On The Cover:
The Culture Bookstore in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by Studio mk27 — Marcio Kogan, Diana Radomysler, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka and Mariana Ruzante. The floor is FSC-certified, 42-by-3-cm peroba mica.
Welcome to the 2016-2017 Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Buyers Guide. Before you is the culmination of many hours of hunting and gathering information that we feel will be of benefit to those in the surfacing industry.
We put together this reference tool with one goal in mind: to create a guide that will bring together all of the information you need to find suppliers of nearly any product or service you could want for your business.
The conditions of the space where flooring is to be installed are increasingly ignored based on the number of claims, complaints and flooring failures we’re seeing around the country. Of major importance is the fact that the space in which the flooring material is to be installed be conditioned as if it was occupied by those who will populate it. The Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Systems (HVAC) must be operational for two reasons. First, to properly conduct any moisture testing being done, whether calcium chloride or relative humidity and second, to acclimate the flooring material regardless of what it is from carpet to wood to vinyl and everything that goes on the floor.
Lakir Collection’s 15 luxurious patterns explore the technical capabilities exclusive to Durkan’s Definity manufacturing technology. Designed especially for the hospitality market, Lakir brings elegance and sophistication to a variety of public spaces. Photo courtesy Durkan. See more high- performance carpet on page 26.
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Builder of the Year LGI Homes does a high-velocity business converting renters to buyers. Left to right: Jack Lipar, EVP acquisitions; Charles Merdian, CFO; Eric Lipar, CEO; Mike Snider, president and COO; and Rachel Eaton, CMO.
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