Installation

    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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    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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CFI Convention promises a plethora of programs

Forney, Texas—The CFI Convention and Expo is back with a punch this year taking place August 16-18 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. The three-day educational event, designed

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Domotex Deutsche Messe to house new creative product showcases

Hannover, Germany—In 2018, Domotex will have a stronger focus on interior trends and lifestyle that will frame floor coverings in the broader context of ideas and innovations from the worlds

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Melissa Quick to head product development, marketing for AVA brand

Toronto, Ontario, Canada—Melissa Quick has joined Novalis Innovative Flooring as the new commercial product and marketing manager for the AVA LVT brand. “Melissa brings over 30 years of experience with

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