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New Association Strives To Aid In Shortage of Highly Skilled Flooring Installers

  The newly formed National Association of Floor Covering Technicians (NAFCT), announces its development of a trade association, comprised of technical flooring professionals, with a common goal to improve the …

Dealing with Concrete Joints

Dealing with Concrete Joints  By Ray Thompson, Jr. One of the most perplexing segments of commercial flooring installation is how to handle joints in a concrete slab. Flooring manufacturers insist …

A Guide to VOCs and Compliance

By Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President Technical Standards, Training & Certification Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are all around us. They are substances formed by combining organic chemicals that are both …

FCICA Flooring Contractor Summer Issue Now Available

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The Why and How to Install LVT in Wet Environments

By Jeffrey B. Johnson, MAPEI Floor Covering Installation Systems Business Manager Luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring covers the world for many good reasons. To start, just the simple portability …

Proper Preparation of Gypsum Concrete Substrates Prior to Installing Flooring

By Ray Thompson, Jr. A growing segment for underlayment for the past four decades. It can be found in many residential and few commercial applications. My sources tell me there …

Your Checklist for Proper Mortar Coverage

By Chris Kain, Western Area Technical Manager, H.B. Fuller Construction Products One mistake all tile installers can’t afford to make is not getting proper mortar coverage. It doesn’t matter if …

Build a Solid Foundation for Luxury Vinyl Tile by Making Informed Choices During the Installation Process

By Rich Hartman, Fishman Flooring Solutions “In life,” it has been said, “change is inevitable. In business, change is vital.” That certainly describes the flooring installation industry today. A case …

Concrete Floor Preparation Prior to Receiving Flooring

By Ray Thompson, Jr. ProInstaller magazine After a concrete slab has been tested for and met the moisture requirements it is time to begin preparing the slab to receive the …

Sanding Previously Finished Wood Floors

By Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President Technical Standards, Training & Certification One of the many benefits of wood flooring is that it can be refinished numerous times throughout its service …

Build a Solid Foundation for Luxury Vinyl Tile by Making Informed Choices During the Installation Process

By Rich Hartman, Fishman Flooring Solutions “In life,” it has been said, “change is inevitable. In business, change is vital.” That certainly describes the flooring installation industry today. A case …

Tile/Stone Talk: Successful Steam Showers and Steam Rooms

By Greg Mowat, Forensic Tile Consultants Steam showers and steam rooms are popular and common in exercise facilities, spas, hotels, resorts, and homes. Steam room and steam showers assemblies should …

Wood: Electrical Safety on the Flooring Jobsite

By Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President Technical Standards, Training & Certification Electrical hazards can be found on nearly every jobsite. Whether the hazard is posed by damaged or worn power …

Build My Future: Flooring Edition

Reaching the New Generation of Flooring Pros! By Chloee Lewis, CFI Build My Future: Flooring Edition, co-hosted by the Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI), and Informa/The International Surface Event (TISE), …

CFI’s Surface Prep Resource Guide Now Available

The International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) has released a new guide, entitled CFI Surface Prep Resource Guide. You can order this extremely useful and necessary publication here. The simple-to-understand floor …

Tile/Stone Talk: Moisture Migration

By Gregory Mowat, Forensic Tile Consultants There are four fundamental elements to understanding moisture migration: Wet moves toward dry Hot moves toward cold High Pressure moves toward low pressure Gravity …

Wood: Sanding Equipment Operation & Abrasive Selection

By Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President of Education & Certification As a professional flooring installer, you understand sanding wood floors is not a DIY project. It requires specialized tools, each …

Jobsite: Dealing with Concrete Joints

By Ray Thompson, Jr. One of the most perplexing segments of the commercial flooring installation is how to handle joints in a concrete slab. Flooring manufacturer’s insist flooring contractors honor …

Tale of the Tape: Five Keys to Carpet Seaming Success

By Danny Owens, Fishman Flooring Solutions Attention to detail in any endeavor can spell the difference between success and failure. Nowhere is that truer than in the world of carpet …

Tile Industry: Leadership for Increasing Your Business

By Steve Rausch Editor’s Note: ProInstaller columnist Steve (Steven William) Rausch, 67, recently passed away on June 8. He worked tirelessly for the benefit all segments of the floor covering industry …

INSTALL: Four Ways to Become More Efficient on the Jobsite

Industry pros share their tips on how to complete jobs quicker while boosting employee morale By John T. McGrath, Jr. In a world of tight construction timelines and even tighter …

Moisture Prevention and the Effect on Tile Installations

By Arthur Mintie, LATICRETE Sr. Director, Technical Services The need for moisture protection and waterproofing has become more significant over the years as savvy construction professionals continue to recognize the …

STAUF USA’s STAUF University Continues to Educate Attendees

In the Fall of 2018, STAUF USA began offering Stauf University classes — technical training, sales programs, and seminars that provide hands-on and selling skills opportunities to learn about the …

Employee Retention: Four Ways to Become a Better Installer

Pro tips for climbing the ladder in the floor covering industry By John T. McGrath, Jr. The North American floorcovering industry remains at a crossroad. Faced with an aging workforce …

Business Practices: Warriors, Hunters, Farmers or Shepherds

How understanding employee types can improve your business By Steve Rausch When it comes to market share, it’s only natural to want a bigger piece. Previously, I’ve discussed methods to …

Retailer Corner: Thanks for Complaining!

By Tom Jennings, WFCA vice president, professional development I was visiting with a flooring dealer recently who stated, “I just hate customers who complain!” Imagine his reaction when I responded, …

FCICA: Why Certifications Matter

By Paul G. Stuart, Jr., Stuart & Associates Commercial Flooring There has been long debate over the value of being certified within flooring installers’ circles, and now with social media. …

Contractor Issues: ‘If and When’ Paid Contracts

By Robert Blochinger Note: The comments in this article are not to be interpreted as legal advice. This is a simple explanation of some clauses and what to look for …

Concrete Porosity: The Immense Impact on Flooring Installation

By Bill Luallen, National Sales Director, XL North It’s important to understand the necessity, and benefits, of rendering concrete substrates porous before installing resilient flooring. Porosity of a Concrete Substrate …

Tile/Stone Talk: Replacement of Existing Ceramic Tile & Stone Tiles

By Gregory Mowat, Forensic Tile Consultants Prior to replacing ceramic or stone tiles, it’s important to know why the replacement is necessary. The typical causes for replacing tiles include: They …

CFI at 25: Has Anything Changed? You Bet it Did!

By Jim Walker, American Floor Covering Institute Today, we know that flooring installation is more of a recognized trade than it was before 1993. Professional installers certainly do not receive …

Historical Corner: ROBERTS: Celebrating 80 Years of Ingenuity

Supporting Professional Installers Worldwide Since 1938 By Leslie Del Pozo, QEP Director of Channel Marketing The proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” certainly holds true to ROBERTS carpet installation …

Quick Tip: Addressing Moisture in Flooring Installations

By Jerry Lee, Protect-All Flooring It’s no secret that moisture is a leading cause of flooring failures – accounting for more than $2 billion in damages annually. As the calendar moves …

A Guide to Selecting the Proper Adhesive and Grout

By Arthur Mintie, LATICRETE Senior Director of Technical Services With today’s industry standards requiring various product performance levels to be matched based on specification demands, local codes and complexities, selecting …

Selecting the Proper Flooring Underlayment for the Job

By Deanna Summers, MP Global Products It is easy to believe all flooring underlayments are created equal and that simply muttering the word underlayment automatically gives the chosen material a …

Jobsite Issues: Solutions to Resilient Floor Indentations

By Ray Thompson, Jr. It is amazing how many times I go to look at a flooring issue at a hospital and hear the same concerns expressed by the staff. …

Installation: Floor Prep and Managing Expectations

By Mike Pigeon, Roppe Holding Co. Within the flooring industry, there are two topics that can make or break a job: moisture and floor prep. In this article, I’ll be …

Quick Tip: Successful Application of Self-Leveling Underlayment

By Annika Oeing, Marketing Communications Manager, ARDEX Americas When considering the installation of a self-leveling underlayment (SLU), there are several project conditions that need to be considered to help ensure …

Tile and Stone Sealers: What to Use, What to Know and Why

By Rod Sigman, Custom Building Products Does my tile or stone need to be sealed? What type of sealer should I choose? Will it make my tile or stone stain …

First Look: Installing the New MBS Magnetic Platform

By Robert Varden, CFI In the last few months, I have been asked by several installers about the process using the Magnetic Building Solutions (MBS) magnetic platform for installing floors …

Contractor Issues: Using Social Media to Promote Your Installation Skills

By Bob Blochinger Floor covering installers have an enormous opportunity to grow their presence within their community by using social media. Social media is the new tool of the trade, …

Six Tips to Create a Happier, Healthier and More Productive Workplace

By John T. McGrath, Jr., INSTALL The key to a successful flooring installation company begins and ends with your team of installers, journeymen, estimators, contractors and support staff. No matter …

Installers: Carpet Recycling Needs You

By Robert Peoples, Ph.D., Executive Director, Carpet America Recovery Effort Installers know better than anyone that carpet is heavy, takes up a lot of space and takes centuries to break …

Quick Tip: Building a Barrier-Free Shower

By Arthur Mintie, LATICRETE Senior Technical Services Director The addition of an increasingly popular barrier-free shower can benefit every person in a household thanks to endless design possibilities that are …

ASTM F2170 Update Allows Official RH Test Results in 24 Hours

The international standards organization, ASTM International, published its revised ASTM F2170 (Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using in situ Probes). The updated standard reduces, …

Resilient Flooring: Metal Work for Flash-Coved Resilient

By Ray Thompson, Jr. The metalwork on resilient flash-coved work is precise and requires a great attention to detail. There are three areas of concern that we are going to …

Tile & Stone Talk: Understanding Tile Installation on Stairs

By Gregory Mowat, Forensic Tile Consultants Thousands of slips, trips and falls occur every year causing personal injury. Many of these preventable injuries occur due to the improper installation of …

Retailer Corner: Is E-Mailing a Proposal a Good Idea?

By Tom Jennings, WFCA Vice President, Professional Development Be backs. We’ve all had our share of this type of customer. One thing we know for sure is that time was …

NWFA: Floating Wood Floor Installations

By Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President of Education & Certification Most professional wood flooring installers are familiar with and employ the two most-common methods for installing wood products – nail- …

INSTALL: Four Things Every Flooring Contractor Needs to Know to Keep Jobs on Time

By John T. McGrath, Jr. In the world of commercial flooring installation, time equals money. Contractors around the country have seen timelines and budgets shrink in recent years. While new …

Installation: Tile Failure? Again?

By Steve Rausch I learned to install tile back in the mid-1960s from the “best” tile installer/craftsman in Dayton, Ohio. His name was Claude and he had come to Dayton …

Tile/Stone Talk: Installing Sound Rated Floors in Multi-Story Residences

By Gregory Mowat, Forensic Tile Consultants In urban areas, where multi-use and multi-family dwellings are abundant, sound control and sound insulation is a prominent concern to all involved. Let’s review …

Installation: Turn the Heat on With Radiant Floor Warming

By Deanna Summer, MP Global Products Radiant in floor heating is nothing new. It is probably one of the oldest known methods of heating and can be dated as far back …

Installation: Unsuitable/Questionable Substrates for Installing Tile

By Steve Rausch Many installers seem to feel free to do anything, install anything, on any surface without considering the potential failures that more experienced installers are aware of, and …

Quick Tip: Protecting Against Inhalation of Silica Dust — Silicosis

By Jim Sullivan, Senior Territory Manager, National Flooring Equipment Caused by inhalation of silica dust on the job-site, Silicosis is a respiratory condition affecting up to 7,300 U.S. construction workers …

Better Business: Making a Buck is Sure Lots of Fun!

By Jim Walker, American Floor Covering Institute It happened again! I constantly express my opinion concerning adequate compensation for the time involved and the work required for a professional installation. …

Quick Tip: Sheet-Applied Membranes: Your Uncoupling Questions, Answered!

By Sean Gerolimatos, Director of Research and Development, Schluter Systems If you’re planning on using an uncoupling membrane in your next tile installation, then here are the answers to three …

Understanding Axminster, Wilton Carpet Characteristics Lends to Successful, Long-Lasting Installations

By P.J Arthur, Natural Fiber Installation Certification In the previous issue of ProInstaller magazine (July/August 2017, p. 14), I addressed the importance of knowing how the construction of woven wool …

Successful Floorcovering Business Plans Start with Installers, End with Lifelong Clients

By John T. McGrath, Jr. In our industry, a box of vinyl planks is a box of vinyl planks. A roll of carpet just takes up space. A stack of …

Successful Installations: Understanding Tufted, Woven Wool Carpet

By P.J. Arthur, Natural Fiber Installation Certification The importance of knowing the construction of woven wool carpet is as critical as the installation itself. Understanding how to manipulate the product …

Tools and Techniques: Injury Prevention for the Back and Knees

By Ray Thompson, Jr. Many installers suffer from sore backs and knees. The reason for this: failure to protect them from the stress of daily installations and lifting. When we …

Heat-Welding Commercial Sheet Vinyl Flooring

So, Why Did My Heat Weld Fail? By Ray Thompson, Jr. and Tim Provence, Installation & Technical Services, Armstrong Flooring The heat welding process arrived in North America in the …

Jobsite Success Begins Before the First Wood Board is Installed

By Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President of Education & Certification Acclimation is one of the most critical steps to ensuring a successful wood flooring installation. The process involves allowing wood …

The Importance of Water Management When Installing Tile in Wet Areas

By Steve Taylor, Director of Technical and Architectural Marketing, Custom Building Products The wettest place on Earth is probably the typical American shower. Standard shower heads have a flow rate …

Do You Know Everything About Backer Boards?

By Steve Rausch You would think after all these years of using backer boards in the tile industry installers should already know everything about them, yet, we still have plenty …

Quick Tip: Rapid Shower Systems Speed Shower Preparation

By Steve Taylor, Director of Technical and Architectural Marketing, Custom Building Products The traditional method for preparing a tiled shower ‒ a sloped mortar bed placed over a waterproof membrane …

Case Study: Amorim Provides Solutions to Meet Multi-Family Uniform Building Code IIC Ratings

By Larry Lyons, Amorim Cork Composites A few years back, before LVT was on the front page of every publication related to the flooring industry, we had an inquiry from …

Quick Tip: A Solution for Concrete Moisture Emission

By Deanna Summers, MP Global Products Because of concrete’s porous structure, it continually emits moisture in the form of vapors. There are several ways to tackle this issue, but many …

Case Study: Rugworks Looks to DriTac in Replicating Early 1900s General Store

By John Lio, Vice President of Marketing, DriTac Flooring Products Rugworks Floorcoverings is a locally owned and operated flooring contractor based in North Carolina. Rugworks opened in 1998 with a …

Freehand Knifing of Rotogravure Sheet Vinyl

By Ray Thompson, Jr. When installing resilient sheet vinyl, there are three methods you could utilize: freehand knifing; straight or direct scribing; and pattern scribing. The method you select is …

Next Stop, The Flooring Installation Highway of Success!

By Jim Walker, American Floor Covering Institute Business Insider Magazine reported that during interviews with Uber drivers they were told, “We are making a lot less money than Uber is …

Steps for Successful Wood Flooring Jobsite Preparation

By Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President of Education & Certification There are many variables that contribute to a successful wood flooring job, but some of the most important considerations occur …

Is Your Flooring Installation Program a Source of Pride?

By Tom Jennings, WFCA Vice President, Member Services Every dealer can offer stunning products on their sales floor. Beautiful products are never in short supply. But at day’s end, it’s …

Tile and Stone: What Do You Mean ‘The Installation Failed?’

By Steve Rausch When I starting in the flooring industry in 1974 at a full-service retail store in Cincinnati, I remember being told that there really weren’t any books or …

Flooring Contractor Issues: How to Increase Your Profits

By Bob Blochinger The answer to increasing your profits is simple, clear and can be viewed with one word: Commitment. Whether you are an independent installer with a helper or …

FCICA Provides Solution to Lack of Installation Manager Training

      By Kelly Fuller, FCICA, Director of Education There are several excellent programs in the industry today to train flooring installers. FCICA developed the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) …

Make Sure You are the Selected Contractor

By Mike Pigeon, Roppe Holding Co. Using the correct flooring contractor is important for each flooring job. Make sure you are the selected company for each job you bid whether …

Renewing Existing Wood Floors

By Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President of Education & Certification Any installer who measures the success of his or her business by only new installations is missing a large potential …

Ceramic Tile Grout Innovations, Technology Contribute to Industry Growth

By Bart Bettiga, National Tile Contractors Association, Executive Director In order for the tile industry to grow, installation material manufacturers must continue to develop innovative technology to support consumer demand and …

Where Are Those Flooring Installers?

By Jim Walker It’s here: 2015! Will it be a rewarding year for flooring installation? Are you motivated? There’s a saying, “If you fail to plan; you have planned to …

8 Ways to Prevent Moisture from Becoming a Flooring Problem

By Ray Thompson, Jr. There are many ways that water vapor can be a problem. The following are solutions to help keep moisture problems away from your flooring installations. Perform …

All About Installing Barrier-Free Showers

What You Don’t Know Can Destroy Your Work By Steve Rausch When one discusses the level of difficulty and increased skill requirements in ceramic tile installations, most industry experts will …

Managing a Customer’s First Impressions

By Tom Jennings, WFCA VP, Member Services Many flooring businesses train their internal team members a variety of ways to positively manage the customer’s first impressions. This is both logical …

Wood Flooring Installation: Jobsite Checklist for Success

By Brett Miller, NWFA Director of Education & Certification There are a lot of things that go into making a wood flooring installation successful. You need the right tools, the …

The Differences in Heat Welding Sheet Vinyl and Linoleum

By Ray Thompson, Jr. Many installers know how to heat-weld sheet vinyl proficiently. Unfortunately, many struggle to heat-weld linoleum flooring as they try to use the same method when heat-welding …

Using the Correct Underlay to Match Laminates and LVT

By Robert Blochinger The match up of underlay material to the flooring product is crucial in the performance and integrity of all LVT and laminate flooring installations. The underlays for …

INSTALL: Understanding Contractual Flooring Obligations

Get it in writing, and know what you’re getting into By Marty Murdoch, Executive Vice President, M.E. Sabosik Assoc. Inc. Let me tell you a story. A flooring contractor just spent …

Issues and Obstacles to Doing More Business

By Steve Rausch As business owners, our day-to-day operations involve various factors of duties and commitments. In this article, I’d like to explore some of the issues and obstacles that …

Retailer Corner: Slowing Down to Go Faster

By Tom Jennings, WFCA, VP Member Services While casually watching a car race recently, I heard three-time NASCAR champion Daryl Waltrip make the statement that “sometimes you have to slow …

Tile Floors: Proper Substrate Preparation

By Greg Mowat, Forensic Tile Consultants Tile contractors, their employees and sub-contractors are responsible for using good judgment in ensuring the substrate is properly prepared prior to proceeding with an …

CFI: Installation of Carpet on Walls

Ed Braile, CFI Master-II #4 We have been receiving numerous inquiries about the installation of carpet on walls. Carpet is now being specified as a wall covering in gymnasiums, home …

Benefits of an Ongoing Training Program

  By Bruce Reeve, LEED AP The personal characteristics of true professionals are the desire to become experts in their field, maintain the highest quality of work, and continue their …

Make Recoating Prefinished Hardwood Floors a Profit Center

Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President of Education & Certification Look at any statistics showing the evolution of wood flooring sales during the past few years and you will notice a …

Notched Trowel Selection Critical to Proper Adhesive Use

By Ray Thompson, Jr. The success, or failure, of any installation relies heavily on how well the hidden portions of that floor have been prepped. If concerns with the underlying …

Do It Right…Review the Flooring Product Prior to Installing

By Robert Blochinger After substrate preparation is complete, the next step is product installation. Whether the flooring type is carpet, wood, VCT, LVT, rubber, sheet goods, ceramic or porcelain tile, …

Products, Methods for Solving Wood Flooring Installation Problems

By Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President of Education & Certification Any flooring contractor who has been in the business for a while knows there are a multitude of issues that …

Crack Isolation Membranes & Waterproof Membranes

By Gregory Mowat, Forensic Tile Consultants Understanding the differences and similarities between crack isolation membranes and waterproof membranes (suitable for direct bond of ceramic, glass, and stone tiles) is imperative …

When to Use a Tile Backer Board

  By Bart Bettiga, NTCA   In order for a tile installation to be successful, the substrate (surface that the tile will be adhered to) must be suitable and properly …

Will We Ever Get It (Installation) Right?

By Jim Walker, American Floor Covering Institute The topic of flooring installation almost has its own season. Every year for generations, we have the same discussion concerning the shortage of …

Overview Report: TCNA Meeting for the 2017 Handbook

By Steve Rausch The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) publishes an annual Handbook containing the industry standards that helps us create, sell, and install tile and stone products properly …

Doubling Down on Surface Preparation

INSTALL’s Latest Training & Certification Program Addresses Flooring Installation from the Bottom Up   By John T. McGrath, Director, International Standards & Training Alliance (INSTALL) Underlayment and surface preparation are …

Flooring Business: It’s the Messenger, Not the Message That Matters Most

By Tom Jennings, VP of Member Services, WFCA It’s a reality that most local, independent businesses are constantly being pressured by large mass merchants. It matters not if you’re selling …

Preventing Vinyl Heat Weld Failures

By Ray Thompson, Jr. The heat welding process arrived in North America in the late 1980s. The main reason for the change was to ensure seam integrity and to produce …

CRI Updates Carpet Installation Guidelines, Part II

A Review of CRI-104 Commercial Carpet Standard By Jim Walker, American Floor Covering Institute In the last issue of ProInstaller, we shared the important and critical changes to the Carpet …

Avoiding Stone Tile Installation Failures

By Gregory Mowat, Forensic Tile Consultants   There’s been a dramatic growth of stone tile installations in the last 40 years. As such, the success of any stone tile installation …

Make Floor Prep Part of Your Work, Not an Add On Item

By Robert Blochinger The words floor prep are defined as preparation; to prepare. Therefore, floor prep would precede installation. If it’s done as an afterthought or add on, then it’s …

Proper Wood Flooring Equipment Maintenance

How to keep sanders operating efficiently for longer periods of time By Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President of Education & Certification Any wood flooring company that measures its growth by …

Build a Game Plan for Business Growth

A Winning Business Model Can Also Combat Labor Woes By John McGrath, Executive Director, International Standards & Training Alliance (INSTALL)   Contractor Gary Johnson thinks he has figured out the …

Tips for Responding to Customer Complaints

Tom Jennings, VP of Member Services, WFCA Whether we like it or not, all of our customers will not always be pleased. I have found that the first minute of …

Care and Maintenance Critical for a Happy Flooring Customer

By Bill Treiber, Technical Sales & Education Manager, Moldings Online Inc.     Floor covering care and maintenance encompasses all of the installation components of the floor. Although the main …

Associations Play Leading Role in Training, Certification

By Bart Bettiga, Executive Director, National Tile Contractors Association For the next several years, the flooring industry will face a two-headed monster. In reality, this is an issue the whole …

Sanding and Finishing Wood Flooring

By Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President of Education & Certification There is no doubt that wood flooring is part of a growing global market. Never before in our history have …

In-Situ Moisture Measurement (The Correct Way)

By Ray Thompson, Jr. The Study In July 1996, Dr. Göran Hedenblad,  Lund Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden performed experiments measuring the relative humidity within concrete by performing in-situ testing …

Tile/Stone Talk: Tile Countertop Installation

By Gregory Mowat, Forensic Tile Consultants   After inspecting thousands of tile countertops and evaluation failures, the following recommendations are made for successful tile countertops: Cabinets are to be set …

CRI Updates Carpet Installation Guidelines

By Jim Walker, American Floor Covering Institute   Welcome to the new CRI-104 and CRI 105! These resource guides contain an unbiased compilation of the manufacturer’s guidelines for the installation …

Putting the Pride Back Into Installation

By Tom Jennings, WFCA, VP of Member Services Since the WFCA assumed the operation of The International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) last fall, I have been receiving frequent inquiries …

Do You Fear Installation Training?

By Robert Blochinger   Why is there so little participation from installers when it comes to training? Recently in south Florida, two seminars were held for flooring installers – one …

Tile Standards: Tools for Sale, Installation of Ceramic Tile

By Bart Bettiga, NTCA   Innovation in ceramic tile and installation materials manufacturing has revolutionized the tile industry. Tile is now available in very large and slimmer formats (thin porcelain …

INSTALL Combatting Labor Shortage with Education

By John McGrath, Director, International Standards & Training Alliance (INSTALL)     Across the floor covering industry, there is a skilled labor crisis, and we’ve known it for some time …

Resilient Floors: Full Spread, Modified Full-Spread or Loose-Lay

By Ray Thompson, Jr. In order to make that decision as to whether to full-spread, modify or loose lay a new resilient job, consider the following questions. Is the substrate …

Why, When and How to Use Backer Boards

By Steve Rausch Today’s technology and consumer demands have created a huge variety of tiles and tiling installation materials, each with their own specific properties to match specific applications. There …

BBB Inquiries: A List You Don’t Want to Be On

By Tom Jennings, WFCA VP of Member Services The flooring industry has long been viewed somewhat suspiciously by the buying public. Frankly, I believe this dubious viewpoint has been deserved. …

Avoiding Job Failures on Outdoor Tile, Stone Installations

By Gregory Mowat Balconies, landings and roof decks, which are constructed without slope, often leak over occupiable spaces, thus resulting in the decomposition of surfaces and framing members of the …

Creating and Installing Factory-Finished Medallions

By Brett Miller, NWFA Vice President of Education & Certification Over the past few years, sales of factory-finished hardwood flooring have risen dramatically. In 2014, about 55% of all wood …

Protecting Your Carpet Installation from Callbacks

The relationship between carpet care and carpet installation By Robert Blochinger There are many reasons for an installation failure. However, the least talked about is maintenance that is performed after …

NAFCT Adds IICRC Certification Wood Floor Maintenance Technician to its List of Classes

The National Academy of Floor Covering Training (NAFCT) is proud to announce the addition of the IICRC Certification Wood Floor Maintenance Technician (WFMT) to its list of classes. IICRC-approved instructor …

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