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October 12, 2017. 9:52 PM

Cement-based products and OSHA thresholds for respirable crystalline silica

Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted lower thresholds for worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica, causing both debate and concern within the construction industry. In response to these concerns, our…

August 30, 2017. 10:16 PM

Flooding considerations for walls and floors

Flood damage can be costly to repair and confusing to assess. We have prepared some information about how inland flooding (rising water from local rivers and streams and overflows from nearby ponds, lakes and reservoirs) can impact floors and walls…

May 19, 2017. 5:31 PM

#MAPEITechTip: Construction Installation Products -balancing ‘Performance’ with ‘Sustainability’

In this highly competitive marketplace, an installer’s reputation is ‘King’, a few jobs that go south can quickly ruin a seasoned installer’s years of hard work.  That is why you will find such fierce loyalty on the part of installers to a…

May 10, 2017. 9:30 PM

Is your wood floor ready for the next Hurricane Season?

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to November 30th and MAPEI’s USA headquarters are located less than 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean . So, preparing ourselves for storm season is just something that we do every year. People often ask…

May 1, 2017. 9:40 PM

The Tile Industry Looks To Answer The Question "Why Tile?"

Why Tile? For the last year or so, those of us that sit on the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) board have known about an effort by the tile industry to answer that question. We all know 'Got Milk?' and 'The Incredible, Edible Egg' but until…

April 17, 2017. 5:05 PM

Flexcolor 3D - Translucent Grout Makes a Bold Statement

I've been attending Coverings for more than 20 years and have never seen a product make a bigger splash right out of the gate than Flexcolor 3D .  We introduced 3D at our booth last year and I spent most of my time talking about it, both in the…

December 22, 2016. 5:31 PM

Tile is thinner and larger than ever-Standards to govern quality & installation

In the last few years, there has been a concerted effort by tile manufacturers to produce larger format porcelain tiles that use less natural resources by reducing the thickness ( For example: 1/8”x 5’ x 10’ ) . Due to this increased format size and…

December 8, 2016. 4:44 PM

#MAPEITechTip: LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) & LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank): Sound-reduction in multi-unit residential high-rises and hotels

So we think vinyl is vinyl — sheet, tiles or in planks, however this couldn’t be farther from the truth, since vinyl tile & planks have taken very different paths, particularly in the last few years.  The demand for floors that ‘ mimic nature ’, in…

November 22, 2016. 9:21 PM

#MAPEITechTip: STACK—methodology to determine 1.) Surface preparation 2.) Product selection 3.) Acceptable installation environment & Knowledge

Have you ever wished there was a better way to ensure that you captured all of the layers required for your installation? What about the surface preparation—is it in line with the floor covering manufacturer and installation requirements?  What is…

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