Tile: Housing market, technology will provide boost

December 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Tile: Housing market, technology will provide boost
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Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Liquid-applied membranes provide benefits for optimal tile usage

November 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Liquid-applied membranes provide benefits for optimal tile usage

November 9/16; Volume 30/Number 11 By Ken Ryan (Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) In many flooring applications tile is used because the installation area is likely to be exposed to excessive water. However, a ceramic tile surface is not necessarily the waterproof solution, which is why a waterproof membrane must be incorporated into the installation. Liquid-applied membranes have been...

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Ceramic: Another year of growth brings labor shortage concerns

November 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Another year of growth brings labor shortage concerns

November 9/16; Volume 30/Number 11 By Ken Ryan  The U.S. ceramic tile market is on pace for its sixth consecutive year of growth with 2015 sales expected to increase an estimated 8% to 12% in volume, according to executive forecasts and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). Despite ongoing labor shortages and a somewhat tepid housing industry, the ceramic market continues to be one of the strongest performing sectors in flooring. “In spite of...

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Crossville acquires CAPCO Tile & Stone

November 4, 2015 | Comments Off on Crossville acquires CAPCO Tile & Stone

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Curran Group, has acquired all assets belonging to CAPCO Tile & Stone, a Denver-based distributor. CAPCO will join Crossville’s existing company-owned distribution arm, Crossville Tile & Stone (CT&S), which has a presence throughout parts of the Southeastern U.S., Oklahoma and Texas. “We’ve built our nearly 30-year-old business on an immovable commitment and loyalty to our distributors, who are truly our partners in the marketplace,” said Tim Curran, co-president...

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Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Grout does more than fill voids

October 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Grout does more than fill voids

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By Ken Ryan (Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) When retailers discuss the merits of stone or ceramic tile flooring with their customers, benefits such as aesthetics, versatility and longevity are often top of mind. Grouting is usually not mentioned within the first few minutes of conversation, but it is a critical component nonetheless....

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Stone: Not just for high-end budgets

October 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Stone: Not just for high-end budgets

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By K.J. Quinn Once upon a time, stone was perceived as a flooring and countertop material purchased only by affluent shoppers. Thanks to advances in technology and lower installed price points, that is no longer the case. More retailers are expanding into the category and positioning these products as affordable upgrades to other hard surfaces. “Today, natural stone is quarried in more countries than before, including Turkey, Morocco, China,...

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Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Tips for choosing, installing a backsplash

October 16, 2015 | Comments Off on Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Tips for choosing, installing a backsplash

October 12/19; Volume 30/Number 9 (Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) From classic subway tiles (replicas of the 3 x 6 rectangular white ceramic tiles used in the New York City subway) to large-format glass wall tiles and mosaics, today’s tile options can make a bold fashion statement on a kitchen or bathroom backsplash. Industry experts offered the following tips...

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Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Engineered stone adds charm, durability to living spaces

September 21, 2015 | Comments Off on Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Engineered stone adds charm, durability to living spaces

September 14/21; Volume 30/Number 7 (Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) Ancient civilizations used indigenous stone to build cities, roads and monuments; many of which still stand today, a nod to the strength and durability of this natural resource. The aesthetic appeal of stone continues in the modern world, albeit with a twist: Engineered stone tile is gaining popularity in...

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Daltile, Marazzi open N.Y. Design Studio

September 17, 2015 | Comments Off on Daltile, Marazzi open N.Y. Design Studio

By Nadia Ramlakhan April Wilson, director of brand marketing, Dal-Tile. New York—Daltile, an industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, and natural stone tile products, opened a design studio in the heart of Manhattan Sept. 16 in partnership with its sister brand Marazzi. The remodeled 3,700-square-foot space, conveniently located near Union Square, is the fifth Daltile design studio to open its doors, joining Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Miami as a regional design hub for...

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Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Shower tile enhances bathroom appeal

September 3, 2015 | Comments Off on Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Shower tile enhances bathroom appeal

August 31/September 7; Volume 30/Number 6 (Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) Consumers are drawn to tiled showers for the aesthetic appeal it can add to a bathroom. Whether it is travertine creating a spa-like atmosphere or ceramic and mosaic achieving bright, vivid hues, there are plenty of fashion-forward options from which to choose. Beyond the aesthetics, there are some...

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