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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Fall intros: Innovations entice dealers to sell better goods

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September 16/23, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 7 By Ken Ryan   The newest product introductions in the flooring industry run the gamut from latest in rigid core construction to carpet tiles engineered for exterior applications. What these disparate products have in common, however, are technology advancements that will help define and differentiate these innovations as they hit the market at the height of the fall selling season. Engineered Floors Its Dream Weaver residential brand is...

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Top selling tips for cork, bamboo

August 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Top selling tips for cork, bamboo

August 5/12, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 4 By Megan Salzano   Cork and bamboo flooring have unique features and benefits, which, if promoted properly, can entice a variety of consumers. First, however, flooring store owners have a number of topics they must become familiar with in order to be successful with these products—from sustainability to installation to showroom placement. With those topics in mind, several major manufacturers in these respective flooring categories gave FCNews the...

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Wood: Canadian players carve out their own niches in the market

July 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: Canadian players carve out their own niches in the market

Suppliers leverage capabilities in finishing, service and logistics   July 8/15, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 2 By Reginald Tucker   With all the talk of tariffs in recent months, much of the focus has been on hardwood flooring manufacturers from China and Southeast Asia. But you can’t overlook the impact that suppliers from Canada have had—and continue to have—on the U.S. market. Given their long reputation for producing some of the clearest, cleanest maple flooring...

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Wood: Price hikes, look-alikes squeeze profit margins

July 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: Price hikes, look-alikes squeeze profit margins

June 24/July 1, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker   While several major hardwood flooring manufacturers reported modest sales increases in 2018, many will admit that profit margins were a bit tighter than they would have liked. That’s due in large part to numerous price increases enacted last year in response to rising lumber and energy costs. On top of that, portions of the category—particularly entry-level products—faced pricing pressures from the surging popularity...

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Getting with the ‘Times

June 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Getting with the ‘Times

Canadian manufacturer ups the ante on waterproof wood June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Steven Feldman   The waterproof flooring category is by far the fastest-growing segment of the floor covering industry, and one of the latest innovations within this category has been something referred to as composite engineered waterproof wood flooring. In layman’s terms, it’s a real wood veneer attached to a waterproof rigid core, which—according to the National Wood Flooring Association’s...

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NWFA honors individual, group achievements

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on NWFA honors individual, group achievements

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   Fort Worth, Texas—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) held a special ceremony here at its annual convention last month to recognize individuals and organizations alike for their contributions to the industry. These ranged from service awards honoring important achievements to master craftsmen who showcase their installation skills all the way down to the next generation of wood flooring professionals. Following is an overview...

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Wood: Domestics vs. exotics—A matter of taste, economics

May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: Domestics vs. exotics—A matter of taste, economics

May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   In the perennial battle between domestically produced hardwood and imported exotics, anecdotal information shows homegrown species are continuing to grow in popularity at a much faster rate than their tropical counterparts. At the same time, suppliers of hardwood flooring from South America, Southeast Asia and even parts of Africa said they are seeing a resurgence in demand for some of their products. “In terms...

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Wood: NWFA convention—Industry looks to leverage category’s winning proposition

May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: NWFA convention—Industry looks to leverage category’s winning proposition

May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker Fort Worth, Texas—Although hardwood remains arguably the most aspirational flooring product today, it is increasingly facing intense competition from look-alike products such as LVT, WPC and SPC. The most effective way to recoup market share, proponents say, is to make a more compelling case for retailers and, ultimately, consumers to go for the real thing. That was the prevailing message that came out of the...

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