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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Ceramic: Trends look to the future while referencing the past

September 3, 2015 | Comments Off on Ceramic: Trends look to the future while referencing the past

August 31/September 7; Volume 30/Number 6 By Amanda Haskin Trends in tile continually look both forward and back. They steal from the past to paint the future while influencing and being influenced by other flooring categories. Perhaps more than any other category, tile has the ability to play with shapes and colors and draws inspiration from the fashion world. According to Donato Grosser, president of D. Grosser and Associates and industry consultant, recent housing growth...

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Retailers' guide to tile & stone: The beauty of large-format wall tile

August 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Retailers' guide to tile & stone: The beauty of large-format wall tile

Aug. 3/10; Volume 30/Number 4 (Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) Large-format wall tiles are becoming increasingly popular in today’s interiors as more modern homes opt for contemporary styles. Industry standards categorize large-format tile as any tile or stone with at least one edge greater than 15 inches. Retailers cite three main advantages of having large-format tile: narrow grout joints, ease...

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Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Wood-look tile gives dealers a new path to success

July 10, 2015 | Comments Off on Retailers' guide to tile & stone: Wood-look tile gives dealers a new path to success

July 6/13; Volume 30/Number 2 By Ken Ryan (Editor’s note: This is the third in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) The wood look for ceramic and porcelain tile has become one of the hottest trends in the flooring industry. With advancements in manufacturing processes, tile that resembles natural wood is being used in projects large and small. The trend has enabled consumers to achieve the look of...

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