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Coverings 2015

Coverings 2015Coverings, the largest tile and stone exhibition in North America, will return to Orlando in April to showcase cutting-edge product innovations and emerging trends in the marketplace. When the industry gathers at the Orange County Convention Center, April 14-17, attendees will be impressed with the latest product introductions presented by more than 1,000 exhibitors representing more than 40 countries.

“As the industry continues to innovate tile, reimagine everyday solutions, and present new material for architects, designers, builders, remodelers, distributors, retailers, installers, contractors and fabricators, one thing is certain: Coverings is the place you need to be to see it all,” said Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “Aside from the jam-packed expo floor, the show offers an exceptional conference program, certification courses, and networking opportunities. It is an exhilarating experience that has a lasting impact for all professionals in the industry.” Read More

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CFI Training Events for 2015

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CFI 2015 Training Events Calendar

March 13-14, 2015
San Antonio, TX | Carpet

March 25-26, 2015
Baltimore, MD | Wood & Laminate

March 31-April 1, 2015
Ft. Wayne, IN | Ceramic

March 31-April 1, 2015
Ft. Wayne, IN | Wood & Laminate

April 2-3, 2015
Ft. Wayne, IN | Resilient

April 2-3, 2015
Ft. Wayne, IN | Carpet

April 10-11, 2015
Nashville, TN | Carpet

April 15-16, 2015
Baltimore, MD | Ceramic

May 3 – 14, 2015
Sao Paulo, Brazil | Carpet & Resilient

May 3 – 14, 2015
Shaw Flooring | Carpet–Resilient-Laminate

May 19-20, 2015
Davenport, IA | Resilient

Jun 2-3, 2015
Detroit, MI | Carpet

July 27-28, 2015
Dalton, GA | MOHAWK Carpet

September 15-16, 2015
Dalton, GA | MOHAWK Carpet

Coming Soon…
Ft. Wayne, IN | Master-II
Omaha, NE | All Surfaces
Stockton, CA | Carpet & Wood

Download event flyers and see the full list of CFI events!

International Certified Floor Covering Installers Training Events for 2015

CFI installation training is in huge demand, both for open events and dealer-specific workshops and certification.

The benefits to installation training can be strongly measured by customer satisfaction. Enhancing the skills of the installers leads to a more productive day in the field because of the new and improved techniques that continually are added for the installation of ceramic, carpet, resilient, laminate and wood flooring.

Flyers can be downloaded at www.CFIinstallers.com. Check often as the dates are constantly changing.

The WORLD FLOOR COVERING ASSOCIATION offers their members educational scholarships that apply to all CFI events. Visit www.WFCA.org for detailed information. If not a member, join today.

CFI also conducts installation training for individuals who are just entering the trade. These programs are very intense and designed for those who have recently chosen flooring installation as a new career. CFI programs offered by dealers in various areas are 1-2 week, hands-on courses that prepare the students to be well-trained assistants.

“Flooring installers are the mirror of the retail store and spend many hours in the customer’s home or business,” said Robert Varden, Executive Director. “Increased training delivers results that provide more sales. Both dealers and flooring installers benefit from updated information and skills training. We prepare the applicants with The CFI Study Guide that contains the answers to the written tests. It is the goal of CFI to furnish as much information as possible to make the experience rewarding and enjoyable.”

Tony Buckhardt, CFI President, “The CFI Master-II Certification will be held this summer. To apply for this event, the installer must have completed the RI-II and the CI-II Certifications. The importance of adding to the installer’s resume cannot be stressed enough due to the high demand of this designation for specific work, such as the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. Installers must allot time from their busy schedules to enhance their skills to move forward in this industry.”

SIGN UP TODAY!

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CFI Hardwood/Laminate Training & Certification Wausau, WI

CFI Hardwood & Laminate Installation Training and Certification

March 10-11, 2015
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Carpet City Flooring Center
5400 W. Stewart Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401
(715) 842-5277

Schedule:
Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am – 3:30pm Read More

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The Formula for Profiting On In-House Labor

This covers an aspect of business I have not heard much on around the various flooring sites. Perhaps you have and you may find this repetitive or boring. If so, my apologies. However, for those who have not, the point I hope to share comes from a pivotal point in my wife’s and my business becoming truly profitable. So here goes…

It would be easy to say the best formula for profit margins is to always have our income exceed our out-go. That’s really silly, it’s like saying the best way to avoid accidents is to not have them. You might need to read that sentence again. I know, it’s an obvious point. The problem is, doing the obvious is not always as easy as identifying it. Read More

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SLC & Radiant Heat Flooring

Self-Leveling Cement & Radiant Heat Flooring

When installing electric radiant heated flooring, you will find that every manufacturer has slightly differing recommendations in their installation guidelines. Following the manufacturer’s recommendations for installing the wires or mats is important. Following their guidelines for installing tile directly over these mats generally leads to frustration and in many cases an installation that has an inferior finish due to trying to set over a surface that is not flat, and sometimes one that has sensors that are thicker than the thinset bed you are trying to set tile into.

As a professional installer, I have found that installing the electric heat and following this with a Pour of Self Leveling Cement to a thickness of ⅜ – ½” provides an excellent flat surface for tile installation and additional mass to retain heat. Once poured it also protects the Heating System from damage while setting tile.

The following method is what I… what my company, Tilewerks, uses: Read More

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VALUE – Where is it Found in Installation

For years the term value has been bandied about throughout the flooring industry, but when it comes to excellent installation where is the value?

Until recently the real value associated with installation of flooring products has only received lip-service from retailers trying to close a sale by consoling customers who’ve previously felt the sting of poorly installed products.

“Will it wrinkle, bubble . . . what happens if it starts to come up?” These are only some of the questions asked by concerned customers at the point of sale. Generally, the salesperson will answer, “Oh, our installers are the best and we provide full warranty.” However, being the best is not always reflected in an installer’s pay. Moreover, why would a salesperson say their installers are the best then go on to undo that thought by mentioning full warranty in the same sentence? Read More

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Ultimate Scraper Blade’s Spud Bar Review

The Ultimate Scraper BladeThe Ultimate Scraper Blade was introduced to the industry in 2004 by Skirted Blade Systems LLC of Lake Tahoe, NV. It was a hit with all who saw and used it, but like any new tool in this industry, it was slow to gain wide acceptance. Shown and demonstrated at Surfaces, the CFI Convention and other flooring events and seminars, it finally made national distributors late that first year and was available in the UK by November. But it wasn’t until May of 2006 that their latest incarnation of the little blade that could made its debut, the Ultimate Scraper Blade Spud Bar. Read More

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Tile Underlayment Positioning

Positioning Underlayment to Prevent Tile & Grout Cracks by Frank Woeste, P.E. and Peter A. Nielsen

The 2003–2004 Tile Council of America’s (TCA) Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation contains numerous details for a double layer wood floor system supporting ceramic tile. The thicknesses of the subfloor and tile underlayment are given in each case. Specific guidance on where to butt the underlayment end joints is not given for any detail. For example, for F142-03, the TCA Handbook states, “offset end and edge joints of the underlayment panels by at least two inches from the joints of subfloor panels; they should not coincide with framing below.” It further states, “underlayment fasteners should not penetrate joists below.” In the case of F150-03, the offsetting is not mentioned, but it does state, “underlayment fasteners should not penetrate joists below.” The same holds true for F155; however, it also states, “face grain of plywood should run perpendicular to trusses, I-joists, or sawn lumber for maximum stiffness.”

The purpose of this article is to propose specific guidelines Read More

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Concrete Control Joints & Cracks

The Behavior of Concrete Slabs With Control Joints and Cracks
by A. Kester

A lot of architects, contractors, and even engineers, do not have a good understanding on the behavior of concrete slabs-on-ground (SOG). I am just one structural engineer and these are my thoughts based on my research and experience. I have worked with concrete slab construction my entire career, and have done a lot of investigations of cracks and settlement damage to SOG, and have a pretty good general understanding of them. This is a review of the subject and I hope it helps people in the flooring industry in dealing with different types of slabs with control joints and cracks. Read More

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Computer Security for The Floor Pro

Computer Security for Flooring Pros
by Nick Arrera

There’s More To Flooring Than Just Floors

Part of being a floorcovering professional is the office work. Every one of you reading this obviously has a computer and odds are 99% of you use it for work: invoicing and bookkeeping, compiling price lists, writing business correspondence and research on the Internet. Some of you feel you are adequately protected from the dangers of hackers and viruses. A few of you do not concern yourselves with such matters. Only when there’s trouble do you wonder what happened. Here is a short course on computer security that can help protect you, your computer and your business data from theft or damage. Read More

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Tile Over Vinyl Flooring

Ceramic & Stone Tile Over Vinyl Flooring
A Raging and On-going Controversy in the Flooring Community

In The Old Days…

Back in the early days of the first home improvement Advice Forums for Do-It-Yourselfers on the Internet, less than a decade ago, it didn’t take long to find out that if you were to choose a subject such as this (ceramic or stone tile over vinyl) and rub two tile installers together you could in no-time create fire. If not a raging flaming beast of a fire then at least plenty of smoke. This type of fire and smoke is hard to extinguish because in the minds of some long-time installers, for them to follow this advice would mean changing everything they had been taught by their mentors and fathers and grandfathers and godfathers. For some, these methods mean change and we all know how humans resist change. So, for this reason, this is not directed at any of the long-time professional installers in the flooring community. No sir, instead it is directed toward the Do-It-Yourselfer that is seeking sound advice from an experienced installer that has (trust me) “been there, done that”. You will find this ongoing argument everywhere on the help forums that you go to seek advice. Read More

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Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Flooring Options

A Glance at Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Flooring Options
by Marcy Tate

Eco-friendly and sustainable flooring is growing in popularity. Alternatives to conventional flooring are vast and easily accessible. There are eco-friendly underlayment and sealer options, too. Most eco-friendly flooring options cost about 20% more than conventional flooring types. But the growing increase of requests for eco-friendly flooring has proved that many homeowners are willing to pay extra for the great benefits. Read More

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Patching Vinyl Floors, a Photo Essay

Patching Damaged Glue-Down Sheet Vinyl Floors

This is a step-by-step guide to repairing damaged sheet vinyl flooring. Click a picture and follow along during an actual job of patching a vinyl floor. Read More

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Retailer & Installer: Working Partnership?

Flooring Retailer and Installer: Is It a Valued Working Partnership?

Partners are for dancing and the only ship that will never sail is a partnership. Installers who are looking for a partnership with a retailer, builder, designer or any other business entity are looking for love in all the wrong places.

As for respect, respect is something that begins within and is reflected or mirrored by those for whom we serve. We are not in this floorcovering business to be someone’s friend or substitute family member. We are here to do a job. We are trained, skilled, educated and knowledgeable about every aspect in the execution and delivery of our craft. Because we have respect for ourselves, we hold ourselves to a higher level of accountability than they will ever hold us. Because we are accountable for our actions we know what we will do and, even more important, we know what we will not do and Read More