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.

How to overcome assumptions that block your people power   Full Article
Aug/Sep 2015—Contributing editor Sam Allman challenges readers to build more relationships and achieve greater success through embracing diversity. His column includes tips and also details several assumptions that are barriers to accepting change.

Style, fashion and technology in tile: Tile Files - Aug/Sep 2015   Full Article
Tile expert Ryan Fasan discusses a range of different design and technology trends in ceramic tile, with images from Spanish tile companies, including Peronda, Roca, Apavisa, Vives and Inalco.

Healthcare Market: Contractor's Corner - Aug/Sep 2015   Full Article
Contributing editor Dave Stafford focuses on the healthcare market, walking readers through the process of getting engaged with that market and offering advice on how contract dealers can determine if it's a market they want to go after.

Survey 2015: What the Retailers Think - July 2015   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm offers analysis and interpretation of the results of this year's survey of independent flooring retailers, covering everything from sales and earnings to top problems, ad strategies and favorite flooring manufacturers.

Trends in Education: Market analysis, trends and manufacturer updates   Full Article
July 2015—Senior editor Calista Sprague examines the education market, including updates from producers of education flooring, including Johnsonite, Tandus Centiva, Mohawk, Shaw, Interface, Forbo, Mannington, Bentley, J+J, Armstrong, Roppe and Flexco

Concrete Moisture: Strategies for avoiding flooring failures - July 2015   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier discusses the challenges inherent in concrete installations, the problems related to drying the product, and how new materials are helping the industry come up with lasting solutions.

Virtual Tools, Authentic Design - July 2015   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague reports on a forum, hosted by Tricycle, a technology firm best known for its realistic digital sampling products. The forum covers technology and design, and the efficiencies they bring to businesses, along with other topics.

Trends and highlights from the commercial interiors show: NeoCon 2015   Full Article
July 2015—Floor Focus' editorial team offers a comprehensive review of this year's NeoCon, the largest commercial interiors show in North America, with trends reports and indepth descriptions of noteworthy introductions from commercial flooring producers.

Residential carpet, Asian LVT, Aquafil, biophilia: Strategic Exchange   Full Article
July 2015—Publisher Kemp Harr on carpet's residential share loss, offers insights into LVT production in Asia, reports on Aquafil's Sweet 16 event, discusses new leadership in flooring from non-flooring professionals, weighs in on biophilia at NeoCon.

Piet Dossche, founder and CEO of US Floors: Focus on Leadership   Full Article
July 2015—Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Piet Dossche, with topics ranging from his background and career to the creation of US Floors and the development of Coretec, the firm's hugely popular LVT with a cork cushioned back and waterproof core.