Commercial Flooring Report

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March 2019
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How Commercial Flooring Projects Have Changed
February 2019
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Cleaning Textured Hard Surface Flooring
January 2019
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December 2018
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November 2018
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October 2018
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September 2018
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August 2018
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How Can You See What You Can't See: The Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank Dilemma

July 2018
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The Importance of Wood Flooring Acclimation in a Commercial Setting
June 2018
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May 2018
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Admission of Guilt
April 2018
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Recycled Content in Flooring Material
March 2018
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Old Versus New Concrete Slabs: Staying Out of Trouble with Both
February 2018
Vol.113, No.1  4.70 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
The Magic of Interim Maintenance Procedures
January 2018
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So You Don't Think You Need An Under Slab Vapor Retarder In The Desert?
December 2017
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How Many Types of Moisture Tests Do I Need to Conduct before Installing Floor Coverings?
November 2017
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Routine Maintenance for Commercial Flooring
October 2017
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Back to Basics with Vinyl Flooring Installation.

Also, Polyester and Polyethylene Membranes
September 2017
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The Importance of Exterior Maintenance
August 2017
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ASTM Standards and Manufacturers Warranties
July 2017
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The Difference Between Dimensional and Planar Stability
June 2017
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UPDATE: What to include in a Flooring Specification
May 2017
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FloorSafe - The Future of Floors and Building Related Illness

April 2017
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Gypsum? Yes or No?
March 2017
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A Disturbing Issue: It's Your Fault.
When You're Faced with Litigation
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What is Litigation? Litigation is the term used to describe legal pro- ceedings initiated between two opposing parties to enforce or defend a legal right. Litigation is typically settled by agreement between the parties, but may also be heard and decided by a jury or judge in court or by arbitration or mediation. There are two parties in litigation, the plaintiff and the defendant. The plaintiff, the party filing the complaint, has the burden of proof.
The 100th Issue!!! ... also Vinyl Shrinkage
Vol.100, No.1  2.36 MB  Uploaded: March 6th, 2017
Welcome to the 100th edition of the Commercial Flooring Report. I thank all of you for the continued support over the years and your quest for knowledge of the industry.

I want to give you a brief walk in my shoes and why we occupy such a unique, one of a kind, position. It began in 1971 when I went to work for Rochester Linoleum and Carpet in Rochester, NY, my home town, after graduating college, yes I went to college. I was schlepping in the warehouse at first, sold on the floor and then managed one of their five stores selling carpet and hard surface flooring. Not one to be content and tied down I transitioned into the carpet cleaning business, joined two associations and from there took every class I could on flooring. One of these classes was the RBI Carpet Seminar instructed by Reg Burnett. He quickly became one of my mentors. Somewhere in the 90's Reg asked me to be the author of his newsletter, called the Commercial Carpet Digest. My writing career actually be- gan with Floor Covering News with Al Wahnon, another of my mentors, with my column The Claims File which I wrote for over 26 years.
Conditions of the Space
Vol.99, No.1  2.44 MB  Uploaded: March 6th, 2017
The conditions of the space where flooring is to be installed are increasingly ignored based on the number of claims, complaints and flooring failures we're seeing around the country. Of major importance is the fact that the space in which the flooring material is to be installed be conditioned as if it was occupied by those who will populate it. The Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Systems (HVAC) must be operational for two reasons. First, to properly conduct any moisture testing being done, whether calcium chloride or relative humidity and second, to acclimate the flooring material regardless of what it is from carpet to wood to vinyl and everything that goes on the floor.
The Effect of a Learning Facilities Condition on the Occupants
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At the recent Starnet meeting in Nashville, Tennessee held on Novem- ber 4th and 5th there was an APPA Facility Managers panel discussion sponsored by Tandus that essentially discussed the effect of learning facilities condition on occupants.
By condition we mean the design and aesthetics of the space and how they relate to the occupants attitudes while populating that space. APPA used to stand for the Association of Physical Plant Administrators in the late 1960's through the early 1990's. Today, the association is known as AP-PA: Leadership in Educational Facilities, and is most easily recognized and referred to as simply "APPA." The panelists at this presentation were from the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University and an APPA Leadership consultant.
Woven Carpet and Installation ... Again
Vol.97, No.1  2.57 MB  Uploaded: November 22nd, 2016
This article originally appeared in our September 2011 CFR is- sue but we've had an onslaught of work in this area and issues and I wanted to give you an update. Woven Axminster and Wil- ton carpet is the Rolls Royce of the carpet industry. It is the old- est form of machine made broadloom carpet. Products from this process grace the most elegant and luxurious homes and facilities in the world. There are only a handful of woven Axmin- ster and Wilton carpet manufacturers in the world and a smaller number yet who produce significant volume of commercial car- pet. The primary commercial markets for these carpets are hospitality (high end hotels), casinos, high end restaurants and any property that qualifies as the best of the best in its particular category. Almost all woven Axminster and Wilton carpet manu- facturing takes place outside the US with the majority of woven carpet now coming from state of the art mills in China but owned by the same manufacturers who've been in the business for dec- ades. Only a few woven manufacturers exist in the US and they primarily produce corporate type carpet. The highest end woven Axminster or Wilton carpet is most often constructed of an 80/20 blend of wool and nylon (80% wool / 20% nylon) - the nylon is used to bolster the performance of the wool - but it can also be made with 100% nylon - either solution dyed or yarn dyed.
Fixing a Failed Flooring Installation
Vol.96, No.1  1.01 MB  Uploaded: November 22nd, 2016
We've talked repeatedly over the years about failed flooring installations and problems with flooring but have't really spent much time or focus on how to fix or address a failed flooring installation. So let's take a look at it. The same guidelines apply when writing a story which is who, what, when, where and why and add to it how and then heap on what went wrong and why and who's at fault --the most important part. With that we top it off with how do we fix it.
You've Done Everything Right and You're Wrong; Now What?
Vol.95, No.1  1.25 MB  Uploaded: September 1st, 2016
Not a week goes by that we do't get a call from a flooring contractor or general contractor about a flooring installation that failed after the've done everything right only to be told by someone charged with coming to the site, looking at the problem and telling the lamenting party that they are in the wrong. So what do you do when you believe that you've done everything right, followed all the directions to the letter but you're still accused of doing wrong - short of pulling your hair out and screaming?

We're going to look at several actual cases we've been involved with lately and use them as examples of what we're talking about.
RH Testing and that 72 Hour Wait: How Do You Manage It?
Vol.94, No.1  1.56 MB  Uploaded: July 25th, 2016
This month's issue has been provided in part by Jason Spangler of Wagner Meters and deals with the continuing issue of moisture in concrete and testing for it. This issue is not going away and continues to plague the industry so you have to test but you have to understand the testing and that it must be done and done correctly. This article should help you deal with that.
Ears Don't Have Ear Lids
Vol.93, No.1  1.02 MB  Uploaded: June 28th, 2016
Our guest columnist for this issue is Jeff Loether; his bio appears at the end of this issue. We have included some additional information on noise and sound as well from some recent experiences and cases we've had with what we think is going to be a growing concern that Jeff so aptly describes. The issue of noise affects not only the hospitality industry, but apartments and condos as well. With the number of high rise units being built around the country, noise is going to generate a great deal of concern and complaints.

In a conversation Jeff and I had he stated, "Ears don't have ear lids. Higher noise levels create stress and strength reaction. The ears never sleep. Living in caves, listening for the mountain lion that wanted to snack on us, kept our ears on high alert and they are still this sensitive to sound. The primitive brain is always listening for danger."
A New Twist on Carpet Tile, Wood and Luxury Vinyl Plank and Tile
Vol.92, No.1  1.10 MB  Uploaded: June 7th, 2016
We were discussing this issue at the lab the other day after seeing a new series of problems with some of the most popular products in the flooring market.

Carpet tile will inherently have a bit of doming so that when pressed in place it fits snugly. This physical characteristic which is very slight, nearly imperceptible, has always been part of carpet tile. However this also now presents a new dilemma. Too much dome and you get the "pillow or quilted" appearance.

The adhesive used to install carpet tile, though not meant to hold the tile flat, does have enough tack to pull the tile down enough so very minimal doming would not be noticed and when the tile relaxes it will settle in.

The dilemma occurs when using tabs to install lighter weight carpet tile, obviously without any adhesive so any dome in the carpet tiles can be visible. The weight of the tile also comes into play. With carpet tiles getting lighter in weight overall, not being held in place with adhesive and only affixed in place by tabs in the corners there is nothing to prevent the carpet tiles from assuming a natural doming physical position. This is a new twist on what we have begun to see with carpet tiles.

Will they fix themselves on the floor?
Ensuring that the Appropriate Flooring Product is Specified
Vol.91, No.1  1.35 MB  Uploaded: June 28th, 2016
Getting the right flooring product into the right place can be very challenging particularly if you don't fully understand all of the circumstances, conditions and parameters of what you want to use, where and how to use it. That said we'll look at how you go about getting the right product in the right place, regardless of what it is and having it meet all your expectations. Nothing in a commercial space gets as much abuse as the flooring material. With the right product it may never show how much traffic and use it really gets. The wrong product will make you want to pull your hair out when it fails miserably after a short period of time.
Concrete Curing Admixtures, Additives, and Topical Applications - Again
Vol.90, No.1  1.34 MB  Uploaded: May 27th, 2016
Installing floor covering materials of any kind and floor preparation treatments such as leveling agents and feather finishes is challenging enough without impeding their effectiveness with a barrier. We've discussed before the use of Fly Ash in concrete and how, if in high enough quantity it can prevent anything from bonding or sticking to concrete substrates.

The flooring industry, and anyone else involved in flooring which includes the General Contractor, Architect, Designer, Facilities Managers and owners are facing another obstacle to successful floor covering installations due to the use of concrete admixtures, additives and topical applications.

Unfortunately this action has moved us from the frying pan into the fire. Worse yet a bill of goods on these systems are being sold to Architects and General Contractors and the systems are being written into the construction specs. This forces the flooring contractor to either install the flooring material and face imminent failure or not do so and face legal action.
Optimizing Flooring Performance
Vol.89, No.1  1.46 MB  Uploaded: February 22nd, 2016
This issue is dedicated to my dear friend Dan Blake who passed away suddenly on February 13, 2016.

In commercial flooring applications it's important to make sure the flooring being selected and specified is appropriate for the application. We've talked about making sure the right product gets into the right place but we'll look at what makes the product the right one to use so it delivers the performance, life expectancy and appearance retention expected and then some.

The most complex of flooring products for commercial use is carpet. The components and engineering that go into making a carpet a high or low performing textile floor covering material are more involved than for hard surface flooring -- with all due respect. Vinyl flooring for example may have a thicker wear layer, be thicker overall or have layered in it components that categorize it for a particular application and a particular kind of backing but the list is short compared to carpet as you'll see.
Testing: What You're Trying to Determine and What We Need to Know
Vol.88, No.1  1.06 MB  Uploaded: February 9th, 2016
Certified Testing of floor coverings and related materials is becoming a bigger part of our business. Most of the testing we do is in conjunction with our associated NVLAP certified testing lab. There are ASTM and AATCC tests we normally conduct but very often the tests conducted, after seeing the concern issues at the installation site, are hybrids of certified tests as we attempt to duplicate conditions being experienced in the field by clients complaining of product failures of varying kinds. In addition we conduct testing for coefficient of friction and slip resistance in the field. We also have the ability to conduct materials analysis tests which are often used to determine, for example, why an adhesive may have failed or a topping for a substrate is ineffective or creating a problem. Recently, because of the formaldehyde concerns in wood flooring products, testing equipment has been installed and technicians trained to conduct these tests. Much of this work is very sophisticated and elaborate testing equipment performed by very skilled technicians.
Flooring Warranties, Merchantability for Service and Fitness for Intended Purpose of Use
Vol.87, No.1  0.98 MB  Uploaded: February 9th, 2016
The biggest problem in the flooring industry is the wrong product specified or sold for use in the wrong place. All flooring material will not perform satisfactorily in all applications for any number of reasons. Merchantability for service and fitness for intended purpose of use is a promise, arising by operation of law, that something that is sold will be merchantable and fit for the purpose for which it is sold. An item is deemed merchantable if it is reasonably fit for the ordinary purposes for which such products are manufactured and sold. This is relative in this case to flooring material.
Construction Specifications: Division 3 and Division 9
Vol.86, No.1  1.08 MB  Uploaded: December 4th, 2015
Most of you should know that Division 9 in a Construction Specification deals with flooring materials but not everyone has an understanding of the relationship this has with Division 3. Division 3 covers the concrete substrate on a construction project and Division 9 the finishes which include the flooring. The two are inextricably linked, particularly on a new construction project and knowledge of both should be understood. Hopefully the information here will aid you in future projects helping avoid problems and keep everyone out of trouble.
CRI--104 Standard for Installation of Commercial Carpet Update
Vol.85, No.1  853 KB  Uploaded: November 9th, 2015
All floorcovering materials have guidelines for installation mandated by the manufacturer of that specific material.

There are also floor covering industry standards that are general in nature but specific as to the standard and common practices for installation of that flooring whether hard or soft surface products.

The new Carpet and Rug Institute Standard for Installation of Commercial Carpet -- CRI 104 -- has just been published and released (September 2015).

CRI 104 (and 105 for residential carpet) is an update for the installation of textile floor covering material that takes into consideration the latest technology in textile flooring materials and what is required to install them properly.

CRI-104 can be thought of as an umbrella document for the installation of carpet and repeatedly refers to the manufacturer's guidelines for more specific information on installation of a particular product.
Luxury Vinyl Tile, Plank and Vinyl Flooring Materials
Vol.84, No.1  1.00 MB  Uploaded: October 19th, 2015
Luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring is among the hottest flooring products in the market today and the use of this product is growing exponentially in the commercial market. These products are cannibalizing share from sheet vinyl and vinyl tile as well but we'll talk about them all since they are such a significant part of the commercial flooring market. There's no question these products make a beautiful floor but there are some things you should know about them to ensure you don't have a problem with them.
Your Floors and Falls
Vol.83, No.1  711 KB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2015
Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work, this issue hangs over every building owner. On average, they cause over a third of all major injuries and over 40% of all reported injuries to members of the public. Statistics suggest that most of these accidents are slips which occur when floor surfaces are contaminated with some sort of foreign substance such as water, tracked in contamination like oils and grease or in the winter, residue from ice melt pellets. Even dry soil particulate such as sand, grit or dirt can contribute to hard surface flooring being prone to create slips and falls. Paramount in every commercial facility, regardless of what it is and no matter the size, is the safety of those walking in the space.
The Frivolity of Flooring Lawsuits
Vol.82, No.1  1.00 MB  Uploaded: July 23rd, 2015
It seems that the entire world is lawsuit happy and ready to bring legal action against anyone for anything and you can always find a lawyer to take the case. When it comes to floor covering issues, whether it's a concern for the flooring material, installation, substrate or another related or perceived related matter, there are always compromises that can be identified that caused the problem -- flooring doesn't just fail. When the situation becomes contentious and none of the parties want to make any concessions or the matter escalates to finger pointing, the thoughts of suing pop into mind.
If You Specify It, Know How It Should Be Installed and If You Bid It, Know How To Install It
Vol.81, No.1  1.01 MB  Uploaded: June 24th, 2015
Now that's a mouthful of title but it's a subject that's just as filling. There are several issues that cause installation of flooring materials to be compromised and it's not always, as many may think, the installers fault. In this case the sword has two edges that both cut deep.
Pooling, Watermarking, Pile Reversal and Shading - AGAIN
Vol.80, No.1  1.88 MB  Uploaded: May 29th, 2015
CFR Extra!

We've included the latest issue 'Installation Expertise' with Tim McAdoo, Installation Expert for J.J.Haines & Co Distributors with their permission. I wanted to share this with our many residential/builder flooring contractors because it is so relevant to the challenges they face in the new home/multi-family market.
What is the Best Flooring for Your Project?
Vol.79, No.1  967 KB  Uploaded: May 29th, 2015
Before we can answer the question we have to know a bit about the project and the expectations of the flooring being anticipated. To start, its best to categorize the type of traffic the space is going to receive such as light, moderate, heavy or extra heavy. Next we'll want to know if the aesthetics are luxury, such as executive offices or super heavy duty such as a mall, for example. In addition we have to know if the flooring is going to be maintained regularly or almost not at all and if the maintenance is to be done by in house or contracted services on some type of routine basis.
Formaldehyde Concerns
Vol.78, No.1  748 KB  Uploaded: March 13th, 2015
This article was written by Lee Phillips of Professional Testing Laboratory, the premier flooring testing lab in the country and an affiliate of LGM and Associates. It was instigated by the recent 60 Minutes expose on formaldehyde in laminate flooring.
Unstable Flooring Materials
Vol.77, No.1  1.06 MB  Uploaded: March 10th, 2015
One who purchases, installs, sells and even produces flooring materials would and should expect them to remain stable and flat on the floor. This isn't always the case and the causes for that are often found in the material itself or in the way the product was installed. Unstable can mean; uneven, unsound, insecure and changeable. In fact this condition is becoming more prevalent and an issue with hard surface flooring materials in particular. Let's take a look at some hard surface flooring materials to reveal the problems that can occur and the causes and cures.
Areas of Responsibility
Vol.76, No.1  588 KB  Uploaded: January 27th, 2015
In every flooring transaction and project every individual be it the manufacturer, sales person, architect, designer, specifier, flooring contractor or installer and anyone in between who impacts the project, has a responsibility.

Thousands of flooring problems, failures and claims occur every year because one or more of the parties involved in a transaction has failed to accept responsibility for some procedural function
Finding a Professional Flooring Contractor
Vol.75, No.1  0.98 MB  Uploaded: December 11th, 2014
To successfully install commercial floor covering it is important to engage the services of a firm that specializes in this area of the market. Professional flooring contractors are not the same as flooring installers and this is a significant distinction when considering a commercial flooring installation. The more difficult and challenging the installation, logistically complex and demanding a project is, the more you need a professional flooring contractor.
Positioning the Flooring Business for Growth
Vol.74, No.1  1.05 MB  Uploaded: November 21st, 2014
For the most part the economy is coming back for the flooring industry. Almost every flooring contractor, flooring dealer, installation firm or anyone having anything to do with flooring is telling us business is anywhere from good to them being, using the Southern expression, "covered up." That's a great sign but let us not forget there's another opportunity that exposes itself and that's positioning your business for growth while business improves. When businesses get busy everyone gets excited about it but not all businesses, regardless of what they are, understand that they have to capitalize on the upturn. Relative to the flooring business, this mean strengthening your position and it's not just for the people who put their hands on the products, this is also for designers, specifiers, architects, general contractors, building owners, managers and anyone else who has anything to do with flooring products.
How Long Should Flooring Last?
Vol.73, No.1  1.00 MB  Uploaded: November 21st, 2014
An interesting question was raised recently about how long a floor should last in a health care facility and if there was a guide or actuarial table for flooring life expectancy in a commercial application.
The Floor Covering Abatement Dilemma
Vol.72, No.1  1.37 MB  Uploaded: November 21st, 2014
As if there aren't enough substrate issues that can compromise the installation of floor covering materials we face one situation that is sure to give the flooring contractor, general contractor and building owner fits and that's the use of abatement chemistry used during the removal and containment of asbestos containing flooring materials and adhesives.
Discoloration of Resilient Floor Covering
Vol.71, No.1  1.29 MB  Uploaded: July 25th, 2014
This issue of the Commercial Flooring Report was written and contributed by Ray Thompson associate of LGM. Ray has over 3 decades of resilient flooring expertise having worked as a trainer/technical expert with both manufacturers and distributors. Ray also has expertise in substrate technology. Also contributing to this article is Tim McAdoo who is the Installation Specialist with J.J. Haines and Company. We are especially appreciative for Tim's photos of resilient discoloration issues.
The Multi-Family Housing Market
Vol.70, No.1  771 KB  Uploaded: May 30th, 2014
Multi-Family housing is described as buildings with more than four residential units. It is primarily residential rental property but also includes townhouses and condominiums. The market itself is fragmented with individuals who own multiple properties, local singleton properties held by one owner, and large complexes owned by larger corporations who also build and operate other commercial properties such as class A, B and C space. In addition companies who build developments of single family homes often own multi-family apartment complexes or townhouses both of which may be co-mingled in the same development. The flooring industry is broken into several segments and the Multi-Family housing market is one of them. The unique feature of this market is that it is serviced by three varying flooring groups; commercial flooring contractors who often have a division for this, retail dealers who participate in the segment, possibly with a Main Street Market (small business) division and true dedicated multi-family flooring contractors who often supply other services such as kitchens and bathrooms. In addition the manufacturers may be selling direct to the large projects.
What Are We Lacking In The Flooring Industry?
Vol.69, No.1  636 KB  Uploaded: May 24th, 2014
For all of the wonderful products and technologies the flooring industry has developed over the last several years and for all the new technology coming down the pike, how can one ask what the industry is lacking? Don't we have beautiful products in both hard and soft surfaces and don't we continue to introduce even more wonderful materials and designs? How can anything be lacking?
Moisture Resistant Adhesives and De-Contenting Adhesive Quality
Vol.68, No.1  974 KB  Uploaded: May 2nd, 2014
Flooring adhesives are challenged far more than ever to perform and provide maximum bond strength for every flooring product made to be glued down. Flooring adhesives are required to perform over wet concrete sub-floors that have elevated pH/Alkali content. Often these issues
far exceed the calcium chloride test levels for moisture vapor emission
specified by flooring manufacturers' and the pH factor of 9.0 as specified in resilient and carpet installation standards.
Flooring Product Failures
Vol.67, No.1  763 KB  Uploaded: March 10th, 2014
Flooring product failures, or the interpretation of a flooring failure being the reason for a disappointment, are the cause of most flooring concerns and complaints. The scenario typically follows the planning of a project, the consideration of a flooring material or materials, contemplation of the type or types of flooring to use, consideration of samples presented for use, selection of the flooring materials, the decision on what to use, where to install it, when to install it and the anticipation that it will deliver the performance expected of it. After spending a great deal of time and money the worst feeling is to see the total investment taking a turn for the worst within a short period of time after it is put into use. Why does this happen and how can you take precautions so that you aren’t a victim of a flooring failure?
Moisture Testing and Protect the Installation
Vol.66, No.1  548 KB  Uploaded: January 26th, 2014
RH and MVER: Is There a Correlation?
When looking to determine if a concrete slab is dry enough to proceed with a finish, flooring or occupancy, there are several methods commonly specified for testing the relative humidity (or moisture content) of the slab. A dry slab is never at 0% humidity, but determining the level of moisture still held in the concrete can be the difference between a successful flooring installation and a problem-prone floor system.
Winter Effects on Floor Covering
Vol.65, No.1  719 KB  Uploaded: December 2nd, 2013
We track the number of read articles to the subject matter of each issue and this subject, winters effects on floor covering, has been the most popular of any issue of the Commercial Flooring Report so we wanted to print it again, with updated information.
Waivers and Liens
Vol.64, No.1  767 KB  Uploaded: December 2nd, 2013
We've had several questions asked about waivers for installation of flooring materials over questionable substrates or in questionable conditions recently. In addition questions have arisen about placing a lien on a building when payment is not made for the installation of flooring materials. We'll address both these issues in simple terms here so that it will make it easy to understand what they mean, how they are used and how or if they can help you when you have a dubious situation.
CRI Commercial Model Specification
Vol.63, No.1  930 KB  Uploaded: December 2nd, 2013
If you've been reading the Commercial Flooring Report for any length of time you know that I harp on two issues relative to specifying floor covering material. The first is "Get it in the door and keep it on the floor" and the second is to make sure you have the right product for the right application. Both will satisfy your expectations of performance and longevity with whatever floor covering product you select. These mantras are also pertinent to being green and environmentally conscientious and fiscally responsible by selecting the correct product, getting it installed, taking proper care of it and then continuing on with your day to day business without the concern of a failed flooring product or installation.
Installation Warranties
Vol.62, No.1  1.00 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Flooring installation failures are one of the biggest and most costly problems in the industry, regardless of the cause or who may be at fault. It's not uncommon for a commercial flooring failure to cost 10 times what the original installation did. A flooring installation failure always falls on the shoulders of the installer. This is a case of guilty until proven innocent and even if proven innocent the installers remain the guilty parties branded with a mark of mistrust. Most often an installation failure is based on a lack of understanding of the installation environment, product knowledge or lack of time to get the job done properly. And very often, by the time the flooring is installed, the project is behind schedule, the end user, architect and GC are pushing the flooring contractors and any compliance with industry standards for installing, whatever the flooring material is, may be totally ignored.
Poison Plastic Flooring
Vol.61, No.1  877 KB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Do I have your attention? One of the things that bother me most is ignorance; I can deal with stupidity as you can educate people. Ignorance and those who espouse it as truth, has a tendency to sensationalize issues that when looked at logically don't make sense. Logic is the science that investigates the principles governing correct or reliable inference. Often logic and common sense, get lost in sensationalism that would have the unsuspecting believing all statements about whatever are true. It's a reach to make a correlation between the admitted potential harmful effects of plastic nipples and baby bottles on babies to incorporate the entire populace of the world to what some would have you believe are poisonous plastics.
Design 2013 - Tufted, Woven, and CYP Carpets also Hard Surface Flooring
Vol.60, No.1  1.07 MB  Uploaded: August 7th, 2013
The Hospitality Design show in Las Vegas this year showcased a multitude of new designs in textile floorcovering materials. Never before has there been such a departure from the "normal" offerings of what many would consider high styled carpet and flooring. This move in design can be considered more art than design. These styles cover all means of manufacture of textile and hard surface flooring materials.
Tufted Weight vs. Finished Weight
Vol.59, No.1  1.75 MB  Uploaded: June 12th, 2013
This is an issue that requires some clarification, explanation and information. The tufted weight of any carpet is the weight of the material at the tufting machine or prior to any shearing being done on the pile surface, if a cut pile product. There are tolerances for face weight and other characteristics of commercial carpet which have to be met that allow a variance of 5% + or - according to GSA guidelines. All carpet has a published tufted weight though this issue is particularly critical in the commercial segment of the market. To explain further, the tufted weight is the weight of the carpet as it is set up to be produced on the tufting or weaving machine. In other words, if a carpet is supposed to be 30 ounces a calculation is made by the manufacturer as to how much yarn has to be used to achieve this weight.
Planar Instability in Floor Covering
Vol.58, No.1  846 KB  Uploaded: April 11th, 2013
What causes planar instability? Planar instability, that which prevents a modular flooring material, hard or soft surface from lying flat, is caused by internal forces generated by materials or layers in the flooring material, that exert forces or stress across or within the material, which create lifting or curling edges. This can occur on all four sides or two sides and is often in the "machine" direction or length, of the material. If, for example, a product is quarter turned the lifted edges will alternate -- North South to East West and vice versa with every other tile. Planar stability is influenced by the forces within the flooring material and by changes in heat or humidity. There are tests to detect or prove the condition exists such as the cycled humidity test for carpet tile.
Customer Expectations
Vol.57, No.1  1.22 MB  Uploaded: March 12th, 2013
The last flooring we had didn't do this. We expected it to last longer than this. We didn't expect the colors to run. We didn't expect the carpet to come off the floor. We didn't expect to have to replace it so soon. We expected it to look a lot better than this. We didn't expect it to get dirty so fast. We didn't expect it to fade. We didn't expect it to wear out under the chairs. We didn't expect it to scratch and dent like it has. We didn't expect the edges to curl. We didn't expect it to mat and crush the way it has. We didn't expect it to change colors. We didn't expect it to change in front of the sliding glass doors. We didn't expect.......? You fill in the blanks here because this is what is heard across the country daily from flooring end users who didn't expect you to disappoint them.
Complicated Cork Floor Re-sand Took Finesse and Know-How
Vol.56, No.1  1.17 MB  Uploaded: February 15th, 2013
This article is by Steve Tolli an LGM Associate based in New York, and for eight years served as the technical director for North America for the world's largest cork flooring manufacturer.
Proper Hard Surface Flooring Maintenance Techniques Make All The Difference
Vol.55, No.1  1.39 MB  Uploaded: January 7th, 2013
Many cleaning companies offer hard surface care to their customers but are you sure they are maximizing efficiencies to keep your hard surface flooring in as good a shape as is possible? Looking at service plans will keep maintenance techniques as efficient as possible in commercial buildings.
What to Include in a Flooring Specification (Conclusion)
Vol.54, No.1  1.20 MB  Uploaded: November 14th, 2012
Continuing on with Part III, the conclusion of What to Include in a Flooring Specification with the next item where we left off - Project Meetings.
What to Include in a Flooring Specification (Part 2)
Vol.53, No.1  1.18 MB  Uploaded: October 18th, 2012
Continuing on to Part II from our last issue of The Commercial Flooring Report on What to Include in a Flooring Specification with the next item, Product Testing. No product should ever be specified for any project without first undergoing a series of tests. The testing should mirror the tests the manufacturer states the product complies with on their samples and in their specifications. Additional tests should also be conducted to determine the performance levels of the products, the structural integrity and the ability of the product to realistically perform as expected for the application and the use it is going to be subjected to.
What to Include in a Flooring Specification (Part 1)
Vol.52, No.1  1.27 MB  Uploaded: October 18th, 2012
We've looked at hundreds of flooring specifications over the years and have found that the information contained in them is very often outdated, poorly researched, and irrelevant to many of the concerns that should be addressed. Not enough thought is given to the downside risks of the project or to the guidelines and pertinent information that should be contained. With the changes that have occurred in the flooring industry over the last few years, which continue at an increasing rate, it is imperative the spec writer be informed and up to date.
Vinyl Flooring Problems
Vol.51, No.1  1.19 MB  Uploaded: August 15th, 2012
Vinyl flooring is being used and specified more and more. Schools, Hospitals and Health Care facilities are the biggest users of vinyl flooring products but it is also being used extensively in businesses, restaurants, and increasingly in mid-tier hotels and even multi-family housing. Vinyl flooring products have become more beautiful, lend themselves to elaborate design elements and, when properly specified, can perform like a Mack truck. Luxury vinyl tile is likely the hottest flooring material on the market right now. Some of the reasons for vinyl's increasing popularity should be obvious. It is extremely durable, when properly specified and cared for. It won't ugly out like carpet due to matting, crushing, soiling, or any of the other inherent performance factors carpet often experiences.
What Constitutes Wear In Flooring Materials
Vol.50, No.1  1.13 MB  Uploaded: July 2nd, 2012
This has been a concern for as long as there has been floor covering.

Old materials consisted of dull and lifeless looking hard surface tiles or sheet goods. The old Battleship linoleums, mostly gray in color or hard surface tiles that were brown, reddish brown, black, gray or various shades of non-brilliant looking, unexciting and definitely not fashion forward flooring. Nothing mattered but the performance of the product and the products were so dull that nothing really affected them except for soil and that was hidden, for the most part, by how bland the product was.
Flooring: Merchantability for Service and Fitness for Intended Purpose of Use
Vol.49, No.1  1.00 MB  Uploaded: May 29th, 2012
Merchantability for service and fitness for intended purpose of use is a promise, arising by operation of law, that something that is sold will be merchantable and fit for the purpose for which it is sold. An item is deemed merchantable if it is reasonably fit for the ordinary purposes for which such products are manufactured and sold. This is relative in this case to flooring material. The biggest problem in the flooring industry is the wrong product specified or sold for use in the wrong place. All flooring material will not perform satisfactorily in all applications for any number of reasons. Manufacturers and reps don't always know enough about the products and particularly their installation because they don't always know the specific use it is going to be subjected to.
Flooring Disasters: Prevention and Recovery
Vol.48, No.1  1.16 MB  Uploaded: May 2nd, 2012
THE FLOORING DISASTERS: PREVENTION AND RECOVERY webinar, sponsored by Johnsonite, was broadcast on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. The subtitle was: Don't fall victim to a flooring disaster. Keep your floor in top condition with preventative maintenance and create a game plan in case the worst-case scenario strikes.
The Learning Objectives of the webinar were:
  • Discover what factors lay the groundwork for an expensive flooring disaster
  • Understand necessary maintenance
  • Learn proactive strategies to prevent or mitigate potential problems
  • Develop a recovery plan to minimize facility downtime if a flooring crisis strikes
How Much Curl Is Acceptable
Vol.47, No.1  1.26 MB  Uploaded: March 27th, 2012
We are running this article, with additional information, which was originally posted in April of 2011 because of the sheer number of complaints being received for curling and lifting edges on carpet tile. Too many of these problems are being blamed on everything but the carpet tile and we want to set that straight.
Congrats to a Colleague
Vol.46, No.1  1.12 MB  Uploaded: February 27th, 2012
It is with great pride that LGM and Associates congratulates our concrete expert associate, Mr. Peter Craig. Peter is without question the preeminent expert on concrete surface and slab issues that compromise millions of yards of flooring materials and finishes yearly. He has devoted his life's work to testing, teaching and sharing his knowledge of this subject with both the concrete and flooring industries. Peter conducts the LGM Concrete and Moisture seminar and travels the country, nearly non-stop, testing and working on concrete and flooring issues. He is another reason why LGM and Associates are the flooring experts with the answers.
Substrate Issues
Vol.45, No.1  1.05 MB  Uploaded: February 27th, 2012
The topic of moisture in substrates may seem like beating a dead horse but I can assure you this horse is far from dead. As a matter of fact it would be better to think of this horse as a thoroughbred making a run at the Triple Crown.
Business is Picking Up
Vol.44, No.1  1.28 MB  Uploaded: December 9th, 2011
The world isn't ending after all. Business in many parts of the country is picking up. The Boston and Washington, DC markets are seeing steady increases in building as are many other large and small cities in the country. Conversations with clients around the country whether, architects, general contractors or flooring contractors have them seeing a return to where they were before the down turn or up significantly. One general contractor has hired over 100 people in the last year, another over 15 in the last six months, another architectural firm has hired 30 new people. Another general contractor is trying to hire people but can't find any that want to work, which is another dilemma. What's accounting for this and why?
What to Test For When You Don't Know What To Test For
Vol.43, No.1  1.45 MB  Uploaded: November 10th, 2011
Having problems with flooring materials, sundries and substrates is an everyday occurrence. Some problems are easy to determine but others may be more complex than a simple cursory observation will reveal. For almost every problem that exists, with any flooring material, there is a test which will determine if who's being exhibited is a defect in the product or caused by some other influence. Sometimes it may be that a test will reveal the wrong product was used for a particular application or that, believe it or not, a product was incorrectly pulled and shipped. How are you to know?
Woven Carpet and Installation
Vol.42, No.1  1.84 MB  Uploaded: October 26th, 2011
In this article, when woven carpet is referred to, we are talking about Axminster and Wilton products. Woven Axminster and Wilton carpet is the Rolls Royce of the carpet industry. It is the oldest form of machine made broadloom carpet.
The Hidden ADA Risks for Flooring Contractors in the Sport Floor Industry
Vol.41, No.1  1.38 MB  Uploaded: September 26th, 2011
Our guest contributor this month is Mr. Timothy Vander Heiden J.D. He is currently CEO of SafePath Products and Van Duerr Industries with over 16 years experience in the industry of marketing and manufacturing products for the ADA compliance and specializes in green technology for the architectural market place. The information shared in his article is likely not common knowledge to most of you. We appreciate the opportunity to bring this information to light for you.
Flammability and Floor Covering
Vol.40, No.1  1.87 MB  Uploaded: September 26th, 2011
In light of past fire related tragedies nationwide, we believe flammability characteristics are extremely important and pertinent issues of discussion for floor covering materials. The lab we work with has seen or overseen about 100,000 flammability tests conducted over the last 22 years and makes us recognize and realize more every day, the importance of burn rates, smoke generation, and flame propagation of floor covering products. Flammability research identified two possible ways in which carpet might become involved in a fire situation.
Concrete Curing Additives and Topical Applications
Vol.39, No.1  2.12 MB  Uploaded: July 5th, 2011
Successfully installing any type of floor covering material or floor preparation treatments such as leveling and smoothing compounds is challenging enough without impeding their effectiveness with bond inhibiting compounds applied to the surface of the slab.
Hollow Sounding Tiles May Signal Installation Problems
Vol.38, No.1  1.86 MB  Uploaded: July 22nd, 2011
When ceramic tile or stone tile fails, it doesn't matter whose fault it is, everyone ends up paying — either in money, time or reputation. Typically, ceramic tile and stone failures are a result of not one deficiency, but multiple issues. As an expert consultant I investigate ceramic tile and stone installation failures all over the country, and have for many years.
The Flooring Experts Discuss What Is Greener?
Vol.37, No.1  1.79 MB  Uploaded: April 25th, 2011
This article is by Lee Phillips who is the lab manager for Professional Testing Laboratories, the largest and most technologically advanced independent flooring testing lab in the flooring industry. PTL not only tests every type of flooring material and ancillary products but also does the testing for vacuum cleaners, cleaning agents and cleaning systems as well as other products. Lee works with manufacturers and a variety of clients and deals with all types of issues from testing new technologies to addressing product performance concerns from the field.
How Much Curl is Acceptable in Modular Carpet?
Vol.36, No.1  2.06 MB  Uploaded: March 25th, 2011
Essentially every manufacturer that participates in the commercial carpet market has at least one modular carpet — also known as carpet tile – product in their offering. Each of these manufacturers has discovered (sometimes painfully) that modular carpet — if it is to be successful – is not simply broadloom carpet cut into pieces but rather must be engineered literally from the floor up to be a modular product.
Cracking in Concrete
Vol.35, No.1  1.26 MB  Uploaded: March 10th, 2011
Not to belabor the point but there's more information I want to share with you regarding substrate issues particularly the condition of concrete and especially cracking. Cracking in concrete is inevitable. It's been said that with every truck load of concrete four cracks arrive with it. Unless there is control joints that allow for concrete slab movement the cracks will occur in a random fashion.
The Use of Solvent to Remove Old Flooring Adhesive
Vol.34, No.1  1.61 MB  Uploaded: January 30th, 2011
We've had several calls and emails over the last two months regarding the use of solvents to remove old adhesive, particularly the black asphaltic cut back type, used for old vinyl asbestos tiles. These tiles are present in many older buildings, many of them schools. When asbestos abatement initiatives are undertaken in these buildings, one of the materials removed and abated are the vinyl asbestos tiles and the cut back adhesive used to install them.
Color Issues
Vol.33, No.1  1.74 MB  Uploaded: January 6th, 2011
Color is arguably the most important part of a carpet. It certainly is the most important factor a designer looks at when trying to assemble the interior furnishings of a commercial space. It's also the first part of the carpet anyone sees when entering a space reflecting the first impression. So when something's wrong that affects the color it will generate an immediate response.
Carpet Recycling Efforts
Vol.32, No.1  2.32 MB  Uploaded: December 5th, 2010
Each year approximately 5 billion pounds of old carpet is removed from residential and commercial buildings and sent to landfills across the United States. This disposal of carpet contributes to the loss of landfill space, as well as the loss of valuable natural resources for ours and future generations.
The Effects of Temperature and Humidity on Floor Covering
Vol.31, No.1  2.02 MB  Uploaded: May 12th, 2014
This subject may seem absurd to some people, it certainly has garnered responses of "you're nuts" when being brought up as a cause for flooring material and installation failures, but rest assured, it is a legitimate issue. It becomes a bigger issue when you consider the green movement and it's implications on start up of HVAC systems in new buildings. We've only seen the tip of the iceberg, in my opinion, on this issue.
Resilient Flooring News
Vol.30, No.1  1.99 MB  Uploaded: October 28th, 2010
For this issue we've asked Dean Thompson, President of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, to share with you the new Sustainability Standard for Resilient Flooring. The relevance of this issue to the "greening" of flooring products is something anyone involved in resilient flooring needs to know. Resilient flooring is one of the bright spots in the flooring industry. It is used extensively in hospitals, health care and schools which is still a lively market. We'll also share with you the EnviroStix installation system developed for resilient flooring and hard backed carpet tile products. The significance of this installation system is that it can eliminate the concerns for installing hard backed products on moisture sensitive floors that are failing at an epidemic rate.
The Musings of a Tile Consultant
Vol.29, No.1  1.99 MB  Uploaded: October 28th, 2010
The last two issues of the Commercial Flooring Report (May and June 2010) dealt with floor covering failures relative to the products themselves, installation and specification. In this issue I've asked Dave Gobis, LGM's ceramic tile consultant and expert troubleshooter, to share with us some of the more specific issues dealing with ceramic flooring complaints, problems and failures. This is a category of flooring that very few know much about. I consider Dave the most knowledgeable guy in the business. You'll see by his credentials at the end of his article how true that is.
Common Causes of Flooring Failures: Part 2
Vol.28, No.1  2.05 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010

In my opinion, substrate issues are one of the biggest bones of contention today. With installation after installation failing in all types of environments, the question is continually asked, "Wha's different today than years ago when we never had these types of problems?" First and foremost – today we want instant gratification, and that means, "Get the job finished as fast as possible at all costs and we'll worry about the consequences later!" Not only is this a crazy way to think and act, but it's totally irresponsible in many ways. We'll touch on why this is insane in a bit, but first let's look at some of the types of problems we're experiencing.
Common Causes of Flooring Failures: Part 1
Vol.27, No.1  2.39 MB  Uploaded: May 11th, 2010
The primary business of LGM & Associates has to do with floor covering failures in the commercial market whether it is the product itself, the installation, substrate influences or some other factor. Another segment we serve has to do with lawsuits or legal actions involving floor covering issues in a variety of situations. No two cases relative to failures in any area serviced are ever exactly the same. It is for this reason that the following information is being provided to help prevent you from having to endure the pain of a floor covering failure.
Information You Need To Know
Vol.26, No.1  1.33 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
The Question of Gross v. Net:

The question of what is right, correct, or "industry standard" in charging for flooring products and installation just keeps coming up. As a former dealer and flooring contractor with retail, commercial, and government work experience over 22 years, I'd like to offer an answer ...
When is Carpet Wall Covering and not Cove Base?
Vol.25, No.1  1.56 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
When does the use of carpet on walls constitute wall covering or cove base? Why should it matter and what's the difference in the two and how is it determined? These questions were asked of us by one of the industry's largest commercial carpet manufacturers. If they don't know the answers it was certain none of our readers did either. The questions actually were, "How far can carpet come up a wall before it is considered wall carpet and not cove base which would put it in a different flammability category? Does the Carpet and Rug Institute have a position on this or is there a standard?"
Don't LEED Yourself Into Trouble
Vol.24, No.1  1.29 MB  Uploaded: January 20th, 2010
LEED which is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design specifies what is necessary to comply with achieving a green building rating in new or renovation building projects. What we are beginning to see relative to this is disturbing as compliance to LEED protocols may lead to compromises in floor covering installation.
Winter's Effects on Flooring Materials
Vol.23, No.1  1.10 MB  Uploaded: January 30th, 2011
Certainly not every section of the country suffers from the harsh effects of winter weather and related conditions on flooring materials but enough of you do business in those regions that you should know what the flooring will be subjected to.
Concrete Testing: Doing It Right
Vol.22, No.1  1.63 MB  Uploaded: November 5th, 2009
At CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION's first Industry Trends Roundtable in June 2002, the hot topic was moisture coming out of concrete floors and delaminating vinyl flooring, tile, and coatings. During the CEO Forum that followed, recognition of this multimillion-dollar problem led American Society of Concrete Contractors' members to contribute $40,000 to a special fund to address floor moisture and pH.
A Smart Guide to PVC Backed Modular Carpet
Vol.21, No.1  1.50 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
Modular Carpet also known as carpet tile — is probably the least difficult soft flooring product to actually handle and install. That being said, the chemistries involved in most of the modular carpet backing systems that are in general use today can create serious and occasionally catastrophic issues that WILL land squarely on the shoulders of the flooring contractor if the correct steps have not been taken.
Hospital, Health Care and Educational Application of Sheet Vinyl Flooring
Vol.20, No.1  1.53 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
More and more hospitals, health care facilities and schools are using homogeneous sheet vinyl flooring with welded seams in areas requiring an aseptic or clean environment, such as operating rooms, emergency rooms and pharmacies. It is also used in corridors of schools or dialysis rooms of health care facilities. This product is used for its clean, uncluttered look and finish. In addition this homogeneous material lends itself to all kinds of creative design elements such as artistic insets, borders and free flowing patterns. Just like any other flooring material not understanding this product, the environmental conditions required for installing it, substrate conditions and how to install it properly with great emphasis on welding the seams can result in massive headaches, exorbitant costs and strained relationships, not to mention the failure of the installation.
NeoCon 2009
Vol.19, No.1  1.90 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
It was evident, and no surprise, that Neocon's attendance was adversely affected by the economy. My guess from roaming the halls for two days is that attendance was off nearly 40%, those I've spoken with felt the same. That having been said, we've seen this slowdown at all the flooring trades shows this year. Those who did attend were serious about doing business. An entire entourage was not to be seen but key people from firms were there, and business was in fact being done.
HD 2009 Expo
Vol.18, No.1  1.52 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
The Hospitality Design Show held in Las Vegas on May 12th through 15th is one of my favorite trade shows. In my opinion HD is one of the classiest exhibitions there is for floor covering and it's a dress up event. It's nice to see people dressed as professionals when they attend this event. It reflects the significance of the hospitality market and the position it occupies that of high fashion and cutting edge design. This is where you'll see the most highly styled, eye popping high end floor covering products displayed by the sharpest manufacturers in the industry.
Carpet CSI
Vol.17, No.1  1.54 MB  Uploaded: October 4th, 2009

Professional Testing Laboratory, Inc., is the CSI Laboratory for floor covering. PTL does the day to day testing for manufacturers, the Federal Government, and large corporations but they also do investigative analysis to figure out mystery problems, defects and complaint and concern issues. Following are two interesting cases PTL solved.
Double Stick Installation: What You Must Know
Vol.16, No.1  1.60 MB  Uploaded: November 5th, 2009
The most popular method of installing carpet in the hospitality market is the double stick method but it is also used extensively in all commercial environments. Double stick refers to installing a carpet cushion, whether it is slab rubber, densified polyurethane, needle punched synthetic fiber or rebond, by gluing it to the substrate and then gluing the carpet onto the cushion. This installation method can be compromised in a number of ways resulting in obscenely expensive monetary losses and business interruption which can be incalculable for a hotel or business.
Challenges of 2008
Vol.15, No.1  1.10 MB  Uploaded: October 4th, 2009
The challenges of 2008 have not vanished with the passage into a new year and, in my opinion; the difficult times are going to be here for awhile. The commercial market is seeing a slow down right now with less work in the pipeline for 2009, from the latest figures on average 15 to 20%. With projects put on hold due to fear of releasing funds or tight credit, falling tax revenues and an overall slow down in business, everyone is affected. Even if a project is funded it may be shelved because of the psychological effects the economic conditions have on entities and individuals.
The Most Sustainable Carpet Fiber: Wool
Vol.14, No.1  1.76 MB  Uploaded: February 24th, 2011
In this issue we'll cover a couple of subjects. Since sustainability is one of the hottest buzz words lately and being green the ultimate objective of every manufacturer for every product known to man, we'll talk about the most sustainable carpet fiber. We'll also take a look at the absurdity of bidding a commercial flooring installation without knowing the product specified and to be installed. How this can be an acceptable practice and why it's done is, in my opinion, insane.
Pooling, Watermarking, Pile Reversal and Shading
Vol.13, No.1  1.78 MB  Uploaded: November 5th, 2009
These issues – and the terms are somewhat synonymous in their meaning – continue to plague carpet manufacturers. Pooling, Watermarking, Pile Reversal and Shading are manifested in different ways but primarily give the appearance of water having been spilled on a carpet causing irregularly shaped light and dark areas in or out of the traffic lanes of carpet.
The Front End of a Project can be the Greenest Part of the Equation
Vol.12, No.1  1.59 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
Problems with new floor covering products, whatever they may be, don't necessarily mean the product has to be replaced. Carpet in particular can be made so it doesn't get shipped with defects and, depending on what defects may be in it, it is often possible to make repairs. Color shade issues, surface irregularities from shearing, stop marks from tufting and minor flaws can very often be repaired in place. The most prudent move however is to make sure these problems don't occur by being proactive rather than reactive — the former being much less expensive.
Protecting You and the Client's Investment
Vol.11, No.1  1.04 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
In this issue of the Commercial Flooring Report we've got several guest articles. Part II of Jeff Bishops article on commercial carpet care and cleaning, an article on correcting side match shade variation by Mike Currin and another installment from Lance Wallach on your financial well being for commercial entrepreneurs.

I've also written a small piece on walk off mats; their use and safety. All of this has to do with protecting the end users investments and you as a business person.
Maintenance Issues
Vol.10, No.1  1.11 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
Cleaning and maintaining commercial flooring, especially carpet, is as important as selecting the right carpet construction, color and installation procedures. It is the one thing that will make the difference between a long healthy life for the flooring material or a short ugly one. For this issue we've asked Jeff Bishop, head of Clean Care Seminars whom I consider the Guru of the cleaning industry, to share information with you regarding commercial carpet cleaning. This is the first of two parts.
ACAA Reply and Vinyl Issues
Vol.9, No.1  1.07 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
In the last issue of the Commercial Flooring Report I wrote an article about fly ash content in concrete and the issues this material presents relative to installation and in particular its relevance to gaining LEED credits for new buildings. The article prompted a response from David Goss the Executive Director of the American Coal Ash Association, which resulted in us pening a very fruitful dialogue. Following is a response from the American Coal Ash Association prompted by my article. At the end of the response I'll provide you with the outcome of our conversations and phone conference meeting we had with several participants and the resultant benefits this new relationship will bring to the floor covering industry.
Be Aware of Dangerous Situations!
Vol.8, No.1  1.40 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
The commercial flooring business is fraught with danger much of it perpetrated by ignorance. This is not to cast aspersions on those in the industry as being dumb but it is in reference to people not knowing or sometimes, dangerously, not caring or worse yet taking matters into their own hands when they think they know and really don't.
Interesting Facts and Information for 2007 / 2008
Vol.7, No.1  804 KB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
Carpet tile use is growing dramatically but at the expense of broadloom carpet. There is no question carpet tile is the fastest growing textile floor covering material on the market but its growth is coming at the expense of broadloom. The ease of installation, design capabilities, structural integrity, performance characteristics and versatility of carpet tile, along with new innovative backing systems, many of them the result of recycling efforts, make carpet tile the hot property that it is.
Carpet Myths and Facts
Vol.6, No.1  2.12 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
There are a number of myths about carpet that many believe to be true when in fact they are not. The myths uncovered here are from Werner Braun, President of the Carpet and Rug Institute, from his presentation at the annual CRI Meeting held on November 13, 2007 and my subsequent interview of Werner.

I've added my own commentary to these categories based on 37 years of experience. The carpet industry is one of the most responsible industry's there is regarding addressing issues that are erroneous and putting forth information that benefits the consuming public.
Beware of Imported Products
Vol.5, No.1  775 KB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
This has been a scare of late particularly with products imported from China and it relates to carpet in particular, especially with one case we have. This carpet was installed in a public venue and after a short period of time there was a question of wear. This instigated the end users and flooring contractors questioning of the carpet itself and its quality. Further examination of the carpet revealed that there were three different backings supplied with the product which raised even more concerns about how reliable this product and its manufacturing supplier were.
Specifying Commercial Carpet for Senior Housing
Vol.4, No.1  0.95 MB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
Why should carpet specified and used in senior housing be any different from any other commercial carpet application and what makes it so unique?
INSTALL: Everyone Talks Training UBC Delivers
Vol.3, No.1  487 KB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
Floor covering is an installed product and until it is installed and installed properly, it has no value to anyone; it';s simply ballast. Installation has been said to be the bane of the floor covering industry for years. Complaints about the installers' attitude, skill level, training, pricing, reliability and professionalism have created rifts between manufacturers and flooring contractors for longer than anyone wants to admit. Installers and installation have often been viewed as a necessary evil — not exactly the best situation to have for any installed product.
NeoCon 2007 and More
Vol.2, No.1  942 KB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
To say NEOCON was a rousing success would be an understatement. Of the carpet exhibitors we spoke to the traffic was voluminous. In the first day attendees far outpaced last years show, that is, there were as many people entering exhibit spaces on the first day as all three days of last year, 2006. Not only does this indicate an interest in flooring products it proves the contract market is still alive and well and booming.
State of the Industry
Vol.1, No.1  380 KB  Uploaded: August 3rd, 2010
There are significant advances in the commercial flooring market which impact everyone involved with the product. There have been so many changes in face fiber, backing materials styling, recycling and "Green Issues," that it's difficult for the most ardent observer to keep it all in order. This is a brief commentary and a simplistic representation of what's going on in each of the following categories and how it impacts the product.

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On the cover: Spreading on Chapco 778 TrowelFast Vinyl Flooring Adhesive. Designed for the installation of vinyl tile and plank, VCT and solid vinyl sheet goods, TrowelFast dries quickly, offers excellent resistance to moisture and alkalinity, and is easy to clean up, according to the company. Photo courtesy of Chapco.
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On the cover: Working with Bona R880, a silane-based construction adhesive designed for setting vertical surfaces. Photo courtesy of Bona.
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On the cover: Rolling out Custom Building Products' RedGard SpeedCoat liquid-applied waterproofing barrier over the company's SpeedSlope Rapid Setting Sloping Mortar.
Photo courtesy of Custom Building Products.
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On the cover: Pictured
is the winner of our 2018 FCI Installation Award in Commercial Tile & Stone: Drostle Public Arts and their installation of 19 hand- cut mosaics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. Products used in the installation include Laticrete NXT Level underlayment, 254 Platinum mortar and Permacolor Select grout. Photo courtesy of Laticrete.
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On the cover: Applying MAPEI Flexcolor CQ grout, a ready-to-use grout that does not release silica into the air since it's premixed, according to the company. Photo courtesy of MAPEI.
March 2019
Vol.26, No.2  24.19 MB  Uploaded: March 21st, 2019
On the cover: Pouring out self-leveling underlayment on a multi-family residential project in the Midwest.
Photo courtesy of USG
January / February 2019
Vol.26, No.1  12.46 MB  Uploaded: January 24th, 2019
On the cover: Installing Metroflor's rigid core flooring Engage Genesis, which features Isocore technology. Photo courtesy of Metroflor.
November / December 2018
Vol.25, No.9  14.81 MB  Uploaded: January 24th, 2019
On the cover: INSTALL's training curriculum features comprehensive information on installing carpet, from what tools are needed to how the product is manufactured. Photo courtesy of INSTALL.
October 2018
Vol.25, No.8  12.71 MB  Uploaded: October 19th, 2018
On the cover:
Strata_Mat from Laticrete is a high- performance uncoupling membrane which allows the installer to see the mortar coverage underneath the mat without needing to lift and verify. It also features Mortar Hydration Vents, creating a mechanical bond between the mat and mortar which allows it to cure faster, the company noted. Photo courtesy of Laticrete.
September 2018
Vol.25, No.7  12.59 MB  Uploaded: October 19th, 2018
On the cover:
Installing WarmlyYours TempZone Floor Heating Cable with Prodeso Uncoupling Membrane. According to the company, the subfloor can be waterproofed with the help of a polyethylene fleece tape called ProBand, which is used along perimeter joints and long adjoining sheets of the membrane. Photo courtesy of WarmlyYours Radiant Heating.
July / August 2018
Vol.25, No.6  14.10 MB  Uploaded: July 17th, 2018
On the cover:
Laying hardwood flooring into Pallmann P5, a solvent- and water-free, STP (silane terminated prepolymer) hybrid adhesive engineered to combine the flexibility of a polyurethane with the advantages of modern MS (modified silane) technology. Photo courtesy of Uzin Utz North America.
June 2018
Vol.25, No.5  16.72 MB  Uploaded: June 21st, 2018
On the cover:
Custom Building Products recently enhanced its Fusion Pro Single Component Grout, making it easier to spread and clean as well as improving its performance in wet areas, according to the company.
Photo courtesy of Custom Building Products
May 2018
Vol.25, No.4  16.34 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the cover:

Applying MAPEI's Mapesonic 2, a lightweight, load-bearing peel-and-stick sound reduction and crack isolation membrane. Photo courtesy of MAPEI.
April 2018
Vol.25, No.3  14.66 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the cover:

Spreading on TechPrime A, an advanced acrylic primer and sealer that prepares surfaces for the application of a CustomTech self-leveling underlayment.

Photo courtesy of Custom Building Products
March 2018
Vol.25, No.2  13.36 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the cover:

Bernie Romero, West Coast technical sales representative, demonstrates one of Rubi Tools' latest tile cutters during TISE 2018 in Las Vegas.
January / February 2018
Vol.25, No.1  11.76 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the cover:

If all factors are taken into consideration and the proper methods are utilized, a successful lippage control installation is the result. Photo courtesy of Ardex.
November / December 2017
Vol.24, No.9  16.04 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the cover:

Flooring contractors inspect a dry substrate covered by Scho?nox EPA in a project at Penn State University. Photo courtesy of Schonox HPS North America.
October 2017
Vol.24, No.8  9.98 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the cover:

Pouring Schonox ZM Rapid, a cement- based self-leveling compound suitable on cement and gypsum based substrates, and ready for floor covering installation in as little as 90 minutes according to the company. Photo courtesy of Schonox HPS North America.
September 2017
Vol.24, No.7  23.14 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the cover:

Pictured is Axminster (broadloom) carpet being installed with MAPEI's Ultrabond ECO 185 premium carpet adhesive at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of MAPEI.
July / August 2017
Vol.24, No.6  15.30 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the cover:

Working with a large-format tile mortar from Custom Building Products. The company offers a wide selection of dry-set modified mortars for large and heavy tile installation. Photo courtesy of Custom Building Products.
June 2017
Vol.24, No.5  50.11 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the cover:

Rolling out a high-performance Acousti-Mat sound control mat from Maxxon, which will then be topped with gypsum concrete for permanent sound control capabilities. Photo courtesy of Maxxon.
May 2017
Vol.24, No.4  28.73 MB  Uploaded: June 14th, 2017
On the cover:

Applying MAPEI's Ultracolor Plus FA grout. The ne aggregate, fast-setting, polymer-modi ed, color- consistent and ef orescence- free grout is engineered to replace both sanded and unsanded grouts for joint widths from 1/16" to 3/4", according to the company. Photo courtesy of MAPEI.
April 2017
Vol.24, No.3  11.70 MB  Uploaded: May 8th, 2017
On the cover:

Pictured is Delmhorst's TechScan Pinless Moisture Meter used to find moisture in a concrete subfloor. According to the company, "TechScan pinless moisture meters make it easy to find moisture hot spots and narrow down areas affected by moisture." Photo courtesy of Delmhorst.
March 2017
Vol.24, No.2  14.53 MB  Uploaded: May 8th, 2017
On the cover:

Installing self-leveling underlayment is not a dif cult process as long as industry guidelines and manufacturer instructions are followed. Photo courtesy of UFloor Systems/Uzin.
January / February 2017
Vol.24, No.1  41.64 MB  Uploaded: March 6th, 2017
On the cover:

A contractor seals concrete control joints with polyurea joint filler. Photo courtesy of VersaFlex
November / December 2016
Vol.23, No.8  15.13 MB  Uploaded: March 6th, 2017
On the cover:

Maxxon MVP (Moisture Vapor Protection) is a two-component, moisture- tolerant, high-density, chemically enhanced epoxy product which prevents the passage of water vapor and moisture through concrete floors and walls on or below grade, the company says. Photo courtesy of Maxxon.
October 2016
Vol.23, No.7  40.26 MB  Uploaded: November 22nd, 2016
On the cover:

Installers working with the Laticrete Supercap system, which combines patented pump truck technology and self-leveling underlayment to deliver flat, dry floors. Photo courtesy of Mr. David's.
September 2016
Vol.23, No.6  49.71 MB  Uploaded: November 21st, 2016
On the cover:

Nuheat underfloor radiant heating is prepped to receive floor covering. Photo courtesy of Pentair
July/August 2016
Vol.23, No.5  43.67 MB  Uploaded: August 15th, 2016
On the cover:

Rolling on Wakol PU 280 Moisture Barrier, a premium moisture barrier for green concrete slabs that offers up to two levels of moisture protection. Photo courtesy of Loba-Wakol.
May/June 2016
Vol.23, No.4  59.58 MB  Uploaded: June 7th, 2016
On the cover: Certified Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) offers its Certified Tile Installer (CTI) testing and certification during the recent Coverings 2016 show in Chicago.
April 2016
Vol.23, No.3  12.16 MB  Uploaded: June 7th, 2016
On the cover: Engaging in sand and nish training during a hardwood ooring installation class led by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA). Photo courtesy of the NWFA.
March 2016
Vol.23, No.2  37.95 MB  Uploaded: June 7th, 2016
On the cover: A shot of Bona adhesive being applied. See our in-depth conversation with adhesive and mortar manufacturers beginning on page 32.
January / February 2016
Vol.23, No.1  24.46 MB  Uploaded: February 9th, 2016
On the cover:

Carefully laying vinyl plank into MAPEI's Ultrabond ECO 360 Premium High-Performance Adhesive for Solid Vinyl Sheet, Tile and Plank.
November / December 2015
Vol.22, No.7  43.51 MB  Uploaded: December 28th, 2015
On the cover:

Commercial carpet installed in an airport, in a photo courtesy of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). The organization recently announced updates to its 104/105 carpet installation standards. See full story on page 44.
October 2015
Vol.22, No.6  39.05 MB  Uploaded: October 19th, 2015
On the cover:

An installation of Loxcreen's ProVa Flex uncoupling membrane for ceramic and natural stone tiles, which is designed to protect against substrate cracks, stress and dampness. Tile can be laid immediately after the membrane is installed, according to the company.
September 2015
Vol.22, No.5  65.60 MB  Uploaded: October 19th, 2015
On the cover:

Spreading Custom Building Products' LevelQuik RS Self-Leveling Underlayment. Photo courtesy of Brad Anderson.
July / August 2015
Vol.22, No.4  32.72 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2015
On the cover:

An installation of Metroflor luxury vinyl plank. The product is installed via the Uniclic system. Photo courtesy of Metroflor.
May / June 2015
Vol.22, No.3  22.22 MB  Uploaded: May 29th, 2015
On the cover:

A student practices installing a wood floor during NWFA's Principles of Wood Floor course. This entry level class looks at the installation, and sand and finish process. Photo courtesy of NWFA
March / April 2015
Vol.22, No.2  34.12 MB  Uploaded: May 29th, 2015
On the cover:
Laticrete materials including 254 Platinum thin set and PermaColor grout are used in an installation of Daltile SlimLite 1/8" thick porcelain panels at Hilton Times Square in New York City.
January / February 2015
Vol.22, No.1  39.63 MB  Uploaded: January 27th, 2015
On the cover:

An application of Tec's The LiquiDam penetrating vapor moisture barrier. Formulated to be applied in a single coat, the product can be used on damp or new concrete as little as 48 hours old (up to 100% RH), according to the company.
December 2014
Vol.21, No.7  33.57 MB  Uploaded: December 9th, 2014
On the cover: Custom Building Products' RedGard

is a crack prevention and waterproofing membrane for both residential and commercial tile and stone applications. The product can be applied with a roller, trowel or airless sprayer, the company noted.
October / November 2014
Vol.21, No.6  36.86 MB  Uploaded: November 21st, 2014

Also ...

Installing Cork and Bamboo
Common Inspector Mistakes
Q&A: Doug Ray and Jim Walker
August / September 2014
Vol.21, No.5  17.81 MB  Uploaded: November 21st, 2014

Also ...

Common Concerns of Manufacturers
Underlayments: Backerboards, Crack Isolation and More
Woven Carpet Installation
July 2014
Vol.21, No.4  24.88 MB  Uploaded: July 25th, 2014
2014 Buying Guide

Also ...

Installing Large Tile
Underlayments: Patches, Primers and Slus
Installer/Contractor Case Studies
Metal Transitions for Capet and Vinyl
May / June 2014
Vol.21, No.3  41.18 MB  Uploaded: May 24th, 2014
Industry Q&A: CFI, Fishman Flooring Solutions
Moisture Testin and Mitigation Products
Laminate Flooring Installation
What Distributors Need to Know
March / April 2014
Vol.21, No.2  25.09 MB  Uploaded: May 2nd, 2014
Industry Q&A: Haines' Bruce Zwicker
Engineered Hardwood Installation
Five Common Mistakes Retailers Make
Tile, Stone and Specialized Projects
January/February 2014
Vol.21, No.1  19.39 MB  Uploaded: March 10th, 2014
Radiant Floor Heating Installation Basics
What's Changed in Resilient Flooring
Five Common Mistakes Installers Make
Decorative Concrete & Toppings
December 2013
Vol.20, No.7  37.97 MB  Uploaded: December 5th, 2013
Applications and Settings for Adhesives and Mortars
Heat-Welding Flash Coving Under Toe Kicks
Five Questions for Lee Eliseian
Industry Show Wrap-Ups
October/November 2013
Vol.20, No.6  42.61 MB  Uploaded: December 5th, 2013
Choosing and Using Underlayments and Membranes
Installing Shower Systems: An Industry Roundtable
Subfloors: OSB, Plywood and Modular
How to work with Decorative Concrete
August/September 2013
Vol.20, No.5  32.50 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Indoor Air Quality and Installation
Resilient Flooring Adhesives: Working With The Right Products
Concrete Moisture Emission Vapor Testing
Sound Control Primer
July 2013
Vol.20, No.4  20.81 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
2013 Buying Guide

Self-Leveling Underlayments Evolving with New Technology
Training and Certification: An Industry Roundtable
Specification and Installation Dos and Don’ts for Healthcare
Plus: BestPractices:Breakinginto K-12 School Projects
May/June 2013
Vol.20, No.3  30.06 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Relative Humidity Testing for Concrete
Tips and Tricks: Installing Laminate in Wet Areas
New Apps for the Flooring Contractor
Plus: Interview with New WFCA CEO Scott Humphrey
March/April 2013
Vol.20, No.2  28.67 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Tool Time: Wood Flooring
What You Should Know about Wood Flooring Adhesives
Subfloor Requirements for Hardwood Floors
January/February 2013
Vol.20, No.1  34.10 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Moisture Problems and Solutions
Double Glue Dos and Don'ts, Revisited
Going Green: Tile Adhesives and Grouts
December 2012
Vol.19, No.7  36.42 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Berber Boo-boos

Running an Installation Business
Why Installers Should Think Like an Inspector
Mosaic Tile Installation, Past and Present
October/November 2012
Vol.19, No.6  32.60 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Tool Time: Moisture Control
Warming Up to Radiant Heating Installation
How RH Testing Helps Limit Floor Failure
Installing Underlayment Right
August/September 2012
Vol.19, No.5  29.46 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
The CFI/FIANA Shows Issue

To Power Stretch or Not to Power Stretch
Adhesive Application Pitfalls That Can Create Show-Through
Tool Time: Resilient Flooring

Plus: Choosing Sound Control Underlayment
July 2012
Vol.19, No.4  29.45 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
The 2012 Buying Guide


Plus: Resilient Installs: 10 Things for Contractors to Consider
May/June 2012
Vol.19, No.3  31.84 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
The How-To Issue

Tips and Tricks for Installing Glass Tile
Installing Resilient Stair Treads
Edge Protection and Transition Profiles
FCICA Convention Wrap-Up
March/April 2012
Vol.19, No.2  31.91 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Environmental Requirements for Wood Flooring Installation
Crack Prevention in Tile Work
Repairs for Residential Rotogravure Products
January/February 2012
Vol.19, No.1  42.85 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Engineered Wood Flooring Performance
Installing Large Format Ceramic Times
Double-stick Installation Seams

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Click to view:  Vol.68, No.23September 16th, 2019
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The birth of AHF Products marks the start of a fresh and dynamic chapter in hardwood flooring. We're a new deal, our own deal and the real deal, and it's anything but business as usual.
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2013 State of the Industry Report
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Floor Trends Magazine

Click to view:  Vol.21, No.9September 2019
Vol.21, No.9  16.13 MB  Uploaded: September 17th, 2019
On the Cover:
Phenix utilizes Microban technology in its Cleaner Home carpet collection. See more innovations for healthier homes on page 26.
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Click to view:  Vol.21, No.8August 2019
Vol.21, No.8  17.00 MB  Uploaded: August 12th, 2019
On the Cover:
Tarkett's ProGen luxury vinyl plank showcased in the Lifetime Network show Military Makeover. See more on page 18.
Click to view:  Vol.21, No.7July 2019
Vol.21, No.7  14.66 MB  Uploaded: July 14th, 2019
On The Cover:
Shaw Floorte PRO Paragon Plus Blackfill Oak Mix Width waterproof multilayer flooring. See more LVT on page 46.
Click to view:  Vol.21, No.6June 2019
Vol.21, No.6  18.49 MB  Uploaded: June 22nd, 2019
On the Cover:
Cleo Home provides opportunity for multifamily and residential projects. See more on page 14
Click to view:  Vol.21, No.5May 2019
Vol.21, No.5  12.74 MB  Uploaded: May 9th, 2019
On the Cover: Pam Rainey, vice president of product design, Shaw Floors and Anderson Tuftex, shares her kitchen remodel and career inspirations. See more on page 30
April 2019
Vol.21, No.4  10.82 MB  Uploaded: April 10th, 2019
On the Cover:
Mullican's Wexford Kiln-Aged carbonized collection of engineered flooring uses a heat-treating technique to produce a unique color variation and uncover the natural grain patterns of wood. Read more about the advances in the design and finishing techniques of wood on page 20.
March 2019
Vol.21, No.3  29.84 MB  Uploaded: March 20th, 2019
On the Cover:
In Urban Spotted Gum from Karndean's Knight Tile LVT series, the distinctive look of Spotted Gum Australian wood in its natural form is combined with an array of fresh, sophisticated gray tones. See more waterproof flooring must-haves on page 22.
February 2019
Vol.21, No.2  16.07 MB  Uploaded: March 20th, 2019
On the Cover:
Daltile's Memoir encaustic tile makes a statement in two patterns. See more opportunities for kitchen and bath on page 30.
January 2019
Vol.21, No.1  20.56 MB  Uploaded: January 24th, 2019
On the Cover: Novalis introduces Maybree, part of the NovaFloor residential line. See more TISE introductions on page 44.
December 2018
Vol.20, No.12  15.53 MB  Uploaded: January 24th, 2019
On the Cover: Hampshire Bay by Karastan is an environmentally friendly carpet made from renewable resources. Read more about Karastan's 90 years in business on page 32.
November 2018
Vol.20, No.11  13.74 MB  Uploaded: January 24th, 2019
On the Cover: Phenix Floors' Design Mix luxury vinyl tile collection empowers consumers to mix-and-match to create custom floors. See more LVT on page 26.
October 2018
Vol.20, No.10  12.52 MB  Uploaded: October 19th, 2018
On the Cover:
Modern Farmhouse captures the elegance of hardwood, while featuring the durability and strength of Shaw Floors' engineered hardwood collections.
September 2018
Vol.20, No.9  18.57 MB  Uploaded: October 19th, 2018
On the Cover:

Nutopia by Mohawk Group is a Living Product Challenge Petal certified carpet plank system inspired by the idea of "urban fabric." See more carpet technologies on page 36.
August 2018
Vol.20, No.8  18.68 MB  Uploaded: August 23rd, 2018
On the Cover:

Mannington's Restoration Collection Palace Chevron laminate floor. See more laminate trends on page 30.
July 2018
Vol.20, No.7  17.77 MB  Uploaded: July 2nd, 2018
The Crafted Convergence carpet collection from Durkan, Mohawk Group's hospitality brand, was created in collaboration with the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art in New Mexico. Drawing inspiration from Native American, Japanese and African artifacts, the collection celebrates handmade originals from these cultures.
June 2018
Vol.20, No.6  16.43 MB  Uploaded: June 12th, 2018
On the Cover
Shaw has paired its new Endurance High-Performance Fiber with R2X Soil and Stain Resistance and LifeGuard backing to create the epitome of beauty and durability: Bellera High Performance Carpet.
May 2018
Vol.20, No.5  15.66 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the Cover:

Tandus Centiva's String Theory can be found at the University of Colorado Boulder, which is the school of choice for more than 30,000 students. Boulder has been ranked the No. 1 college town in America.
April 2018
Vol.20, No.4  15.04 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the Cover:

Mohawk Group's Creative Mark Enhanced Resilient Tile in Algorithm features a visual inspired by the colors of nature and the rich texture of linen fabric. See more on page 38.
March 2018
Vol.20, No.3  26.37 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the Cover:

Old World Herringbone engineered hardwood flooring by Anderson Tuftex. Read more about Anderson Tuftex on page 16 and the hardwood category on page 24
February 2018
Vol.20, No.2  13.28 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the Cover:

Shaw's Bellera collection is the first to include its new Endurance high-performance fiber. Backed by Shaw's No Surprises, Worry-free Warranty, the collection's carpets feature stain resistance and waterproof protection, making them an optimal choice for active households. Read more on page 20.
January 2018
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On the Cover:

Mohawk SolidTech vinyl plank flooring in the Relevance collection. See more from Mohawk on page 44.
December 2017
Vol.19, No.12  29.42 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the Cover:

What's gold is new again. Shaw Floors named Gold Rush its 2018 Color of the Year. See more from Shaw on page 34.
November 2017
Vol.19, No.11  14.48 MB  Uploaded: June 10th, 2018
On the Cover:

Relaxing patterns and tones define Mohawk Group's Serenity Collection of home and commercial carpet tile. See more from Mohawk on page 40.
October 2017
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On the Cover:

Lineate by Mohawk Group is an enhanced resilient tile collection that is inspired by two of the hottest trends in surface visuals: ombre/ gradient and striated textile looks. See more from Mohawk on page 48.
September 2017
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On the Cover:

American Driftwood in the color Westport by Anderson Hardwood Floors. See more wood coverage on pages 30 and 50.
August 2017
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On the Cover:

Bentley awakens interiors with Impasto carpet tiles. Impasto's textural story paints a picture with thick strokes of color and light splashes of contrast, offering an illustrious fresco for the floor. See more Neocon coverage on page 48.
July 2017
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On the Cover:

With a stormy mix of charcoal, copper and rust tones, Robigo luxury vinyl plank by Karndean Designflooring brings a dramatic impact for contemporary commercial spaces. See more on page 22.
June 2017
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On the Cover:

Active by Shaw Contract uses charged patterning and bright tones to create bold energy and graphic motion. See more commercial trends on page 22.
May 2017
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On the Cover:
Patcraft's Mid-Century Pop Collection features an accent stripe that is manufactured to gradate through the length of the pattern repeat. The multi-level pattern loop is constructed of Eco Solution Q Nylon.

See more about fiber on pages 8 and 28.
April 2017
Vol.19, No.4  36.81 MB  Uploaded: May 13th, 2017
On the Cover:

Featuring a scraped texture that accentuates the wood's natural grain, Epic Plus Freemont Hickory by Shaw is available in six colors and is built with a Stabilitek core for high performance and durability. See more on page 28
March 2017
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On the Cover:
A stylish blend of color, texture and form, Hive by Mannington is a linear limestone look with rectified grout lines in a honeycomb pattern. This reinterpretation of classic hexagon tile makes a chic statement in transitional and modern interiors. See more on page 32.
February 2017
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On The Cover:
Mohawk SolidTech is a new generation of vinyl plank flooring that combines the strength and rich visual of hardwood with the fashion, durability, and cleanability of a luxury vinyl tile or plank. See more on page 34
January 2017
Vol.19, No.1  51.87 MB  Uploaded: March 6th, 2017
On the Cover:

Shaw Floors announced Lush as its 2017 Color of the Year. Described as an array of greens inspired by nature, Lush speaks to today's desire for heath, well-being and renewal. See more color trends on page 26.
December 2016
Vol.18, No.12  12.58 MB  Uploaded: March 6th, 2017

Lakir Collection's 15 luxurious patterns explore the technical capabilities exclusive to Durkan's Definity manufacturing technology. Designed especially for the hospitality market, Lakir brings elegance and sophistication to a variety of public spaces. Photo courtesy Durkan. See more high- performance carpet on page 26.
November 2016
Vol.18, No.11  19.27 MB  Uploaded: November 22nd, 2016

Inspired by industrial concrete, Ragno Boom is a new porcelain tile suitable for interior and exterior applications in residential and commercial settings. Photo courtesy of Ragno. See more Cersaie tile trends on page 35.
October 2016
Vol.18, No.10  32.15 MB  Uploaded: November 22nd, 2016

The Shaw Cut-A-Rug program gives retailers the opportunity to offer area rugs without taking up a lot of showroom space or investing in inventory. Photo courtesy of Shaw. See page 30
September 2016
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The Artistic Timbers TimberCuts collection delivers the history and heritage of distressed solid hardwood with rustic charm and distinctive character. Photo courtesy of Armstrong. See page 26.
August 2016
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Earthwerks presented Sherbrooke, a new wood-plastic composite flooring collection, at NeoCon. The vinyl planks are engineered to be waterproof yet look like typical wood flooring. See page 42.
July 2016
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Ecore's flooring for healthcare applications is durable, easy to maintain and created to support patient mobility. See page 22
June 2016
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ON THE COVER: Floor coverings like Configure from Shaw Contract are enhancing the architecture and design of workspaces. Photo courtesy of Shaw Contract. See page 26
May 2016
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ON THE COVER: Hospitality designers are going for the "wow" factor with flooring to create a memorable experience. Pictured is Shannon Specialty Floors' Tuf Stuf Classic Cut and Fancy Free commercial resilient sheet flooring. Photo courtesy of Shannon Specialty Floors.
April 2016
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ON THE COVER: Pictured here in Silver, Mannington's Mercado Oak is a wire-brushed, subtly distressed and hand-crafted hardwood floor. The 7" wide plank features a hand-applied staining technique to create character and variation from plank to plank.
March 2016
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Amarela Heartwood in Tuscan Sun, part of Armstrong's "Best" collection of Vivero LVT.

Vireo features Diamond10 technology, a diamond-infused coating designed to make the product extremely durable and resistant to spills and stains, according to the company.
February 2016
Vol.18, No.2  22.74 MB  Uploaded: March 13th, 2016
Part of IVC's Moduleo Collection, Brookwood LVT features unique graining and rich character that can offer either a hardwood or stone visual depending on the color, according to the company.
January 2016
Vol.18, No.1  61.29 MB  Uploaded: February 9th, 2016

Featured in this room are a variety of neutral, beige and brown tones, paired with Caress by Shaw carpeting in the style Brush Stroke, to make for a truly tranquil area. Brush Stroke, made of 100% nylon, is available in 23 colors.
December 2015
Vol.17, No.12  24.67 MB  Uploaded: December 28th, 2015

Hardanger, from Milliken, is inspired by
a Nordic form of embroidery that is traditionally stitched with layered threads to form geometric patterns. With this carpet, Milliken has created a patterning technique that mimics this stitched aesthetic, the company says.
November 2015
Vol.17, No.11  40.88 MB  Uploaded: December 10th, 2015

Armstrong's American Scrape hardwood flooring in Hickory. Made in America, American Scrape hardwood features hand-scraped textures in rustic or refined looks and more than 90% domestic content, according to the company.
October 2015
Vol.17, No.10  17.39 MB  Uploaded: October 19th, 2015

Subfloor preparation is an essential part of any flooring installation. For resilient flooring, sloppy prep can lead to subfloor imperfections telegraphing through the substrate and into the surface of the floor itself. Pictured here is Tarkett's Johnsonite Arcade Rubber Sheet, which recently achieved Cradle to Cradle Bronze Certification.
September 2015
Vol.17, No.9  38.24 MB  Uploaded: October 19th, 2015

There was a time when reclaimed wood floors were only available to luxury, high-end customers, as well as coming in styles that pretty much highlighted the distressed nature of the product. Not so today, as companies such as Goodwin Co. are offering a variety of styles and finishes that are helping to make this type of product affordable to more people as well as giving specialty dealers the ability to differentiate themselves from the boxes and mass merchants.
August 2015
Vol.17, No.8  38.84 MB  Uploaded: October 19th, 2015

LVT has been all the rage in recent years but the fact remains, resilient sheet flooring is still a very important product for both residential and commercial jobs. This is especially true in applications such as healthcare, where products like Shannon Specialty Floors' TeknoFlor, shown here in Rainscapes, not only perform under these tough circumstances, they require no waxing or buffing, making them easy to clean and maintain.
July 2015
Vol.17, No.7  18.42 MB  Uploaded: July 23rd, 2015

Right after the "60 Minutes" story about certain laminate products carried by Lumber Liquidators containing high levels of formaldehyde specialty retailers and most of the category's manufacturers jumped into action to ensure consumers their products are safe and meet or exceed all legal requirements. One of those mills was Shaw, pictured here is its Vintage Painted product in Boardwalk.
June 2015
Vol.17, No.6  13.17 MB  Uploaded: June 24th, 2015
From healthcare to hospitality, companies are designing their places to look and feel more like home, as can be seen at the 39 Rainbow Healthcare Facility, an acute rehabilitation center by The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Ks.

Flooring contractor Interior Surface Enterprises received a Gold award in the Healthcare category of the recent Starnet Design Awards for this renovation.
May 2015
Vol.17, No.5  18.55 MB  Uploaded: May 29th, 2015

Main Street opportunities can come in all shapes and sizes and can cover any type of flooring material. The important thing for retailers to realize is these hometown commercial jobs can provide excellent opportunities to diversify yourself and gain both additional sales and clients. (Photo courtesy of Mohawk's Aladdin Commercial division)
April 2015
Vol.17, No.4  20.88 MB  Uploaded: May 29th, 2015

It may not look like` it, but this a porcelain tile floor by Mannington and represents how far both technology and the sophistication in styling has come in the tile industry. As the economy grows tile is regaining its pre-recession popularity with end users, making it a hot item for specialty dealers to carry. In this issue, retailers who have found success selling tile explain why.
March 2015
Vol.17, No.3  25.57 MB  Uploaded: May 29th, 2015

Carpet construction and patterns may be getting more sophisticated
but when it comes to this year's color trends, manufacturers say neutral tones, especially grays, will continue to rule the day. These colors not only bring a feeling of sophistication to a room setting, as can be seen by this month's cover shot of Tuftex' Madrigal, they allow consumers to add colorful accents, not to mention transitioning well with other materials such as wood and stone.
February 2015
Vol.17, No.2  17.84 MB  Uploaded: February 19th, 2015

When it comes to hot products, there is little argument luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and the many formats it has spawned is the hottest selling item in the industry today, such as can be seen by this FloorFolio product used in the Surf Shop. With so much competition, how is a retailer or commercial contractor supposed to be competitive yet profitable? This issue's feature on page 24 offers some advice on the subject.
January 2015
Vol.17, No.1  24.75 MB  Uploaded: January 27th, 2015
ON THE COVER: The days of placing displays wherever they
will fit and having merchandise all over are long gone -- at least if you want to be, and look like a successful retailer. The art, or science of store layout is just as important in flooring operations as it is in supermarkets. Just ask the folks at Flooring America/ Flooring Canada who transformed their stores using the buying group's Vision system. They are seeing both their sales and profits increase at faster rates than those who haven't made the switch.
December 2014
Vol.16, No.12  21.33 MB  Uploaded: December 9th, 2014

Shaw's Timberline laminate graces this month's cover, which spotlights the category through the eyes of retailers who continue to have success despite competition from the boxes and mass merchants.
November 2014
Vol.16, No.11  29.06 MB  Uploaded: December 9th, 2014

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the industry's fastest growing product type. A key reason for this is the technological advancements made in the printing and surface texturing capabilities of manufacturers, such as can be seen by Mannington's Adura line, shown here in Oasis Spring Water
October 2014
Vol.16, No.10  13.69 MB  Uploaded: November 21st, 2014
Green Issue: Find Out What the Industry is Doing to be Sustainable Napa Retailer Cultivates Success Through Family, Knowledge Exclusive Look Into a Designer's Home Remodel Project
September 2014
Vol.16, No.9  36.61 MB  Uploaded: November 21st, 2014
2014 Flooring Industry Study Retailers Discuss Rustic Wood Trend Wood Floors Starting to 'Click'
August 2014
Vol.16, No.8  30.03 MB  Uploaded: November 21st, 2014
The Benefits of Using Certified Installers Don't Get Stuck Using Just One Glue Tips on Preventing Moisture Related Probems
July 2014
Vol.16, No.7  19.73 MB  Uploaded: July 25th, 2014
Why Brands Matter
Retailers Discuss Successful Branding Strategies
Area Rugs Make Great Add-On Sales
June 2014
Vol.16, No.6  20.73 MB  Uploaded: June 25th, 2014
Why Carpet Tile is so Popular
Contractors Discuss Commercial's Hottest Segments
Don't Forget About Main Street
May 2014
Vol.16, No.5  53.33 MB  Uploaded: May 24th, 2014
Special Series: Made in the USA & Flooring
Howard Olansky Awards Given to Industry's Best Associations
Why Color Knowledge Can Lead to More Sales

2014 Flooring Buying Guide
April 2014
Vol.16, No.4  25.67 MB  Uploaded: May 2nd, 2014
U.S. Market Moving to Larger Tiles Thinner Tiles
Don't Compromise Performance
Learning to use Social Media for Business
March 2014
Vol.16, No.3  16.04 MB  Uploaded: May 2nd, 2014
Surfaces Showcases Industry Optimism Engineered Hardwood Continues to Gain Popularity Cork Presents Tremendous Selling Opportunities Bamboo Flooring Keeps Evolving
February 2014
Vol.16, No.2  23.33 MB  Uploaded: March 10th, 2014
Why LVT Continues to be a Hot Product
Fiberglass vs. Felt: Who's Winning and Why
Sheet Vinyl Still Important in Residential and Commercial Environments
January 2014
Vol.16, No.1  22.36 MB  Uploaded: March 10th, 2014
Carpets Continue to Get Softer, More Luxurious
Retailers Weight in on Soft Carpet
Nylon Still Rules but Polyester Now King of the House
December 2013
Vol.15, No.12  32.37 MB  Uploaded: December 5th, 2013
Surfaces Preview: What to Expect at Industry's Main Event
Laminate Technology Continues to Evolve
News: Invista Unveils Stainmaster PetProtect
November 2013
Vol.15, No.11  12.27 MB  Uploaded: December 2nd, 2013
Green Issue: Everything You Need to Know About Every Category
Industry Comes Together to Help FCIF
News: Mills Continue to Invest in Anticipation of Growth
New Column: Contractor's Corner
October 2013
Vol.15, No.10  19.92 MB  Uploaded: December 2nd, 2013
CFI Celebrates 20 Years with P-R-I-D-E
Being a One-Stop Shop: Retailers Give Their Opinions
News: Hanley Wood Launches East Coast Trade Shows
Floor Trends Welcomes Kelly Kramer as New Columnist
September 2013
Vol.15, No.9  17.14 MB  Uploaded: December 2nd, 2013
Selling hardwood's natural characteristics
Summer conventions show business getting better
Wood Resource Guide
August 2013
Vol.15, No.8  18.59 MB  Uploaded: December 2nd, 2013
Healthcare's continued growth spells multiple opportunities
Industry unveils riskier designs at NeoCon
Hardwood floors getting wider and longer
July 2013
Vol.15, No.7  28.28 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
What's Hot in Area Rugs: Simpler Patterns, Deeper Textures
An Update on Grouts: New Looks, More Features
Build Consistency Into Your Flooring Business
June 2013
Vol.15, No.6  13.31 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Resilient Market Study: LVT, Resilient Replacement at the Top
Hardwood Flooring Adhesives: Know What's Right for the Job
Running Your Commercial Business During Natural Disasters
May 2013
Vol.15, No.5  25.08 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
A Q&A with WFCA CEO Scott Humphrey
The Commodity Side of Hardwood Flooring
Selling the Right Product and Creating Realistic Expectations
April 2013
Vol.15, No.4  98.43 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
A Script for Sales Success
Large-Format Tile Offers Both Opportunities and Challenges
2013 Market Trends Report: Tile & Stone
March 2013
Vol.15, No.3  17.14 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Are You Afraid of the Technology Boogeyman?
Insights from InSight 2013
What Are Your Customers Saying, and What Are You Doing About It?
February 2013
Vol.15, No.2  26.91 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
The "Fascination Factor" of LVT
Hedging Your Bets in the Commercial Market
What Makes Bamboo the Right Choice for Your Customer?
January 2013
Vol.15, No.1  40.83 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Put Real Pizzazz in Your Hardwood Floor Merchandising
Curiosity: Cat Killer? Or Category Killer?
Selling Summer's Commercial Business in Winter
December 2012
Vol.14, No.12  22.38 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019

Lonseal's Lonwood Madera. Photo courtesy of Larson & Darby
November 2012
Vol.14, No.11  28.60 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019

CA240 Natural Walnut from Shaw Floors. Our cover is floor trends + enhanced.
October 2012
Vol.14, No.10  18.28 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019

Amtico Spacia Smoked Timber.
September 2012
Vol.14, No.9  48.24 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Finding Commercial Opportunities in Education
Defining Moisture's Cause and Effect
2012 Wood Flooring Resource Guide
August 2012
Vol.14, No.8  26.72 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
SmartStrand Silk from Mohawk.
Our cover is floor trends + enhanced, see page 8 for details.
July 2012
Vol.14, No.7  14.76 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
Style Breakout of the Needle Tech Collection from Tandus.
Our cover is floor trends + enhanced, see page 8 for details.
nft: Commercial Design
Vol.14, No.7  17.50 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
A supplement of National Floor Trends magazine
June 2012
Vol.14, No.6  38.39 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
2012 Starnet Awards Education Category Winner, courtesy of Ruggieri Brothers, Inc. and Saccoccio & Associates, Inc.
May 2012
Vol.14, No.5  47.11 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
iQ Optima courtesy of Tarkett
April 2012
Vol.14, No.4  43.89 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Essence by Mediterranea
March 2012
Vol.14, No.3  44.59 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Chestnut Hill series from Anderson Hardwood.
February 2012
Vol.14, No.2  36.64 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Our Market Study finds that 2012 brings the expectation of a better year in business. See page 16 for the details.
January 2012
Vol.14, No.1  45.49 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Surfaces 2012, which is heading to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas Jan. 24-26 with pre-conference events on Jan. 23, will serve as the venue for launches of some of the latest and greatest products in the industry. Illustration by Rick Arvidson.
December 2011
Vol.13, No.12  55.25 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Allwood Engineered Tiger Strand Bamboo, a 9/16" by 5 5/8" by 6' product with formaldehyde-free adhesives. The flooring features a nine-coat, UV cured, VOC-free finish, and 3mm wear layer. Allwood Tiger Strand Bamboo is a 70 percent carbonized to 30 percent natural mix. It can be installed as a nail down, glue down or floating floor above, on or below grade. Photo courtesy of Allwood.
November 2011
Vol.13, No.11  43.24 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
An installation of Caesar's More large-format porcelain tile at Brocade Communications' 560,000 sq. ft. campus in San Jose, Calif. Architect/designer: Robbin McDonald, Mindi Weichman, Karen Letteney and Darryl Jackson (RMW architecture & interiors). Contractor: DeAnza Tile and Reputable Tile. Distributor: Helena Jausas, SpecCeramics Inc. of San Francisco. Photo by Bernard Andre, courtesy of Ceramics of Italy.
October 2011
Vol.13, No.10  31.93 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Armstrong's Duality Rustic Loft Harbor in a plank format. The Duality collection of fiberglass-backed vinyl sheet flooring combines three-dimensional visuals with the company's ToughGuard Flex backing. Photo courtesy of Armstrong.
September 2011
Vol.13, No.9  57.88 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Mercier Wood Flooring's 3 1/4" Yellow Birch in a Portobello stain. The floor is part of the Design + Program, which allows for customization of the flooring by species, stain, gloss level and more. Photo courtesy Mercier Wood Flooring.
August 2011
Vol.13, No.8  21.63 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Time Crafted Walnut, part of Mannington's Revolutions Plank collection of laminate flooring. The product features a hand-scraped texture and irregular bevel on all four sides. To see how laminate flooring is performing in the market, visit our 2011 Laminate Flooring Market Study on page 10.
July 2011
Vol.13, No.7  47.96 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
"Etchware," from Mohawk's Horizon collection, features LCL styling and SmartStrand fiber made with DuPont Sorona renewably sourced polymer, and is engineered for exceptional stain and soiling resistance, durability and softness.
June 2011
Vol.13, No.6  43.26 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is the ReVision House in Orlando featuring Floor Gres' Eco-Tech collection porcelain tile installed on the rear patio. EcoTech, in five sizes from 8" x 16" up to 24" x 48", comes in 4 colors. Grout & adhesives for the entire project were provided by MAPEI. Photo by Andy Frame Photography, courtesy of Ceramic Tiles of Italy.
May 2011
Vol.13, No.5  53.93 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Our 2011 Trade Directory & Buying Guide begins on page 33.
April 2011
Vol.13, No.4  30.02 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Columbia Flooring's Balsam Oak, part of the Silverton collection of solid and engineered hardwood floors. Silverton offers wide plank floors with rustic touches including natural knots and mineral streaks. Photo courtesy Columbia Flooring.
March 2011
Vol.13, No.3  55.46 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Marazzi USA's Percorsi through body porcelain tile. The product features bold, textured surfaces and a unique chromatic earthen effect, and is offered in a wide range of rectified field and modular sizes as well as mosaics. Photo courtesy of Marazzi USA.
February 2011
Vol.13, No.2  76.07 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Bliss Veranda, made with Beaulieu's SoftSense polyester filament fiber in 36 colors. Part of the HealthyTouch collection, the style features Silver Release technology, a lifetime "no exclusions" stain warranty, built- in Magic Fresh odor reducer, and 3M Scotchgard Protector. Photo courtesy Beaulieu.
January 2011
Vol.13, No.1  76.07 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Shown is Florida Tile's VitraArt Harmony glass tile in the Broadway color in a random size pattern. The entire line is offered in 12 colors and three sizes. Photo courtesy Florida Tile.
December 2010
Vol.12, No.12  5.01 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Shown is Mullican Flooring's Cumaru Natural, a 3/4" solid prefinished product in 3" wide planks in random lengths. Part of the Exotic Collection, Cumaru Natural comes in either square or microbevel edges with a 25-year finish warranty. Photo courtesy Mullican Flooring.
November 2010
Vol.12, No.11  4.29 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Rustics Premium New England Long Plank laminate flooring from Armstrong. Featuring a hand-scraped oiled finish in a reclaimed hardwood look, the collection is offered in planks that are more than 7' long. Photo courtesy of Armstrong
October 2010
Vol.12, No.10  10.93 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Shown is Shaw's Merrimac luxury vinyl plank in Gallery Oak color. Featuring a look of reclaimed wood with medium embossing, Merrimac is a 4" x 36" plank with a micro-beveled edge and a color pallete of six oak and hickory colors. Photo courtesy Shaw Industries.
September 2010
Vol.12, No.9  8.30 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Metallic Charcoal, a 1/2" thing engineered hardwood from Max Windsor Floors. Available in smooth and hand-scraped styles, Metallic Charcoal features a 2mm maple wear layer and an engineered core made of Russian Birch. Metallic Charcoal features a Bona finish and 10 coats of UV-cured aluminum oxide.
August 2010
Vol.12, No.8  6.17 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Pashmina, a 50 oz. textured cut pile carpet from Beaulieu of America. Made using 100 percent SoftSense nylon, Pashmina also features the company's Magic Fresh odor reducing treatment and 3M Scotchgard Protector. Photo courtesy Beaulieu of America.
July 2010
Vol.12, No.7  14.17 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
The Craftique Tejas Maple Collection in Golden Palamino stain from Harris Wood features bold cross-directional hand-scraping that creates dramatic texture variations and complements stone floors such as granite and slate. Planks are 5" wide x 1/2" thick x random lengths. Photo courtesy Harris Wood.
June 2010
Vol.12, No.6  21.33 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Flexco's Evolving Styles Rubber Sheet and SpexTones Rubber Tile. In addition to sheet flooring, Evolving Styles is offered in three tile sizes in two gauges. SpexTones tiles are offered in a 1/8" gauge and feature speckled colorations. Photo courtesy of Flexco.
April 2010
Vol.12, No.4  14.19 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Marazzi's new Timeless Collection, designed to emulate the look and feel of marble using the company's 3D technology. The Timeless Collection offers a wide range of options for unique designs in elegant foyers and high-end designer creations, the company notes. Photo courtesy Marazzi USA.
March 2010
Vol.12, No.3  17.19 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Faus Oak Kensington laminate flooring from the Classic American Collection. The product comes in 10mm planks and features Embossed in Register, MicroBevel, InterPlank Design, LongStrip and Joint Guard technologies. Photo courtesy Faus.
February 2010
Vol.12, No.2  25.15 MB  Uploaded: May 20th, 2019
On The Cover:
Pictured is Ark Floors' African Mahogany Natural, a 4 3/4" engineered exotic hardwood floor featuring nine layers of durable, eco-friendly finish. The flooring offers a milk chocolate tone and warm, deep hues, according to the company. Photo courtesy Ark Floors.

The Flooring Contractor

Click to view:  Vol.15, No.1Fall 2019
Vol.15, No.1  12.91 MB  Uploaded: September 17th, 2019
Concrete Challenges: Maintaining Polished Concrete

Also: 2019 Technical Resource Directory
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Click to view:  Vol.14, No.4Summer 2019
Vol.14, No.4  14.61 MB  Uploaded: June 7th, 2019
PROJECT NAME: Men's Final Four Court MANUFACTURER: Connor Sports, a Gerflor company PRODUCT SPECIFIED: Connor Sports QuickLock TOTAL AMOUNT: 9,800 Square Feet
Click to view:  Vol.14, No.3Spring 2019
Vol.14, No.3  13.05 MB  Uploaded: March 21st, 2019
ON THE COVER: A flooring professional demonstrates the use of a rotary machine on resilient flooring.
Click to view:  Vol.14, No.2Winter 2018
Vol.14, No.2  13.05 MB  Uploaded: January 24th, 2019
Tarkett's SureSet Luxury Vinyl Flooring featured throughout season two of TV series, Pickler & Ben. Cohosted by singer Kellie, and journalist Ben Aaron, the weekday talk show welcomes celebrities and tastemakers to offer tips on entertaining, cooking, home decorating, gardening and beauty. Read more starting on page 16.
Click to view:  Vol.14, No.1Fall 2018
Vol.14, No.1  11.82 MB  Uploaded: October 19th, 2018
How to Become a Better Spark Plug with the CIM Program
Summer 2018
Vol.13, No.4  14.34 MB  Uploaded: June 11th, 2018
Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Ga., offers exceptional family-centered care in their facility. To improve the well-being of their patients seeking maternity care, they called on DCO Commercial Floors to assist with the renovation of the Labor and Delivery rooms. The project occurred while the hospital was in use, so extreme attention to detail and proper planning had to be used to execute this makeover. DCO Commercial Floors used American Olean tile in Black Wenge (Infusion series) and Cordial Grey (Rapport series), with Mapei Ultraflex 1 and Epoxy grout to set the materials.

Photo Credit: Kristin Butler (Commercial Interior Designer)
Spring 2018
Vol.13, No.3  10.27 MB  Uploaded: June 11th, 2018
Product: AIMIA Corporate
Office Location: Butler Square, Minneapolis, MN
Contractor: Sonus Interiors
Architect/Designer: MSR Design

Incorporating 24 different types of carpet, this project was no ordinary retrofit. In fact, the interior architect's design was so complex that one journeyman was devoted to navigating the pattern, while the other journeyman completed the installation. Installed with precision and care by the team at Sonus Interiors, an INSTALL Warranty contractor with a history of working with large and complex commercial projects, the flooring provides zoned workspaces that are welcoming to both clients and employees. Read more, page 26
Winter 2017
Vol.13, No.2  11.12 MB  Uploaded: June 11th, 2018
Photo credit: Chad M. Davis, AIA, of Chad Davis Photo (
Location: Keller High School
Project: Adds and renovations, with carpet, resilient and ceramic tile
General Contractor: Buford-Thompson (Ft. Worth, Texas)
Architect: VLK Architects (Ft. Worth, Texas)
Flooring Contractor: One Source Commercial Flooring, Inc. (Plano, Texas)
Product displayed on the cover: Armstrong VCT
Completed Summer 2016
Fall 2017
Vol.13, No.1  8.77 MB  Uploaded: June 11th, 2018
Thomas West has become one of the premier salons in Chicago. When the salon moved to a new location in the building, the team looked to ASPECTA for a flooring that could step up to the demands of a busy salon environment with both style and substance: a strong design factor coupled with ease of maintenance; a no wax/easy to clean floor that also offers comfort under foot. Read more, page 12.

Location: Thomas West Salon, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
Product: ASPECTA FIVE – Summer Pine – Charcoal #5382101
Summer 2017
Vol.12, No.4  10.51 MB  Uploaded: June 14th, 2017
On The Cover:

What Makes a Hotel Renovation Successful?
Spring 2017
Vol.12, No.3  11.12 MB  Uploaded: March 6th, 2017
This 200,000 square foot Brass Mills Mall in Waterbury, Connecticut incorporates eight custom-accent areas, each over 800sf of Thru-Body Porcelain Tile cut entirely with waterjet technology. The entire project is a showcase of waterjet's ability to work with all types of materials, including, ceramic, glazed, through-body, porcelain, and the latest large format panels and tiles. All materials are easily fabricated, inlaid, and patterned. Durable, cleanable, and colorful ceramics are favorites of designers. Waterjet fabrication makes these materials more versatile and beautiful than ever before. - Photo provided by Creative Edge Mastershop, Fairfield, Iowa.
Winter 2016
Vol.12, No.2  11.11 MB  Uploaded: March 6th, 2017
Gensler teams up with UZIN and Mid-Atlantic Floors for technical support and installation for the flooring on their renovated Washington D.C. offices.
Fall 2016
Vol.12, No.1  28.89 MB  Uploaded: September 12th, 2016

One Light Luxury Apartments represents the first residential tower built in downtown Kansas City since 1976 and the first new high-rise construction within the freeway loop since 2006. MAPEI systems for the installation of tile, wood, vinyl plank and carpet tile were used to complete stylish new luxury apartments located in the Power & Light District of Kansas City, Missouri. FDC Contract of Kansas City installed the wood and carpet tile in the common areas plus the vinyl plank in all the apartments. Metro Tile Contractors of Overland Park, KS, installed the tile in the apartments and the common areas.
Summer 2016
Vol.11, No.4  19.89 MB  Uploaded: September 12th, 2016
On The Cover:

AMLI River North Apartments is contributing to the needs and wants of the rental market with 409 upscale luxury living apartments in a 50-story multi-unit residential tower on Chicago's north side. Floor coverings in common spaces and apartments include wood, carpet and tile. Surface preparation was an important step in producing smooth, level floors to receive the different floor coverings. Photo submitted by MAPEI.
Spring 2016
Vol.11, No.3  17.85 MB  Uploaded: March 13th, 2016
With the help of UZIN self-leveling and subfloor preparation materials, NFI Enterprises, LLC, in Auburn, Washington was able to install ceramic flooring on a 27,000 square foot specialty grocery store that featured a floor plan with the store level above the parking garage.

Location: PCC Natural Markets, Greenlake Village, Seattle, WA. Product: UZIN Self-leveling and subfloor preparation materials
Fall/Winter 2015
Vol.11, No.2  23.21 MB  Uploaded: December 28th, 2015

This is the Master Turbo Groover by Turbo Heat Welding Tools. The installer shown is grooving a circle along the seams of Armstrong's homogeneous vinyl sheet material to heat weld them together. The groove's advanced design allows the installer to groove circles, shapes and straightaways with precision regardless of uneven surfaces. To check out the rest of the Turbo's heat welding tools check out at:
Fall 2015
Vol.11, No.1  11.17 MB  Uploaded: October 19th, 2015

A community with a dream for a better future joined together with a team of devoted and equally inspired designers, builders and project managers to build the sprawling one story ARC Center in West Chicago, IL. Vortex Commercial Flooring won the Starnet Design Awards Gold in Hospitality/Public Space for the work done on this project. With the help of UZIN substrate product systems, Vortex was able to create these exceptional floors that will last for years.
Summer 2015
Vol.10, No.4  15.83 MB  Uploaded: June 24th, 2015
The Ultimate Concrete Prep Tool for Hard-to-Prep Surfaces

The Diamabrush Concrete Prep Plus tool is a heavy-duty diamond prep tool that is ideally suited to prep floors for an application of paints, epoxies, or stains.

The Concrete Prep Plus will also remove
a thin layer of paint or epoxy. The tools can be used on standard floor machines and buffers.
Spring 2015
Vol.10, No.3  16.29 MB  Uploaded: March 10th, 2015
Don Robinson, foreman with flooring contractor Flooring Systems Inc., applies TEC® Multipurpose Primer at Mercy Hospital Joplin. The hospital, which opens in March 2015, was built after the city's former hospital took a direct hit from a tornado in 2011. Flooring Systems Inc. and tile contractor Zickel Flooring used TEC® substrate preparation products, including TEC® The LiquiDAM® Penetrating Moisture Barrier, and flooring and tile adhesives throughout the space.
Winter 2015
Vol.10, No.2  14.61 MB  Uploaded: December 3rd, 2014
Bright and colorful nora® rubber patterned floors create a spectacular sight for visitors in each elevator lobby at the DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan. The inspiration for the design of the pictured elevator lobby came from a work of art done by the local Detroit artist Timothy Orikri.

Project Installation:
Master Craft Flooring

Design Team:
Shepley Bulfinch

nora® rubber
Fall 2014
Vol.10, No.1  12.22 MB  Uploaded: November 21st, 2014
Sacred Spaces
Summer 2014
Vol.9, No.4  20.06 MB  Uploaded: June 25th, 2014

Product Spotlight: Botanol Flooring
Convention 2014 Photo Gallery
Go Early Technology™
Installation Manger Overview for Retail Installations
Spring 2014
Vol.9, No.3  13.95 MB  Uploaded: March 10th, 2014
Preparing to Mitigate

Importance of a Clean Substrate
Floor Prep Project Profiles
Never Drop Your Prices Again
Exterior Substrate Preparation
Winter 2014
Vol.9, No.2  10.48 MB  Uploaded: December 5th, 2013
Recycled Rubber: A softer option for restaurants
2013 Convention Brochure
Mid-Year Photo Gallery
Restaurant Project Profiles
Fall 2013
Vol.9, No.1  12.48 MB  Uploaded: November 6th, 2013
Does Floor Maintenance Really Matter?
Protect Your Flooring Investment
Commercial Resilient "No Wax" Maintenance Update
Understanding ASTM Standards
Summer 2013
Vol.8, No.4  9.59 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Installing The Job

Protect Your Profits Through Material Managements
Mid-Year Schedule
Tips To Live By For Installation Managers
Unsolved Mysteries Part Three
Spring 2013
Vol.8, No.3  15.48 MB  Uploaded: August 20th, 2013
Installation Management: Preparing The Project

Being A Successful Project Manager
Setting The Installation Up For Success
Convention 2013 Photos
7 Facts To Breathe Life Into Your Business
Winter 2013
Vol.8, No.2  14.37 MB  Uploaded: January 15th, 2013
Starting with education -- this issue
explains Vertical Lift Technology.
FCICA 30th Anniversary Convention
Vol.7, No.4  71.57 MB  Uploaded: May 11th, 2012

To say it was a success would be an understatement. We enjoyed the highest attendance numbers in over a decade. But more importantly, we had our best educational sessions, trade show and networking events that I can remember. And as always, we had fun.

I want to thank everyone who attended the convention in Savannah, especially those who contributed to our educational sessions, trade show, and silent auction.

And to our staff for doing a wonderful job preparing and executing what was a near flawless program.
Project Profile: Ferrari & Maserati Stand Out By Design
Vol.7, No.3  53.05 MB  Uploaded: February 27th, 2012
A new, durable concrete microtopping from MAPEI allows artisans to develop a wide variety of decorative concrete floors with looks that vary from tiled surfaces to swirls, geometric patterns and other artistic designs. To achieve the look seen in the cover photo, the microtopping -- which comes in 36 quality-controlled colors -- was applied with a trowel. After drying completely, the surface was sealed with a clear sealer for extra durability.

This project was done at the MAPEI Operations Facility in Delta, British Columbia. It was installed by our own team of MAPEI technical specialists. The flooring is located on the second floor mezzanine of the offices.
Project Profile: Sunnybrook Assisted Living
Vol.7, No.2  79.54 MB  Uploaded: January 4th, 2012
The focus for this issue is Assisted Living Facilities. We have included a project profile on Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Iowa that has flooring by some of our members. The profile can be found on pages 8 & 9.
The Versatile Carpet Tile
Vol.7, No.1  57.78 MB  Uploaded: September 26th, 2011
Carpet tile has come a long way since I entered the commercial floor contracting business in 1991. Back then, typical carpet tile products were 18" x 18", PVC-backed, and used primarily over raised access floors. Times sure have changed!
Flooring In Schools
Vol.6, No.4  68.40 MB  Uploaded: September 27th, 2011
Selecting the proper athletic flooring can be a very complicated process. Many factors must be weighed as all product choices and applications are considered. Flooring is the most expensive piece of equipment in this environment and proper product selection can have life time consequences.


We offer you detailed information regarding our service and product features, applications and durability. This is a big advantage for our clients, saving them hours in research time. And it's more than knowledge for knowledge's sake. Our expertise has added value to our clients' flooring projects, maximized performance, and their return on investment.

Allstate Floors Flooring the World
Type: Adobe PDF File  Size: 3 MB
Uploaded: May 16th, 2014
Allstate Floors, a minority-owned company, has established itself as a mid-Atlantic leader in the commercial flooring industry – specializing in carpet, wood, ceramic, stone, and resilient products. Capitalizing on our decades of excellence, we consistently provide unparalleled service and quality installation to schools, mixed-used buildings, hotels, civic centers, casinos, governments, and medical care facilities.

Winner of the MWMCA "Best Minority-Owned Construction Company of the Year" - May 2014

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