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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Installation: Schönox recognizes ‘Worst Subfloor’ contest winners

February 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Installation: Schönox recognizes ‘Worst Subfloor’ contest winners

January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Nicole Murray Las Vegas—Schönox announced the winners of its 3rd annual Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest at TISE 2017, reporting the highest number of entries received since the inception of the competition. First-place winner Carpets Direct of Walton, Ky., took on a 70-year-old building with an engineered hardwood floor that would be glued in place. The major challenge was the massive amount of subflooring that existed underneath....

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Installation: Retailers get creative in recruiting next-gen talent

January 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Installation: Retailers get creative in recruiting next-gen talent

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Ken Ryan Various sectors of the industry are working closely to tackle the two-headed installation crisis—an aging workforce coupled with the challenge of finding the next generation. Leading the way is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), which believes installation-training programs should be created and funded at the industry level and executed at the local level. “My experience is installers will not travel a great distance to...

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Lam-Hammer tool aims to ease the project at hand

November 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Lam-Hammer tool aims to ease the project at hand

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By Lindsay Baillie Floor covering installers looking to tackle laminate flooring jobs without damaging surrounding walls—or floors—can turn to the Lam-Hammer. The innovative tool, developed about 10 years ago, is designed for installing interlocking laminate flooring and makes locking in the last board on a run, against a wall or under the cabinet toe kick easier, according to the manufacturer. “Everyone always thinks bigger is better and heavy...

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Adhesives: Professional installers express their product preferences

October 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Adhesives: Professional installers express their product preferences

October 24/31, 2016: Volume 31, Number 10 By K.J. Quinn Installers expect value, quality and innovation from the flooring adhesives they use every day. They want products that are easy to install and won’t delay any finishing work. And they expect these formulations to perform as advertised so there are no callbacks. “We’re more focused on the builder and commercial [markets], so when we’re doing a large scope of jobs the exposure on potential product...

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Latest grouts help facilitate faster application for professional mechanics

September 19, 2016 | Comments Off on Latest grouts help facilitate faster application for professional mechanics

September 12/19, 2016: Volume 31, Number 7 By K.J. Quinn Choosing the right grout is a critical element of any ceramic tile and stone installation, experts say. Technological advances are triggering the development of products that last longer, enable faster installation and help ensure easy maintenance over the lifetime of the surface. “Today’s tiles are larger, grout joints are smaller and end users expect higher grout performance,” said Tony Pasquarelli, director of marketing, Custom Building...

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Metroflor launches Engage Genesis installation video

August 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Metroflor launches Engage Genesis installation video

Norwalk, Conn.–Metroflor Corp. has launched a comprehensive installation video for the new Engage Genesis Structural LVT brand on its YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/9sJVvm9KWpE The video provides detailed instruction for the Engage Genesis products with Isocore technology for all three collections: Engage Genesis 2000 series products, featuring the 5G method from Valinge; and Engage Genesis 1200 series and 800 series, which utilize the Uniclic technique. While installation procedures vary for each locking profile, many of the steps...

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Installation: Preventing hollow spots in hardwood flooring

August 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Installation: Preventing hollow spots in hardwood flooring

FCICA Installments Hollow spots in hardwood installations By John Brown One of the most frequent consumer complaints about hardwood flooring installations is the common creaky, hollow-sounding floor that can develop once the job is complete. Noisy floors are annoying and a nuisance that many homeowners prefer to do without. These hollow or loose spots can even detract from the overall visual and essence of a hardwood floor. Most hollow spots or loose areas in a...

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