Bell becomes 49th inductee into the WFCA Hall of Fame

October 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Bell becomes 49th inductee into the WFCA Hall of Fame

October 14/21, 2019: Volume 35/Issue 8 By Steven Feldman   WFCA CEO Scott Humphrey, right, welcomes Shaw Floors’ Vance Bell into its venerable Hall of Fame. Vance Bell, chairman and CEO, Shaw Industries, was officially inducted into WFCA’s 2019 Hall of Fame class during its 60th anniversary celebration, held here last month. Bell, the 49th inductee, joins a distinguished list of industry pioneers and leaders who have earned this coveted honor. Born in Macon, Ga., Bell attended...

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LVT, WPC, SPC—which is right for your customer?

October 21, 2019 | Comments Off on LVT, WPC, SPC—which is right for your customer?

October 14/21, 2019: Volume 35/Issue 8 By Lindsay Gonzalez   As the resilient category continues to expand into various subsegments, flooring dealers have had to stay abreast of where each product—once installed—will truly thrive. LVT, WPC and SPC—arguably the three most popular resilient products today—all have different nuances that make one better than the other for different projects. When helping a consumer find her ideal floor, experts say retail sales associates need to consider several...

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Resilient: For Quickstyle, slow and steady wins the race

September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Resilient: For Quickstyle, slow and steady wins the race

September 16/23, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 7  By Reginald Tucker   The Quickstyle merchandiser showcases the company’s True Grout vinyl flooring technology. In the sea of LVT sameness, one company is looking to stand out from the pack. That would be none other than Quickstyle Industries, a leading hard surface flooring importer, distributor and manufacturer based in Montreal, Canada. The company’s not-so-secret weapon is a novel product line called True Grout, a vinyl plank and...

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Installation: Grouts, mortars help tile setters do it right

September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Installation: Grouts, mortars help tile setters do it right

September 16/23, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 7 By Lindsay Baillie   Choosing the right mortar and grout is critical to any ceramic tile or stone installation. To help installers ensure a job is done right the first time, grout and mortar manufacturers are developing improved products suitable for all applications. Following are several of the latest grouts and mortars to hit the market. Bostik Hydroment Vivid is a rapid-curing, premium-grade, cement-based grout for demanding kitchen,...

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Wood: There’s nothing like the real thing, baby

September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: There’s nothing like the real thing, baby

September 16/23, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   Raintree’s hardwood floors are warranted to withstand being totally submerged in water for up to 24 hours. Wood flooring manufacturers have been agonizingly watching LVT and WPC-type products gradually nip precious market share over the past few years, and they’ve had just about enough of it. In response to the ongoing threat, many are responding by rolling out innovative new products that speak directly...

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FloorForce: The ‘all-in-one’ partner

September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on FloorForce: The ‘all-in-one’ partner

September 16/23, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 7 By Lindsay Baillie   (Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a series detailing how flooring dealers are enhancing their digital presence by partnering with FloorForce.)   FloorForce has redesigned Carpeting by Mike’s website so that it seamlessly flows with Mohawk’s site. When Carpeting by Mike began its partnership with FloorForce in 2017, after meeting through Mohawk’s Omnify, the flooring store said it was blown away by...

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Laminate: Latest click systems serve multiple purposes

September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Laminate: Latest click systems serve multiple purposes

September 16/23, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   Valinge 5G’s seal, utilized here on a Beauflor laminate product, is tight enough to lock out spills for up to 72 hours. When glueless installation systems were first incorporated into laminate floors back in the early ’90s, the primary aim was to expedite the installation process. The innovation behind the snap-and-lock, tongue-and-groove panels allowed installers to finish a job in a shorter amount of...

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FCNews exclusive interview: NFA—Clicking on all cylinders as a group

September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on FCNews exclusive interview: NFA—Clicking on all cylinders as a group

September 16/23, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 7   The NFA executive board, from left: Larry Flick; Darren Hearns; Raffi Sarmazian, treasurer; Deb DeGraaf; Eric Mondragon, secretary; Ian Newton, VP; and Jason McSwain, president. Nashville, Tenn.—The National Floorcovering Alliance, which boasts 42 of the top flooring retailers in North America, recently convened here for its biannual meeting. While today most of the discussions are held behind closed doors to maintain each member’s competitive edge in their...

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I4F enters digital printing arena through licensing

September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on I4F enters digital printing arena through licensing

September 16/23, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 7 By Ken Ryan   I4F is licensing technologies in digital printing developed by its partners—Kronospan and Classen. For a few years now, digital printing has been a hot topic in the global flooring industry as suppliers thirst for usable solutions to create digitally printed products that can make an impact in the marketplace. Looking to seize an opportunity, I4F has entered the space by licensing cutting-edge technologies in...

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FCNews’ annual Fantasy Football for a Cause

September 20, 2019 | Comments Off on FCNews’ annual Fantasy Football for a Cause

Ten charities included in this year’s fundraiser September 16/23, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 7   The Floor Covering News Fantasy Football for a Cause league closed this year with 10 teams. All are playing for worthy causes as seen in the box below. Each team pledged $5,000 for a total of $50,000, which will be divided as follows: • $15,000 to the winner’s charity • $7,500 to the runner-up’s cause • $5,000 to the third-place’s cause...

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