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What’s the Most Comfortable Flooring?

Guest Article Written by Jill Canty

Comfortable Flooring

Walking around with no socks is one of summer’s simple pleasures. However, it can be hard to work up the courage to whip those socks off if your bare feet risk coming into contact with an icy cold surface, or worse, an uncomfortable material. If you want to free all 10 of your little piggies from their stockings all year round, you may want to consider investing in a more comfortable floor. Without further ado, here are our top choices for the most comfortable flooring materials available today. Read More

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Standards for the Flooring Industry?

Why Industry Standards?

IICRC Industry Standards

The IICRC standards director provides an introduction to standards and an overview of the benefits of using standards and engaging in the standard-development process.

Industry standards are established by consensus and provides rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results. Standards are developed by technical experts who work together to meet a common marketplace need.

The term “voluntary consensus standard” describes a document developed through a process where all views and objections are considered and where affected parties (including government, consumers and business) have reached substantial agreement on its contents. This is the type of standard developed by the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Read More

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Distributors Wanted for Innovative Flooring Accessory

Jonny Corners Is Looking For Distributors

Jonny CornersAbout 5 years ago we started a little company called “Jonny Corners”. We make trap door trim kits and felt there was a need for this product, so we sought to test it out on the market via direct sales in our area and online through our website. It was an immediate hit and now we have regular customers in the Northern United States and Canada. And our product has become very popular in Alaska.

Through our R&D and working closely with flooring installers, we have perfected Jonny Corners Trap Door Trim and are able to supply the US and Canada with this innovative, time-saving product. Our goal is to deliver our products to suppliers anywhere you find a flush mounted trap door. Read More

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IICRC Conference Adds Science Symposium

IICRC adds Science Symposium

IICRC Summit Conference Adds CIRI Science Symposium

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is adding a Science Symposium to its Technical Conference, held Aug. 9 – 11, at the Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, Mont. The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) will join the IICRC for a special discussion on a major new trend in cleaning science and disaster restoration and its impact on business strategy and hygiene practices.

The symposium titled, “The Microbiome and its Impact on Cleaning, Contracting and the Restoration Sciences,” will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 11 and will feature discussions by Dr. Gene Cole and Dr. Greg Whiteley. Read More

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New Forum Software for TFP

The Floor Pro Is Getting a New Suit of Clothes

The Floor Pro Community Forums Are Open for Business!

There’s still plenty of work to do, but the forum is open and running. Log in (or register, if you don’t already have an account) and try it out. There may be some stumbles, but let me know what issues you are having and I will sort them out. It’s a good weekend to play on TFP. Read More

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J+J Flooring Group Introduces LVT Collections

J+J Flooring Group

Company Now Offers a Complete LVT Collections Portfolio of Floor Covering Solutions for Commercial End-Use Applications

J+J Flooring Group, a leading diversified manufacturer of commercial specified flooring, announced today that it is introducing two new Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) collections. Available immediately, the collections reflect J+J’s 60-year history of developing thoughtfully designed, performance-driven and sustainable products that meet diverse commercial interior end-use applications.

Whether matched together or used separately, J+J customers can now choose superior quality LVT products, beautifully designed broadloom and modular carpet and intelligently manufactured textile composite flooring Read More

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Buying Flooring Off The Internet

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.

TFP: Sharing Information & ResourcesStop 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

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The Resurgence of Parquet Flooring

How Parquet Flooring Is Coming Back Into Fashion

parquet-luxury-flooringParquet 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

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Tile Installer Thin-Set Standards Verification Course Updated

The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone’s (UofCTS) Online “Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification” Course has been Updated

University of Ceramic Tile & Stone

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

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Development Trend of the Epoxy Flooring Industry

China Guangzhou International Floor FairOver 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