TILE Magazine: Vol. 13, № 1 (January / February 2016)


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On the cover:

Distressed tile nishes continue to grow in popularity. Whether the preference is for a wood, stone or cement look, there is a product to satisfy every design request.
M S International, Inc.'s Salvage collection, which authentically reproduces the grain, texture and color of reclaimed wood, is only one example of the numerous collections available today. The 6- x 40-inch non-recti ed porcelain tiles mirror the length of traditional wood planks, providing countless installation options. Learn more about the latest distressed nishes in the Trend Report, beginning on page 28 in this issue of TILE.

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design: Vol. 23, № 1 (Winter 2016)


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ON THE COVER:
Hill Country limestone played a significant role in creating the aesthetic of a Tuscan farmhouse for a private residence in Boerne, TX. According to the homeowner, the native limestone, which was cut into random sizes, was chosen for its locale and because it best matched the stone from the Val D'Orcia region of Tuscany. Photo courtesy of 360 Architecture. Story begins on page 34.

Commercial Flooring Report: Vol. 88, № 1 (Testing: What You're Trying to Determine and What We Need to Know)


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Certified Testing of floor coverings and related materials is becoming a bigger part of our business. Most of the testing we do is in conjunction with our associated NVLAP certified testing lab. There are ASTM and AATCC tests we normally conduct but very often the tests conducted, after seeing the concern issues at the installation site, are hybrids of certified tests as we attempt to duplicate conditions being experienced in the field by clients complaining of product failures of varying kinds. In addition we conduct testing for coefficient of friction and slip resistance in the field. We also have the ability to conduct materials analysis tests which are often used to determine, for example, why an adhesive may have failed or a topping for a substrate is ineffective or creating a problem. Recently, because of the formaldehyde concerns in wood flooring products, testing equipment has been installed and technicians trained to conduct these tests. Much of this work is very sophisticated and elaborate testing equipment performed by very skilled technicians.