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    Installation: Latest adhesives promote eco-friendly attributes

Installation: Latest adhesives promote eco-friendly attributes

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Lindsay Baillie Adhesive manufacturers are continuing to develop premium environmentally friendly products as a means to stay in lockstep with the flooring industry’s continuous push toward greener floors. Many of today’s green adhesives are FloorScore certified, solvent free and contain zero VOCs—all of which help contribute points to LEED. These qualities are all beneficial to the end user and environment as

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    Installation: ‘Blazer’ tool makes quick work of laying cove base

Installation: ‘Blazer’ tool makes quick work of laying cove base

By Reginald Tucker David Low, a floor covering installer with 25 years under his belt, had grown tired of pulling muscles, busting his knuckles and otherwise breaking his back when laying down wall base—particularly on large jobs. But he wasn’t quite ready to hang up his tools and knee pads altogether, so he decided to do something about it. Using a little ingenuity—and a lot of imagination—Low crafted a crude

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    Installation: Self-levelers solve subfloor prep issues

Installation: Self-levelers solve subfloor prep issues

April 30/May 7, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 23 By Lindsay Baillie Retailers, installers and contractors know that what’s underneath a floor is just as critical to a consumer’s long-term happiness as the floor’s overall look and feel. For the consumer to get the most out of her floor over the life of the product, installers need to properly prep the substrate. To assist installers with this crucial step, manufacturers are

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    Guru USA looks to make a splash in North America

Guru USA looks to make a splash in North America

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Mara Bollettieri      Guru USA knows a thing or two about waterproof membranes for ceramic tile flooring and wall installations. The Spain-based company brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of waterproofing membranes, shower drain systems and other accessories designed to advance installation performance and increase sales opportunities for its customers. Derick Cooper, national sales and marketing manager

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    Mohawk accessory program aims to complete the package

Mohawk accessory program aims to complete the package

March 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 19 By Reginald Tucker   To many retailers, Mohawk is regarded as a supplier of all manner of hard- and soft-surface products, including hardwood, laminate, LVT/P, ceramic and carpet, to name a few. But the supplier is looking to remind dealers that it also provides a vast array of accessories. Among Mohawk’s line of complementary installation products are: transitions and moldings, flooring adhesives, underlayments

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    MagneBuild seeks to address installation issues

MagneBuild seeks to address installation issues

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Ken Ryan   While it might not solve the installation crisis entirely, there is hope that MagneBuild by Magnetic Building Solutions (MBS), a new magnetic flooring system, may be the breakthrough technology the industry needs. Winner of a Best of Surfaces Award for Technology (see page 10 in this issue), this underlayment system from MBS uses magnetic technology as the foundation for

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    Installation: Flooring dealers grapple with tight labor market

Installation: Flooring dealers grapple with tight labor market

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Ken Ryan   A strengthening economy coupled with an increasingly tight labor market—with unemployment at 4.1% nationally—has exacerbated the installation crisis for many dealers, observers say. The issue has forced some to turn work away because of a scarcity of crews, while others are having to pay substandard mechanics more just to retain them. While flooring dealers say business is still up

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    Adhesives designed to ease the task at hand

Adhesives designed to ease the task at hand

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Nicole Murray   The latest batch of adhesive products unveiled at TISE 2018 aim to simplify installation challenges while addressing specific issues floor layers face on the job site. Case in point is H.B. Fuller, which showed its Ultimate Six Plus adhesive designed for the trending large, thin panels but can be applied to any size tile. Ultimate Six Plus allows the

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    Smell Zapper zaps odors, cuts down on installation

Smell Zapper zaps odors, cuts down on installation

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Lindsay Baillie   Necessity is the mother of invention. That is how Scott Brown, founder and co-owner of Smell Away Solutions, described the inspiration for the company’s flagship product, Smell Zapper BioEnzymatic—an odor eliminating, enzyme-based solution. Brown spent more than 12 years as a mill and distributor rep and another 10 years at Absolute Interior, his retail flooring store in Kansas City.

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    Executive interviews: Brand Building

Executive interviews: Brand Building

How Piet Dossche and Thomas Trissl created the most recognized names in their categories   January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 16 By Ken Ryan   It has been said that a company’s brand is its lifeblood, its reason for existing, its greatest success and, potentially, its biggest failure. Few flooring industry executives understand that principle better than Piet Dossche, president and CEO, USFloors, and Thomas Trissl, president, Schönox–HPS North

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    Installation: How some retailers are facing the challenge

Installation: How some retailers are facing the challenge

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Ken Ryan   To no one’s surprise, the No. 1 issue facing the floor covering industry today is installation—specifically how to replace an aging workforce while recruiting those new to the trade. On the residential side, the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) has made recruiting, training and deploying new installers a major priority. In fact, in the past year alone CFI

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    For Accu-Cut, service is king

For Accu-Cut, service is king

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Lindsay Baillie   Accu-Cut was created in 1990 with the intention of offering customers quality cutting and rolling machines. Since then Scott Brockie, president and CEO, and his son Trevor Brockie, vice president sales, have developed lasting relationships with flooring retailers from all over the U.S. With a focus on customer service, Accu-Cut aims to provide customers with the highest quality

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    Installation: Today’s adhesives in lockstep with ‘green’ flooring trends

Installation: Today’s adhesives in lockstep with ‘green’ flooring trends

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Lindsay Baillie   As more floor covering manufacturers embrace environmentally friendly practices in the development of their products, producers of adhesives and installation materials are following suit. Many of today’s green glues tout key attributes such as low-to-zero VOCs, are solvent free and are indoor air quality certified to high standards, thereby contributing to LEED. These qualities are beneficial to not only

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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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