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Coverings Honors Two Spanish Projects During 2024 CID Awards

Tile of Spain USA

Coverings , North America’s largest international tile and stone exhibition, applauds two Spanish projects in the special recognition category at this year’s Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. Held on April 23 rd , 2024, the CID Awards acknowledges designers and installers for their innovative designs and use of tile and stone in residential, commercial and institutional projects.

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Laminate: State of the Industry 2024

Floor Covering News

Co nventional wisdom would suggest that softening conditions in the new home construction market over the past eight to 10 months might put a damper on laminate flooring sales in that bellwether sector. After all, it is estimated that new residential construction accounts for anywhere between 15%–18% of category sales in the U.S. However, several major suppliers said that was not the case.

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New Stone-Look Porcelain Tile Collection Inspired by Italian Sandstone

Rubble Tile

This month, we’re excited to feature Cristallo, a beloved stone-look porcelain collection that captures the timeless beauty and strength of ancient Italian stone. This fabulous collection seamlessly blends that tradition with a new, modern aesthetic. Designed with Italian flair and produced in the US, this. The post New Stone-Look Porcelain Tile Collection Inspired by Italian Sandstone first appeared on Rubble Tile.

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Wellness Design Goes To The Dogs — 16 Pro Tips For Pup Safety

JG Kitchens

Even though I don't have a dog, I was among the multitudes horrified by the killing of her 14 month old pointer Cricket by South Dakota governor Kristi Noem. That ugly moment from her memoir got me thinking about the many ways that loving owners — or pet parents, if you prefer — can unintentionally harm, endanger or even kill their fur babies. The post Wellness Design Goes To The Dogs — 16 Pro Tips For Pup Safety comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant a

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Sorted Municipal Solid Waste Ash as Cement Substitute

The A to Z of Building

A study published in Case Studies in Construction Materials investigated using paper ash (PA) and food waste ash (FWA) as partial substitutes for cement in paste and mortar. By substituting up to 15% of cement with these ashes, the research aimed to mitigate CO2 emissions and address waste disposal issues.

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Tarkett launches True to Form collection

Floor Covering News

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett has launched True to Form, a new collection on its premium Contour luxury vinyl tile. Combining the durability of Contour construction with genuine wood and stone visuals, True to Form is designed to embody the beauty and strength of elements found in the natural world. “Our team has meticulously curated a stunning portfolio of 64 colors across exclusive wood and stone designs,” said Paul Young, senior vice president of product innovation and design for Tarkett North America.

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15 Must-Have Tools for Concrete Contractors

Onfloor Technology

As solid as your concrete project is, the tools with which you undertake it can make or break the final result. For contractors dealing with concrete, the right equipment and tools are essential companions, enabling precision, efficiency, and safety on the job site.

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Tarkett expands collection of Johnsonite rubber sports flooring

Floor Covering News

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett, specializing in innovative and sustainable flooring worldwide, has expanded its Johnsonite multi-functional rubber sports flooring offering by adding new patterns to its Triumph and Inertia collections. The new patterns and colorways elevate the design of health and wellness spaces for every activity and fitness level. Olio captures the fluid movement of oil and watercolor paints; Minerality emulates the color variation found in natural stone; and Speckled features small, mu

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Specialty retailers rise to challenge from Floor & Decor

Floor Covering News

A s Floor & Decor expands to well beyond 200 stores across the U.S.—with every intention to keep growing—it has identified specialty floor covering retailers as its primary competition. That nugget was conveyed at a grand opening of Floor & Decor’s first New York City store in Brooklyn earlier this month. When asked about Home Depot and Lowe’s, Gerald McVeigh, vice president of PRO Services, responded: “Home Depot and Lowe’s are typically going to be at about 3,000 to 5,000 square feet f

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NTCA empowers installers with 14 workshops, six trainings in June

Floor Covering News

Jackson, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has announced its June tour across 10 states, delivering an extensive lineup of standards-based educational workshops and regional trainings to industry professionals. With a total of 14 free workshops and six free regional trainings, this initiative marks a significant expansion compared to the offerings provided in 2023.

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MILEstone launches new carbon neutral tile

Floor Covering News

Clarksville, Tenn.—MILEstone, a U.S. tile manufacturer committed to sustainable practices, has launched two new carbon neutral collections to support eco-conscious design: 4Earth and Net-Zero. These additions to the MILEstone portfolio reflect MILEstone’s mission for a greener, more sustainable future, and were unveiled at this year’s Coverings event. “We are thrilled to introduce the 4Earth and Net-Zero collections as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Rod

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Unilin to unveil UniGrout Slim at Domotex Asia

Floor Covering News

Shanghai, China—Unilin Technologies, the IP and technology division of Unilin, has launched Unigrout Slim, a grout imitation bevel that brings the appearance of ceramic tiles to vinyl flooring without the need for actual grout. The new bevel design will make its premiere at Domotex Asia, held here, offering attendees an exclusive first look at this product design. “This innovative solution allows manufacturers to achieve a grouted look while leveraging their existing production capabilitie

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Mohawk Edge Summit: Dealers urged to get onboard early

Floor Covering News

Denver—Mohawk is encouraging retailers to register early and take full advantage of this year’s Edge Summit, which will be held here December 16-19 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. Early bird special pricing, which began May 22, sold out on the first day ; however, dealers are encouraged to register now while rooms are still available.

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WFCA’s SEAL Leadership Academy kicks off new session

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has announced the upcoming session of its SEAL (Seeking Excellence As Leaders) Leadership Development and Certification Program , starting June 3. The program is designed to equip participants with essential leadership tools and mindsets for success in their professional and personal lives. “The SEAL Leadership Academy underscores our commitment to fostering leaders who thrive in their fields and positively impact their surroundings,̶

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Retailers React: What do you look for in a sales rep?

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 in a vendor sales rep? Here are their responses: “For reps to be successful they need to understand my business and how our process works. They need to know the warehouse personnel as well as the office staff and sales associates.

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Zero-Emissions Cement through Electric Recycling

The A to Z of Building

UK researchers developed a novel electric recycling method for Portland cement, incorporating recovered cement paste into steel recycling to create zero-emissions cement. This innovative process, which maintains high-quality clinker production, promises to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in the cement industry, promoting sustainability and environmental conservation.

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Novel Wax Treatments Extend Cement Shelf Life

The A to Z of Building

A recent study in Construction Materials explores the use of alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) wax and AKD mixed with paraffin (AKD+PAR) to reduce cement prehydration. These treatments were found to be more effective than traditional oleic acid in preserving cement strength under accelerated aging conditions, showing promise for use in hot and humid climates.

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Southwind names new territory managers

Floor Covering News

Cindy Hansen Kayla Kitten Dalton—Southwind has named Cindy Hansen the new north central territory manager and Kayla Kitten as the new south central territory manager. “We are pleased to add these outstanding territory managers to our team to serve our customers better,” said Drew Hash , president and CEO of Southwind. “Our focus is always customer service excellence at Southwind.

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J+J Flooring highlights new product at Design Days 2024

Floor Covering News

Chicago—J+J Flooring will be showcasing a variety of commercial flooring collections to the architecture and design community at its flagship showroom here during the second annual Fulton Market Design Days event, held here June 10–12. J+J Flooring will join more than 30 manufacturers of commercial architecture and design finishes in welcoming the global design community to the bustling Fulton Market Design District, with the goal of surpassing the more than 40,000 people that visited the inaugu

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Retailers, contractors step up to support FCEF

Floor Covering News

The significance of supporting the Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) and raising awareness about skilled trade careers in the flooring industry has never been more important than this moment in time. Some of the top specialty floor covering retailers in the country know this—that’s why they’re throwing their support behind FCEF’s mission. Here’s what some of them had to say: “As the director of flooring for NFM and the vice chair of the FCEF board, I have the privilege and responsibilit

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Steps to help solve labor shortages crisis

Floor Covering News

In the U.S. we’re experiencing labor shortages across many sectors, including flooring, and it’s not just a shortage of installers anymore. It’s every position, including salespeople. Following are some strategies I give my coaching clients when it comes to finding new talent in this difficult environment. Recognize your competition You’re no longer just competing with other dealers for workers.

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i4F unveils “HerringB/ONE” single panel drop-lock system

Floor Covering News

Shanghai, China—i4F has unveiled its new “HerringB/ONE”—a single panel drop-lock system that delivers multiple benefits to manufacturers, retailers and consumers. “i4F is simplifying the timeless elegance of herringbone across the board,” said John Rietveldt, i4F CEO. “By removing the need for mirroring A and B panels, overall efficiencies can be achieved.

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Tuesday Tips: Pausing to improve performance

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 Jenning reminds us that the best way to improve your performance, especially if you want to stay ahead of your competition, is to discipline y

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8 takeaways from ITR Economics’ latest presentation

Floor Covering News

I recently had the pleasure of sitting in on another ITR Economics presentation, this one at the Starnet spring meeting on Amelia Island. The presenter, Taylor St. Germain, shared a number of interesting and informative tidbits, some of which appear below. But to add a little perspective, I will offer some thoughts. GDP in the U.S. is continuing to perform well.

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Emotional ‘intelligence’ vs. emotional ‘quotient’

Floor Covering News

Not hiring the right people? Or, if you’re on the other side, maybe you’re not getting the offers or promotions even though you have the qualifications? The problem might be tied to “emotional intelligence,” which is typically measured using emotional quotient. The McSweeney Group has been helping hiring managers and candidates fill positions for more than 25 years.

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Starnet helps members navigate choppy waters

Floor Covering News

Consolidated Flooring, led by David Meberg, left, won Grand Prize in the annual Starnet awards competition. AmeliaIsland, Fla.—Many of North America’s largest and most influential commercial floor covering contractors assembled here earlier this month for the 2024 Starnet spring conference. In keeping with tradition, the event offered attendees valuable educational opportunities while providing a forum for members to network and share best practices.

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Aussie Company Builds First 3D Printed Two-Storey Building in Southern Hemisphere

The A to Z of Building

World leading Australian 3D printing technology company, Luyten 3D, has just completed another significant milestone in its journey to push the boundaries of 3D construction technology.

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World First as Green RFID-Tagged LOOP Pallets Enter UK Construction Sector

The A to Z of Building

In a world first for construction – and marking a fundamental shift towards circular economics in the transportation of building materials in the UK – the first batch of reusable green, RFID-tagged* pallets from The Pallet LOOP, part of the BSW Group, have started entering the construction supply chain, en masse.

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Ilmenite Mud in Cement Composites: A Fly Ash Alternative?

The A to Z of Building

A recent study in Materials compares rinsed ilmenite mud waste (R-MUD) with fly ash (FA) as additives in Portland cement composites, focusing on microstructural and pozzolanic properties. The results reveal that R-MUD, despite lower silicon dioxide content, exhibits higher pozzolanic activity, potentially offering a sustainable alternative to FA in cement production.

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Composite Materials for Building, Construction and Infrastructure

The A to Z of Building

If you were hiking through the snow, and you knew that 40 per cent of your bodily heat loss was coming from your head, you’d wear a thick hat to stay insulated and warm.

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COREtec’s Soft Step offers quiet, warmth

Floor Covering News

Dalton—COREtec’s attached underlayment, Soft Step, is distinguished by its quiet, warm and sustainable benefits. The underlayment joined COREtec’s preexisting attached cork underlayment option just two years ago and has since experienced rapid growth. “As we conducted consumer research after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we learned that while our consumers did still desire style and design, there was a heightened desire in sound reduction, comfort and sustainability,” sai

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How to make your store more appealing to the female customer

Floor Covering News

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Anna Crowley Redding, co-owner of Port City Flooring in Maine and a popular book author. We talked about the importance of shaping your selling strategies to cater to the target shopper—in this case the female customer. In order to better relate to this particular cohort, Redding suggests taking a holistic approach (vs. the traditional technical/jargon selling tack) to make a connection with the shopper.

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Inhaus’ new Icon line takes Ceramin to whole new level

Floor Covering News

Floor covering distributors got their first glimpse of Icon—the latest collection under Inhaus’ signature Ceramin brand—at the annual NAFCD convention this past fall. Based on the early response to the new offering, Inhaus has moved forward full throttle with a large-scale national rollout now under way. Billed as the next evolution of its popular, eco-conscious Sono/Sono Eclipse and Elandura rigid core lines, Inhaus’ Icon touts a host of both visual and performance upgrades.

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Karndean ups its ‘A’ game with refresh of Art Select line

Floor Covering News

Karndean Designflooring has always been known for its focus on design—the word is in its name, after all—but the company has managed to out-do itself with the unveiling of its revamped Art Select line of luxury vinyl. The collection will include more than 45 stylish wood and stone looks. “Between the strikingly realistic look of wood and stone and the hard-wearing 30-mil wear layer, Art Select has already set itself apart as a high-end collection,” said Jenne Ross, Karndean Designflooring direct