August, 2023

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Tile of Spain Announces the Prestigious Jury Overseeing the 22nd Annual Tile of Spain Awards

Tile of Spain USA

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association (ASCER) has announced the five highly regarded architects and designers who will make up the jury for the 22 nd annual Tile of Spain Awards. The 2023 jury will be chaired by Carme Pinós, an award winning architect and founder of Estudio Carme Pinós. Alongside Pinós, the jury is comprised of Inma Bermúdez, founder of Studio Inma Bermúdez , Jesús Olivares, of COR Asociados Arquitectos , Gracia Cardona, director of Diario Design Magazine and Susana

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Steam Shower Tile Considerations

As The Tile Turns

Between our high elevation and inland location, there’s no denying that we deal with a seriously dry climate in Colorado. There are definite perks: plenty of quality time outside and lots of vitamin D, to name a few. The downside? Dry skin, allergies, and a whole host of other respiratory complaints. In these arid conditions, a steam shower can feel like a dream come true.

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Exclusive: MSI sees opportunities amid challenges

Floor Covering News

Raj Shah, MSI co-CEO M S International, more commonly known as MSI, started making headlines about 15 years ago as an affordable source of ceramic tile and stone. Over the past decade, the 48-year-old company got into the SPC game in a huge way, becoming the second-largest supplier of that product in the U.S. The company continues to grow through innovation, a diverse product assortment and holding true to its core tenet: “Making Dream Surfaces Attainable.

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Italian-Designed Stoneware Tile Collection Features the Natural Flow of Cross-cut Travertine

Rubble Tile

Cross-cut travertine is the inspiration for one of our favorite porcelain stoneware collections, Stoneline. The ancient sedimentary stone contains layers and swirls of amalgamated rock materials that create wavy streaks of veining and stratification formed over time. When cross-cut to purposefully feature the less uniform.

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79 Floor Tile Patterns: Find the Perfect Tile Layout for Any Space

Why Tile

Ceramic floor tile can help visually expand narrow rooms, elongate wide rooms, and even hide a room’s imperfections if you simply use the right installation pattern. Ceramic floor tile also offers wide versatility in how your floor is installed, — creative choices not possible with other flooring materials. So, how do you know which pattern… The post 79 Floor Tile Patterns: Find the Perfect Tile Layout for Any Space appeared first on Why Tile.

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Stone Forensics on the Importance of Hiring Certified Tile Installers

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

Fred Hueston, President and Founder of Stone Forensics , recently published Why It Is Important to Hire a Certified Tile Installer, Including CTEF Certification. Have you read it? The article is so powerful that - with Fred's permission - we are sharing highlights with you here.

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Slithering Salomè

Diary of a Tile Addict

Delighted by last years release of a tile collection by the great colour master Adam Nathaniel Furman, I was even more excited to learn that a new collection was on its way. And finally it’s here! Paying homage to Italian painting style La Figura Serpentinata painting, Furman’s new Salomè ceramic tiles twist and turn like the curving of a snake or the shape of a scale, creating a cascading effect as the 3D waves catch the light.

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NTCA unveils training event schedule for September

Floor Covering News

Jackson, Miss.-The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has announced a robust fall training schedule, beginning with 13, three-hour workshops; four full-day regional training events; and a pair of two-day Art Glass Panel training events in September. The September workshops, which are free, cover topics such as “Ins and Outs of Layout for Contractors”; “Tile Matters: Best Practices for the Pros”; “Installation Failures–Could it be Me?

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Metal Roofing Vs. Asphalt Shingles: Which Is Right for Your Roof?

Kitchen and Residential Design

Choosing the right material for your roof is crucial for various reasons. It impacts energy efficiency, durability, and maintenance requirements, all of which contribute to the performance and longevity of your home. Taking the time to research and consult experts will ensure that you select a roofing material that not only complements the aesthetics of your house but also provides protection and functionality for years to come.

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Ceramic Tile for Educational Facilities

Why Tile

Ceramic tile is a trusted choice for educational facilities, helping to create learning environments worthy of students’ creativity and ambitions. Read on to learn more about the benefits of ceramic tile for schools and other educational facilities, as well as the specific spaces in which ceramic tile provides a clear advantage. Benefits of Ceramic Tile… The post Ceramic Tile for Educational Facilities appeared first on Why Tile.

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Laminam grows while focusing on sustainability

Ceramics of Italy

The positive figures announced by Laminam CEO Alberto Selmi at the beginning of the 2022 Sustainability Report reflect the company’s highly satisfactory performance in a year that has severely challenged even the most established businesses. Laminam is reaping the rewards of shrewd strategic choices and capitalising on investments made as early as 2021 with a commitment to strengthening them in the future, while focusing on the group’s key strategies of internationalisation, digitalisation, huma

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A Look at What’s New at GIO!

Giotile

It’s been a while since we’ve touted our latest and greatest tile collections, but we’ve been stacking them up this year! It is our mission to offer you the latest in sophisticated and innovative tile products, and we’re proud to continuously offer a range of on-trend tile products to transform commercial design projects. Our latest … The post A Look at What’s New at GIO!

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Selecting the Best Cement Tiles for Outdoor Use

Realstone

Selecting the Best Cement Tiles for Outdoor Use Cement tiles have long been hailed as a top choice for indoor flooring, known for their durability, versatility, and aesthetic appeal. But what about outdoor cement tiles? Can they withstand the elements while still providing that stylish edge? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’ Introduction to Cement Tiles Cement tiles are a reliable, eco-friendly choice for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Crossville launches CrossValue Program

Floor Covering News

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville recently launched its CrossValue Program , a curated collection of the company’s best-selling tile lines that are deeply inventoried to provide customers with readily available, high-quality porcelain tile. Containing 62 options, the new program features tiles at three budget levels offering ideal options for fulfilling value engineering, discretionary and specification needs.

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New Mod Patterns Porcelain Tile Collection

Rubble Tile

One trend that has gained popularity in residential and commercial design is patterned tiles – from encaustic, to geometric to graphic. Graphic patterns are a cool way to add personality to your design, bringing a funky, stylish feel to the room. Now Interior Surface Group.

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Choosing the Best Ceramic Tile for Your Project

Why Tile

The vast array of ceramic tile designs, shapes, sizes, and colors gives you the optimum advantage when choosing ceramic tile. The best ceramic tile can really compliment the personal aesthetic you have planned for your home. Where to Find the Right Ceramic Tile You can purchase ceramic tile through many outlets, ranging from home improvement… The post Choosing the Best Ceramic Tile for Your Project appeared first on Why Tile.

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Wellness Trends Strongly in Premium Retail Chain

JG Kitchens

This week's post looks at Ferguson, a chain of 250 stores in the US and Canada. I included numerous quotes from designers about what they're doing with these trends too. The post Wellness Trends Strongly in Premium Retail Chain comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Coffee Biochar Could Replace Sand in Concrete

The A to Z of Building

Australian engineers have discovered a way to make stronger concrete using roasted, used coffee grounds, giving the drink additive a “double-shot” and reducing waste going to landfills.

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The Complete Fireplace Stone Guide: From Design to Maintenance

Realstone

H1: The Beauty of Stone: An Introduction The allure of a stone fireplace goes beyond mere aesthetics; it’s about connecting to nature and a time-honored tradition of craftsmanship. Fireplace stone has been used for thousands of years, its raw elegance captivating our senses and adding warmth to our homes. The natural patterns, colors, and textures found in stone make it a unique and remarkable material.

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Portobello America kicks off production at new Tennesee factory

Floor Covering News

Baxter, Tenn.—Globally recognized for its design and innovation practices throughout the coverings market, Portobello Grupo has officially kicked off production activities at the new Portobello America plant , located here. Aiming to offer value in the fast-growing, appealing North American market while diversifying its business, the group has established its first factory outside of Brazil.

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Ep 131: Starting Architecture School Part 1

Life of an Architect

So you are thinking about starting architecture school or looking to study architecture. Well, no matter your situation; we’ve got you covered today with all the introductory info in Episode 131: Starting Architecture School Part 1. The post Ep 131: Starting Architecture School Part 1 first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Ep 131: Starting Architecture School Part 1 at Life of an Architect.

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2 cm Gauged Porcelain Pavers for Outdoor Spaces

Why Tile

The demand for outdoor living spaces in both residential and commercial projects has grown tremendously in recent years. This market trend has also seen growth in the use of pavers for outdoor spaces. Modern outdoor pavers can create as much style outside as your inside decor (and even transition inside to outside) with a consistent… The post 2 cm Gauged Porcelain Pavers for Outdoor Spaces appeared first on Why Tile.

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Protecting Your Home From Extreme Heat Damage

JG Kitchens

We know what heat does to our bodies, but what about our homes? Surely, there's an impact to relentless hot weather assaults on our roof, foundation, siding, patio and even interiors. We already know that high temps make our air conditioning systems work harder. Does it make their lives shorter too? Quite possibly. The post Protecting Your Home From Extreme Heat Damage comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Pfannenberg Highlights PF/PFA Series Filterfans® for the Energy Industry

The A to Z of Building

Pfannenberg, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of thermal management technologies, highlights its series of Filterfans® The original technology was invented by Otto Pfannenberg in 1958 and.

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Faux Stone vs. Natural Stone Veneer: A Comprehensive Guide

Realstone

Unraveling the Secrets: Faux Stone Veneer vs. Natural Stone Veneer Author: Kerry Dillon Welcome to the enchanting realm of stone veneers ! It’s here where the art of aesthetics and the charm of functionality merge to redefine home design. Whether it’s an alluring stone fireplace , an exquisite accent wall, or a rustic stone cladding that you envision, deciding between a faux stone veneer and natural stone veneer can often seem like a conundrum.

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Ecore introduces budget-friendly flooring option

Floor Covering News

Lancaster, Pa.—Ecore International has added a line of budget-friendly surfaces to its robust product portfolio. Designed for use in free weight, cardio, selectorized strength and functional training areas, the Essentials line is inspired by Ecore’s Basic Fit and Performance collections. “Essentials is a low-maintenance flooring solution for fitness dealers and facility owners who may have previously hesitated to consider rubber flooring due to cost,” explained Bo Barber, Ecore’s chief growth an

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Starting Architecture School Part 2

Life of an Architect

You have made the decision where to study architecture. You've chosen the architecture school and your degree path. So now what? How much work is this going to be? How much will this cost? We covered some issues in Part 1, and now we will finish the monumental task of summarizing what it's like to start architecture school. The post Starting Architecture School Part 2 first appeared on Life of an Architect.

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How to Grind Concrete Floors

Onfloor Technology

Grinding a concrete floor is an essential task if you're looking to refurbish concrete surfaces, install flooring or give large slabs a new lease on life. Professional contractors rely on concrete grinding to remove old paint, epoxy coatings , and minor surface imperfections from a concrete surface before applying surface coatings. But knowing when and how to use a concrete grinder can be tricky.

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Dealing With Home-Based Allergies And Sensitivities

JG Kitchens

My sister has hay fever and pet allergies. I got lucky in those respects, but I have very sensitive skin. I wanted to address both allergens and sensitivity triggers in our home environments with practical solutions, and was delighted to find three experts who could contribute to this topic. The post Dealing With Home-Based Allergies And Sensitivities comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Lorin Provides Anodized Aluminum for Isaiah Industries

The A to Z of Building

Lorin Industries, Inc., the global industry leader in the innovation and production of coil anodized aluminum, is collaborating with Isaiah Industries, a leading manufacturer and distributor of.

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Realstone Delivery Service

Realstone

Customer service is one of our core values. We listen to our customers’ needs and provide solutions anytime we are able. Based on customer feedback we are now offering delivery from our Troy Michigan showroom to areas within our 60-mile radius. Call us to learn more and schedule a delivery. The post Realstone Delivery Service appeared first on Realstone Systems.

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J+J Flooring launches Cubist carpet line

Floor Covering News

Cubist Dalton—Cubist art is the inspiration behind the latest collection from J+J Flooring. Based on the idea that art is not bound to copy, color, form, texture and space, the collection aims to embody movement with the inventive use of yarn creating a wash of color. “This collection is really a story of color,” said Laura Holzer, carpet design manager at J+J Flooring.

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Suppliers tout waterproof laminate flooring

Floor Covering News

S ince its inception in the U.S. market in the mid 1990s, laminate flooring has garnered a well-earned reputation for being one of the most durable, scratch-resistant products available. And thanks to ongoing innovations in board construction and wear layer technology, it continues to be the go-to product category for retailers, builders, DIYers and other end users seeking a floor that offers the most bang for their buck.

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Accessories provide add-on profit opportunities

Floor Covering News

Accessories like moldings and adhesives are not just impulse buys to complete the flooring sale. Rather these products provide RSAs with the ability to close the sale and boost profits at the same time. The good news is the flooring industry is awash with suppliers boasting the latest “add-ons.” Some recent introductions: Ardex/TLT 700 Ardex TLT 700 is a one-component, mildew resistant, multi-purpose, hybrid adhesive and neutral curing sealant that hardens in reaction with moisture.

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AHF unveils Comfortstone engineered stone

Floor Covering News

Comfortstone Mountville, Pa.—AHF Products introduced Bruce Comfortstone engineered stone tile, featuring the look of natural stone and ceramic. Made with a durable composite material made primarily of crushed limestone, Comfortstone is an innovative alternative to natural stone. “We call it premium engineered stone, a category unto itself,” said Yon Hinkle, vice president-resilient, AHF.

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LX Hausys introduces the PRESTG XL Collection 

Floor Covering News

Atlanta—HFLOR by LX Hausys America, an innovative manufacturer of building and decorative materials, has expanded its resilient flooring portfolio with the introduction of the PRESTG XL Collection. PRESTG XL luxury vinyl tile offers extra-large planks, measuring 9 x 60, which aims to create a spacious, relaxed environment. Refined wood grains, neutral color palettes and a textured surface are designed to create an authentic look and feel.

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Resilient 2023: Industry-wide challenges mitigate growth

Floor Covering News

While there are still four months left before the calendar turns, category experts agree 2023 will likely see the first resilient sales decline for the category. Price decreases, rising inflation, port delays and a slow housing market have all left their mark on the category this year. The consensus among the major resilient flooring suppliers is that once the dust clears, 2023 will see resilient sales down mid-to-high single digits.