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  • Installation: Subfloor prep tips from the trade

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Lindsay Baillie   The success of any flooring project begins with the proper substrate preparation. That’s according to expert installers and manufacturers who say any mistakes during the earlier stages of installation can cause trouble for all involved—consumer, retailer and contractor—years down the road. FCNews rounded up several installation experts who provided helpful guidelines to consider when preparing a subfloor. Clean the

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    Laminate: I4F system benefits consumers and installers alike

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7   Innovations4Flooring (I4F), a technology company focused on the development of patents and flooring installation solutions, has more than doubled its number of licensees over the last 12 months. This growth is driven largely by acceptance of the company’s flagship technologies, including 3L TripleLock and Click4U. 3L TripleLock provides a one-piece drop-lock installation innovation, and Click4U delivers an angle system for the long

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    Laminate: The latest innovations in ‘click’ technologies

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   With all the attention being paid to WPC-type floors—and rightfully so—one might think there’s not much happening in the way of innovations with other competing hard surface categories. That notion could not be further from the truth as evidenced by what’s taking place in the mature-but-still-evolving laminate flooring sector. As several manufacturers continue to fortify their coreboards with materials

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    Fantasy Football for a Cause: 12 charities included in FCNews’ annual fundraiser

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7   The Floor Covering News Fantasy Football for a Cause league closed this year with 12 teams. All are playing for worthy causes as seen in the box below. Each team pledged $5,000 for a total of $60,000, which will be divided as follows: $10,000 to the winner’s charity $7,500 to the runner-up’s cause $5,000 to the third-place team $4,000 to the fourth-place

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    Wood: U.S. ‘domestic exotics’ broaden their appeal

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   As demand for certain “tropical exotic” hardwood floors softens in the U.S., the popularity of several domestic exotic species has been steadily rising, industry observers say. While there continues to be niche market opportunities for tropical species such as Brazilian cherry, Santos mahogany and the like, more American consumers are leaning toward homegrown species such as birch, hickory and

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    Hemisphere Imports’ not-so-secret weapon

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Reginald Tucker   First-time visitors to the Hemisphere Imports booth space at the recent CCA Global Partners convention (FCNews, Aug. 14/21) found out firsthand what all the fuss was about. The focus was on a unique species called kupay, a durable, dense hardwood sourced from Paraguay. While it might not be easy to pronounce (it’s also known by its genus name, “copaifera”),

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    Fall products to close out a profitable year

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Ken Ryan The kids are back to school and the fall selling season is upon us. To take advantage of this most crucial season, flooring manufacturers are taking the wraps off new products or line extensions, hoping to finish off 2017 on a high note. Ardex: X 90 Outdoor 90 Outdoor is a MicroteC3 rapid set, flexible tile and stone mortar. Featuring

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    Mohawk anniversary event supports dealers

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7   Mohawk’s Anniversary Sale, which began Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 28, offers its Floorscapes and ColorCenter Elite dealers a veritable smorgasbord of discounts, rebates, rewards and digital tools to generate store traffic and convert a higher rate of sales. Among the selling incentives: a $500 instant rebate coupon offer, 50% off sale on promotional products and triple advantage reward points. The

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    Fall promos: Sales, incentives usher in new selling season

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7   The autumn season is upon us and for many flooring manufacturers that means it’s time to unveil fall promotions to accelerate business and excite the customer base. Here are some recent fall sales. Armstrong Flooring Armstrong Flooring announced “The New Look of Tough” national retail promotion to correspond with its new national TV and digital advertising campaign on HGTV. Consumers can receive

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    ‘Pillars’ fortify Karndean’s corporate culture

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Ken Ryan   In its 40-plus years, Karndean Designflooring has developed and maintained a closeness whereby every person has a voice. Even as it grew the company never lost sight of the importance of empowerment, where everyone from CEO Larry Browder to the warehouse worker had a say. That corporate culture led Karndean to roll out its “4 Pillars” initiative, which covers

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    InstaFloor partners with Duracryl

    Farmers Branch, Texas—Duracryl International B.V. and InstaFloor N.A. have formed a partnership, whereby InstaFloor will support and market Corques Liquid Lino (CLL), a liquid self-leveling linoleum product, in the North

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    Crossville launches new gauged porcelain tile panel collections

    Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has announced the introduction of two gauged porcelain tile products: Calce and Cava. Neutral colors and delicate nuances mark the face of Calce, a line inspired by wet

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    INSTALL announces Canadian National Apprenticeship Competition winner

    Glassboro, N.J.—The best floor covering apprentices in Canada recently convened in historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, for a unique installation competition. Marking its 25th anniversary, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters

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