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    Ceramic: Making the most of mosaics

Ceramic: Making the most of mosaics

Jan 18/25; Volume 30/Number 15 By K.J. Quinn The latest varieties of mosaic tile options provide even more creative freedom than ever before as some coordinate with traditional tile products while others allow designers to match virtually any theme. “Tile companies are expanding the décor options in their collections to provide a whole range of coordinating tiles for one project,” said Vittorio Borelli, chairman of Confindustria Ceramica, the association of

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    Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Epoxy settings coming of age for installers

Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Epoxy settings coming of age for installers

November 30/December 14; Volume 30/Number 12 By Ken Ryan (Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) Historically installers have shied away from using epoxy grout. While these products satisfy the needs of the end user with uniform color, durability and stain resistance, they are more difficult to install. The consistency of the epoxy grout makes it

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    Tile: Housing market, technology will provide boost

Tile: Housing market, technology will provide boost

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    Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Liquid-applied membranes provide benefits for optimal tile usage

Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Liquid-applied membranes provide benefits for optimal tile usage

November 9/16; Volume 30/Number 11 By Ken Ryan (Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) In many flooring applications tile is used because the installation area is likely to be exposed to excessive water. However, a ceramic tile surface is not necessarily the waterproof solution, which is why a waterproof membrane must be incorporated into the

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    Ceramic: Another year of growth brings labor shortage concerns

Ceramic: Another year of growth brings labor shortage concerns

November 9/16; Volume 30/Number 11 By Ken Ryan  The U.S. ceramic tile market is on pace for its sixth consecutive year of growth with 2015 sales expected to increase an estimated 8% to 12% in volume, according to executive forecasts and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). Despite ongoing labor shortages and a somewhat tepid housing industry, the ceramic market continues to be one of the strongest performing sectors

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    Crossville acquires CAPCO Tile & Stone

Crossville acquires CAPCO Tile & Stone

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Curran Group, has acquired all assets belonging to CAPCO Tile & Stone, a Denver-based distributor. CAPCO will join Crossville’s existing company-owned distribution arm, Crossville Tile & Stone (CT&S), which has a presence throughout parts of the Southeastern U.S., Oklahoma and Texas. “We’ve built our nearly 30-year-old business on an immovable commitment and loyalty to our distributors, who are truly our partners in the

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    Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Grout does more than fill voids

Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Grout does more than fill voids

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By Ken Ryan (Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) When retailers discuss the merits of stone or ceramic tile flooring with their customers, benefits such as aesthetics, versatility and longevity are often top of mind. Grouting is usually not mentioned within the first few minutes of conversation, but it

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    Stone: Not just for high-end budgets

Stone: Not just for high-end budgets

October 26/November 2; Volume 30/Number 10 By K.J. Quinn Once upon a time, stone was perceived as a flooring and countertop material purchased only by affluent shoppers. Thanks to advances in technology and lower installed price points, that is no longer the case. More retailers are expanding into the category and positioning these products as affordable upgrades to other hard surfaces. “Today, natural stone is quarried in more countries than

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    Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Tips for choosing, installing a backsplash

Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Tips for choosing, installing a backsplash

October 12/19; Volume 30/Number 9 (Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) From classic subway tiles (replicas of the 3 x 6 rectangular white ceramic tiles used in the New York City subway) to large-format glass wall tiles and mosaics, today’s tile options can make a bold fashion statement on a kitchen or bathroom backsplash. Industry

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    Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Engineered stone adds charm, durability to living spaces

Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Engineered stone adds charm, durability to living spaces

September 14/21; Volume 30/Number 7 (Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) Ancient civilizations used indigenous stone to build cities, roads and monuments; many of which still stand today, a nod to the strength and durability of this natural resource. The aesthetic appeal of stone continues in the modern world, albeit with a twist: Engineered stone

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    Daltile, Marazzi open N.Y. Design Studio

Daltile, Marazzi open N.Y. Design Studio

By Nadia Ramlakhan New York—Daltile, an industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, and natural stone tile products, opened a design studio in the heart of Manhattan Sept. 16 in partnership with its sister brand Marazzi. The remodeled 3,700-square-foot space, conveniently located near Union Square, is the fifth Daltile design studio to open its doors, joining Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Miami as a regional design hub for the brand.

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    Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Shower tile enhances bathroom appeal

Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Shower tile enhances bathroom appeal

August 31/September 7; Volume 30/Number 6 (Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) Consumers are drawn to tiled showers for the aesthetic appeal it can add to a bathroom. Whether it is travertine creating a spa-like atmosphere or ceramic and mosaic achieving bright, vivid hues, there are plenty of fashion-forward options from which to choose. Beyond

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    Ceramic: Trends look to the future while referencing the past

Ceramic: Trends look to the future while referencing the past

August 31/September 7; Volume 30/Number 6 By Amanda Haskin Trends in tile continually look both forward and back. They steal from the past to paint the future while influencing and being influenced by other flooring categories. Perhaps more than any other category, tile has the ability to play with shapes and colors and draws inspiration from the fashion world. According to Donato Grosser, president of D. Grosser and Associates and

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    Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: The beauty of large-format wall tile

Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: The beauty of large-format wall tile

Aug. 3/10; Volume 30/Number 4 (Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) Large-format wall tiles are becoming increasingly popular in today’s interiors as more modern homes opt for contemporary styles. Industry standards categorize large-format tile as any tile or stone with at least one edge greater than 15 inches. Retailers cite three main advantages of having large-format

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    Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Wood-look tile gives dealers a new path to success

Retailers’ guide to tile & stone: Wood-look tile gives dealers a new path to success

July 6/13; Volume 30/Number 2 By Ken Ryan (Editor’s note: This is the third in a 10-part series familiarizing flooring retailers with merchandising and installing tile and natural stone.) The wood look for ceramic and porcelain tile has become one of the hottest trends in the flooring industry. With advancements in manufacturing processes, tile that resembles natural wood is being used in projects large and small. The trend has enabled consumers

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CTEF to hold CTI, ACT demonstrations at TISE

Pendleton, S.C.—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, will be conducting ongoing demonstrations of the

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Retail Lead Management builds new integrations with flooring ERP systems

Columbus, Ohio—Retail Lead Management has recently completed the development of its initial integrations with two flooring ERP systems: RollMaster and RFMS. The company is also scheduled to launch its Qfloors

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Scott Group Studio names new co-CEOs, chairman

Grand Rapids, Mich.—Scott Group Studio, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom, handmade luxury carpets, has named John Hart and Tim Hill as co-chief executive officers. Hart has a 20-year

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