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FCI: Floor Covering Installer targets the professional flooring installation community audience through its combined media resources of print, digital, TalkFloor (daily eNews) and our website,

FCI is the only trade publication entirely dedicated to the complete spectrum of flooring installation. FCI serves flooring installers, installation managers, contractors and the distributor network, providing focused, installation-related information on all types of flooring including carpet, ceramic and stone, hardwood, resilient and laminate, as well as the problems that may arise (such as moisture-related issues) and how to solve them. Serving both the residential and commercial markets, we offer instructional education through our how-to articles, best business practices columns and features on tools, techniques and the latest products. We also offer a full range of industry-specific videos, podcasts and webinars to keep our audience up to date and ahead of the curve.

Volume: 27    Issue: 6    

On the cover: CustomTech remediated moisture and controlled floor flatness at a new hospital. Read more about this fast-track health care project on page 28.

Volume: 27    Issue: 5    

On the cover: The curbless shower trend has grown due to its unique and appealing design aesthetic. Read more about the design and installation possibilities on page 22.

Volume: 27    Issue: 4    

On the cover: Once considered a niche product, gauged porcelain tile is now a popular choice. Custom's Will White walks us through a brief history of the product on page 26.

Volume: 27    Issue: 3    

On the cover: Through training, INSTALL is committed to raising the bar in silica awareness by reducing risk on job sites. Read more about the importance of the floorcovering industry complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act's (OSHA) Silica Standard, and taking steps to curb silica dust exposure for men and women in the field on page 30.

Volume: 27    Issue: 2    

On the cover: From installers to project managers and business owners, women bring
a unique perspective and skillset to the jobsite. Read more about the efforts being made to attract more women to the industry on page 24.

Volume: 27    Issue: 1    

On the cover: Daltile's revolutionary floating floor system, RevoTile, installs in just three easy steps. Read more about this and other new products you can expect to see at TISE on page 18.

Volume: 26    Issue: 9    

On the cover: Ardex MRF moisture-resistant finish is a rapid-drying, skimcoat patching underlayment suitable for use under moisture control systems, moisture-resistant adhesives and flooring. See more moisture-resistant products on page 22

Volume: 26    Issue: 8    

On the cover: As polished concrete continues to trend and rise in prominence, flooring contractors and installers must understand the do's and don'ts of this tricky medium. Photo courtesy of INSTALL.

Volume: 26    Issue: 7    

On the cover: Spreading on Chapco 778 TrowelFast Vinyl Flooring Adhesive. Designed for the installation of vinyl tile and plank, VCT and solid vinyl sheet goods, TrowelFast dries quickly, offers excellent resistance to moisture and alkalinity, and is easy to clean up, according to the company. Photo courtesy of Chapco.

Volume: 26    Issue: 6    

On the cover: Working with Bona R880, a silane-based construction adhesive designed for setting vertical surfaces. Photo courtesy of Bona.

Volume: 26    Issue: 5    

On the cover: Rolling out Custom Building Products' RedGard SpeedCoat liquid-applied waterproofing barrier over the company's SpeedSlope Rapid Setting Sloping Mortar.
Photo courtesy of Custom Building Products.

Volume: 26    Issue: 4    

On the cover: Pictured
is the winner of our 2018 FCI Installation Award in Commercial Tile & Stone: Drostle Public Arts and their installation of 19 hand- cut mosaics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. Products used in the installation include Laticrete NXT Level underlayment, 254 Platinum mortar and Permacolor Select grout. Photo courtesy of Laticrete.

Volume: 26    Issue: 3    

On the cover: Applying MAPEI Flexcolor CQ grout, a ready-to-use grout that does not release silica into the air since it's premixed, according to the company. Photo courtesy of MAPEI.

Volume: 26    Issue: 2    

On the cover: Pouring out self-leveling underlayment on a multi-family residential project in the Midwest.
Photo courtesy of USG

Volume: 26    Issue: 1    

On the cover: Installing Metroflor's rigid core flooring Engage Genesis, which features Isocore technology. Photo courtesy of Metroflor.

Volume: 25    Issue: 9    

On the cover: INSTALL's training curriculum features comprehensive information on installing carpet, from what tools are needed to how the product is manufactured. Photo courtesy of INSTALL.

Volume: 25    Issue: 8    

On the cover:
Strata_Mat from Laticrete is a high- performance uncoupling membrane which allows the installer to see the mortar coverage underneath the mat without needing to lift and verify. It also features Mortar Hydration Vents, creating a mechanical bond between the mat and mortar which allows it to cure faster, the company noted. Photo courtesy of Laticrete.

Volume: 25    Issue: 7    

On the cover:
Installing WarmlyYours TempZone Floor Heating Cable with Prodeso Uncoupling Membrane. According to the company, the subfloor can be waterproofed with the help of a polyethylene fleece tape called ProBand, which is used along perimeter joints and long adjoining sheets of the membrane. Photo courtesy of WarmlyYours Radiant Heating.

Volume: 25    Issue: 6    

On the cover:
Laying hardwood flooring into Pallmann P5, a solvent- and water-free, STP (silane terminated prepolymer) hybrid adhesive engineered to combine the flexibility of a polyurethane with the advantages of modern MS (modified silane) technology. Photo courtesy of Uzin Utz North America.

Volume: 25    Issue: 5    

On the cover:
Custom Building Products recently enhanced its Fusion Pro Single Component Grout, making it easier to spread and clean as well as improving its performance in wet areas, according to the company.
Photo courtesy of Custom Building Products

Volume: 25    Issue: 4    

On the cover:

Applying MAPEI's Mapesonic 2, a lightweight, load-bearing peel-and-stick sound reduction and crack isolation membrane. Photo courtesy of MAPEI.

Volume: 25    Issue: 3    

On the cover:

Spreading on TechPrime A, an advanced acrylic primer and sealer that prepares surfaces for the application of a CustomTech self-leveling underlayment.

Photo courtesy of Custom Building Products

Volume: 25    Issue: 2    

On the cover:

Bernie Romero, West Coast technical sales representative, demonstrates one of Rubi Tools' latest tile cutters during TISE 2018 in Las Vegas.

Volume: 25    Issue: 1    

On the cover:

If all factors are taken into consideration and the proper methods are utilized, a successful lippage control installation is the result. Photo courtesy of Ardex.

Volume: 24    Issue: 9    

On the cover:

Flooring contractors inspect a dry substrate covered by Scho?nox EPA in a project at Penn State University. Photo courtesy of Schonox HPS North America.

Volume: 24    Issue: 8    

On the cover:

Pouring Schonox ZM Rapid, a cement- based self-leveling compound suitable on cement and gypsum based substrates, and ready for floor covering installation in as little as 90 minutes according to the company. Photo courtesy of Schonox HPS North America.

Volume: 24    Issue: 7    

On the cover:

Pictured is Axminster (broadloom) carpet being installed with MAPEI's Ultrabond ECO 185 premium carpet adhesive at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of MAPEI.

Volume: 24    Issue: 6    

On the cover:

Working with a large-format tile mortar from Custom Building Products. The company offers a wide selection of dry-set modified mortars for large and heavy tile installation. Photo courtesy of Custom Building Products.

Volume: 24    Issue: 5    

On the cover:

Rolling out a high-performance Acousti-Mat sound control mat from Maxxon, which will then be topped with gypsum concrete for permanent sound control capabilities. Photo courtesy of Maxxon.

Volume: 24    Issue: 4    

On the cover:

Applying MAPEI's Ultracolor Plus FA grout. The ne aggregate, fast-setting, polymer-modi ed, color- consistent and ef orescence- free grout is engineered to replace both sanded and unsanded grouts for joint widths from 1/16" to 3/4", according to the company. Photo courtesy of MAPEI.

Volume: 24    Issue: 3    

On the cover:

Pictured is Delmhorst's TechScan Pinless Moisture Meter used to find moisture in a concrete subfloor. According to the company, "TechScan pinless moisture meters make it easy to find moisture hot spots and narrow down areas affected by moisture." Photo courtesy of Delmhorst.

Volume: 24    Issue: 2    

On the cover:

Installing self-leveling underlayment is not a dif cult process as long as industry guidelines and manufacturer instructions are followed. Photo courtesy of UFloor Systems/Uzin.

Volume: 24    Issue: 1    

On the cover:

A contractor seals concrete control joints with polyurea joint filler. Photo courtesy of VersaFlex

Volume: 23    Issue: 8    

On the cover:

Maxxon MVP (Moisture Vapor Protection) is a two-component, moisture- tolerant, high-density, chemically enhanced epoxy product which prevents the passage of water vapor and moisture through concrete floors and walls on or below grade, the company says. Photo courtesy of Maxxon.

Volume: 23    Issue: 7    

On the cover:

Installers working with the Laticrete Supercap system, which combines patented pump truck technology and self-leveling underlayment to deliver flat, dry floors. Photo courtesy of Mr. David's.

Volume: 23    Issue: 6    

On the cover:

Nuheat underfloor radiant heating is prepped to receive floor covering. Photo courtesy of Pentair

Volume: 23    Issue: 5    

On the cover:

Rolling on Wakol PU 280 Moisture Barrier, a premium moisture barrier for green concrete slabs that offers up to two levels of moisture protection. Photo courtesy of Loba-Wakol.

Volume: 23    Issue: 4    

On the cover: Certified Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) offers its Certified Tile Installer (CTI) testing and certification during the recent Coverings 2016 show in Chicago.

Volume: 23    Issue: 3    

On the cover: Engaging in sand and nish training during a hardwood ooring installation class led by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA). Photo courtesy of the NWFA.

Volume: 23    Issue: 2    

On the cover: A shot of Bona adhesive being applied. See our in-depth conversation with adhesive and mortar manufacturers beginning on page 32.

Volume: 23    Issue: 1    

On the cover:

Carefully laying vinyl plank into MAPEI's Ultrabond ECO 360 Premium High-Performance Adhesive for Solid Vinyl Sheet, Tile and Plank.

Volume: 22    Issue: 7    

On the cover:

Commercial carpet installed in an airport, in a photo courtesy of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). The organization recently announced updates to its 104/105 carpet installation standards. See full story on page 44.

Volume: 22    Issue: 6    

On the cover:

An installation of Loxcreen's ProVa Flex uncoupling membrane for ceramic and natural stone tiles, which is designed to protect against substrate cracks, stress and dampness. Tile can be laid immediately after the membrane is installed, according to the company.

Volume: 22    Issue: 5    

On the cover:

Spreading Custom Building Products' LevelQuik RS Self-Leveling Underlayment. Photo courtesy of Brad Anderson.

Volume: 22    Issue: 4    

On the cover:

An installation of Metroflor luxury vinyl plank. The product is installed via the Uniclic system. Photo courtesy of Metroflor.

Volume: 22    Issue: 3    

On the cover:

A student practices installing a wood floor during NWFA's Principles of Wood Floor course. This entry level class looks at the installation, and sand and finish process. Photo courtesy of NWFA

Volume: 22    Issue: 2    

On the cover:
Laticrete materials including 254 Platinum thin set and PermaColor grout are used in an installation of Daltile SlimLite 1/8" thick porcelain panels at Hilton Times Square in New York City.

Volume: 22    Issue: 1    

On the cover:

An application of Tec's The LiquiDam penetrating vapor moisture barrier. Formulated to be applied in a single coat, the product can be used on damp or new concrete as little as 48 hours old (up to 100% RH), according to the company.

Volume: 21    Issue: 7    

On the cover: Custom Building Products' RedGard

is a crack prevention and waterproofing membrane for both residential and commercial tile and stone applications. The product can be applied with a roller, trowel or airless sprayer, the company noted.

Volume: 21    Issue: 6    


Also ...

Installing Cork and Bamboo
Common Inspector Mistakes
Q&A: Doug Ray and Jim Walker

Volume: 21    Issue: 5    


Also ...

Common Concerns of Manufacturers
Underlayments: Backerboards, Crack Isolation and More
Woven Carpet Installation

Volume: 21    Issue: 4    

2014 Buying Guide

Also ...

Installing Large Tile
Underlayments: Patches, Primers and Slus
Installer/Contractor Case Studies
Metal Transitions for Capet and Vinyl

Volume: 21    Issue: 3    

Industry Q&A: CFI, Fishman Flooring Solutions
Moisture Testin and Mitigation Products
Laminate Flooring Installation
What Distributors Need to Know

Volume: 21    Issue: 2    

Industry Q&A: Haines' Bruce Zwicker
Engineered Hardwood Installation
Five Common Mistakes Retailers Make
Tile, Stone and Specialized Projects

Volume: 21    Issue: 1    

Radiant Floor Heating Installation Basics
What's Changed in Resilient Flooring
Five Common Mistakes Installers Make
Decorative Concrete & Toppings

Volume: 20    Issue: 7    

Applications and Settings for Adhesives and Mortars
Heat-Welding Flash Coving Under Toe Kicks
Five Questions for Lee Eliseian
Industry Show Wrap-Ups

Volume: 20    Issue: 6    

Choosing and Using Underlayments and Membranes
Installing Shower Systems: An Industry Roundtable
Subfloors: OSB, Plywood and Modular
How to work with Decorative Concrete

Volume: 20    Issue: 5    

Indoor Air Quality and Installation
Resilient Flooring Adhesives: Working With The Right Products
Concrete Moisture Emission Vapor Testing
Sound Control Primer

Volume: 20    Issue: 4    

2013 Buying Guide

Self-Leveling Underlayments Evolving with New Technology
Training and Certification: An Industry Roundtable
Specification and Installation Dos and Don’ts for Healthcare
Plus: BestPractices:Breakinginto K-12 School Projects

Volume: 20    Issue: 3    

Relative Humidity Testing for Concrete
Tips and Tricks: Installing Laminate in Wet Areas
New Apps for the Flooring Contractor
Plus: Interview with New WFCA CEO Scott Humphrey

Volume: 20    Issue: 2    

Tool Time: Wood Flooring
What You Should Know about Wood Flooring Adhesives
Subfloor Requirements for Hardwood Floors

Volume: 20    Issue: 1    

Moisture Problems and Solutions
Double Glue Dos and Don'ts, Revisited
Going Green: Tile Adhesives and Grouts

Volume: 19    Issue: 7    

Berber Boo-boos

Running an Installation Business
Why Installers Should Think Like an Inspector
Mosaic Tile Installation, Past and Present

Volume: 19    Issue: 6    

Tool Time: Moisture Control
Warming Up to Radiant Heating Installation
How RH Testing Helps Limit Floor Failure
Installing Underlayment Right

Volume: 19    Issue: 5    

The CFI/FIANA Shows Issue

To Power Stretch or Not to Power Stretch
Adhesive Application Pitfalls That Can Create Show-Through
Tool Time: Resilient Flooring

Plus: Choosing Sound Control Underlayment

Volume: 19    Issue: 4    

The 2012 Buying Guide


Plus: Resilient Installs: 10 Things for Contractors to Consider

Volume: 19    Issue: 3    

The How-To Issue

Tips and Tricks for Installing Glass Tile
Installing Resilient Stair Treads
Edge Protection and Transition Profiles
FCICA Convention Wrap-Up

Volume: 19    Issue: 2    

Environmental Requirements for Wood Flooring Installation
Crack Prevention in Tile Work
Repairs for Residential Rotogravure Products

Volume: 19    Issue: 1    

Engineered Wood Flooring Performance
Installing Large Format Ceramic Times
Double-stick Installation Seams