Article Archives

Floor Focus is a monthly magazine of analysis and education for the floor covering industry's interconnected business sectors: retailers, distributors, contract dealers, manufacturers, architects, designers and commercial end users. While Floor Daily gives you the news, Floor Focus tells you what the news means for your business.

Schönox APF helps a contractor solve a subfloor problem: Call the Contractor-Nov 2015   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm introduces a new column on challenging contractor projects with the case of the Hensville development project in Toledo, Ohio, where an ancient warehouse subfloor had to be secured an leveled before installing flooring.

Metroflor's Harlan Stone: Focus on Leadership - Feb 2016   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Harlan Stone, co-chairman of Metroflor, discussing how the firm was created, Stone's global journey through the industry, distribution and manufacturing strategies, pivotal decisions and plans for the future.

Focus 100 Retail: Top retailers and contractors are coming out ahead - Nov 2015   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm reports on the top 100 flooring retailers and residential contractors, including indepth profiles of key players, updates from buying groups, a chart of the Top 100 in sales and a report on the housing market.

Airport Design Update - Nov 2015   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague discusses the current state of airport renovation and new construction with designers from Corgan, DWL Architects and Planners and Leo A Daly, from funding and budgets to design and flooring specification.

Cersaie, the global tile show, featured elevated geometrics and moody textures - Nov 2015   Full Article
Editor and art director Anne Harr reviews this year's Cersaie show, held annually in Bologna, Italy, reporting on trends in design, pattern, format and construction from leading Italian tile manufacturers.

Coretec patent, Mohawk retreat and UFloor's U.S. facility: Strategic Exchange - Nov 2015   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses the issuance of US Floor's Coretec patent, Mohawk's designer retreat and UFloor's new facility in Delaware, as well as analyzing home center hard surface growth and carpet usage declines in hospitality guest rooms.

Gerflor USA's Benjamin Bachman: Focus on Leadership - Nov 2015   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Benjamin Bachman about his career path, building relationships, secrets to success and the characteristics of a true leader, as well as Gerflor's green story and the advantages of its focus on resilient flooring.

The makeover of Miami International Airport Hotel: Designer Forum - Nov 2015   Full Article
Aida Bao-Garciga, chief of design for Miami Dade Country Aviation, writes about the renovation of the hotel's lobby, common areas and guest rooms, and how terrazzo and Interface carpet tiles helped fulfill the design vision.

Barrington Carpet & Flooring Design: Best practices - Nov 2015   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier profiles Barrington Carpet & Flooring Design, an Akron, Ohio retailer that does over half of its business in new construction and builder work. Barrington credits judicious diversification for much of its success.

Does your personal brand build your people power? People Power - Nov 2015   Full Article
Contributing editor Sam Allman examines the concept of personal brand development, covering issues from trustworthiness and authenticity to consistency, persistence and both giving others recognition for success and taking credit for failures.