Improper selection and usage of adhesives are common causes of installation failures for carpet, resilient and hardwood applications. Most of these failures can prevented if the installers would take the time to educate themselves about the products they are using and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter. You might think the latter would be a given, but sadly it is not. I cannot count the times I have heard of installation failures caused by not following the manufacturer’s instructions properly. Most of the installation articles we have run in FCI include this important caveat, yet still the instructions go unheeded. It only takes a few minutes to read the instructions on a pail of adhesive or a box of laminate flooring, so there’s really no good excuse for not doing so. Even if you think you already know it thoroughly, it doesn’t hurt to re-read them, as products are changing rapidly. The adhesives you are using now are definitely not the same as they were 10 or 20 years ago.

In this issue of Floor Covering Installer, we address these problems with several articles related to adhesive selection and installation. First, Larry Scott, technical director of DriTac Adhesives, presents an in-depth look at the proper methods of selecting and using adhesives to install all types of hardwood flooring in “Adhesive Basics for Installers.”  Next, our resident resilient expert Ray Thompson offers a detailed, step-by-step article on “Installing Resilient Sheet Vinyl with Epoxy Adhesives.” This is the most difficult type of resilient sheet flooring installation, requiring precise attention to detail and understanding of both the flooring material and the epoxy to be used. Finally, we offer an Adhesive Products Guide with the latest adhesive products from leading manufacturers, to help installers stay on top of the latest adhesives technology. We hope that these features will help you to better understand the products and methods you need to use to install resilient and wood flooring using all types of adhesives. If you need information on other types of adhesive installations, be sure to check the article archives on our web site, We have been covering different aspects of this subject for several years, so chances are you will find the information you need there. If you have a subject that we haven’t covered and you would like for us to address, feel free to email me with your suggestions.