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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CCA teams up with WFCA, CFI to tackle installation shortage

February 22, 2016 | Comments Off on CCA teams up with WFCA, CFI to tackle installation shortage

Manchester, N.H.—CCA Global Partners has partnered with the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) after its recent purchase of the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) to help address the shortage of qualified flooring installers. Through this new partnership, members of CCA’s floor covering divisions will be provided with incentives to bring new hires to the industry and the CFI will have them qualified and up-to-speed quickly. “CFI is well-respected for providing quality installation training,” said...

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Installation conundrum: Industry searching for ways to tackle ‘crisis’

January 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Installation conundrum: Industry searching for ways to tackle ‘crisis’

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15 By Ken Ryan Installation—whether it is the shortage of qualified mechanics or the challenge of recruiting the next generation—is not a new problem. However, some flooring veterans say the situation has never been this bad and if left untreated could endanger the specialty retail channel. According to the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and its Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) division, nearly 60% of installers in the field today have 15-plus...

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CFI installation course registration opens

January 4, 2016 | Comments Off on CFI installation course registration opens

Dallas—Registration has opened for the International Certified Floorcovering Installers’ (CFI) new proprietary residential carpet installation course at the CFI Training Facility based in Forney, Texas, which will begin training in February. The class, which is only offered at the CFI school, turns out certified installation graduates ready to begin work immediately after five weeks. “There is no other training program like this in the world today,” said Scott Humphrey, CEO, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA),...

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CFI convention: Dawn of a new era for installation association

December 18, 2015 | Comments Off on CFI convention: Dawn of a new era for installation association

November 30/December 14; Volume 30/Number 12 By Ken Ryan Dallas—The 22nd annual International Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) convention was held here last month, but to Robert Varden, the new CEO, it might as well have been the first. “We are in our infancy,” Varden told members and associates. “We are born in an age with so much opportunity. We have so many more resources now with the WFCA [World Floor Covering Association].” In September the...

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