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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FCNews webinar recap: CFI’s Varden shares tips on how to profit from installation

July 5, 2016 | Comments Off on FCNews webinar recap: CFI’s Varden shares tips on how to profit from installation

By Ken Ryan Robert Varden is best known as the vice president of the CFI division of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). However, for a good part of his career he ran successful, high-profit installation businesses. To some, high-profit and installation may seem like an oxymoron. After all, how can you make money from installation when home centers and other big boxes are offering “free” installation? During a recent FCNews-Marketing Mastery Webinar Series, Varden...

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Labor, installation issues dominate WFCA agenda

June 10, 2016 | Comments Off on Labor, installation issues dominate WFCA agenda

June 6/13, 2016; Volume 30, Number 25 By Ken Ryan Rarely do a few weeks pass without the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) making some significant news, whether it is partnering with another flooring association or funding entities such as fcB2B or CFI. So it was no surprise that the recent WFCA board of directors meeting in Colorado Springs was themed: What is our next move? Scott Humphrey, CEO of the WFCA, told FCNews that...

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NWFA awards recognize creative installations

June 3, 2016 | Comments Off on NWFA awards recognize creative installations

May 23/30, 2016; Volume 30, Number 24 By Reginald Tucker Charlotte, N.C.—Expert wood flooring craftsman and contractors from the U.S. and abroad were recognized for their creativity during the 2016 National Wood Flooring Association’s (NWFA) annual Floor of the Year competition held here. The Wood Floor of the Year awards program, now in its 26th year, was developed to encourage innovative installations. Since the program began in 1990, more than 200 awards have been presented...

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WFCA execs discuss installation during FCNews webinar

May 23, 2016 | Comments Off on WFCA execs discuss installation during FCNews webinar

By Ken Ryan What do you get when you have three leaders from the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) discussing arguably the most pressing issue in the flooring industry today—installation—during the monthly FCNews Marketing Mastery webinar series? A record turnout of flooring retailers with a 50% increase in attendees from the previous webinar. Scott Humphrey, CEO of the WFCA; Tom Jennings, vice president, member services, WFCA; and Robert Varden, vice president of WFCA’s CFI division,...

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Installation: Self-leveling products keep the flooring world flat

May 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Installation: Self-leveling products keep the flooring world flat

May 9/16, 2016; Volume 30, Number 23 By Ken Ryan When it comes to a quality flooring installation, the axiom, “It’s what you don’t see that makes the difference,” rings especially true regarding subfloor preparation and self-leveling products. Proper substrate preparation creates the foundation for floors with exceptional aesthetics and performance capabilities. Conversely, taking shortcuts or misusing products can lead to telegraphing and uneven floor surfaces that are not only unsightly but can lead to...

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Installation: Study clarifies moisture myths

May 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Installation: Study clarifies moisture myths

May 9/16, 2016; Volume 30, Number 23 By Jason Spangler It is well known that water—too much of it, anyway—can wreak havoc on a construction project. No flooring installer or builder wants excess water to be present when the finished floor is installed over a concrete slab. Too much water inevitably leads to a catastrophic flooring failure, which can translate into costly repairs and a damaged reputation. So it is essential that the moisture condition...

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CFI’s accelerated carpet Installation training classes filling up

April 25, 2016 | Comments Off on CFI’s accelerated carpet Installation training classes filling up

Dallas–Retailers and students across the country are contacting and booking seats for the International Certified Floor Covering Installers (CFI) exclusive accelerated carpet installation class, the association announced. To accommodate demand and access to the class, CFI will be offering two options for the next class which will start on May 16th–one class will be available at the CFI training facility in Forney, Texas, and another will run in the WFCA office building in Anaheim, Calif....

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Protect-All’s Rapid Weld aims to ease installation

March 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Protect-All’s Rapid Weld aims to ease installation

March 14/21, 2016; Volume 30, Number 19 By Nadia Ramlakhan Protect-All Flooring, which specializes in recycled commercial vinyl flooring, recently launched Rapid Weld, a chemical welding system designed to reduce installation time up to 70%. Manufactured in the United States, Rapid Weld boasts advantages over grout; while grout can sometimes draw in bacteria, Rapid Weld is not porous so bacteria cannot penetrate it. Another plus: No grout means installers don’t have to regrout the floors...

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Adhesives: New products go the ‘extra yard’ to simplify installation

March 10, 2016 | Comments Off on Adhesives: New products go the ‘extra yard’ to simplify installation

February 29/March 7, 2016; Volume 30, Number 18 By Ken Ryan Adhesives manufacturers have made a considerable investment in recent years developing products designed to be more environmentally friendly than their predecessors while offering improved bonding properties that accelerate installation times. In particular, many of these new offerings for 2016 were developed to meet the installation demands required for today’s longer, wider planks. Following is an overview: Bostik Ultra-Set SingleStep2 uses Bostik’s Axios Tri-Linking polymer,...

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