The Commercial Flooring Report is a publication made available by LGM and Associates Technical Flooring Services: Floor Covering experts on Carpet, Laminate and Vinyl, Ceramic and Hardwood. Monthly newsletters designed to help you and your team understand challenges typical to the flooring industry and provide prevention and resolution.

Commercial Flooring Report: Vol. 9, № 1 (ACAA Reply and Vinyl Issues)

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In the last issue of the Commercial Flooring Report I wrote an article about fly ash content in concrete and the issues this material presents relative to installation and in particular its relevance to gaining LEED credits for new buildings. The article prompted a response from David Goss the Executive Director of the American Coal Ash Association, which resulted in us pening a very fruitful dialogue. Following is a response from the American Coal Ash Association prompted by my article. At the end of the response I'll provide you with the outcome of our conversations and phone conference meeting we had with several participants and the resultant benefits this new relationship will bring to the floor covering industry.

Commercial Flooring Report: Vol. 8, № 1 (Be Aware of Dangerous Situations!)

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The commercial flooring business is fraught with danger much of it perpetrated by ignorance. This is not to cast aspersions on those in the industry as being dumb but it is in reference to people not knowing or sometimes, dangerously, not caring or worse yet taking matters into their own hands when they think they know and really don't.

Commercial Flooring Report: Vol. 7, № 1 (Interesting Facts and Information for 2007 / 2008)

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Carpet tile use is growing dramatically but at the expense of broadloom carpet. There is no question carpet tile is the fastest growing textile floor covering material on the market but its growth is coming at the expense of broadloom. The ease of installation, design capabilities, structural integrity, performance characteristics and versatility of carpet tile, along with new innovative backing systems, many of them the result of recycling efforts, make carpet tile the hot property that it is.

Commercial Flooring Report: Vol. 6, № 1 (Carpet Myths and Facts)

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[b]There are a number of myths about carpet[/b] that many believe to be true when in fact they are not. The myths uncovered here are from Werner Braun, President of the Carpet and Rug Institute, from his presentation at the annual CRI Meeting held on November 13, 2007 and my subsequent interview of Werner.

I've added my own commentary to these categories based on 37 years of experience. The carpet industry is one of the most responsible industry's there is regarding addressing issues that are erroneous and putting forth information that benefits the consuming public.

Commercial Flooring Report: Vol. 5, № 1 (Beware of Imported Products)

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This has been a scare of late particularly with products imported from China and it relates to carpet in particular, especially with one case we have. This carpet was installed in a public venue and after a short period of time there was a question of wear. This instigated the end users and flooring contractors questioning of the carpet itself and its quality. Further examination of the carpet revealed that there were three different backings supplied with the product which raised even more concerns about how reliable this product and its manufacturing supplier were.

Commercial Flooring Report: Vol. 3, № 1 (INSTALL: Everyone Talks Training UBC Delivers)

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Floor covering is an installed product and until it is installed and installed properly, it has no value to anyone; it';s simply ballast. Installation has been said to be the bane of the floor covering industry for years. Complaints about the installers' attitude, skill level, training, pricing, reliability and professionalism have created rifts between manufacturers and flooring contractors for longer than anyone wants to admit. Installers and installation have often been viewed as a necessary evil — not exactly the best situation to have for any installed product.

Commercial Flooring Report: Vol. 2, № 1 (NeoCon 2007 and More)

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To say NEOCON was a rousing success would be an understatement. Of the carpet exhibitors we spoke to the traffic was voluminous. In the first day attendees far outpaced last years show, that is, there were as many people entering exhibit spaces on the first day as all three days of last year, 2006. Not only does this indicate an interest in flooring products it proves the contract market is still alive and well and booming.

Commercial Flooring Report: Vol. 1, № 1 (State of the Industry)

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There are significant advances in the commercial flooring market which impact everyone involved with the product. There have been so many changes in face fiber, backing materials styling, recycling and "Green Issues," that it's difficult for the most ardent observer to keep it all in order. This is a brief commentary and a simplistic representation of what's going on in each of the following categories and how it impacts the product.