As reported in Issue: floor trends November 2016, Posted Date: 11/08/2016; Author(s): Tanja Kern: The 2016 Floor Trends Flooring Industry Study, conducted by BNP Market Research and compiled from answers given by readers of Floor Trends, Floor Covering Installer, Stone World, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design and Tile Magazine, offers

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U.S. manufacturer floor coverings sales are slowing in the second half of 2016 after increasing at relatively strong rates in the first half. The slowdown reflects weakening gains in builder purchases as housing starts level off. Residential replacement sales also remain sluggish despite increases in personal income.

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As reported in Issue: Tile & Stone Blue Book August 2016 Newsletter, Posted Date: 8/25/2016: (PR Newswire) Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Opportunities in the Global Ceramic Tile Market 2016-2021: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis” report to their offering. The global ceramic tile market is forecast to

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As reported in Issue: FCW Global August 2016, Posted Date: 8/12/2016; Author: economist Kermit Baker: Last year, spending on nonresidential building in the U.S. increased by more than 13 percent. That was on top of an almost 9 percent increase in 2014. Some building categories have seen truly spectacular growth

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Tile Installation Guidelines and Instructions for Installing Ceramic Tile, Glass Tile, and Stone Tile for Residential Installations. Hiring the right installer is the difference between a delightful result and a nightmare.

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As reported in Issue: FCW Global July 2016, Posted Date: 7/21/2016; Author(s): Catalina Research: In recent years, carpet and area rugs have been losing share to ceramic tile, hardwood flooring, and luxury vinyl tile. Manufacturers of these products have stimulated demand among consumers and commercial users by introducing innovative products such

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As reported in Issue: FCW Global July 2016, Posted Date: 7/21/2016; Author(s): Kermit Baker: With household growth picking up, housing should buoy our slowing economy. Although homeownership rates are still falling, the bottom may be in sight as the lingering effects of the housing crash continue to dissipate. Meanwhile, rental demand

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As reported on May 26, 2016 in NTCA eNews publication: New U.S. single-family home sales recorded their biggest gain in 24 years in April, touching a more than eight-year high as purchases increased broadly, a sign of growing confidence in the economy’s prospects. Tuesday’s report from the Commerce Department, which

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By Donato Pompo, CTC, CSI, CDT, MBA – TileLetter, March 2016, page 90 – Curbless showers are showers without a raised shower dam as is traditionally found in tiled showers. Initially, curbless showers were necessary to facilitate shower access by wheelchair users, particularly in public facilities like hotels and hospitals.

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By Donato Pompo, CTC, CSI, CDT, MBA – TileLetter, March 2016, page 46– Tile lippage is the vertical displacement between two adjacent tiles of a ceramic, glass, or stone tile installation. Excessive lippage can lead to a number of problems: the edge of the tile with excessive lippage can have a

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