooked by the consumer but play a vital role in the successful completion of any flooring installation. Furthermore, they also provide the retailer with upselling opportunities. As such, it is squarely on the shoulders of the retail sales associate to convey the pivotal role these products play when it comes to the final outcome...

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Installation: Välinge pushes innovation with latest offerings

June 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Installation: Välinge pushes innovation with latest offerings

June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   With more than 2,600 patents to its credit and another 5,300 in the pipeline, Välinge Innovation AB continues to burnish its credentials as an R&D company par excellence. “Innovation is in our DNA,” Lennart Thålin, region manager – North and South America, told FCNews. “Lately we’ve launched a few more groundbreaking innovations.” Whether it’s the company’s legacy 5G locking system or a new innovation...

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I4F broadens its scope to cover rigid core platforms

June 13, 2019 | Comments Off on I4F broadens its scope to cover rigid core platforms

June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Reginald Tucker   Early glueless locking systems mostly targeted laminate and hardwood flooring categories. But with the rising popularity of rigid core platforms, developers of these systems are expanding their portfolio of technologies to offer licensees and manufacturing partners even more options. To that end, I4F has announced new partner- ship agreements with rigid core flooring manufacturers CFL Flooring and KingdomFlooring. In the case of CFL, the...

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Installation: Self-levelers smooth over rough subfloors

May 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Installation: Self-levelers smooth over rough subfloors

April 29/May 6, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 24 By Lindsay Baillie For a consumer to get the most out of her floor, the product must be installed properly. As retailers, installers and contractors know, the success of any installation starts with a properly prepped substrate. To help installers with this important step, manufacturers are developing new self-levelers to shorten prep time and create better working environments for all on the construction site. Here is an...

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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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