Surfaces 2012 continued its focus on education for installers with a wide range of seminars and demonstrations covering all aspects of the flooring installation trade.
FCI columnist Jon Namba conducted an informative seminar on Proper Substrate Preparation for Hardwood, Bamboo and Laminate. Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd on Jan. 23, Namba addressed the need for proper moisture testing and understanding of product manufacturing tolerances, among other concerns for installers of wood and laminate flooring.
“Installers absolutely must understand the correct moisture testing methods for the flooring to be properly installed,” Namba said.
“This was a very informative presentation,” said CFI secretary and FCI columnist Dave Garden. “There was a ton of information presented in a short time.”
“It was a great session,” said installer Rick Jones of Houston, Texas. “There was an amazing amount of information in 1 ½ hours.”
Later that day, inspector Claudia Lezell of Inspections Too presented an information-packed session on Wood Flooring and Laminate Issues. Again, much of the focus was on the need for proper moisture testing and understanding of manufacturing tolerances.
In addition to the sessions, there were a variety of hands-on demonstrations of the latest installation products and techniques throughout the show, with technical experts available to answer installers’ questions.
MAPEI introduced its new ECO Prim Grip, a primer that allows installers to install tile over existing tile and stone floors without having to scarify the surface.
Between the manufacturers’ demonstrations, the installation seminars on the main stage of the show floor, and the educational seminars throughout the show, this edition of Surfaces offered an abundance of useful information for installers.
A variety of installation seminars and demonstrations continued throughout the remainder of the three-day show. Attendees were please with this year’s educational offerings, which had increased emphasis on installation techniques and technology.
“This year’s educational seminars were very well planned,” said Roland Thompson, educational director of the Maryland and Northern Viginia Floor Covering Association. “I’ve come away from all the educational sessions with useful new knowledge that I can apply to my installation business.”
The manufacturers were also pleased with the enthusiasm of the installers in attendance.
In addition to the manufacturers, leading installation organizations, including the International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI), INSTALL, and the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) were on hand to answer questions from installers.
“The CFI booth was especially busy with requests for training,” said CFI ceo Jim Walker. “It appears that something is happening out there because the focus on training has been strong during 2011 and continues into 2012. Hanley Wood personnel are to be commended also for the opportunity they present to attendees to receive an abundance of educational training. Attendees voiced their appreciation throughout the show for the information they received. Surfaces is not only a manufacturer-driven event, but one of the largest educational opportunities in the industry.”-John Moore