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Weighing-In On Purchasing Flooring From Internet Retailers
I understand that things change and technology gives us wonderful tools for us to gain knowledge and insight, but I would caution that it does have its limits and drawbacks. I want to share my opinion and insight on buying floor coverings from Internet retailers.
Stop and ask yourself this question: “Why did I come to The Floor Pro website?” I would guess it’s avail yourself of the expert knowledge you needed or wanted so that you don’t have problems with your new flooring purchase. While you’re getting that knowledge here for free (Thank you Jim for this great site!), the people providing that information are sharing with you the fruits of our experience & knowledge because we simply love the floorcovering industry and helping people. BUT, we all work and derive our living from the industry and if we cannot sell our goods and services we wouldn’t be here.
The Internet retailer guys have seriously hurt independent local retailers over the last 15-20 years, and while it’s only my opinion, Read More
How Parquet Flooring Is Coming Back Into Fashion
Parquet flooring had found itself on the rise in popularity recently, but what exactly is causing the increase of interest?
The style of parquet flooring dates back to the 16th century and can be found in many Edwardian houses in England. The typical style of parquet flooring comes from the combination of oblong shapes that fit together to form geometric shapes, the most common style is called herringbone. However, parquet found itself put on the sideline once carpeted floors were introduced in the 1930’s, as carpets proved to be a more comfortable and cheaper alternative. Since then, wood floors have majorly developed and progressed proving to be a stronger, if not better, choice than carpet. Read More
The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone’s (UofCTS) Online “Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification” Course has been Updated
Education is the fastest and easiest way to increase sales and profits!
The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) just released an updated version of the popular Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course. Both the USA version and the Canadian version of this course were updated, as well as the Spanish version.
The updated course offers a comprehensive review of the current industry installation standards, methods, and practices for ceramic tile, porcelain tiles, glass tile, concrete tiles, and natural stone tiles. Read More
Over two years, a majority of countries have issued related environmental protection regulations to restrict volatile organic solvents. Concrete floor coatings features, such as waterborne, solvent free and high solids will inevitably be the development trend for the epoxy flooring industry.
Chinese industrial floor coatings or paints currently produced are either solvent based or solvent free coatings, with the former causing harm to human health and pollution of the environment during production and its application in construction. The solvent-free epoxy flooring coating contains a active diluent. Typically, self-leveling application techniques will be used with 1-5mm coatings for solvent free epoxy flooring finishes. Read More
Registration Open for NWFA Expo 2017
Registration is now open for the National Wood Flooring Association 2017 Wood Flooring Expo. The NWFA Expo 2017 event will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, April 11-14.
AdvanTech Squeak-Free Guarantee Now Available to Builders Across the Country
In anticipation of the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show — the largest annual light construction show in the world — Huber Engineered Woods is expanding distribution of AdvanTech™ subfloor adhesive, providing access to the spray-foam subfloor adhesive to builders nationwide.
AdvanTech subfloor adhesive was introduced last year to builders and remodelers in New England and New York. The launch of the complementary product to its subflooring panels, came with the introduction of a 10-Year Squeak-Free Guarantee1 for the panel-to-joist connection of an AdvanTech™ Subfloor Assembly using both AdvanTech subflooring panels and AdvanTech subfloor adhesive. The success of this new subfloor adhesive in limited distribution over the last year has led to its national distribution in 2017. Read More
The National Wood Flooring Association announced details about the NWFA University at its Wood Flooring Expo in Charlotte, NC. Along with the start of a new year of NWFA membership, the University will launch July 1, 2016.
The NWFA University is an online platform that gives individuals an opportunity to participate in wood flooring training when and where they want it. Read More
2016 FloorTek Expo Partners With
NICFI/NAFCT/Floor Inspectors Educational Guild
American Floorcovering Alliance (AFA) has partnered with NICFI, National Academy of Floor Covering Training (NAFCT) and The Flooring Educational Guild for 2016’s FloorTek Expo, Technical Training Conference & Trade Show, October 18-22, 2016, held at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia.
For more information about FloorTek Expo 2016, please visit their website at www.Floor-Tek.com. For information about the Technical Training Conference & Trade Show, please contact Paul Pleshek via email at Paul@nafct.com.
Have you ever gone to a house to do an estimate for new flooring and detected an odor of insecticide? And maybe the carpet doesn’t look all that worn or old? The combination of the 2 might mean there were bed bugs in the carpet. Some home owners (or hotel/motel/rental managers) may be embarrassed to mention it, but don’t hesitate to bring the subject up. Read More
Heat welding flash cove is among the hardest skills to master in floor heat welding. A solid foundation in flash coving will make you more valuable in your area. Knowing how to heat weld vinyl flash cove is necessary when heat welding on vinyl, under toe kicks and cabinets. Today we’re going to share a step-by-step guide on heat welding vinyl flash coving. Read More
The Layman’s Guide to Testing Moisture In Concrete
by Charles Milledge
Some days I think I spend about half of my work day answering questions about concrete moisture and test procedures.
Anhydrous Calcium Chloride Moisture Vapor Testing – The CaCl Test
ASTM – F1869-11 Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride is the guide that needs to be followed to correctly set a CaCl test. Here are the boiled down basics for doing this correctly. Read More
The Carpet and Rug Institute Unveils Important Changes to Leading Carpet Installation Standards
— Industry-Led Updates to CRI’s 104/105 Carpet Installation Standards Focus on
Proper Planning and Preparation —
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) today announced important updates to its CRI-104 and CRI-105 Installation Standards for Commercial and Residential Carpet. Developed by a team of industry leaders, these changes address industry innovations that require new approaches to carpet installation, particularly planning and subfloor preparation. Read More
Impact of Plywood Underlayment Direction¹
By Frank Woeste and Peter Nielsen
Beginning in 2007, the TCA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation listed in bold print the following requirement for two-layer wood sheathing installation methods:
- face grain of plywood shall run perpendicular to joists for maximum stiffness.
Should the tile contractor or other interested parties be concerned whether or not the plywood underlayment runs perpendicular to the joists? Read More
The decline in carpet is due to one thing and one thing only: Poor quality.
Our industry has killed itself by selling products designed to meet a price point over tangible performance. The worthless warranties and those who sell them are only nails in the coffin.
The increase in hard surface sales IS NOT because people like living on hard surfaces and IT’S NOT about indoor air quality. Read More
The Dilemma of Appropriate Flooring Choices
Home-ownership comes with many decisions – flooring being one of the most important. Like roofing, flooring is a requirement for Western Living Standards. So many choices on the market make it a daunting task for the homeowner. Oftentimes choice is based on trends instead of what is needed. The aesthetics, or “look” of the floor outweigh the importance of the material chosen.
Flooring decisions need to be made based on several factors, not just “the look.” Too many times a homeowner’s disappointment with a floor has nothing to do with the flooring, but everything to do with personal expectations. Read More