Installation: Subfloor prep tips from the trade

September 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Installation: Subfloor prep tips from the trade

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Lindsay Baillie   The success of any flooring project begins with the proper substrate preparation. That’s according to expert installers and manufacturers who say any mistakes during the earlier stages of installation can cause trouble for all involved—consumer, retailer and contractor—years down the road. FCNews rounded up several installation experts who provided helpful guidelines to consider when preparing a subfloor. Clean the area prior to installation. With...

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Schönox ‘Worst Subfloor Contest’ focuses on fixing what lies beneath

September 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Schönox ‘Worst Subfloor Contest’ focuses on fixing what lies beneath

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Lindsay Baillie   Schönox on June 1 formally opened this year’s annual Worst Subfloor Contest with the theme, “What lies beneath?” It’s a question that, according to Schönox, reflects a common worry flooring professionals often have when tackling a challenging flooring project. “With Schönox, our approach is to develop subfloor products that can address even the most challenging conditions, knowing that success in extreme circumstances bodes well...

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Department of Veteran Affairs adopts INSTALL certification standards

August 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Department of Veteran Affairs adopts INSTALL certification standards

By John T. McGrath Jr. The International Standards and Training Alliance (INSTALL) has strengthened its partnership with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The goal is to ensure floor covering is specified and installed in a way that minimizes product failures in VA facilities across the U.S. The VA actively strives for the highest level of construction and installation standards across its thousands of facilities. From the foundation to the roof, its facility managers,...

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Installation: DustRam targets messy job sites

June 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Installation: DustRam targets messy job sites

June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26 By Lindsay Baillie   DustRam was created to give the flooring industry and remodeling sector a dust-free tile removal system that could actually claim “dust-free” capabilities, according to Jack King, inventor of DustRam and owner of Arizona Home Floors in Tempe, Ariz. King developed the system in 2008 and then spent roughly five years making equipment, finding flaws and making adjustments before offering the system to customers. Today,...

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Installation: M-D PRO clients applaud rebranding focus

June 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Installation: M-D PRO clients applaud rebranding focus

June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26 By Lindsay Baillie   Loxcreen Flooring Group and M-D Building Products recently consolidated its Professional Distribution Channel operations under the new name, M-D PRO. Encompassing all of its professional accessory product lines except PROVA, M-D PRO has developed a new logo to replace Loxcreen Flooring Group for all future product labels, social media and marketing materials. Since the start of its rebranding, M-D PRO has received positive feedback...

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Installation: Adhesive tips, tricks of the trade

May 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Installation: Adhesive tips, tricks of the trade

May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Lindsay Baillie   When it comes to working with today’s advanced, high-performance, user-friendly adhesives, it’s critical that installers avoid the temptation of taking shortcuts. That’s according to expert floor layers and instructors who say improper installations due to misapplication of adhesives can cause a host of problems, including voided warranties, bad company reviews and even safety risks. FCNews rounded up several experts who provided valuable tips to...

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Self-leveling systems smooth over the rough spots

May 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Self-leveling systems smooth over the rough spots

April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 By Ken Ryan   Flooring installers and contractors know all too well that a project will only be as successful as the subfloor underneath. It’s also common knowledge they will face subfloor challenges on each jobsite. Fortunately, today’s suppliers of subfloor preparation materials—including self-leveling compounds—are developing systems designed to reduce installation costs and improve profitability for contractors. Ardex Ardex K 10 Reactivatable is a high-flow, self-leveling underlayment...

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Installation: Innovations serve up solutions

April 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Installation: Innovations serve up solutions

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Nicole Murray   Suppliers of installation accessories, adhesives and subfloor prep materials are not only developing new products that aim to ease installation; they are also seeking to improve the performance and longevity of the various flooring surfaces they support. Many of these installation products, which run the gamut from underlayments to self-leveling materials, are designed to address common installation challenges. Case in point is DriTac’s new...

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Installation: Today’s next-gen adhesives tout multi-use capabilities

February 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Installation: Today’s next-gen adhesives tout multi-use capabilities

February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Lindsay Baillie   Adhesives manufacturers are catering to the industry’s plethora of hard surface offerings by developing products that feature multi-use properties. These new high-performance adhesives, which are designed to handle everything from LVT to vinyl composition to carpet tile, aim to provide solutions for retailers and installers. Utilizing their own proprietary technologies, adhesives manufacturers are increasing moisture resistance, sound reduction and installation options to facilitate more...

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Manufacturers sign accord with INSTALL

February 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Manufacturers sign accord with INSTALL

Las Vegas—INSTALL, the International Standards and Training Alliance, recently collaborated with nine industry leading substrate and underlayment manufacturers here on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which signifies a collective industry endorsement of the group’s substrate prep certification program. The program requires each manufacturer specify the installer of their respective underlayment products as an INSTALL-certified installer or equal. Following this step, along with the successful completion of manufacturer proprietary testing, the installation will be eligible for...

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