Installation

    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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    Metroflor launches Engage Genesis installation video

Metroflor launches Engage Genesis installation video

Norwalk, Conn.–Metroflor Corp. has launched a comprehensive installation video for the new Engage Genesis Structural LVT brand on its YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/9sJVvm9KWpE The video provides detailed instruction for the Engage Genesis products with Isocore technology for all three collections: Engage Genesis 2000 series products, featuring the 5G method from Valinge; and Engage Genesis 1200 series and 800 series, which utilize the Uniclic technique. While installation procedures vary for each locking

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    Installation: Preventing hollow spots in hardwood flooring

Installation: Preventing hollow spots in hardwood flooring

FCICA Installments Hollow spots in hardwood installations By John Brown One of the most frequent consumer complaints about hardwood flooring installations is the common creaky, hollow-sounding floor that can develop once the job is complete. Noisy floors are annoying and a nuisance that many homeowners prefer to do without. These hollow or loose spots can even detract from the overall visual and essence of a hardwood floor. Most hollow spots

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    FCNews webinar recap: CFI’s Varden shares tips on how to profit from installation

FCNews webinar recap: CFI’s Varden shares tips on how to profit from installation

By Ken Ryan Robert Varden is best known as the vice president of the CFI division of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). However, for a good part of his career he ran successful, high-profit installation businesses. To some, high-profit and installation may seem like an oxymoron. After all, how can you make money from installation when home centers and other big boxes are offering “free” installation? During a recent

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Labor, installation issues dominate WFCA agenda

June 6/13, 2016; Volume 30, Number 25 By Ken Ryan Rarely do a few weeks pass without the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) making some significant news, whether it is partnering with another flooring association or funding entities such as fcB2B or CFI. So it was no surprise that the recent WFCA board of directors meeting in Colorado Springs was themed: What is our next move? Scott Humphrey, CEO of

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    NWFA awards recognize creative installations

NWFA awards recognize creative installations

May 23/30, 2016; Volume 30, Number 24 By Reginald Tucker Charlotte, N.C.—Expert wood flooring craftsman and contractors from the U.S. and abroad were recognized for their creativity during the 2016 National Wood Flooring Association’s (NWFA) annual Floor of the Year competition held here. The Wood Floor of the Year awards program, now in its 26th year, was developed to encourage innovative installations. Since the program began in 1990, more than

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    WFCA execs discuss installation during FCNews webinar

WFCA execs discuss installation during FCNews webinar

By Ken Ryan What do you get when you have three leaders from the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) discussing arguably the most pressing issue in the flooring industry today—installation—during the monthly FCNews Marketing Mastery webinar series? A record turnout of flooring retailers with a 50% increase in attendees from the previous webinar. Scott Humphrey, CEO of the WFCA; Tom Jennings, vice president, member services, WFCA; and Robert Varden, vice

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    Installation: Self-leveling products keep the flooring world flat

Installation: Self-leveling products keep the flooring world flat

May 9/16, 2016; Volume 30, Number 23 By Ken Ryan When it comes to a quality flooring installation, the axiom, “It’s what you don’t see that makes the difference,” rings especially true regarding subfloor preparation and self-leveling products. Proper substrate preparation creates the foundation for floors with exceptional aesthetics and performance capabilities. Conversely, taking shortcuts or misusing products can lead to telegraphing and uneven floor surfaces that are not only

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    Installation: Study clarifies moisture myths

Installation: Study clarifies moisture myths

May 9/16, 2016; Volume 30, Number 23 By Jason Spangler It is well known that water—too much of it, anyway—can wreak havoc on a construction project. No flooring installer or builder wants excess water to be present when the finished floor is installed over a concrete slab. Too much water inevitably leads to a catastrophic flooring failure, which can translate into costly repairs and a damaged reputation. So it is

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    CFI’s accelerated carpet Installation training classes filling up

CFI’s accelerated carpet Installation training classes filling up

Dallas–Retailers and students across the country are contacting and booking seats for the International Certified Floor Covering Installers (CFI) exclusive accelerated carpet installation class, the association announced. To accommodate demand and access to the class, CFI will be offering two options for the next class which will start on May 16th–one class will be available at the CFI training facility in Forney, Texas, and another will run in the WFCA

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    Protect-All’s Rapid Weld aims to ease installation

Protect-All’s Rapid Weld aims to ease installation

March 14/21, 2016; Volume 30, Number 19 By Nadia Ramlakhan Protect-All Flooring, which specializes in recycled commercial vinyl flooring, recently launched Rapid Weld, a chemical welding system designed to reduce installation time up to 70%. Manufactured in the United States, Rapid Weld boasts advantages over grout; while grout can sometimes draw in bacteria, Rapid Weld is not porous so bacteria cannot penetrate it. Another plus: No grout means installers don’t

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    Adhesives: New products go the ‘extra yard’ to simplify installation

Adhesives: New products go the ‘extra yard’ to simplify installation

February 29/March 7, 2016; Volume 30, Number 18 By Ken Ryan Adhesives manufacturers have made a considerable investment in recent years developing products designed to be more environmentally friendly than their predecessors while offering improved bonding properties that accelerate installation times. In particular, many of these new offerings for 2016 were developed to meet the installation demands required for today’s longer, wider planks. Following is an overview: Bostik Ultra-Set SingleStep2

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    CCA teams up with WFCA, CFI to tackle installation shortage

CCA teams up with WFCA, CFI to tackle installation shortage

Manchester, N.H.—CCA Global Partners has partnered with the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) after its recent purchase of the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) to help address the shortage of qualified flooring installers. Through this new partnership, members of CCA’s floor covering divisions will be provided with incentives to bring new hires to the industry and the CFI will have them qualified and up-to-speed quickly. “CFI is well-respected for

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    Installation conundrum: Industry searching for ways to tackle ‘crisis’

Installation conundrum: Industry searching for ways to tackle ‘crisis’

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15 By Ken Ryan Installation—whether it is the shortage of qualified mechanics or the challenge of recruiting the next generation—is not a new problem. However, some flooring veterans say the situation has never been this bad and if left untreated could endanger the specialty retail channel. According to the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and its Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) division, nearly 60% of installers in

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    CFI installation course registration opens

CFI installation course registration opens

Dallas—Registration has opened for the International Certified Floorcovering Installers’ (CFI) new proprietary residential carpet installation course at the CFI Training Facility based in Forney, Texas, which will begin training in February. The class, which is only offered at the CFI school, turns out certified installation graduates ready to begin work immediately after five weeks. “There is no other training program like this in the world today,” said Scott Humphrey, CEO,

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    CFI convention: Dawn of a new era for installation association

CFI convention: Dawn of a new era for installation association

November 30/December 14; Volume 30/Number 12 By Ken Ryan Dallas—The 22nd annual International Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) convention was held here last month, but to Robert Varden, the new CEO, it might as well have been the first. “We are in our infancy,” Varden told members and associates. “We are born in an age with so much opportunity. We have so many more resources now with the WFCA [World Floor

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    Resilient: True loose lay highlighted for easier, faster installation

Resilient: True loose lay highlighted for easier, faster installation

November 9/16; Volume 30/Number 11 By Jenna Lippin Innovations in luxury vinyl tile continue as the product category picks up steam thanks to an upbeat marketplace. Improvements in installation remain top of mind for manufacturers as DIY and BIY shoppers are seeking a fast, easy job, in addition to the need for low-maintenance installation due to a lack of installers and, therefore, less time for training. While dry back/glue-down and

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21st Annual Award of Excellence Survey

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Armstrong Flooring wins two 2016 Good Design Awards

Lancaster, Pa.–Two of Armstrong Flooring’s products–Vivero luxury flooring with patent-pending Diamond 10 Technology and Performance Plus hardwood–were awarded the Good Design 2016 Award. The award emphasizes quality design of the highest

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Schönox to announce contest winners at Surfaces

Las Vegas—The third annual Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest opened nine months ago with the starting-gun phrase, “Worst Case Scenario, You Win!” The winners will be announced at the Schönox booth

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Creating Your Space helps flooring dealers create more leads, sales

San Rafael, Calif.—Creating Your Space, an independent provider of online marketing products and services specifically for retail flooring dealers, will be introducing Easy Email Marketing at The International Surface Event

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