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The Renaissance of Cement Tiles: Reviving Tradition with Modern Design and Sustainability

Granada Tile

Architects and interior designers understand the transformative power of design elements in creating unique and captivating spaces. In the world of cement tiles, Granada Tile Company is leading the renaissance of this traditional flooring material. Cement tiles have a rich history that spans across continents and eras. From the vibrant patterns adorning the floors of Moroccan riads to the intricate motifs found in Mediterranean villas, cement tiles have adorned countless historical spaces.

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Lux Flooring’s laser focus on SPC

Floor Covering News

Lux Flooring’s SPC products feature a 22-mil thickness and a virgin stone core for added durability. Pictured is Brulee. W hile some flooring companies aim to be many different things to many different retailers—providing a breadth of product categories from wood to resilient to ceramic—Lux Flooring’s focus is singular: SPC luxury vinyl flooring. A bicoastal importer since 2015, Lux has focused only on this rigid core subsegment of the resilient category because, according to Jesse Woodrow, chie

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New Porcelain Tile! Truly Luxurious & Sustainable Marble-Look Collection

Rubble Tile

For over 30 years, the tile design team at Mediterranea has had an eye for the most elegant and timeless stone looks. With their all-new Meritage series, they’ve introduced a truly classic and luxurious stone look for the ages. And now it’s on display and.

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THE BEST NATURAL STONE FOR SHOWER & BATHROOM DESIGN IDEAS

Realstone

Natural stone has a timeless beauty that has captivated homeowners for generations. This versatile material can be used in various rooms of the home, including walls, floors, fireplaces, showers, and backsplashes by adding color, interest, warmth and style to any space. If you’re looking for inspiration for your natural stone shower & bathroom design, check out these 11 designs that feature different types of natural stone. 1.

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Experts Share New Outdoor Kitchen Ideas And Trends

JG Kitchens

I recently put an offer in on a house for sale in my neighborhood. One of its strong attractions was its spacious fenced back yard; there’s a lot I can do with that space, I thought to myself. Alas, I was outbid, but it still rekindled my passion for great outdoor spaces. Maybe you share […] The post Experts Share New Outdoor Kitchen Ideas And Trends comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Unilin, Barberan tout digital printing capabilities

Floor Covering News

Bart Van der Stockt, left, and Floris Koopmans of Unilin flank Jesús Barberán during the open house event. B arcelona , S pain — Unilin Technologies, the IP and technology arm of Mohawk Industries, and its digital printing partner Barberán recently hosted an open house here where the two companies showcased the technical aspects of digital printing for the flooring industry, particularly for SPC and laminate.

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Ep 125: A Great Employee

Life of an Architect

How do you define a great employee? The answer is most likely dependent on who is attempting to respond, the employee or the employer. I will concede that I have told previous employers that I would be the best employee they have ever had. And I actually meant it when I said it. Did it happen? I like to think so; at least once or twice, but it’s not for me to say.

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top 10 things mothers want for mothers day

Realstone

The post top 10 things mothers want for mothers day appeared first on Realstone Systems.

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People making a difference 2023

Floor Covering News

A pioneer, an innovator, a forward thinker, a young leader willing to challenge the status quo. These are some of the terms used to describe the individuals who appear on FCNews ’ People Making a Difference list for 2023 , a yearly roundup of those shaping the industry in some form. The list virtually covers the flooring eco-system—with manufacturing, technology, distribution and installation all represented this year, along with an outlier.

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The Basics Of Applying Grout To Floors

Onfloor Technology

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Textile-Based Modular “Skins” Could Improve Energy Efficiency

The A to Z of Building

Older buildings release heat through their walls, necessitating significantly more energy to maintain a tolerable temperature in the summer or winter. Those built before the late 1970s rarely fulfill.

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Waterproof flooring: Brands hone their core differentiations

Floor Covering News

W aterproof flooring has flooded the marketplace for several years now—and for good reason. Retailers far and wide continue to stress the feature’s ability to get consumers in the door. Whether it be via messy children, wayward pets or particularly raucous game nights, today’s flooring consumer is looking to protect their “fifth wall” investments with vigor.

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Winning at Retail 2023

Floor Covering News

T here’s an oft repeated saying in retail: “The customer is always right.” And while this reference is often relevant for retailers and other business owners alike, allowing customers to call all the shots is not a recipe for success. In fact, many successful flooring retailers know when to turn away business, even telling potential customers that they might be better served going elsewhere.

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New Panariagroup USA CEO shares plans for growth

Floor Covering News

L eonardo Pesce has taken the reins at Panariagroup USA as the company’s new CEO and is bringing with him a wealth of knowledge to drive the company and its brands—including Florida Tile—forward in the coming years. Megan Salzano-Birch, senior editor/digital director at Floor Covering News , recently sat down with Pesce to discuss what he’s bringing to the table and his short- and long-term goals for the future of the company.

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Chip Ebert joins RD Weis

Floor Covering News

Chip Ebert Hawthorne, N.Y.—RD Weis LLC, the full-service flooring provider, has hired flooring expert Chip Ebert to lead its national accounts program, Surface Care. “Chip is a true leader with years of experience in sales management and negotiation,” said RD Weis president, Michael Callaghan. “He’s the perfect fit to head up our national accounts program to expand our maintenance offerings across the country.

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Mannington Commercial introduces Crafted Collection

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Mannington Commercial introduced the Crafted carpet collection. Available in modular format, the collection features a contemporary aesthetic and superior durability, making it an ideal flooring solution for interior spaces prone to heavy foot-traffic. “The Crafted collection expertly marries design, performance and leading environmental benefits into a beautifully crafted modular carpet collection,” said Roby Isaac, vice president of commercial design.

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Starnet 2023 spring conference boasts record attendance

Floor Covering News

Mohawk Group team members await visitors on opening day of the 2023 Starnet convention. Scottsdale, Ariz.—The 2023 Starnet Commercial Flooring Cooperative spring conference kicked off here this week amid robust member participation. In fact, it was the highest attendance ever for a non-anniversary year. Preliminary registration figures obtained on day two of the conference put attendance at roughly 670 registrants.

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Retailers React: What do you look for when hiring new employees?

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: What do you look for when hiring new employees? Here are their responses: “When hiring, we look for personable, high-energy, friendly people. While we like to have people with prior floor covering experience, we will also look at candidates that have had other sales experience, worked in the hospitality industry and/or have had a career in which they h

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Carpet mills leverage proprietary fibers, processes

Floor Covering News

A lthough the overall use of carpet in homes has been decreasing, homeowners are increasingly choosing high-performance fibers, options in both nylon and PET, and experimenting with bold colors and patterns that express their unique style. Carpet mills have taken notice and responded with soft surface options that leverage various fibers and proprietary technologies to meet the demands of discerning consumers.

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NeoCon announces 2023 event lineup

Floor Covering News

Chicago—With NeoCon 2023 just weeks away (June 12-14), the leading commercial design platform has announced a dynamic lineup of activations, installations and experiences curated by the NeoCon team, their partners and participating exhibitors. From highly anticipated annual awards shows and gatherings to interactive and thought-provoking exhibits, this year’s event will offer unparalleled opportunities for the design community to connect, share ideas and celebrate together, while showcasin

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Everyone has a stake in the fate of installation

Floor Covering News

I n 2018, I authored an article that focused on the importance of education, training and certification for our industry. In that article, I mentioned that we have serious issues plaguing our industry by not recognizing these education and certification opportunities, especially concerning installation. Fast forward to today, I now have had the privilege of living out my words by taking on the role of director of operations for the Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF).

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CCA Global launches LVP install training

Floor Covering News

Varden conducted the LVP install training pilot class at Pinnell’s Carpet One in Angels Camp, Calif. Manchester, N.H.—The slate of training classes offered to CCA Global members as part of installation excellence in partnership with expert Robert Varden recently expanded with the addition of LVP installation. The new education track joins the existing curriculum of carpet seaming and patterned carpet classes.

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NWFA Expo 2023 surpasses expectations

Floor Covering News

The NWFA Expo 2023 kicked off with strong attendance on opening day. M ilwaukee , W i s.— The 37 th annual National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) convention and expo delivered the goods once again as evidenced by not only a strong turnout, particularly on opening day of the exhibition, but also by active participation in the educational breakout sessions and keynote presentations at the show.

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Mohawk refreshes retailer-centric websites

Floor Covering News

In a move to further simplify web-based transactions and streamline marketing initiatives for its retailer partners, Mohawk has refreshed its MohawkToday.com and Xchange.com websites. Both sites boast a clean, uncluttered and modern design along with improved functionality and easy access to Mohawk’s comprehensive assortment of products and programs.

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What the movie ‘Air’ teaches us about brands

Floor Covering News

I ’m a huge movie fan. I enjoy sitting in a theater with people I don’t know, listening to their comments and enjoying overpriced popcorn and snacks. More importantly, I love movies with messages. When I heard about the movie “Air” (which tells the backstory behind the mega sneaker deal with NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and Nike), I was all in since I’m particularly fond of basketball.

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New Partnership for Flame Resistant Wood and Durable Fire Protection

The A to Z of Building

Thermory and Woodsafe Timber Protection, the largest players in their respective industries, announce collaboration to provide thermally modified and durable fire-protected wood.

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Cali expands two popular vinyl collections

Floor Covering News

San Diego—Cali is expanding two popular luxury vinyl collections with new colors: Cali Vinyl Windansea and Builder’s Choice. Both collections are getting refreshed just in time for summer projects. The new shades are said to be on-trend with smooth grains and understated hues. Builder’s Choice This collection is designed to serve trade customers, large-scale projects and stocking programs, with high-value planks priced for bulk orders.

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Karastan, Godfrey Hirst unveil new Xtra collections

Floor Covering News

Godfrey Hirst’s EverLux is part of the Xtra collections. Calhoun, Ga.— Karastan and Godfrey Hirst are innovating the soft surface category with new Xtra Technology. Seen across this year’s Karastan Kashmere and Godfrey Hirst EverLux introductions, Xtra is said to combine the best, most exclusive fibers to provide endless design possibilities for next level fashion and performance.

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Shaw awards 2023 Associate Dependent Scholarships

Floor Covering News

Dalton—Shaw has announced the recipients of its 2023 Associate Dependent Scholarships. Since the company first introduced the Associate Dependent Scholarship program in 2019, more than 400 scholarships have been awarded to high school student dependents of Shaw associates. This year, 164 scholarships have been awarded—more than any previous year. “We are thrilled to award a record number of scholarships this year to an amazing group of students,” said Catherine Smith, corporate social responsibi

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Shaw announces commercial division leadership changes 

Floor Covering News

Cartersville, Ga.—Shaw announced two key leadership changes to further strengthen the company’s commercial division. Brenda Knowles has been named vice president of commercial customer experience, and Jeff West has been named vice president of commercial marketing and product development. “These strategic leadership changes reaffirm Shaw’s commitment to further strengthening and energizing our commercial brands,” said Kelley Fain, Shaw’s executive vice president of commercial.

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‘Tuesday Tips:’ Increasing your efficiency with fcB2B

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,” Lewis Davis, senior director of technology and research at the WFCA, introduces fcB2B and helps you connect your supplier to fcB2B to increase you

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UKCA Deadline Moved But Fasteners and Fixings Manufacturers Must Not Delay in Testing, Warns Expert

The A to Z of Building

Although the deadline for the UKCA certification process has been pushed to 30 June 2025, manufacturers of structural timber fasteners and fixings are being told to start now with getting products.

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RFCI names new member companies

Floor Covering News

Montage Palmetto Bluff, S.C.—The 2023 Spring Board of Directors and Associate Member Meeting here welcomed two new members to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) family: Amorim Cork Composites and AM Stabilizers. “We welcome these two new members to the growing list of supply chain members,” said Bill Blackstock, president and CEO of RFCI.

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Fulton Market District to host inaugural ‘Design Days’

Floor Covering News

Chicago, Ill.—Each June, over 40,000 people from across the global design community gather in Chicago to celebrate the latest in design and architecture, sharing product news and participating in a variety of events across the Windy City, including NeoCon. This year, the Fulton Market District will welcome top design professionals and enthusiasts to enjoy product launches, exhibits and events from June 12–14 at the First Annual Fulton Market Design Days.

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FCA Network marks 25-year milestone

Floor Covering News

S cott s dale , A riz.—“Network Rising” was the theme of FCA Network’s 25 th annual convention here last month, and while a quarter-century in business is certainly worth celebrating, much of the focus was about being a force for change today and in the future. With five new members, FCA Network continues to add more quality flooring dealers to the fold.

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You definitely want to read this issue

Floor Covering News

I t’s a slow week, which usually makes coming up with a provocative column a bit challenging. Sure, I could talk about mass shootings or Bud Light, which may be enlightening for some but dangerous for me. So I’m just going to leave all that alone and talk about this May 15 issue of Floor Covering News , which I believe is incredibly valuable for flooring retailers and also calls out some of the people in this industry who are making a difference.

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British Father and Son Team Develop World’s Coolest Paint in Home Garage During Covid-19 Lockdown

The A to Z of Building

An ingenious father and son have developed the world’s coolest paint from their home garage in Yorkshire, UK.

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