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SikaTile, Merkrete to present at TISE 2024

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—Sika and Merkrete will showcase their products at TISE 2024 in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center here next week. Visitors to Booth #5659 will be able to see firsthand how the SikaTile solutions are designed to eliminate unwanted jobsite callbacks. SikaTile-815 Secure Grout is a high-performance, fast-setting, dustless grout that delivers hard, durable joints and is formulated for strength and simplicity.

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Simple Guide to Creating a Stone Kitchen Backsplash

Realstone

Transforming your kitchen with a stone backsplash is a stylish and practical choice that adds character and value to your home. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about selecting, installing, and maintaining a stone backsplash. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or planning to hire professionals, our tips and insights will help you navigate the process with ease.

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Discover the Neri Collection: Affordable Luxury in Ceramic Tiles

Rubble Tile

Step into the world of luxurious yet affordable ceramic tiles with Rubble Tile’s latest offering – the Neri Collection. Designed in Spain and made in the USA, this collection is a testament to elegance and versatility, perfect for enhancing any space, from a lavish master. The post Discover the Neri Collection: Affordable Luxury in Ceramic Tiles first appeared on Rubble Tile.

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Peach Fuzz Perfection: 15 Rooms That Embrace Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year

Why Tile

Peach-colored tiles are about to have a moment thanks to Pantone’s Color of the Year (COTY) pick for 2024. Pantone’s annual proclamation sets the tone (pun intended) for influencing color trends ranging from fashion to interiors. What Is Pantone? Pantone LLC is historically well-known for the Pantone Matching System (PMS), a standardized color matching system… The post Peach Fuzz Perfection: 15 Rooms That Embrace Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year appeared first on Why Tile.

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Natural stone 101: Understanding the basics

Floor Covering News

Natural stone can be a hard product category for some retailers to get into. Not only does it require more knowledge on the part of the retail sales associate, but it also means successfully sharing that information with the consumer in a way that doesn’t turn them away from the category. The product is high-end in nature, due to several factors. One, for example, is its truly unique look, and that’s not just from stone type to stone type but from installation to installation, derived from the

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Simple Guide to Creating a Stone Kitchen Backsplash

Realstone

Transforming your kitchen with a stone backsplash is a stylish and practical choice that adds character and value to your home. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about selecting, installing, and maintaining a stone backsplash. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or planning to hire professionals, our tips and insights will help you navigate the process with ease.

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Six 2024 Design Association Trend Predictions That Enhance Wellness

JG Kitchens

The prestigious American Society of Interior Designers just released a top trends list for the new year. Six of the 11 can enhance wellness potential. I share these in my latest article, with insights from designers around the country about how they’re already implementing these trends in their projects. Check it out here. Rooms with […] The post Six 2024 Design Association Trend Predictions That Enhance Wellness comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design

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NTCA names Five-Star accredited companies

Floor Covering News

Jackson, Miss.—The NTCA Five-Star Contractor Program has, in recent years, advanced to include accreditation, emphasizing members’ dedication to industry professionalism through third-party validation. In response to industry changes, all companies, including existing NTCA Five-Star Members, must reapply and undergo accreditation. This transformation marks a shift from “company recognition” to an official “accreditation” program with a thorough third-party review pr

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‘Billionaires’ Quay’ Restoration on the French Riviera Transforms Europe’s Largest Yachting Harbour

The A to Z of Building

In Port Vauban, Antibes, lying between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera, the Quai des Milliardaires – ‘Billionaires’ Quay’ – has undergone an extensive transformation, consolidating its position as the leading yachting hub in the Mediterranean.

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Best Ways to Grind Down Concrete

Onfloor Technology

Concrete grinding is one of the most effective ways to smooth out the surface of a concrete floor. This process involves using a specialized tool called a multisurface concrete grinder, which can powerfully grind down concrete (along with other surfaces), leaving behind a smooth and level surface.

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Daltile highlights quartz, slabs at MMR

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas—Daltile is currently highlighting several of its recently launched new quartz and porcelain products as part of the Daltile presence at the Mohawk Momentum Roadshow taking place nationwide during the month of January. Seven new designs in Daltile’s ONE Quartz extra-large quartz slab program as well as a lava finish on two existing top-selling quartz options are being showcased.

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CTEF to promote certification, training at TISE 2024

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) will promote the value of certification and training for tile installers during TISE—the International Surface Event—2024 taking place here January 24-26, 2024. CTEF can be found in two locations during TISE 2024 (see here ). In the Tile Letter Pavilion, booth #5373 In the CTI Certification area adjacent to the Tile Letter Pavilion, and between the Natural Stone Theatre and the TileExpo Theatre “TISE is such a great opportunity to speak to a

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Lesley Goddin joins Tile Heritage Foundation board of directors

Floor Covering News

Flowood, Miss.—Lesley Goddin, editorial director and senior writer for NTCA ’s TileLetter and TileLetter ARTISAN edition, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Tile Heritage Foundation (THF). This decision, made unanimously during the summer 2023 meeting, aligns seamlessly with Goddin’s extensive experience and dedication to the tile industry.

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Virginia Tile promotes Sean Cilona

Floor Covering News

Livonia, Mich.—Virginia Tile, a provider of tile, customer service and installation products, has enhanced its team with the promotion of Sean Cilona to the position of vice president of product and marketing. In addition to this significant milestone, Cilona has been elected to the board of directors of the CTDA (Ceramic Tile Distribution Association).

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What will be the hottest flooring categories in 2024?

Floor Covering News

It’s that time of year again when flooring retailers make their product selections for the hottest flooring categories—for their customers and for their bottom lines. While the usual suspects like SPC/rigid core will be at the top of dealers’ wish lists, they are also looking for emerging products or hidden gems to latch onto. Floor Covering News asked retailers what they think will be the hottest flooring categories for 2024: CUSTOM RUGS “I see patterned carpets that can be custom fabricated in

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Portobello Grupo announces organizational changes

Floor Covering News

Luiz Felipe Brito São Paulo— Portobello Grupo, a leader in the tile industry, has released significant organizational changes aimed at strengthening its business strategies. Having successfully concluded the first phase of the Portobello America project, Luiz Felipe Brito, former CEO, takes on a new challenge as the chief business development officer of Portobello Grupo, maintaining his role in the crucial task of developing new business ventures, vital for the company’s growth.

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John Bridge to be honored by NTCA

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas— The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) will recognize industry veteran John Bridge with a special award at its upcoming ambassador reception, scheduled for Tuesday, January 23, at The International Surface Event (TISE) here. The event, open to all, will take place in the Palm Foyer from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., showcasing excellence in the tile and stone industry.

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FloorFolio Industries expands LVT line with Crete II

Floor Covering News

Edison, N.J.—FloorFolio Industries expands running line of LVT with Crete II. “The original Crete was a staple for our tile offerings, so we redesigned the pattern to give it a bolder visual that would capture the true essence of concrete,” as per Michael Freedman, president and CEO. “We also updated the size to a square for ease of installation and aesthetics.

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NSI launches new embodied carbon CEU course

Floor Covering News

Oberlin, Ohio— The Natural Stone Institute (NSI) launched a new CEU course titled “Natural Stone Embodied Carbon Research.” Natural Stone Embodied Carbon Research is a 60-minute course that covers recent embodied carbon research, including NSI’s industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for flooring, cladding and countertops.

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Revolution Mills relocates to new facility

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Revolution Mills has relocated to a brand-new, 100,000-square-foot distribution facility here. The company is a family-owned business, founded by Charlie Kennedy and operated by Charlie’s son, Zach Kennedy, and son-in-law, Chris Williams. The company designs and sells high-quality residential carpet as well as a range of LVP, laminate and carpet tiles.

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Bjelin names Revolution Mills its rigid core distribution partner

Floor Covering News

Hannover, Germany—Bjelin has named Revolution Mills as the national distribution partner for its rigid core line of products. Bjelin’s rigid core range is billed as the ultimate waterproof flooring solution and more sustainable than traditional options. “Revolution Mills was launched in 2016 and has grown at a rapid pace,” said Zach Adams, Bjelin’s general manager for the US.

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Wood: Anatomy of a winning supplier

Floor Covering News

The burgeoning waterproof rigid core market is not the only category seeing aggressive competition these days. In the hardwood flooring sector —arguably the most aspirational flooring segment—there are also scores of both domestic and international suppliers vying for market share. The upside of all the aggressive competition is retailers have more options to present to the customer, and the consumer has seemingly endless options from which to choose for her specific tastes and designs.

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Builder: State of the industry 2024

Floor Covering News

The storm clouds are lifting for the builder business after two years of rough sailing. Following a turbulent 2023 —which saw sharp declines in demand and home prices—falling mortgage interest rates and positive economic data signal improving housing conditions as 2024 kicks off. “With moderately lower interest rates in 2024 and outright Federal Reserve cuts during the second half of the year, single-family home building will post an increase this year, rising by approximately 4%,” said Robert D

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WFCA names Michael Faust, Chad Ogden award winners

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has acknowledged Michael Faust (posthumously) and Chad Ogden as co-recipients of the Tom Jennings Champion Award for outstanding achievements in the retail sector. The prestigious award , named after industry legend Tom Jennings, recognizes Faust and Ogden for their exceptional service, positive attitude and commitment to customers and community.

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CCA Global kicks off Connextion 2024

Floor Covering News

Grapevine, Texas— FCNews is in Grapevine, Texas, for the start of conneXtion, CCA Global Partners’ annual convention. Despite a temperature of 11 degrees outside and a fresh snowpack on the ground, the heat was rising inside The Gaylord Texan Resort on Monday where 44 educational sessions were scheduled for day one of the convention. Nicole Harding, VP of CCA University, and Geoffrey Eichhorn, director of training for CCA University, led a session on tips for preventing fraud in your busin

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Broadlume launches Digital Retailing Treasure Hunt

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—To help attendees navigate The International Surface Event, being held here next week, Broadlume has launched its Digital Retailing Treasure Hunt. The technology company has enlisted its manufacturer partners to help attendees navigate the high seas of Surfaces to discover the best products and partnerships in the flooring industry. Here’s how it works: Step 1: The Map To begin the treasure hunt, go to Broadlume booth #2332 to pick up your physical treasure map.

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Partanna Initiates Collaboration with ROSHN Group on State-of-the-art Carbon-Negative Concrete Facility in Saudi Arabia

The A to Z of Building

ROSHN, Saudi Arabia's premier real estate developer, has entered a partnership with Partanna Arabia, a Riyadh-headquartered climate technology company, to collaborate on the potential construction of a state-of-the-art carbon-negative concrete production facility.

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100% of Antilooppi Real-Estate Portfolio Now Environmentally Certified

The A to Z of Building

Real-estate owner Antilooppi has achieved BREEAM or LEED environmental certification for its entire property portfolio, as one of the first and largest companies in the field in Finland.

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Retailers ride the laminate resurgence

Floor Covering News

Much has been made of how laminate manufacturers have capitalized on the “comeback” the category has experienced over the past three years, but it might be the specialty floor covering retailer that stands to benefit the most. While there has always been a place for the value-based product on retailer showroom floors, it has increasingly become a more viable alternative for consumers in the face of challenges with certain rigid core and SPC imports.

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Tom Pendley remains Carpet and Rug Institute board chair

Floor Covering News

Dalton— The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) said Tom Pendley, president and CEO of Mannington Mills Inc., will continue to serve as chair of the CRI board of directors in 2024 for a one-year term. Pendley has served as board chair since 2022. At its 2023 annual meeting, the CRI board named Tim Baucom (president and CEO, Shaw Industries) as board vice chair.

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Kathy Young named WFCA Luminary Award winner

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has named Kathy Young as the next recipient of the Luminary Award in recognition of her exceptional contributions and remarkable 45-year career in the floor covering industry. The Luminary Award ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, January 25, at 3:30 p.m. during the International Surface Event, hosted at the WFCA booth #2413.

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Voting open for 28th annual Award of Excellence

Floor Covering News

Over the past 28 years, Floor Covering News has presented the coveted Award of Excellence to the most deserving flooring manufacturers. These awards have become the industry benchmark of supplier excellence since they are voted on by you—their customers. The idea is to give retailers a chance to acknowledge those manufacturers that are doing the most to make you successful in your businesses.

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TotalWorx announces 2024 introductions

Floor Covering News

Dalton—TotalWorx, flooring accessory brand of Shaw Industries , has released its 2024 introductions, which offer dealers, pros, installers and consumers industry-leading flooring installation solutions from conception to completion. The brand focuses on simplicity, service and satisfaction, offering an enhanced customer experience for a seamless installation.

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Shane Calloway named president/CEO of RegalCraft

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas—RegalCraft, a leading flooring manufacturer specializing in producing high-quality custom flooring products for OEM distribution or private label markets, has nameed Shane Calloway as president, North America. Calloway began his career with Alloc/Berry Group where he was instrumental in launching a new brand of laminate flooring—Alloc—through North American distribution.

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‘Tuesday Tips:’ Add purchase discounts to your bottom line

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 ,” Steve Abernathy, COO of the WFCA, walks through purchase discounts, an often overlooked way to add to your bottom line.

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i4F exhibiting at TISE Surfaces 2024

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas—i4F, a group of companies providing patents and technologies to the flooring industry , will be exhibiting at TISE 2024 (booth #1147) taking place in the Mandalay Bay, here, from January 24-26. The company will introduce two new i4F Be-GREEN board composition technologies: a bio-based cork composite that is 100% plastic and PVC-free as well as the fully recyclable SRP technology, providing never-ending flooring circularity.

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Carpet One Floor & Home members recognized with awards

Floor Covering News

Dallas, Texas—Three Carpet One Floor & Home members were recognized for outstanding performance and contributions during CCA Global Partners Retail Group’s conneXtion conference here this week at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. Drew Barber of Carpet One Floor & Home in Spokane, W.A. received The NEX40 Award; Dave Verissimo and Tonya Tillson of Ray’s Carpet One Floor & Home in Modesto, Calif. received The Wally Hileman Award; and Dean Kelly of Carpet Baggers Carpet O