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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Adhesives designed to ease the task at hand

February 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Adhesives designed to ease the task at hand

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Nicole Murray   The latest batch of adhesive products unveiled at TISE 2018 aim to simplify installation challenges while addressing specific issues floor layers face on the job site. Case in point is H.B. Fuller, which showed its Ultimate Six Plus adhesive designed for the trending large, thin panels but can be applied to any size tile. Ultimate Six Plus allows the floor to be walkable within...

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Smell Zapper zaps odors, cuts down on installation

February 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Smell Zapper zaps odors, cuts down on installation

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Lindsay Baillie   Necessity is the mother of invention. That is how Scott Brown, founder and co-owner of Smell Away Solutions, described the inspiration for the company’s flagship product, Smell Zapper BioEnzymatic—an odor eliminating, enzyme-based solution. Brown spent more than 12 years as a mill and distributor rep and another 10 years at Absolute Interior, his retail flooring store in Kansas City. While running the flooring store,...

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Executive interviews: Brand Building

January 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Executive interviews: Brand Building

How Piet Dossche and Thomas Trissl created the most recognized names in their categories   January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 16 By Ken Ryan   It has been said that a company’s brand is its lifeblood, its reason for existing, its greatest success and, potentially, its biggest failure. Few flooring industry executives understand that principle better than Piet Dossche, president and CEO, USFloors, and Thomas Trissl, president, Schönox–HPS North America. This year’s Surfaces marks...

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Installation: How some retailers are facing the challenge

January 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: How some retailers are facing the challenge

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Ken Ryan   To no one’s surprise, the No. 1 issue facing the floor covering industry today is installation—specifically how to replace an aging workforce while recruiting those new to the trade. On the residential side, the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) has made recruiting, training and deploying new installers a major priority. In fact, in the past year alone CFI has graduated nearly a dozen...

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For Accu-Cut, service is king

December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on For Accu-Cut, service is king

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Lindsay Baillie   Accu-Cut was created in 1990 with the intention of offering customers quality cutting and rolling machines. Since then Scott Brockie, president and CEO, and his son Trevor Brockie, vice president sales, have developed lasting relationships with flooring retailers from all over the U.S. With a focus on customer service, Accu-Cut aims to provide customers with the highest quality products available. “Service is a...

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