Carpetland USA teams with industry leaders for installation event

June 11, 2015 | Comments Off on Carpetland USA teams with industry leaders for installation event

Davenport, Iowa—The Carpetland USA store located here hosted a CFI-Congoleum Installation Training Event earlier this month. The two-day, hands-on class was sponsored by the flooring distributor All Tile and the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). Joe Cea, installation specialist for Congoleum and CFI senior certifier, and members of the CFI team, Tony Buckhardt and Jay Zurn, demonstrated LVT installation requirements including product knowledge, substrate preparation and the importance of professionalism and customer satisfaction. “CFI and...

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Beaulieu of Brazil hosts CFI LVT installation training

May 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Beaulieu of Brazil hosts CFI LVT installation training

Sao Paulo, Brazil—Beaulieu of Brazil hosted the Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) installation training May 2-16 here. Sessions were led by Jim Walker, CEO of CFI, and Robert Varden, executive director of CFI. Installers learned how to use new tools, new methods of adhesive application, seaming techniques and more. “The installers became proficient at the various requirements of seam construction such as running a row, seaming and using a glue gun and black light,” Walker said....

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ANSI approves WFCA sponsored S600 Carpet Installation Standard

April 17, 2015 | Comments Off on ANSI approves WFCA sponsored S600 Carpet Installation Standard

Anaheim, Calif.— The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) sponsored S600 Carpet Installation Standard, developed under the expert guidance of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The acceptance of S600 as an ANSI standard is a significant achievement for the flooring industry, marking the first time the entire industry assembled to jointly develop a universal standard for carpet installations across both commercial and residential sectors....

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FCICA: Focus on installation manager segment pays off

March 24, 2015 | Comments Off on FCICA: Focus on installation manager segment pays off

March 16/23, 2015; Volume 28/Number 19 By Ken Ryan San Diego—Having worked for a multimillion dollar flooring contractor, Gerry Swift, current chairman of the Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA), understands the critical importance a well-versed installation manager has in the business—not merely from a technical standpoint but with operations and management as well. “We would bring in flooring installers and hope and pray they could take on a management role that included learning contractual obligations, installation...

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FCICA Installation Manager Taskforce develops CIM Purpose Statement

November 19, 2014 | Comments Off on FCICA Installation Manager Taskforce develops CIM Purpose Statement

West Bloomfield, Mich.—FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, is delighted to announce that the Installation Manager Taskforce developed a Purpose Statement for the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program at the October Mid-Year meeting. The CIM Purpose Statement is as follows: The Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program provides training tools and assessment for qualified professionals within the commercial flooring industry to enhance their core skill set, experience and knowledge base, which are necessary to successfully manage commercial...

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FreeFit installation certification program taking hold

October 31, 2014 | Comments Off on FreeFit installation certification program taking hold

October 13/20, 2014; Volume 28/Number 9  By Louis Iannaco Five years ago, FreeFit luxury vinyl tile (LVT) was introduced into the U.S. market. A glueless loose-lay product, it was billed as having the “best-in-class wear layer” along with the “best warranty in the LVT market.” But with all the benefits and attributes attached to what many believe to be a truly innovative product, it still has to be installed properly for said benefits to be...

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How premium adhesives add value to installations

August 13, 2014 | Comments Off on How premium adhesives add value to installations

August 4/11, 2014; Volume 28/Number 4 For many its ‘pay now or pay later’ By Louis Iannaco The importance of a professional installation is inarguable. Everyone suffers from a poor installation—from the consumer and mechanic to the retailer, all the way up to the mill. When it comes to adhesives, exactly how do premium products add value to installations? What are the specific attributes that make these adhesives better than others? What functions should or...

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Innovations4Flooring introduces new drop lock installation techniques

July 3, 2014 | Comments Off on Innovations4Flooring introduces new drop lock installation techniques

Willemstad, Curaco — Innovations4Flooring, a new installation technology company, announced two new products—TripleLock and Click4U. The  company said the offerings provide a unique drop lock installation technique for flooring panels that eliminates the need for an additional insert on the short side. According to the company, this elimination provides manufacturers with the possibility to improve productivity levels as well as to reduce their costs and carbon footprint. For both solutions several international patent applications have...

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FCICA: Group continues focus on installation management

March 24, 2014 | Comments Off on FCICA: Group continues focus on installation management

Volume 27/Number 23; March 17/24, 2014 By Louis Iannaco St. Pete Beach, Fla.—The mood was upbeat as the Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA) gathered here amidst the sun and surf March 2–5 for its 32nd annual convention. A total of 149 attendees—including 29 first timers—met to network and greet old and new friends alike while learning about the latest developments in commercial flooring installation, management techniques, best practices, programs and related products. (more…)

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WFCA sets 2014 installation training dates

February 24, 2014 | Comments Off on WFCA sets 2014 installation training dates

Feb. 17/24 2014, Volume 27/number 21 Anaheim, Calif.—Following a successful launch in Chicago in mid-January, the remaining five 2014 installation training courses sponsored by the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and taught by the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) have been secured. “The Chicago event was so well received, WFCA affiliates and member companies clamored to secure one of the five remaining seminars,” said Scott Humphrey, WFCA’s CEO. “We couldn’t be more pleased with...

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