Registration Open for NWFA Expo 2017
Registration is now open for the National Wood Flooring Association 2017 Wood Flooring Expo. The NWFA Expo 2017 event will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, April 11-14.
American Floorcovering Alliance (AFA) has partnered with NICFI, National Academy of Floor Covering Training (NAFCT) and The Flooring Educational Guild for 2016’s FloorTek Expo, Technical Training Conference & Trade Show, October 18-22, 2016, held at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia.
For more information about FloorTek Expo 2016, please visit their website at www.Floor-Tek.com. For information about the Technical Training Conference & Trade Show, please contact Paul Pleshek via email at Paul@nafct.com.
— Industry-Led Updates to CRI’s 104/105 Carpet Installation Standards Focus on
Proper Planning and Preparation —
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) today announced important updates to its CRI-104 and CRI-105 Installation Standards for Commercial and Residential Carpet. Developed by a team of industry leaders, these changes address industry innovations that require new approaches to carpet installation, particularly planning and subfloor preparation. Read More
By Frank Woeste and Peter Nielsen
Beginning in 2007, the TCA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation listed in bold print the following requirement for two-layer wood sheathing installation methods:
Should the tile contractor or other interested parties be concerned whether or not the plywood underlayment runs perpendicular to the joists? Read More
Although this may be the most comprehensive list of tile terminology you can find, it is by no means complete. Glossaries and tile articles from around the Internet have been researched to compile this list and it is an ongoing project. If you know a term related to ceramic or stone tile that is not listed here, please use the comment form to add it. In return, we will link to your professional flooring related website. You might also spot a mistake in our glossary, or feel additional information should be provided. Please use the comment form below to inform us so we can continue to make this the finest place for flooring information on the web. Read More
Goodwill of North Georgia and the Chattahoochee Technical College working with the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) is conducting a three-week, intensive carpet installation training program October 5th through 23rd, 2015 at the college. Read More
Goodwill Industries of Georgia has a mission to put people to work. There is a huge sign at the entry – “When you DONATE and when you SHOP, your actions HELP US put people TO WORK!” What a pleasant surprise to have the opportunity to fully understand the Goodwill organization. Michael Pryor, Director and Quasandria Turner, Special Projects Coordinator, provided a first-hand overview of the impact they have on the lives of people. The facility located in Smyrna, GA is the largest in the nation and a shining example of what can be done when people care.
Michael Pryor said, “While the state’s unemployment rate of 6.3% is a full ten points below where it was in April, The Georgia Department of Labor still reports a need for skilled workers in the state. Through a unique partnership, the International Certified Floor Covering Installers Association (CFI), Chattahoochee Technical College, Goodwill of North Georgia and Spectra, retail commercial sales division of Shaw are working to fill that gap and help area jobseekers find employment.” Read More
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The course consists of 3 days of training for skilled installers. Our instructors have over 35 years of experience each.
Day 1 of the course is a review of the study guide followed by a written test.
Day 2 is “hands on training” consisting of pattern matching, double stick installation, preparation for Wilton seams, and much, much more.
Day 3, testing for “hands on training” along with demonstrations of the Kool Glide Iron, and the Seamer Down Now. Read More
During the week of August 4-8, in conjunction with the Carpet, Resilient, Ceramic, Laminate and Wood Certifications, the CFI Carpet Master-II Test will be offered in Fort Wayne, IN August 4-7, 2015. The test is the highest form of certification available in the carpet installation segment of the industry. It is a very intensive, three-day test of hand skills, written and verbal knowledge.
Installers who participate are required to have successfully completed the Residential I-II and Commercial I-II certifications. With the deposit of $100.00, the written test can be taken prior to the date at any CFI event or the installer may arrive early to complete it onsite prior to the onset of the testing. Applicants are to Read More
Beaulieu of Brazil is hosting the CFI Installation Team May 2 – 16, 2015. The installation training includes hands-on skills working with patterned carpet, broadloom and carpet tiles; LVT and resilient flooring. The CFI Team of Jim Walker, Robert Varden, Efren Llamas and Francisco Jimenez will be sharing the latest in floor covering education including installation techniques and tools with 60 flooring installers. Sales representatives have also been invited to attend. Read More
Coverings, 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
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.”
The folks at Heat Welding Pro (dot com) sponsored a contest in 2014 and hosted a commercial vinyl flooring forum at The Floor Pro Community, but it was a short-lived relationship. I don’t know why they still have a link to the expired contest and a broken link to our commercial flooring forum.
Here is the correct link to our Commercial Flooring Sales & Installation forum. Sorry for any confusion.
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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