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What is “flat and smooth”?


Two of the most common words we use when describing an upcoming flooring job are "flat and smooth".  But what exactly does "flat and smooth" mean? The foremost rule of thumb when it comes to installed flooring is that whatever you start with is what you finish with - and that goes double for your subfloor prep work!  Whenever it's time to install a new floor into a space, the subfloor (that is, the unfinished flooring substrate...

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What makes a floor “commercial”?


Commercial floors come in a bewildering variety of floorcovering types and styles - carpets, resilients, and specialty hard surfaces all offer selections that are suitable for commercial applications.  Many of the visitors we receive on our website have come here searching for "commercial floors" - but what exactly makes a floor "commercial"?  The answer to that question varies with each available type of commercial floor. Commercial-grade carpet differs from residential carpet in several factors.  The first is...

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Posted October 15, 2014 in Flooring, Carpets, Concrete|0 Comments

Tire Stewardship BC Grant Program


Tire Stewardship BC's Community Grant Program is an excellent opportunity for community organizations to install new rubber flooring and receive assistance with the cost - up to 50%! Communities invest considerable resources to support recycling as a way to protect our environment and enhance the quality of life of BC’s citizens. The TSBC Community Grant Program provides financial support to communities who have decided to use and benefit from a wide range of recycled tire products in...

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Posted August 27, 2014 in Uncategorized, Flooring|1 Comment

Commercial Luxury Vinyl Tile


Have you ever been in a coffee shop or supermarket and wondered how they could possible have hardwood floors in such a high-traffic, high-use environment? Commercial Luxury Vinyl Tile (or LVT for short) is their secret! Commercially-rated LVT offers the appearance and style of a wood floor, but with all the durability and resiliency of hard-wearing vinyl.  And luxury vinyl tile isn’t limited to just simulating wood!  LVT is available in a huge variety of colours, styles,...

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Posted August 22, 2014 in Flooring, Vinyl Tiles|0 Comments

New! Lease-to-own your mats!


We're very excited to present a new option for our matting customers:  lease-to-own!  We've partnered with a national financial services company to offer our clients a new, more flexible way to enjoy the benefits of Grizzly FX and Kermode premium entrance matting. Benefits of Leasing: Leasing Protects Your Cash Flow: With leasing, you can spread out the acquisition cost of your entrance matting and flooring over its working lifespan, freeing up valuable capital to manage your business.  100% Financing: In...

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Rubber Flooring – What’s the Right Solution?


There are many factors to consider when looking for a rubber flooring product. Making the right choice for the application is key to having a surface that will perform to your expectations, or that will create the design features you are looking for. Some rubber facts: Rubber is inherently anti-fatigue.  All rubber flooring has anti-fatigue properties due to its ability to compress under load.  Even a small amount of compression helps absorb impact from footsteps, and cushion joint loads...

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Posted June 24, 2014 in Flooring, Rubber Flooring|1 Comment

How to Choose an Industrial Floor


When considering new flooring for your industrial space, there are many different factors to account for.  Warehouses, airplane hangars, electronics factories, and commercial kitchens may have very different specific requirements, but they all need a floor that can withstand the demands of everyday life in your industry.  Some of the most common factors that clients use when selecting a floor are: Overall installed cost (not just material cost!) Durability against the specific stressors in their particular environment Aesthetic appearance...

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Posted May 21, 2014 in Flooring, Concrete, Specialties|1 Comment

Six Reasons Why Epoxy Floors Fail


Epoxy floors are a great solution for special-purpose commercial and industrial floors that need a seamless barrier between the work environment and the subfloor below.  Depending on the specific formulation and composition, epoxy flooring can be used to provide an environment that meets specific hygienic needs, resistance to acid and industrial chemicals, durability to wheeled and forklift traffic, waterproofing, and more.  But like most professional specialty products, it requires a great deal of care to properly...

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Posted March 17, 2014 in Flooring, Concrete, Specialties|5 Comments

Acrovyn Wall Protection and Corner Guards


One of the most common issues commercial and institutional clients approach us with is the need for wall and corner protection. In areas where durability against impact damage is needed – whether from hospital beds, unruly shopping carts or anything in between –Acrovyn products by C/S Construction Specialties are the best way to prevent damage to your building’s walls and wall edges. Protect Your Space, Preserve Your Good Looks Protecting your space against impact damage doesn’t mean you...

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Posted November 4, 2013 in Flooring, Carpets|0 Comments

Trade Show Exhibition: Don’t Forget the Flooring!


Prospect or Passer-by? Winning new “fans” of your business or products when exhibiting at a trade show takes planning. Show organizers create the opportunity and the environment, but it’s up to each exhibitor to get creative and develop a noticeable presence on the floor. Even if your purpose for exhibiting is to recruit new staff, or to network within your industry, a strong brand presence and eye-catching display will always leave a lasting first impression. With a comprehensive...

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Posted October 17, 2013 in Flooring, Carpets|0 Comments

Broadloom Vs. Carpet Tiles in Commercial Applications


Broadloom carpet, as the name implies, is woven on a very wide loom. Most commonly shipped and installed in 12-foot wide large rolls, this type of carpet is still the most commonly used for wall-to-wall carpeting in both commercial and residential applications. Carpet tiles - also known as modular carpet or carpet squares- are exactly that: square, modular tiles of carpeting, with an integrated backing material and base. Carpet tiles have become increasingly popular in high-traffic commercial...

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Posted June 28, 2013 in Flooring, Carpets|0 Comments

VCT (Vinyl Composition Tiles) – The Standard For Low Budget, High Traffic Commercial Spaces


Vinyl composition tile, or “VCT”, has long been one of the most popular floorcoverings used in commercial spaces.  VCT is manufactured using coloured vinyl chips that have been first moulded into sheet form using extreme heat and pressure, and then most commonly cut into 12” square tiles.  While VCT comes in various thicknesses, the vast majority of installed VCT you see is 1/8th of an inch thick. Because VCT is formed from individual vinyl chips, they...

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Posted April 3, 2013 in Flooring|0 Comments