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Regupol introduces Upscale rubber collection

Floor Covering News

Lebanon, Penn.—Regupol, a manufacturer of a wide range of recycled rubber surfaces for sports and fitness and acoustic insulation, introduced Regupol Upscale, a collection of recycled rubber tiles and planks for commercial installations. A blend of post-consumer tire rubber, post-industrial vibrant EPDM chips and low VOC binder, Upscale is available in two standard sizes: 4mm x 8 x 36 and 4mm x 12 x 24.

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Trend inspo: Flower Pop

Diary of a Tile Addict

At the end of last year I shared five funky flower power tiles to suit some seriously seventies styling and now that Flower Pop is definitely trending , here’s some interior inspo (and, as always, I’ve done my best to find the tiles to match). 1) Sunshine Daisy The tiles of this joyful retro bathroom in Joshua Tree were custom made for the project and I’ve not been able to find them anywhere BUT if you’re quick there are some incredibly similar Mexican Talavera tiles avai

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2024 Tile Trends: Set in Stone

Why Tile

Stone look ceramic tile trends draw inspiration from the magnificent beauty of the earth’s geological past. Masterpieces of nature like limestone, bluestone, and slate are represented with such precision in characteristics like veining, coal lines, and visible fossils. Stone looks have secured a spot in our trend discussions before and we’re expecting a strong resurgence… The post 2024 Tile Trends: Set in Stone appeared first on Why Tile.

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Transforming Spaces with Faux Stone: Affordable Elegance

Realstone

Welcome to our exploration of faux stone (sometimes referred to as “ artificial stone ”) a remarkable material that’s revolutionizing the world of home and commercial design. With its perfect blend of beauty, durability, and versatility, faux stone offers an array of options for those looking to enhance their living spaces without compromising on style or breaking the bank.

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Lunada Bay Tile refreshes Linen collection

Floor Covering News

Harbor City, Calif.— Lunada Bay Tile is refreshing its popular Linen ceramic tile collection with a new hexagon 4-inch tile and new 4 ¾ x 9 ½ tiles available in six colors. The subtly three-dimensional, woven graphic aims to bring the textured pattern to life, giving it a rustic and elegant appearance, with all the performance benefits of porcelain tile.

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Tacobout Trencadis

Diary of a Tile Addict

In the Roma district of Mexico City stunning examples of Art Deco architecture and design can be found all over. But for one tiny taco eatery the playful nature of the area is represented in an different and unusual way. A random stylised scattering of fractured ceramics wash across the floor and wall of rough and ready taqueria Los Alexis. The mass trencadis is paired with a bare industrial original ceiling and a vibrant green curved bar to match the green grout.

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How And Why To Add Resilience With A Residential Microgrid

JG Kitchens

I've been hearing for the past couple of years about "microgrids" and wanted to share this information with my readers. It could make you safer and more resilient in the event of a power-disrupting emergency. The post How And Why To Add Resilience With A Residential Microgrid comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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MSI builds its prowess as a design leader, brick by brick

Floor Covering News

MSI showcased its brick story, which includes Brickstone and BrickStaks, at TISE 2024. MSI, one of the largest suppliers of tile and natural stone in North America, is renowned for its on-trend approach to design. Recently, the company has taken that steadfast focus and applied it to create two solutions to support one timeless design trend: brick looks.

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Substituting Cement in Prefab Elements

The A to Z of Building

In a research initiative at the University of Borås, a new generation of concrete pieces with substantially less environmental effect than those now in use is being produced.

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9 Polished Concrete Floor Ideas

Onfloor Technology

Concrete floors have been gaining popularity among homeowners and businesses alike due to their durability, low maintenance, and versatility. Polished concrete floors not only look sleek and modern but also have several practical benefits, such as increased light reflection, improved air quality, and resistance to stains and scratches.

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4 tips for trading up to tile

Floor Covering News

Whether you’re a tile retailer or looking to diversify by cracking into the category, there are several fundamentals that are essential to success. According to the industry’s top tile suppliers, those fundamentals include: merchandising, room visualization, product selection and sustainability. Here are the ways in which each of these fundamentals can help the retail community win big with tile.

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Antolini unveils Textures+ Collection

Floor Covering News

Verona, Italy—Antolini, a tile and natural stone supplier, has launched the Textures+ Collection, featuring 50 different options. Through the skillful surface processing of natural stones, architects, stylists and interior decorators will be able to choose the most effective solution for each specific project, from both functional and stylistic points of view.

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Daltile releases annual Trend Report 2024

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas—A leader in style and design, Daltile officially released its annual Daltile Trend Report 2024. Within the report, Daltile shares five key 2024 interior design trends, their inspiration and how each plays out in Daltile’s product assortment. “Style and design surround us—impacting how we feel, the personality of a room or the energy of a space,” said Laura Grilli, director of product design for Daltile.

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TEC introduces Flexera 2K PSA Hybrid Adhesive

Floor Covering News

Aurora, Ill.—TEC has launched a new resilient flooring adhesive: Flexera 2K PSA Hybrid Adhesive. According to the company, it is the first to combine the ease of a fast-track PSA installation method with the proven durability and robust adhesion of epoxy adhesives. “TEC is committed to creating the highest quality products that allow our customers to work faster and more efficiently,” said John Anderson, senior product manager.

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Marazzi releases Trend Report 2024

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas— Marazzi has released its official Trend Report 2024, identifying five of the hottest interior design trends for the coming year as well as the Marazzi products that exemplify each trend. “As Marazzi’s lead product designer, I am always involved in the worlds of fashion, interior design, home furnishings, colors trends and the latest in exquisite tile design,” said Shelly Halbert, director of product design for Dal-Tile, parent company of Marazzi.

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Emser Tile wins Best of IBS Award

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas— Emser Tile has been awarded the Best of IBS Award in the Kitchen and Bath Products category at the 2024 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), held here. “We are deeply honored by the steadfast dedication demonstrated by our team in advancing Empervious by Emser,” said Carl Delia, president at Emser Tile. “This recognition in the Kitchen and Bath Products category is a testament to our ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation.

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NTCA adds Randy Crowder to team

Floor Covering News

Randy Crowder Jackson, Miss.— The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has added Randy Crowder to the team as a new membership and Five-Star sales director. With nearly three decades of experience in the tile industry, Crowder brings a wealth of expertise and a proven track record of success to his role at NTCA. “NTCA took our time to find the right person to lead our membership and Five-Star sales efforts,” said Bart Bettiga, executive director of NTCA. “With his backg

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American Olean releases Trend Report 2024

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas— American Olean ’s identity as “America’s original tile company” has grown to include the brand’s focus on being one of the tile industry’s style and design leaders. As such, the brand releases its Trend Report 2024. “In American Olean’s Trend Report 2024, we identify five of the overarching interior design trends for the year and showcase the American Olean tile products that support each trend,” said Shelly Halbert, director of product design for Dal-Tile, American Olean’s parent

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Laminate producers tout the upside to domestic supply

Floor Covering News

Mannington leverages its laminate flooring facility in High Point, N.C., to develop innovations such as SpillShield Plus waterproof technology as well as advancements in digital printing. For many U.S.-based floor covering retailers and distributors, the COVID-19 pandemic served as a jarring wake-up call. As bottlenecks at many of the country’s shipping ports became commonplace, that forced many specialty flooring retailers and wholesalers to explore alternatives to resilient products that they

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Floating Floor Guide 2024 now available

Floor Covering News

Before the advent of floating floors, installation was done one of two ways: nailing/stapling the flooring to the sub- floor or gluing it down. Given the fact that those methods are time consuming and costly, it’s no wonder floating floors have soared in popularity. What’s more, as the use of floating floors has surged, advances in manufacturing and design have made it possible to get a floating floor in many styles—including SPC/rigid core, water-resistant laminate and WPC.

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FCNews 2024 Fantasy Football winners named

Floor Covering News

Huntington, N.Y.—Salesmaster and team manager James King defeated America’s Floor Source and manager Scott Burmeister, 114-106, to take home the top prize of $15,000 in the 2024 FCNews Fantasy Football for a Cause charity league. Salesmaster was playing for the American Cancer Society, while American Floor Source’s runner-up finish earned $10,000 for In Christy’s Shoes.

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Ben Liebert brings fresh perspective to Shaw

Floor Covering News

When Shaw Floors tapped Ben Liebert to replace Scott Sandlin and lead its residential division, it was a clear departure from the company’s traditional hiring practices. Shaw had the reputation of either promoting from within, moving people from one segment to another or, in some rare cases, finding talent from within the flooring industry. But Liebert is different.

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Retailers React: How is home improvement activity in your market?

Floor Covering News

Every two weeks, FCNews seeks out flooring retailers across the country to offer their advice on hot topics of the day. This week, we asked: How is home improvement activity in your market? Here are their responses: It appears that customers were simply waiting for the New Year, as January and now February’s activity has shown tremendous improvement over the end of 2023.

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Navigating the shift from contractor to employee

Floor Covering News

Historically, the flooring industry has clung to the mindset of: “It’s always been this way,” despite the evolving aspirations of different generations. Having worked closely with several flooring retailers, I’ve witnessed their transformative efforts in embracing employee installers, serving as catalysts for change within their companies. While this approach may not be universally applicable, it has undoubtedly yielded positive outcomes for many businesses in various regions.

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Mirage Hardwood Floors launches new color and grade

Floor Covering News

Saint-Georges, Canada— Mirage has added a new color in the Escape Collection as well as the Exclusive grade to its Muse and DreamVille collections. “In response to increasing customer demand, we’ve expanded our product offerings to include the Exclusive grade, which has garnered greater interest compared to the Character grade,” said Jérôme Goulet, marketing director at Mirage. “Furthermore, we’re confident that Galena will meet the installation and design requirements

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Alliance Flooring convention kicks off in Orlando

Floor Covering News

Orlando, Fla.— FCNews is here for the start of the 2024 Alliance Flooring convention – “The Next Generation.” The main topic at this year’s convention will be the continued rollout of Perfect Home , the group’s retail selling solution and technology platform that is drawing strong early reviews and keen interest. A case in point is Eric Langan, president/owner of Carpetland USA, with nine locations in Iowa and Illinois.

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Steve Kuhel joins FEI Group as director of multifamily solutions

Floor Covering News

Steve Kuhel San Antonio— FEI Group has added Steve Kuhel to the team as director of multifamily solutios. Kuhel will be responsible for the day-to-day operations surrounding the multifamily solutions division as well as supporting the FEI corporate initiatives and long-term strategies. He will report to Amie Foster, vice president of flooring for FEI.

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Fuse Alliance conference off to a strong start   

Floor Covering News

Phoenix—Fuse Alliance, the member-owned organization of professional commercial floor covering contractors, kicked off its 2024 conference here amid strong attendance, active participation and information/best practices sharing. It’s in keeping with this year’s conference theme, “Fuse on Fire,” which reflects both the mood and growth of the organization at large.

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Spartan Surfaces welcomes Chris Mason

Floor Covering News

Chris Mason Bel Air, Md.— Spartan Surfaces has welcomed Chris Mason to the business development team focusing on the state of Maryland. Mason brings nearly 20 years servicing Baltimore and the surrounding areas. In his new role, he will continue to call on valued clients while leveraging longstanding contractor relationships to ensure successful output for the client.

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RSAs need to sharpen their selling/people skills

Floor Covering News

The term “salesperson” (especially used-car salesman) often carries negative connotations, evoking images of slimy and dishonest individuals in some people’s minds. This negative perception has persisted for years, leading to efforts to find alternative labels for the profession. However, my experience has provided me with a fresh perspective on salespeople and the role they serve.

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Tuesday Tips: How small changes make a big impact

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) released a new “Tuesday Tips” this week. In the series, WFCA experts presents short video tips for improving customer service and optimizing staff performance. In the end, it’s all about understanding the importance of being 1% better than your competition. In this week’s “Tuesday Tips ,” Tom Jennings reminds retailers that small successes add up, and asks what small changes would enhance the buying experience for your customers—eve

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SolidTech Premier—not your ‘me-too’ rigid core

Floor Covering News

SolidTech Premier Since the launch of Mohawk’s original SolidTech line more than seven years ago, the company has unveiled several extensions and enhancements to the product line—each making their own mark in the product’s ongoing evolution. But perhaps it’s the latest iteration of the popular resilient offering that stands to make the greatest impact since the initial launch.

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WOFB: Project managers play a critical role in business

Floor Covering News

If I told you that I answer phones, take messages, make appointments, ask clients for feedback and manage installers you would think that I’m a secretary—but you’d be wrong. I’m a project manager. I’ve sold jobs, delivered materials, measured projects; I’ve done a bit of everything, which makes me an excellent project manager. If you want to run a successful flooring store you really do need a project manager.

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Latest Urbanfloor line is ready for ‘Prima’ time

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—For Urbanfloor, the hits just seem to keep coming. Several years after the wildly successful launch of its popular Timbertop Series of long (and extremely wide) high-end wood flooring, Urbanfloor is banking on achieving similar success with the rollout of Prima Lusso—a distinct collection of engineered wood flooring products designed to offer retailers more trade-up opportunities.

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Karastan increases margins with both hard and soft surface

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Karastan has launched new hard and soft surface products designed to enable retailers to grow their margins. The new introductions are as follows: Hard Surface BelleLuxe Waterproof With 31 total products featuring more high-end wood species, such as hickories, walnuts and oaks, along with a wider, longer platform with less pattern repeats, BelleLuxe Waterproof provides high fashion at an accessible price point to help retail partners expand their market reach.

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Flooring retailers (mostly) pleased with early returns

Floor Covering News

Retailers like 3 Kings, pictured here, report spending is robust for those with more disposable income. If the first two months are any indication, flooring retailers may be in for a pleasant surprise in 2024, with early returns showing home improvement/remodeling activity picking up in several locations. Retailers entered 2024 with some trepidation, citing the uncertainty of a presidential election year coupled with persistently high interest/mortgage rates.

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Shaw’s Fleurette Fitch receives Women MAKE Award

Floor Covering News

Dalton—Shaw’s Fleurette Fitch, senior quality director of soft surfaces, has been named a 2024 Women MAKE Awards Honoree by the Manufacturing Institute—the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers. This annual national awards program honors women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry.