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The Power of Contrast: Achieving Elegance with Black + White Tile

As The Tile Turns

Drawn to neutral colors but still want to make a bold statement? Black and white tile is the perfect choice for your project. The powerful contrast of this coupling creates an air of elegance that elevates any space. While there are many ways to play with color, the timeless combination of black and white always stands out. This is one of few styles to seamlessly span the divide between minimalism and maximalism.

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The Versatility of Ceramics

Tile of Spain USA

Ceramic tiles offer a realm of design possibilities, thanks to their physical and visual benefits. Ceramics are comprised of completely natural ingredients, ecologically-friendly and recyclable, fire resistant, absent of toxic emissions, offer easy installation and remarkable durability. Beyond the technical and sustainable aspects, ceramic tiles also demonstrate exceptional aesthetic versatility.

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Dealers descend on Surfaces with a purpose

Floor Covering News

Penny Carnino, director of operations for Grigsby’s Carpet, Tile & Hardwood in Tulsa, Okla., doesn’t need to compete in a marathon to get her 26.2 miles in. She can attend Surfaces instead. Last year, Carnino walked nearly 27 miles over the course of four days, meeting with customers and prospecting for products for her showroom. Her journey through Mandalay Bay Convention Center is a familiar one, as hundreds of flooring professionals make the annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas to be where the

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Colorful Kitchen Backsplashes – Transform Your Cooking Space!

Realstone

Gone are the days of the monotonous white kitchen backsplash. Colorful kitchen backsplashes infuse color, personality, and style into the heart of your home – the kitchen. This article dives into how you can transform your cooking space with a colorful backsplash, ensuring it stands out while reflecting your unique taste and style. Key Takeaways Embrace Color Diversity : Explore vibrant colors for a lively kitchen atmosphere.

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Older Adults Embracing Technology

JG Kitchens

Some of my last memories of my dad, who passed away about a month before his 89th birthday, were watching him enjoy music on his Amazon smart speaker and surfing the web on his iPad. The post Older Adults Embracing Technology comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Calculating the Deterioration of Concrete in Buildings and Other Structures

The A to Z of Building

In the construction industry, concrete is a necessary material for many infrastructure projects, including highways, bridges, dams, and office buildings, as well as the foundations and superstructure of these buildings.

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What’s happening at Surfaces ’24

Floor Covering News

The International Surfaces Event (TISE) —Surfaces ’24—taking place this week at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, is shaping up to be its largest show in eight years, according to Informa Exhibitions, which manages the show. Based on current registration numbers, attendance is trending 20% higher than last year. More importantly, show organizers are expecting the strongest international participation since 2019.

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The Ultimate Guide to Concrete Repair

Onfloor Technology

Concrete is the most widely used building material in the world and for good reason. It's strong, durable, and cost-effective. However, even the toughest concrete can suffer from wear and tear over time. Cracks, chips, and other forms of damage are common problems that can occur in both old and new concrete surfaces.

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ASID Inside SURFACES Tour announces 13 brands as featured stops

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas— ASID Inside SURFACES Tours is announcing the 13 brands selected for its inaugural series of tours taking place during The International Surface Event (TISE), on January 24-26, 2024 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. A joint venture between The International Surface Event (TISE) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the ASID Inside SURFACES Tour includes free tours pairing insightful educational segments with exciting brand discoveries, over a two

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Multifamily market poised for a turnaround

Floor Covering News

In a promising turn for the rental market, multifamily housing is on the rebound , fueled by a trifecta of favorable factors. Lower lending rates and improving economic conditions are injecting a renewed vigor into property investments while bolstering confidence among builders and developers. “Overall, last year was a challenging year with higher interest rates while people not moving hurt the multifamily and builder business,” said Tracy Wyrick, vice president of sales, builder and multifami

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Natural Stone Institute announces scholarship recipients

Floor Covering News

Oberlin, Ohio—The Natural Stone Institute has released the recipients of the 2023 Natural Stone Scholarship and Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship. All recipients will be celebrated during the association’s annual Awards Ceremony at StonExpo in Las Vegas on January 24. Three individuals have received 2023 Natural Stone Scholarships. This scholarship provides a trip to StonExpo and an opportunity to gain valuable technical and practical knowledge regarding the natural stone industry while mee

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Daltile’s Calligo named finalist in ‘Best of KBIS’ awards

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—Daltile’s new Calligo collection has been selected by a panel of industry experts as a Best of KBIS Awards Finalist in the “Wellness Trailblazer” category. The ultimate winner in this category will be announced by the judges at the upcoming Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2024 being held here in February. KBIS recognizes the industry “trailblazers” as being behind the most cutting-edge and innovative products in the kitchen and bath industry.

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Exploring Home Exterior Stone Options – A Comprehensive Guide 

Realstone

Choosing the right home exterior stone is an exciting journey. From natural stone to stone veneer and panels , there’s a world of options to explore. This guide aims to provide a detailed understanding of these options, helping you find the perfect match for your home’s aesthetic and functional needs. Key Takeaways Variety of Stone Options: A wide range of stones including natural stone, veneer, and panels.

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LX Hausys and HFLOR debuting at TISE 2024 

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—LX Hausys America Inc. (booth #2957), an innovative manufacturer of building and decorative materials, is making its debut at this year’s TISE show in Las Vegas. The company will be debuting its new HFLOR tagline, two new groundbreaking technology innovations and two new LVT collections. The company will also raffle off a VISA gift card each day and host a reception every afternoon as well.

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First steps in reaching next-gen installers

Floor Covering News

The grassroots work that the Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) has done with technical colleges around the country is beginning to bear fruit. At Georgia Northwest Technical College (GNTC), class is now in session with the inaugural participation of dual enrollment high school students from Dalton Academy. With classes running Monday to Thursday, this program consists of 300 contact hours of training for carpet, hardwood, resilient and tile installation.

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Happy Feet, Moxie Flooring Distribution join forces

Floor Covering News

Chattanooga, Tenn.— Happy Feet , a distributor of luxury vinyl plank and tile, has joined forces with Moxie Flooring Distribution, an Arizona-based flooring distributor with a strong presence in the West Coast region. “We have known the team at Moxie Flooring Distribution for many years and have always admired their hard work, great attitude, strong character and overall excellence,” shared Casey Johnson, co-founder of Happy Feet International.

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Emser Tile wins 2023 Golden Hammer Award

Floor Covering News

Los Angeles, Calif.— Emser Tile has been honored with a 2023 Golden Hammer Award for its Empervious rigid waterproof shower system. The Golden Hammer Awards, presented by HBS Dealer, have a long tradition of honoring the “best of the best” of the home improvement industry. Awards will be presented during the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, on February 27.

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The secrets behind truly great leaders

Floor Covering News

L eadership is often thought of as the exercise of power or possession of extraordinary critical-thinking skills. But today leadership may more closely resemble—and perhaps it always has—the successful understanding of people and utilizing those people and their individual skills to achieve group goals. Floor Covering News tapped some of the flooring industry’s top leaders to gauge their strategies in successfully managing their people—and their organizations—to illustrate truly thoughtful leade

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WFCA presents 2024 Tom Jennings Champion Awards

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—During a special ceremony here at TISE 2024, the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) presented the 2024 Tom Jennings Champion Awards to Chad Ogden, CEO of QFloors, and, posthumously, to Mike Faust, the former owner and founder of Carpeting by Mike in Somerset, Wis. Faust passed away in 2018. “Mike was an amazing man who understood the power of his ‘dash,’ that space between your birth date and your life end date,” said Scott Humphrey, WFCA CEO, in his opening remarks at the awards

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Stonepeak celebrates 20 years

Floor Covering News

Chicago—Stonepeak, the U.S. operation of the Italian Iris Ceramica Group and a prominent manufacturer of high-tech porcelain and stoneware solutions, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with new investments and a strategic rebranding. The U.S. divisions under the Iris Ceramica Group umbrella, namely Transceramica (Chicago & New York) and Eurowest (San Francisco & Anaheim), have formed a unified nationwide entity: ICG ITALIA.

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ICG ITALIA unveiled: union of Transceramica and Eurowest

Floor Covering News

Chicago—Iris Ceramica Group, the powerhouse behind globally renowned brands Fiandre, Ariostea, FMG, Sapienstone, Iris Ceramica and Porcelain Gres, has undergone a transformative move. The U.S. divisions under the Iris Ceramica Group umbrella , namely Transceramica (Chicago & New York) and Eurowest (San Francisco & Anaheim), have formed a unified nationwide entity: ICG ITALIA.

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Välinge Innovation welcomes Engineered Floors as a licensee

Floor Covering News

Sweden—Engineered Floors LLC has signed a license agreement to use Välinge’s floor locking technologies in all resilient products produced at their US facilities. Engineered Floors LLC is a much-appreciated American flooring company that manufactures stylish, high-quality products for commercial and residential spaces. Like Välinge, they are dedicated to innovation, and their customers can always expect high-performing products with innovative technology.

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Economics: Headwinds will moderate growth in 2024 

Floor Covering News

Businesses and consumers should expect to see high interest rates heading into 2024 , although the rate of increase and severity of the increases should be lower during the year. At the same time, we can anticipate tough conditions on the new home construction side of the market, while those involved in commercial work should be able to ride things out on the strength of work already in the pipeline.

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The importance of proper moisture measurements

Floor Covering News

There should be no debate as to whether or not a moisture meter is needed. Expensive failures have taught everyone handling wood floors—from buyers to installers to inspectors—that the moisture content of hardwood floor is an important factor that decides the success or failure of a flooring installation. Wood is a hygroscopic material; it will gain moisture as long as there is moisture available to be absorbed—and it will lose moisture as long as the environment around the floor dries out the

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Bauwerk announces plant relocation for Somerset brand

Floor Covering News

Somerset, Ky.—Somerset Hardwood Flooring, a Bauwerk Group company, has announced the relocation of its engineered hardwood flooring production to Somerset, Ky. According to Dan Natkin, chief commercial officer, the move will add between 20 and 50 new jobs while supporting the local economy. “We have over 25 million square feet of solid hardwood capacity and close to 10 million square feet of engineered,” Natkin stated, noting the capacity remains unchanged despite the move—which largely entails

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How to stick to your New Year’s resolutions

Floor Covering News

Making New Year’s resolutions stick can feel like an annual ritual that often ends in frustration and disappointment. You start out with lofty goals for the new year, only to quickly become discouraged or sidetracked. So, how do you maintain that initial excitement and prevent your goals from fizzling out? It’s a challenge many of us face—the enthusiasm of January replaced by dwindling commitment come February.

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25 tips from top executives

Floor Covering News

In a year forecasted to be somewhat tumultuous—presidential election, interest rates, a bleeding labor force—it’s always a good idea to lean on one another for tips on the best ways to move forward. With that in mind, FCNews reached out to numerous top executives in the industry to glean some insight into strategies for success in 2024. From a sharpened focus on education to tightening up your daily operations, these tips aim to assuage the burden of the unknown as we enter the new year.

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Skydiving lessons for surviving a slowdown (part 4)

Floor Covering News

(Part 4 in a series) In the world of skydiving and in business, we prep for emergencies well before takeoff. Acknowledging that economic headwinds aren’t an “if” but a “when,” let’s continue this series with more key strategies to safeguard your flooring business against the inevitable market downturns. In the previous installment I covered a proven method to stay in front of your list of past clients on a weekly basis in a way that makes them happy to hear from you, inspires them to send ong

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Exclusive: Mohawk leverages the power of innovation

Floor Covering News

National Harbor, Md.—Paul De C**k’s first five years at the helm of Mohawk Flooring has focused on two things: satisfying the needs of the market and allowing dealers to make more money with Mohawk. How does this happen? In a word, innovation. Mohawk has arguably been the most innovative company in the floor covering industry under the auspices of De C**k.

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Diamond W enters into partnership with Hallmark Floors

Floor Covering News

City of Industry, Calif.—Diamond W has entered into a distribution partnership with Hallmark Floors, an innovative leader in hardwood flooring. This strategic relationship allows Diamond W to further expand its portfolio of high-end, premium hardwoods. “I have long been an admirer of Hallmark and their beautiful floors,” said Paul Walker, president of Diamond W.

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Floors & More convention off to the ‘races’

Floor Covering News

Vinnie Virga, Jr., leading the breakout sessions. Las Vegas—The 2024 Floors & More convention kicked off today under the theme “Supercharged” as members from around the country convened here ahead of TISE 2024. Day one activities included a trade show exhibition, member breakout sessions and a keynote from Vinnie Virga, Sr., CEO of the group. “I think it’s going to be a choppy year but also a great year,” Virga told members in attendance. “I also think it’s a good time to upgrade your

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Unilin expands partnership with TZ Group

Floor Covering News

Waregem, Belgium—Unilin Technologies, a global leader in innovative flooring technologies , has expanded its licensing partnership with the Zhejiang Tianzhen Technology (also known as “TZ”) group of companies. This expansion focuses on Unilin’s patented PET-based P-SPC core material, redefining the resilient flooring market with its eco-conscious approach.

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WFCA reveals event lineup for TISE 2024

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas— The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) unveiled its lineup of events at TISE 2024, all centered around the theme “Grow with Us.” This year’s program promises a blend of educational sessions, networking opportunities and special events tailored for industry professionals, primarily taking place at WFCA booth #2413. The distinguished speakers and engaging sessions are designed to empower professionals with insights into the latest trends and industry developments,

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What I’m thinking about heading into Surfaces

Floor Covering News

I am four days from boarding a plane for Las Vegas for the most exhilarating and exhausting week of the year. Yes, Surfaces is so much the enigma. We pick up new business, reinforce existing relationships, socialize (way too much and way too late) and learn. By the time the curtain closes, there is nothing left in the gas tank. That’s OK. You always want to leave it all on the field.

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WOFB: Embracing the power of community

Floor Covering News

The biggest victory of my life was prevailing in a family court case that was so wildly unusual it has since influenced legislators, law students and even Congress. And as I witnessed how deeply flawed the entire family court system was, I didn’t feel like there was any other choice but to do something about it. So I went for it, guns blazing, set out to dismantle the whole thing.

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