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  • Manufacturers sign accord with INSTALL

    Las Vegas—INSTALL, the International Standards and Training Alliance, recently collaborated with nine industry leading substrate and underlayment manufacturers here on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which signifies a collective industry endorsement of the group’s substrate prep certification program. The program requires each manufacturer specify the installer of their respective underlayment products as an INSTALL-certified installer or equal. Following this step, along with the successful completion of manufacturer proprietary testing, the

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    Installation: Schönox recognizes ‘Worst Subfloor’ contest winners

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Nicole Murray Las Vegas—Schönox announced the winners of its 3rd annual Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest at TISE 2017, reporting the highest number of entries received since the inception of the competition. First-place winner Carpets Direct of Walton, Ky., took on a 70-year-old building with an engineered hardwood floor that would be glued in place. The major challenge was the massive amount

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    Credit: Retailers offer financing tips to entice larger purchases

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 For dealers like Mark Hayden, Carpet One Floor & Home, broaching the subject of credit and financing options frequently throughout the sales process is key to persuading the consumer to make a larger purchase than she initially planned. “Bring it up at the origin of the discussion when you start working with your customers, and bring it up another time during your

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    Tile: Innovations help category recoup share

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By K.J. Quinn Tile suppliers are not just applying advanced technologies for the sake of aesthetics. Experts say another goal is to bolster the category to help fend off competition from LVT, which in recent years has done a much better job in replicating tile and stone. “The more  LVT and other similar lines mimic the real thing, the more customers will

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    Surfaces tile coverage: Larger, bolder patterns define latest introductions

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Nicole Murray The bigger the pattern, the better. That pretty much sums up the overarching trend seen in tile introductions unveiled at Surfaces 2017. Daltile, via its Panoramic collection, introduced a porcelain slab measuring 10½ ft x 51⁄3 feet. The products are available in eight colors in- thicknesses of 6mm and 12mm. According to Kim Albrecht, brand manager, the large slabs

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    Surfaces laminate coverage: Suppliers test category’s limits

    Performance enhancements tout water-resistant capabilities January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Reginald Tucker No longer content with ceding market share to competitive categories such as WPC and LVT, laminate suppliers are taking a page out of history by touting the features that first garnered consumer attention when the category first launched in the U.S. in the mid-1990s. Specifically, the category’s ability to go where other hard surfaces,

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    Surfaces wood coverage: Wider widths, longer lengths still in vogue

    But expanded color palettes and unusual surface treatments emerge January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Reginald Tucker As dealers and distributors traversed the show floor at Surfaces last month, they caught glimpses of something familiar. Many found themes that emerged from Surfaces 2016—longer boards, wider widths, innovative surface texture treatments—carried over into this year’s show. Not that it’s a bad thing—dealers and distributors asked manufacturers to develop

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    Surfaces resilient coverage: Suppliers gamble on new designs, enhanced performance attributes

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Lindsay Baillie and Ken Ryan Resilient and its multiple subcategories were heavily represented at Surfaces this year with companies focusing on improvements and innovations in terms of style and design. In addition to the major players in resilient, Surfaces saw multiple mills enter the LVT and WPC scene. For example, Dixie, a longstanding carpet mill with three well-known retail brands, recognized

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    Surfaces carpet coverage: Suppliers find opportunities on the softer side

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Ken Ryan Las Vegas—Soft surface still represents nearly 50% of the flooring market and carpet remains the largest single category by a considerable margin. But you might not have known that at Surfaces which was dominated by hard surface introductions. “As a carpet guy I am disappointed,” said Steven Lewis, owner of Lewis Floor & Home, Northbrook, Ill. “I go to

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    FCNews announces winners of Charity Football League

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 Hicksville—In the fall of 2016 Floor Covering News kicked off its Fantasy Football for a Cause league, which raises money for various local and national charities. Earlier this month checks were distributed to each of the participating manufacturers to forward along to their respective charities and causes. Following is a breakdown of the winners: Salesmaster won first place and a total of

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    Milliken enhances Imagine collection with new patterns

    Spartanburg, S.C.—Milliken has expanded its Imagine Figurative collection for residential interiors with four texture-based designs. The new designs—Casual Craft, Grayton, Slimline and Somerton—are small-scale broadloom patterns that are easy to

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    American OEM achieves Indoor Advantage Gold Certification for hardwood products

    Burns, Tenn.—American OEM Hardwood Floors has achieved Indoor Advantage Gold Certification for its hardwood flooring products. Indoor Advantage Gold certification assures that building material products support a healthy indoor environment

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    Emser Tile opens Tampa branch, receives Houzz ‘Best of Design’ award

    Los Angeles—Emser Tile has opened its 71st branch location in Tampa, Fla. this week—marking the company’s fifth location in Florida. Emser continues to grow their presence throughout North America, expanding

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