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.

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.

Beaulieu's Karel Vercruyssen: Focus on Leadership Mar 2014   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Karel Vercruyssen, who recently took over Beaulieu America from Ralph Boe, about the evolution of Beaulieu and where it's headed, including the role of resilient and hard surface products in the Beaulieu brand.

Taylor Carpet One: Best Practices   Full Article
March 2014—Contributing editor Sonya Jennings profiles Taylor Carpet One, with 4 locations in South Florida run by Taylor family since 1957. They continue to be a family run operation focusing on training and education for employees.

Successful LVT installation: Flooring Forensics - Mar 2014   Full Article
Contributing editor Lew Migliore discusses both the basics of installation of luxury vinyl tile and plank, including substrate preparation, and also takes a look at the various LVT installation methods available on the market today

Wood lookalikes versus real wood: Wood Cuts - Mar 2014   Full Article
Michael Martin, CEO of the National Wood Flooring Association, compares real hardwood to faux looks in other flooring categories, and makes a case for all the different ways hardwood is the superior choice.

Spread your risk with a new business niche: Contractor's Corner   Full Article
March 2014—Contributing editor Dave Stafford takes a close look at how to track current performance and how to assess the viability of taking business in new directions, and he offers a set of tips to help guide contractors in their strategies.