Installments

  • Installments: Asbestos-containing products still linger

    May 9/16, 2016; Volume 30, Number 23 By Christopher Capobianco Questions about the analysis and handling of asbestos-containing floor coverings continue to come up, although it’s been many years since they were sold. There is still a lot of this material on the floor and there is a lot of misunderstanding. Asphalt floor tile (AFT) and vinyl asbestos tile (VAT) were the primary asbestos materials, although felt backing in some

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    Installments: Choosing the right independent inspector

    April 25/May 2, 2016; Volume 30, Number 22 By Mike Newberry As a flooring contractor, a good resource to have available is an independent company that is qualified to perform inspections and testing services. Just keep in mind that your specific needs should be addressed when you hire an independent inspector. There are several critical things to look for when searching for an independent inspector and when it makes the

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    Installments: The evolution of moldings

    February 1/8; Volume 30/Number 16 By Bill Treiber For many years, ¾-inch solid wood flooring was seen as the primary leader of hard surface floors. Back in the 1600s, many of these hardwood floors were installed directly on dirt and the need for transitions did not exist. It wasn’t until the introduction of the International Building Codes (IBC) in the early 1970s that states began to adopt concerns for transitions

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    Installments: Acclimation- Foundation for successful installations

    Jan 4/11; Volume 30/Number 14 By Christopher Capobianco As we approach colder months, it is wise to think about the way we work in times of extreme temperatures. Acclimation is the process of getting flooring materials to a jobsite in advance so the temperature of the space and material are the same during installation. While this is common practice in the wood and laminate segments, it is often ignored in

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    Installments: Getting the big picture from adhesive test data

    Aug. 3/10; Volume 30/Number 4 By Graham Capobianco Of all the floor coverings used today, wood is the most demanding when it comes to adhesives. Wood flooring adhesives must be able to sufficiently bond to plywood or concrete, and must also be flexible enough to hold the wood while it goes through dimensional changes over the course of its lifetime and maintain a strong bond with the substrate as the flooring

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    Installments: Bamboo accessories: Trends, tools and tips

    April 13/20, 2015; Volume 29/Number 1 By Bill Treiber Bamboo accessories (moldings, treads, risers and vents) always follow bamboo flooring trends. Today’s popular trend—woven, strand woven or stranded bamboo construction—differs dramatically from horizontal and vertical construction. Instead of gluing strips of bamboo together in a uniform way, strands of bamboo fibers are compressed under intense pressure to form the floorboards. Part of the appeal of woven bamboo is its unique

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    Installments: Add to your bottom line with hardwood accessories

    May 25/June 1, 2015; Volume 29/Number 4 By Bill Treiber Buying, selling and installing accessories can sometimes be a challenge for floor covering professionals. Moldings, vents, treads and adhesives are often difficult products to handle, let alone ensure profitability from sales. In addition, accessories are notoriously difficult to buy in the right inventory quantities—just ask distributors who try to stock them profitably. This is often due to the inability to

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    Installments: Sweat the small stuff

    February 2/9, 2015; Volume 28/Number 16 By Christopher Capobianco I began working in this business in 1971 as an installer’s helper and since then have seen several sides of the floor covering process as a retailer, a manufacturer’s rep and an inspector. On the other hand, I have been a homeowner for almost 30 years so I have also been on the customer side of home improvements. In recent years

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    Installments: How to effectively address claims

    January 19/26, 2015; Volume 28/Number 15 By Sonny Callaham Over the past 23 years of my career in floor covering I have been involved with every side of the claims process. I started out as the service department manager of a large flooring contractor in central Florida. My day-to-day responsibilities included many of the typical issues of any flooring contractor, but my favorite part was going out and meeting with

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    Installments: Progress in concrete moisture testing

    January 5/12, 2015; Volume 28/Number 14 By Jason Spangler Human nature often leads us to stick with the familiar. It seems safer that way. If that’s how people have always done it, it must be right, right? Well, as it pertains to measuring the moisture condition in concrete, advances in science are rapidly leading the industry away from its most common test method. The most widely used test in America

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    Floor Covering News

    Press Release

    Couristan bolsters sales team

    Fort Lee, N.J.—As Couristan prepares for an explosive 2018 and the launch of several new collections at Surfaces 2018, the company has hired two leading residential floor coverings sales executives

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    WF Taylor, Smell Away Solutions form strategic alliance

    Overland Park, Kansas—WF Taylor and Smell Away Solutions have established a strategic relationship for Taylor to distribute the Smell Zapper line of odor elimination products throughout the United States. WF

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    WFCA, ESR Commercial become partners

    Dalton, Ga.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has developed a new business partnership with ESR Commercial, the country’s largest trade association real estate broker. With more than 35 years of

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