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On the cover:
When it comes to commercial retail installations, there's a big push for haste, says Eduardo Martinez, owner of Fort Worth, Texas-based Martinez Commercial Flooring Services. In this month's reader-submitted cover photo, the Martinez Commercial Flooring Services' installation team shows just how quickly they moved to clear out their workspace and get started on the install, working within a tight window of when the store closed at 10 p.m. to when it was set to reopen the next morning at 8 a.m. "Forty- nine minutes after closing, we had already cleared out everything," said Martinez. The goal? To be so quick, you make it seem like you were never there, he says.
On the cover:
Laticretess Strata_Heat electric radiant floor heating system utilizes Thermal Diffusion Technology to distribute heat through the adhesive to eliminate cold spots and quickly achieve the desired floor temperature. Read more about advances in radiant heating systems on page 22.
On the cover: Through training, INSTALL is committed to raising the bar in silica awareness by reducing risk on job sites. Read more about the importance of the floorcovering industry complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act's (OSHA) Silica Standard, and taking steps to curb silica dust exposure for men and women in the field on page 30.
On the cover: From installers to project managers and business owners, women bring
a unique perspective and skillset to the jobsite. Read more about the efforts being made to attract more women to the industry on page 24.
On the cover: Ardex MRF moisture-resistant finish is a rapid-drying, skimcoat patching underlayment suitable for use under moisture control systems, moisture-resistant adhesives and flooring. See more moisture-resistant products on page 22