Installers attending the Surfaces trade show will have a variety of informative installation showcases to choose from. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Surfaces 2009 will be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, February 2-5. For more information, visit  

Surfaces 2009

Installation Showcases  

Tuesday, February 3  

11:00am – 12:00pm

Is Your Floor “Green” with Envy

Green, Green, Green…the industry is a buzz about going Green.  As eco-friendly and healthy living is heavily promoted, how can you as floor covering professionals benefit from increasing customer demands for healthier living? Learn about products used in substrate preparations, flooring materials, adhesives and finishing products with one philosophy in mind: “Green.”  

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Rectified Porcelain Tile Installation

The installation of rectified Porcelain tiles is growing with the increasing appeal for large format tiles that offer a crisp, clean and uniform look. Rectified tile installations are very unforgiving, with flatness requirements, and longer installation time. See first-hand the challenges with installation of rectified tiles, use of the proper setting materials and techniques.  

Wednesday, February 4  

10:00am – 11:00pm

Mixing & Matching with Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) offers design flexibility, performance advantages and the look of ceramic tile, metal, stone or natural wood flooring to make a luxury design statement.  Learn about the creative uses of patterns, contemporary mix use of variety of styles that can work together i.e. use of tile and wood flooring. The design ideas are endless and can be the edge you are looking for on your next project.  

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Working with Woven Carpet

What is more elegant and durable than woven carpet? Most retailers and installers shy away from woven carpets, because of liability and/or limited knowledge of selling and installation. Attend this session and get the information that can help with marketing to your customers.  Learn proper installation techniques on stretching, pattern matching, seam construction and tips to upgrade your customers’ to luxury carpet.  

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Hardwood Flooring Finishes

What are the different types of finishes for hardwood flooring?  Finishes this session will cover are oil modified and water-based finishes.  You will learn the pro and cons for each finish, application and maintenance for each.  Learn about industry changes with VOC regulations and why and how it will impact your business.  

Thursday, February 5  

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Keep the Noise Down! - Sound Control Suppression

Are you familiar with STC and IIC?  If not, it could cost you a great deal. In this session you’ll learn the meaning of both and gain a better understanding of how to sell and install sound suppressant systems.