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.

California's Interiors & Textiles: Best Practices - April 2014   Full Article
Contributing editor Sonya Jennings profiles Interiors & Textiles, which focuses on the customer in its high end Silicon Valley retail operation, which has been in business since 1955.

Company Culture: Successful Selling - April 2014   Full Article
Contributing editor Sam Allman discusses the role of company culture in the success of flooring retailers, including the company's collection of beliefs, values, work styles and relationships, as well as how to build and maintain a strong culture.

Antimicrobial and photocatalytic technologies: Tile Files   Full Article
April 2014—Noah Chitty, director of technical services for crossville, discusses the technologies in its Hydrotect finish, which uses titanium dioxide along with silver and copper to clean surface and remove particles and contaminates from the air.

Shaw's Merritt, Mohawk's Lape, Armstrong's Mangas   Full Article
April 2014 Industry Barometer—Industry leaders weigh in on the importance for today's consumers to recognize flooring brands, with each industry leader offering a unique perspective.

Surfaces 2014 Highlights - March 2014   Full Article
Floor Focus' editorial team reports on this year's Surfaces show, held in Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Convention Center as part of the International Surface Event, with trends reports and indepth product reviews and photos from all the leading manufacturers.

Senior Living: Housing Trends - March 2014   Full Article
Editor Brian Hamilton reports on the state of the senior living market, including two case studies of very different senior care operations. The article also takes a look at the development of the sector, and the significance of carpet and vinyl flooring.

Hardwood Report: Raw material costs squeeze margins   Full Article
Mar 2014—Editor Jessica Chevalier analyzes the hardwood industry, with a focus on limited sawmill capacity, styling and trends, and industry news, including highlights of the major hardwood producers.

Carpet Fiber Update: Developments in synthetics - Mar 2014   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm reports on all the key developments in the carpet fiber business, including fiber statistics, trend reports, updates on environmental progress, and highlights from all the independent fiber manufacturers.

Ralph Boe and Beaulieu, Lumber Liquidators, and taxes: Strategic Exchange   Full Article
Mar 2014—Publisher Kemp Harr discusses Ralph Boe's tenure in the flooring industry, and his legacy, and also speculates on the impact of increased 2013 tax rates on this year's flooring market, and offers some interesting Lumber Liquidator facts.

BSA LifeStructure's hospital lobby facelift: Designer Forum   Full Article
March 2014—Melissa Davis, director of interior design at BSA LifeStructures, discusses her firm's design of the public space area at Major Hospital in Shelby, Indiana, with a focus on a challenging porcelain tile installation.