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Coverings 2015

Coverings 2015Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, will return to Orlando in April to showcase cutting-edge product innovations and emerging trends in the marketplace. When the industry gathers at the Orange County Convention Center, April 14-17, attendees will be impressed with the latest product introductions presented by more than 1,000 exhibitors representing more than 40 countries.

“As the industry continues to innovate tile, reimagine everyday solutions, and present new material for architects, designers, builders, remodelers, distributors, retailers, installers, contractors and fabricators, one thing is certain: Coverings is the place you need to be to see it all,” said Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “Aside from the jam-packed expo floor, the show offers an exceptional conference program, certification courses, and networking opportunities. It is an exhilarating experience that has a lasting impact for all professionals in the industry.” Read More

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CFI Training Events for 2015

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CFI 2015 Training Events Calendar

March 13-14, 2015
San Antonio, TX | Carpet

March 25-26, 2015
Baltimore, MD | Wood & Laminate

March 31-April 1, 2015
Ft. Wayne, IN | Ceramic

March 31-April 1, 2015
Ft. Wayne, IN | Wood & Laminate

April 2-3, 2015
Ft. Wayne, IN | Resilient

April 2-3, 2015
Ft. Wayne, IN | Carpet

April 10-11, 2015
Nashville, TN | Carpet

April 15-16, 2015
Baltimore, MD | Ceramic

May 3 – 14, 2015
Sao Paulo, Brazil | Carpet & Resilient

May 3 – 14, 2015
Shaw Flooring | Carpet–Resilient-Laminate

May 19-20, 2015
Davenport, IA | Resilient

Jun 2-3, 2015
Detroit, MI | Carpet

July 27-28, 2015
Dalton, GA | MOHAWK Carpet

September 15-16, 2015
Dalton, GA | MOHAWK Carpet

Coming Soon…
Ft. Wayne, IN | Master-II
Omaha, NE | All Surfaces
Stockton, CA | Carpet & Wood

Download event flyers and see the full list of CFI events!

International Certified Floor Covering Installers Training Events for 2015

CFI installation training is in huge demand, both for open events and dealer-specific workshops and certification.

The benefits to installation training can be strongly measured by customer satisfaction. Enhancing the skills of the installers leads to a more productive day in the field because of the new and improved techniques that continually are added for the installation of ceramic, carpet, resilient, laminate and wood flooring.

Flyers can be downloaded at www.CFIinstallers.com. Check often as the dates are constantly changing.

The WORLD FLOOR COVERING ASSOCIATION offers their members educational scholarships that apply to all CFI events. Visit www.WFCA.org for detailed information. If not a member, join today.

CFI also conducts installation training for individuals who are just entering the trade. These programs are very intense and designed for those who have recently chosen flooring installation as a new career. CFI programs offered by dealers in various areas are 1-2 week, hands-on courses that prepare the students to be well-trained assistants.

“Flooring installers are the mirror of the retail store and spend many hours in the customer’s home or business,” said Robert Varden, Executive Director. “Increased training delivers results that provide more sales. Both dealers and flooring installers benefit from updated information and skills training. We prepare the applicants with The CFI Study Guide that contains the answers to the written tests. It is the goal of CFI to furnish as much information as possible to make the experience rewarding and enjoyable.”

Tony Buckhardt, CFI President, “The CFI Master-II Certification will be held this summer. To apply for this event, the installer must have completed the RI-II and the CI-II Certifications. The importance of adding to the installer’s resume cannot be stressed enough due to the high demand of this designation for specific work, such as the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. Installers must allot time from their busy schedules to enhance their skills to move forward in this industry.”

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Heat Welding Pro (dot com) Is Not A TFP Sponsor

The folks at Heat Welding Pro (dot com) sponsored a contest in 2014 and hosted a commercial vinyl flooring forum at The Floor Pro Community, but it was a short-lived relationship. I don’t know why they still have a link to the expired contest and a broken link to our commercial flooring forum.

Here is the correct link to our Commercial Flooring Sales & Installation forum. Sorry for any confusion.

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Hello TFP Visitors!

Welcome to The Floor Pro Community. We are here to share information and resources to help the flooring professional and guide the Consumer/DIYer. The articles found below or through the menu above & from the categories listed in the navigation column will help you get started. Our biggest claim to fame is our Community Forums. Registration at TFP is always free. Consumers get the benefit of many thousands of years of combined experience. Pros get special privileges so that you will stick around to help other pros and our consumer/diy members. Enjoy your visit and please come back often.

Jim McClain, owner/admin
The Floor Pro Community

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Tile Underlayment Positioning

Positioning Underlayment to Prevent Tile & Grout Cracks by Frank Woeste, P.E. and Peter A. Nielsen

The 2003–2004 Tile Council of America’s (TCA) Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation contains numerous details for a double layer wood floor system supporting ceramic tile. The thicknesses of the subfloor and tile underlayment are given in each case. Specific guidance on where to butt the underlayment end joints is not given for any detail. For example, for F142-03, the TCA Handbook states, “offset end and edge joints of the underlayment panels by at least two inches from the joints of subfloor panels; they should not coincide with framing below.” It further states, “underlayment fasteners should not penetrate joists below.” In the case of F150-03, the offsetting is not mentioned, but it does state, “underlayment fasteners should not penetrate joists below.” The same holds true for F155; however, it also states, “face grain of plywood should run perpendicular to trusses, I-joists, or sawn lumber for maximum stiffness.”

The purpose of this article is to propose specific guidelines Read More

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Concrete Control Joints & Cracks

The Behavior of Concrete Slabs With Control Joints and Cracks
by A. Kester

A lot of architects, contractors, and even engineers, do not have a good understanding on the behavior of concrete slabs-on-ground (SOG). I am just one structural engineer and these are my thoughts based on my research and experience. I have worked with concrete slab construction my entire career, and have done a lot of investigations of cracks and settlement damage to SOG, and have a pretty good general understanding of them. This is a review of the subject and I hope it helps people in the flooring industry in dealing with different types of slabs with control joints and cracks. Read More

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Computer Security for The Floor Pro

Computer Security for Flooring Pros
by Nick Arrera

There’s More To Flooring Than Just Floors

Part of being a floorcovering professional is the office work. Every one of you reading this obviously has a computer and odds are 99% of you use it for work: invoicing and bookkeeping, compiling price lists, writing business correspondence and research on the Internet. Some of you feel you are adequately protected from the dangers of hackers and viruses. A few of you do not concern yourselves with such matters. Only when there’s trouble do you wonder what happened. Here is a short course on computer security that can help protect you, your computer and your business data from theft or damage. Read More

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Customer Relations for the Flooring Inspector

dollarsWe are all consumers and we all encounter products or services that do not meet our expectations. The consumer having a problem with their floor covering is no different from me or you. The flooring they paid good money for is not living up to their expectations.

When I first became involved in complaint handling, I thought I would see a lot of people trying to get something for nothing. The complete opposite has proven to be the case. In all the years I have been doing inspections less than a handful have met that ulterior motive. The overwhelming majority of unhappy consumers just want what they paid for. Read More

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Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Flooring Options

A Glance at Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Flooring Options
by Marcy Tate

Eco-friendly and sustainable flooring is growing in popularity. Alternatives to conventional flooring are vast and easily accessible. There are eco-friendly underlayment and sealer options, too. Most eco-friendly flooring options cost about 20% more than conventional flooring types. But the growing increase of requests for eco-friendly flooring has proved that many homeowners are willing to pay extra for the great benefits. Read More

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Seamer Down Now Review

A Carpet Seaming Tool Review

by Chris Sheafer

I’ve been using the Seamer Down Now carpet seam cooling machine now for about a month on all carpet seams that I have done from super cheap to woven wool goods. It is noisy, but not so much as to make me not want to use it. Ear protection is strongly advised.

I have found that it has added greatly to the smooth flow of the job in the following ways: Read More