4th quarter retail outlook: Flooring retailers closing out 2018 on a high note

November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on 4th quarter retail outlook: Flooring retailers closing out 2018 on a high note

November 26/December 3, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 12 By Ken Ryan   Flooring dealers may be sad to bid adieu to 2018 as a strong fourth quarter has propelled many specialty retailers to better-than-expected results. The only caveat: some signs of softening might spill over into 2019, worsened by the possibility of higher tariffs on Chinese flooring imports. For now, however, many retailers are basking in the glow. “For us, 2018 has been a banner...

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Dealers give Shaw’s Bellera stellar reviews

November 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Dealers give Shaw’s Bellera stellar reviews

November 12/19, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 11  By Ken Ryan   Few things excite a flooring retailer more than an exciting new product that is easy to sell, resonates with customers and generates a nice profit. Shaw’s Bellera High Performance Carpet fits that bill, according to dealers who have enjoyed early success with the 2018 launch. “I give it an A+,” said Steve Weisberg, president of Crest Flooring in Allentown, Pa. “I love the product...

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Salute to service: NWFA, R.I.S.E give wounded soldiers a place to call home

November 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Salute to service: NWFA, R.I.S.E give wounded soldiers a place to call home

November 12/19, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 11  By Reginald Tucker   St. Louis—The flooring industry continues to step up in a big way in support of severely wounded U.S. veterans. Industry associations, manufacturers and distributors are partnering up to improve the quality of life for soldiers returning home following their deployments. A shining example is the work the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is doing in conjunction with actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise. In 2011,...

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RFCI tackles the issues, advocates for its members

November 19, 2018 | Comments Off on RFCI tackles the issues, advocates for its members

November 12/19, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 11  By Steven Feldman   Newport Beach, Calif.—When the members of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) converged here last month for its biannual meeting, just about everyone was celebrating a strong 2018 as they continue to ride the crest of the LVT and WPC/SPC wave. However, the 25% tariff set to take hold Jan. 1 weighed heavily on the minds of those whose businesses are heavily invested in...

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NAFCD conference: Tariffs, trade, economics dominate agenda

November 16, 2018 | Comments Off on NAFCD conference: Tariffs, trade, economics dominate agenda

By Reginald Tucker David Powell, left, NAFCD president, along with Michael Donnelly, NBMDA president, welcomed attendees during the general session on opening day. Dallas—Politics, trade tariffs and global economic issues took center stage here earlier this month at the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors conference (NAFCD), held in conjunction with the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) show. Attendees representing virtually every channel were on hand to take part in industry discussions,...

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Ribadao to boost production capacity in Portugal

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Ribadao to boost production capacity in Portugal

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By Reginald Tucker   Specialty hardwood flooring manufacturer Ribadao Wood Boutique has been quietly building its North American distribution network while simultaneously increasing its presence in the global market via high-profile retail and hospitality installations. Now the company has announced plans to expand its manufacturing footprint by investing in a new hardwood flooring production facility at its home base in Portugal. The new facility (Plant #2), which...

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Sono: Innovation personified

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Sono: Innovation personified

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie It has been more than a year since Inhaus launched Sono—the company’s 100% recyclable, PVC-free flooring. Made up of 60% mineral powder and 40% polypropylene, Sono is waterproof, easy to install and highly stable under both humidity and heat, according to the company. What’s more, the company continues to invest in its digital printing to ensure quality, on-trend visuals. All this has not been...

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Installation: ­­J-Lock spacers keep floating floors in check

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: ­­J-Lock spacers keep floating floors in check

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By Mara Bolletieri Stop me if you’ve heard this one: An installer is getting ready to lay down a laminate floor. He has all the necessary tools for the job—including the plastic, wedge-style spacers that came with the standard installation kit he purchased at the store. While the spacers were designed to ensure the requisite space around the perimeter of the installation, he finds the planks keep...

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Installation: Latest adhesives tackle subfloor moisture issues

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Installation: Latest adhesives tackle subfloor moisture issues

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   A floor’s ability to resist water starts with a properly prepared subfloor. To that end, many adhesive manufacturers are developing moisture-mitigating products and systems to assist installers during the installation process. Following is a sampling of some of the new adhesives and systems designed to inhibit moisture in the subfloor. DriTac DriTac 7800 Supreme Green is DriTac’s latest multifunctional adhesive solution for the...

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Wood: Wall accent programs complete the package

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Wood: Wall accent programs complete the package

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By Reginald Tucker   Hardwood flooring suppliers are providing retailers with additional profit opportunities by looking up (literally) for new revenue streams. Several companies have either launched dedicated collections specifically designed to be installed on the walls, while a few others are encouraging dealers and installers to utilize their existing flooring products in unconventional ways. Case in point is the Rowlock Plus line of wall accents from...

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