Tile and flooring installations in any type of retail environments need to seamlessly blend aesthetics and function. They should underscore a brand’s identity without distracting patrons while allowing customers to shop safely and conveniently. Follow this guide to make retail flooring installations a sound investment for both you and your customers.
When designers lack in-depth knowledge of your trade, it can lead to unrealistic expectations – and ultimately, disappointment. Designers might show building owners pictures and idea boards of concepts that wow the client aesthetically, but miss the boat with functionality and practicality. While it’s nice to work with a designer who has faith in your abilities, the mantra “the installer will make it work” can lead to disgruntled designers, disappointed building owners and frustrated installers.
What mistakes do contractors regularly make when installing ceramic tile? There are several common errors that can be avoided by proper planning. Here's how to avoid mistakes encountered on a regular basis during ceramic tile installations:
When Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he certainly wasn’t describing the process of installing tile over concrete. But he could have been, because properly evaluating and preparing your concrete substrate prior to laying tile will prevent countless – and costly –post-installation problems. Here are two tips on how to evaluate and address a few common conditions pre-installation.
What do you tell your customers who have a concrete subfloor and want to install hardwood? We recommend an engineered hardwood for several important reasons. One, it’s much less sensitive to changes in humidity compared to wood that can swell with moisture and temperature. Two, it can be installed at any grade level – including below grade. And three, it’s better than traditional plank for installing over in-floor heating systems.
Moisture mitigation is an increasingly important step in many large commercial flooring and tile jobs. Because the potential effects of excessive moisture vapor emission rates can be so costly, you should carefully take all jobsite conditions into account prior to the application of a moisture vapor barrier. Use the TEC® Moisture Mitigation Pre-Installation Checklist before beginning your next large installation.
The difference between static & dynamic joints
Static cracks and control joints are non-moving parts, which makes them easier to work with during installation. Dynamic cracks and expansion joints, however, are moving parts and need much more attention. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between static joints and dynamic joints.
It’s August, which means one thing for commercial contractors: school renovations. These renovations have a hard deadline (after all, the school year will start as scheduled, whether you’re ready or not). And as you know, school districts often have a hard budget, and can’t afford for your flooring installation to take longer than expected. Follow these steps to keep your school installation on schedule.
“Self-leveling underlayment” is a bit of a misnomer. Although this type of product is incredibly useful, it does require a thoughtful installer to ensure it works properly. Follow this guide to prevent cracks in your self-leveling underlayment.