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NTCA taps new executive consultant

Floor Covering News

Jackson, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has named Michael Kephart, president of the Kephart Group, executive consultant for the association. With a distinguished career in the tile industry, Kephart brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role, which will focus on advancing training, education and advocacy for the U.S. tile industry.

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A Roadmap to Becoming a Tile Professional

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

The roadmap to becoming a tile installation professional isn't easy. That said, CTEF is actively developing training to help you each step of the way as I detail in this article.

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Coverings Honors Two Spanish Projects During 2024 CID Awards

Tile of Spain USA

Coverings , North America’s largest international tile and stone exhibition, applauds two Spanish projects in the special recognition category at this year’s Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. Held on April 23 rd , 2024, the CID Awards acknowledges designers and installers for their innovative designs and use of tile and stone in residential, commercial and institutional projects.

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The Best of Coverings 2024

As The Tile Turns

Coverings never fails to impress, and this year was certainly no exception! As we embarked on our latest journey to the trade show, we were eager to delve into the world of tile and stone – a subject near and dear to our hearts. Join us as we uncover the most exciting highlights and key insights from Coverings 2024 in this detailed blog post. We'll take a deep dive into the emerging trends and captivating styles that are set to make a splash in the industry in the upcoming year.

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Laminate: State of the Industry 2024

Floor Covering News

Co nventional wisdom would suggest that softening conditions in the new home construction market over the past eight to 10 months might put a damper on laminate flooring sales in that bellwether sector. After all, it is estimated that new residential construction accounts for anywhere between 15%–18% of category sales in the U.S. However, several major suppliers said that was not the case.

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New Stone-Look Porcelain Tile Collection Inspired by Italian Sandstone

Rubble Tile

This month, we’re excited to feature Cristallo, a beloved stone-look porcelain collection that captures the timeless beauty and strength of ancient Italian stone. This fabulous collection seamlessly blends that tradition with a new, modern aesthetic. Designed with Italian flair and produced in the US, this. The post New Stone-Look Porcelain Tile Collection Inspired by Italian Sandstone first appeared on Rubble Tile.

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Guide to Gauged Porcelain Tile Countertops 

Why Tile

We expect a lot from our kitchen and bathroom countertops: They must be able to meet numerous functional demands while also looking great. It’s a tall order, and it makes finding the right countertop material an important decision. Gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs for countertops are extra large porcelain tiles that are growing in popularity as… The post Guide to Gauged Porcelain Tile Countertops appeared first on Why Tile.

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Tarkett launches True to Form collection

Floor Covering News

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett has launched True to Form, a new collection on its premium Contour luxury vinyl tile. Combining the durability of Contour construction with genuine wood and stone visuals, True to Form is designed to embody the beauty and strength of elements found in the natural world. “Our team has meticulously curated a stunning portfolio of 64 colors across exclusive wood and stone designs,” said Paul Young, senior vice president of product innovation and design for Tarkett North America.

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Eco-Friendly Insulation for Prefab Panels

The A to Z of Building

A study published in Energy and Buildings explores the thermal, acoustic, and environmental properties of prefabricated panels using three recycled insulations—two from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and one from expanded sintered polystyrene (EPS) with graphite.

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Ep 152: Starting a New Job

Life of an Architect

When you are starting a new job, even you very first job, here are some tips that might make the transition a bit easier and potentially, more fruitful. The post Ep 152: Starting a New Job first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Ep 152: Starting a New Job at Life of an Architect. When you are starting a new job, even you very first job, here are some tips that might make the transition a bit easier and potentially, more fruitful.

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8 Ways to Prevent and Repair Random Cracks in Concrete

Onfloor Technology

The sight of a newly laid concrete slab marred by random hairline fractures can be disheartening to contractors and clients alike. Cracks in concrete slabs not only compromise structural integrity but also have aesthetic and functional repercussions.

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Hurricane Season is Now Upon Us: Is Your Home Fortified Against Damage?

JG Kitchens

I learned in the process that not only does FORTIFIED dramatically improve a home's chances of withstanding storm damage, it also reduces owners' insurance costs and increases the resale value of their asset! That's a triple win! The post Hurricane Season is Now Upon Us: Is Your Home Fortified Against Damage? comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Ceramic: Key requirements for a top-quality installation

Floor Covering News

A wise man once said: “He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail.” That axiom certainly applies to the world of ceramic tile installation where careful planning is absolutely crucial to the success of any project, be it residential or commercial. To that end, FCNews rounded up several 5-Star NTCA contractors to compile a list of requirements to achieve a quality installation every time.

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Recycled Cement: A Sustainable Future in Construction

The A to Z of Building

The use of recycled cement can significantly reduce the environmental impact of the construction sector, addressing CO2 emissions and waste management. This review highlights the potential of recycled cement in various applications, promoting sustainability and a circular economy in construction practices.

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Rising Stars 2024

Floor Covering News

Every now and then it’s important to take a step back and look around the industry. To take notice of those companies making concerted efforts toward bettering their business and their business partnerships. FCNews ’ inaugural Rising Stars feature is meant to do just that. And while a “rising star” might imply those new to the industry, it doesn’t stop there.

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Virginia Tile showroom now open in Indianapolis

Floor Covering News

Indianapolis, Ind.—Virginia Tile announced the grand opening of its newest design-forward showroom here. The grand opening highlighted Virginia Tile’s commitment to excellence with its 55,000-square-foot facility, tailored to meet the needs of contractors, designers and trade professionals. “We are thrilled to introduce our premium tile and stone experience to the Indianapolis area,” said Sean Cilona , director of product and marketing at Virginia Tile Company. “ This expansion shows our d

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Karndean Designflooring expands high-end Art Select collection

Floor Covering News

Export, Pa.—With stylish new wood-and-stone-inspired looks for its high-end Art Select collection , Karndean Designflooring combines hands-on craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology to replicate hardwood and stone in exact detail. With the launch of the new designs, Art Select will feature more than 45 wood and stone looks in a broad spectrum of tones—all with a 30-mil wear layer, available in both glue-down and rigid core with a 5G-locking mechanism.

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How to make your store more appealing to the female customer

Floor Covering News

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Anna Crowley Redding, co-owner of Port City Flooring in Maine and a popular book author. We talked about the importance of shaping your selling strategies to cater to the target shopper—in this case the female customer. In order to better relate to this particular cohort, Redding suggests taking a holistic approach (vs. the traditional technical/jargon selling tack) to make a connection with the shopper.

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Tarkett expands collection of Johnsonite rubber sports flooring

Floor Covering News

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett, specializing in innovative and sustainable flooring worldwide, has expanded its Johnsonite multi-functional rubber sports flooring offering by adding new patterns to its Triumph and Inertia collections. The new patterns and colorways elevate the design of health and wellness spaces for every activity and fitness level. Olio captures the fluid movement of oil and watercolor paints; Minerality emulates the color variation found in natural stone; and Speckled features small, mu

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Architessa introduces Tile Capsule Edits

Floor Covering News

Rockville, Md.—Tile and stone brand Architessa introduced Tile Capsule Edits—curated, theme-driven collections of products that tell the story of a room through design. “Tile Capsule Edits are our story telling initiative to bring simplicity to a design concept, tailored to you,” said Julie Taury, chief innovation officer at Architessa. “Architessa Capsule Edits will offer an authentic, relatable mix of products that simplifies tile selection.

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Specialty retailers rise to challenge from Floor & Decor

Floor Covering News

A s Floor & Decor expands to well beyond 200 stores across the U.S.—with every intention to keep growing—it has identified specialty floor covering retailers as its primary competition. That nugget was conveyed at a grand opening of Floor & Decor’s first New York City store in Brooklyn earlier this month. When asked about Home Depot and Lowe’s, Gerald McVeigh, vice president of PRO Services, responded: “Home Depot and Lowe’s are typically going to be at about 3,000 to 5,000 square feet f

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NTCA launches Tile Design Trends and Installation program

Floor Covering News

Jackson, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has launched a new educational course, “Tile Design Trends and Installation – What Every Industry Pro Should Know.” This course will be hosted by Louisville Tile and feature insights from celebrity designer Jennifer Farrell and NTCA training director Mark Heinlein. The course aims to equip industry professionals with the knowledge needed to meet evolving market demands.

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Retailers learn to navigate uncertain terrain

Floor Covering News

Retailers like Bruce Odette of Carpet Exchange, Denver, called the first six months ‘unlike any year I can remember.’ It has been a roller coaster of a first half for flooring retailers, with wide swings in business activity occurring month-to-month—even week-to-week in some cases. The normal ebb-and-flow of business has been replaced by unpredictability, the likes of which some veteran dealers have not witnessed.

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Florim USA receives Patriotic Employer Award

Floor Covering News

Clarksville, Tenn.—Florim USA, a porcelain tile manufacturer , has been awarded the Patriotic Employer Award. The award—presented by Stephen Baird, the Tennessee representative for ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve)—recognized Florim USA’s commitment to national security and the protection of freedom through support of employee participation in the United States National Guard and Reserve Forces.

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Karndean showcases new LVT designs at NeoCon

Floor Covering News

Chicago—For Karndean Designflooring, the word “design” is more than part of the company name. With a history of innovation dating to the 1970s, flooring design is embedded in Karndean’s mission. That commitment to artistry, craftsmanship and creativity can be seen firsthand this week, as Karndean returns to NeoCon —the premier event for the commercial interior design industry.

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Award of Excellence: Mohawk, EF win Best Overall

Floor Covering News

Garden City, N.Y.—Winning never seems to get old for Mohawk and Engineered Floors, which once again proved to be the big winners in FCNews’ 28th annual Award of Excellence competition. Mohawk earned Best Overall honors in the over-$5 billion category, and Engineered Floors claimed the under-$5 billion category—both for the third consecutive year. Sponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa, organizers of The International Surface Event (TISE), 27 awards were handed out at the event, which was h

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NTCA empowers installers with 14 workshops, six trainings in June

Floor Covering News

Jackson, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has announced its June tour across 10 states, delivering an extensive lineup of standards-based educational workshops and regional trainings to industry professionals. With a total of 14 free workshops and six free regional trainings, this initiative marks a significant expansion compared to the offerings provided in 2023.

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MILEstone launches new carbon neutral tile

Floor Covering News

Clarksville, Tenn.—MILEstone, a U.S. tile manufacturer committed to sustainable practices, has launched two new carbon neutral collections to support eco-conscious design: 4Earth and Net-Zero. These additions to the MILEstone portfolio reflect MILEstone’s mission for a greener, more sustainable future, and were unveiled at this year’s Coverings event. “We are thrilled to introduce the 4Earth and Net-Zero collections as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Rod

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Unilin to unveil UniGrout Slim at Domotex Asia

Floor Covering News

Shanghai, China—Unilin Technologies, the IP and technology division of Unilin, has launched Unigrout Slim, a grout imitation bevel that brings the appearance of ceramic tiles to vinyl flooring without the need for actual grout. The new bevel design will make its premiere at Domotex Asia, held here, offering attendees an exclusive first look at this product design. “This innovative solution allows manufacturers to achieve a grouted look while leveraging their existing production capabilitie

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Inhaus’ new Icon line takes Ceramin to whole new level

Floor Covering News

Floor covering distributors got their first glimpse of Icon—the latest collection under Inhaus’ signature Ceramin brand—at the annual NAFCD convention this past fall. Based on the early response to the new offering, Inhaus has moved forward full throttle with a large-scale national rollout now under way. Billed as the next evolution of its popular, eco-conscious Sono/Sono Eclipse and Elandura rigid core lines, Inhaus’ Icon touts a host of both visual and performance upgrades.

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Karndean ups its ‘A’ game with refresh of Art Select line

Floor Covering News

Karndean Designflooring has always been known for its focus on design—the word is in its name, after all—but the company has managed to out-do itself with the unveiling of its revamped Art Select line of luxury vinyl. The collection will include more than 45 stylish wood and stone looks. “Between the strikingly realistic look of wood and stone and the hard-wearing 30-mil wear layer, Art Select has already set itself apart as a high-end collection,” said Jenne Ross, Karndean Designflooring direct

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Aquafil reimagines responsible design at NeoCon 2024

Floor Covering News

Chicago—Aquafil, creators of Econyl regenerated nylon, will exhibit at NeoCon , held here June 10-12 at the MART. The company will present new, insightful research on the relationship between design inclusivity and sustainability and also feature several new collections created with Econyl nylon, including: The introduction of the Pacific Standard Time Collection, inspired by Bentley Mills’ 45-year brand legacy and history in California.

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Florida Tile unveils Bellanova

Floor Covering News

Lawrenceburg, Ky.—Florida Tile is set to introduce Bellanova, a new line of color-body porcelain tiles that captures the timeless elements of European oak, also known as Rovere wood. This collection offers a range of visuals—from straight and uniform to intricately detailed. “We were inspired by the essence of European oak,” said Micah Hand, director of marketing and product management at Florida Tile.

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The future of design takes shape at NeoCon 2024

Floor Covering News

Chicago—The 55th edition of NeoCon will be held here June 10-12. An estimated 50,000 attendees will convene at The Mart for a firsthand experience of the latest trends and innovations influencing the future of shared spaces. From fostering deeper connections and prioritizing sustainability to learning from neuroscience, NeoCon exhibitors are pioneering what’s next in design with creative solutions for environments that are not only innovative and functional but also enriching and inclusive.

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Wellness Design Goes To The Dogs — 16 Pro Tips For Pup Safety

JG Kitchens

Even though I don't have a dog, I was among the multitudes horrified by the killing of her 14 month old pointer Cricket by South Dakota governor Kristi Noem. That ugly moment from her memoir got me thinking about the many ways that loving owners — or pet parents, if you prefer — can unintentionally harm, endanger or even kill their fur babies. The post Wellness Design Goes To The Dogs — 16 Pro Tips For Pup Safety comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant a

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Design Week kicks off in Chicago

Floor Covering News

Chicago—Two commercial shows—NeoCon, the largest commercial design showcase in North America; and Design Days, the new kid on the block that has drawn significant notice and participation from the design community—kicked off together on Monday as what some have dubbed “Chicago Design Week.” While collaboration between the two shows hasn’t yet come to fruition to emulate the success of some shows like Italy’s Salone, the potential is there.

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Mills leverage proprietary fibers, processes

Floor Covering News

It’s been said that consumers are agnostic when it comes to fiber type, that all they care about is how the carpet feels underfoot and how it looks. While that may be true, mills are nonetheless competing against each other with fibers that they claim perform better or provide greater value. It’s all part of a marketing strategy designed to seize market share.

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