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    Installation: Subfloor prep  tips from the trade

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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    Schönox ‘Worst Subfloor Contest’ focuses on fixing what lies beneath

Schönox ‘Worst Subfloor Contest’ focuses on fixing what lies beneath

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Lindsay Baillie   Schönox on June 1 formally opened this year’s annual Worst Subfloor Contest with the theme, “What lies beneath?” It’s a question that, according to Schönox, reflects a common worry flooring professionals often have when tackling a challenging flooring project. “With Schönox, our approach is to develop subfloor products that can address even the most challenging conditions, knowing that success

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    Department of Veteran Affairs adopts INSTALL certification standards

Department of Veteran Affairs adopts INSTALL certification standards

By John T. McGrath Jr. The International Standards and Training Alliance (INSTALL) has strengthened its partnership with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The goal is to ensure floor covering is specified and installed in a way that minimizes product failures in VA facilities across the U.S. The VA actively strives for the highest level of construction and installation standards across its thousands of facilities. From the foundation to

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    Installation: DustRam targets messy job sites

Installation: DustRam targets messy job sites

June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26 By Lindsay Baillie   DustRam was created to give the flooring industry and remodeling sector a dust-free tile removal system that could actually claim “dust-free” capabilities, according to Jack King, inventor of DustRam and owner of Arizona Home Floors in Tempe, Ariz. King developed the system in 2008 and then spent roughly five years making equipment, finding flaws and making adjustments before offering

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    Installation: M-D PRO clients applaud rebranding focus

Installation: M-D PRO clients applaud rebranding focus

June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26 By Lindsay Baillie   Loxcreen Flooring Group and M-D Building Products recently consolidated its Professional Distribution Channel operations under the new name, M-D PRO. Encompassing all of its professional accessory product lines except PROVA, M-D PRO has developed a new logo to replace Loxcreen Flooring Group for all future product labels, social media and marketing materials. Since the start of its rebranding, M-D

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    Installation: Adhesive tips, tricks of the trade

Installation: Adhesive tips, tricks of the trade

May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Lindsay Baillie   When it comes to working with today’s advanced, high-performance, user-friendly adhesives, it’s critical that installers avoid the temptation of taking shortcuts. That’s according to expert floor layers and instructors who say improper installations due to misapplication of adhesives can cause a host of problems, including voided warranties, bad company reviews and even safety risks. FCNews rounded up several experts

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    Self-leveling systems smooth over the rough spots

Self-leveling systems smooth over the rough spots

April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 By Ken Ryan   Flooring installers and contractors know all too well that a project will only be as successful as the subfloor underneath. It’s also common knowledge they will face subfloor challenges on each jobsite. Fortunately, today’s suppliers of subfloor preparation materials—including self-leveling compounds—are developing systems designed to reduce installation costs and improve profitability for contractors. Ardex Ardex K 10 Reactivatable

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    Installation: Innovations serve up solutions

Installation: Innovations serve up solutions

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Nicole Murray   Suppliers of installation accessories, adhesives and subfloor prep materials are not only developing new products that aim to ease installation; they are also seeking to improve the performance and longevity of the various flooring surfaces they support. Many of these installation products, which run the gamut from underlayments to self-leveling materials, are designed to address common installation challenges. Case

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    Installation: Today’s next-gen adhesives tout multi-use capabilities

Installation: Today’s next-gen adhesives tout multi-use capabilities

February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Lindsay Baillie   Adhesives manufacturers are catering to the industry’s plethora of hard surface offerings by developing products that feature multi-use properties. These new high-performance adhesives, which are designed to handle everything from LVT to vinyl composition to carpet tile, aim to provide solutions for retailers and installers. Utilizing their own proprietary technologies, adhesives manufacturers are increasing moisture resistance, sound reduction and

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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

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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    Installation: Retailers get creative in recruiting next-gen talent

Installation: Retailers get creative in recruiting next-gen talent

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Ken Ryan Various sectors of the industry are working closely to tackle the two-headed installation crisis—an aging workforce coupled with the challenge of finding the next generation. Leading the way is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), which believes installation-training programs should be created and funded at the industry level and executed at the local level. “My experience is installers will not

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    Lam-Hammer tool aims to ease the project at hand

Lam-Hammer tool aims to ease the project at hand

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By Lindsay Baillie Floor covering installers looking to tackle laminate flooring jobs without damaging surrounding walls—or floors—can turn to the Lam-Hammer. The innovative tool, developed about 10 years ago, is designed for installing interlocking laminate flooring and makes locking in the last board on a run, against a wall or under the cabinet toe kick easier, according to the manufacturer. “Everyone always thinks

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    Adhesives: Professional installers express their product preferences

Adhesives: Professional installers express their product preferences

October 24/31, 2016: Volume 31, Number 10 By K.J. Quinn Installers expect value, quality and innovation from the flooring adhesives they use every day. They want products that are easy to install and won’t delay any finishing work. And they expect these formulations to perform as advertised so there are no callbacks. “We’re more focused on the builder and commercial [markets], so when we’re doing a large scope of jobs

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    Latest grouts help facilitate faster application for professional mechanics

Latest grouts help facilitate faster application for professional mechanics

September 12/19, 2016: Volume 31, Number 7 By K.J. Quinn Choosing the right grout is a critical element of any ceramic tile and stone installation, experts say. Technological advances are triggering the development of products that last longer, enable faster installation and help ensure easy maintenance over the lifetime of the surface. “Today’s tiles are larger, grout joints are smaller and end users expect higher grout performance,” said Tony Pasquarelli,

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