There are conventions for just about every trade out there, so, what about flooring and building material distributors? There’s a convention for them as well. The annual convention of the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD), and North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA), was held in New Orleans last month.

According to the convention’s website, more than 900 people from around the world attended for an opportunity to look at some of the latest products and develop themselves both personally and professionally.

Several speakers presented and attendees were able to attend seminars to receive education and ideas to improve their businesses. There was also a tradeshow where vendors were able to exhibit their products and connect with attendees. According to organizers, this year the show floor was a complete sell out for both flooring and building materials.

I had the opportunity to meet with several of the exhibitors that provide products to the distribution channel, and I’d like to give a big shout-out to them for providing products that make our installations look great.

Roomvo. I spoke with Taso Georgopoulos about their room visualization software, RoomVision, which allows your customers to see a new flooring option in their room in seconds with its signature photo-realistic visualization technology. Simply upload a photo of the room and RoomVision’s auto-recognition technology maps out the floor, allowing them to view and compare different product options online.

For more information, visit roomvo.com.

Wagner. Jason and Ron explained their new line of Orion electronic meters for wood and concrete. The award-winning Orion 950 joins the rest of the Orion line of meters in being the first in the industry to provide true in-the-field calibration capability with the included On-Demand Calibrator. Calibrate your Orion 950 at your location in about 30 seconds whenever you want. Wagner has also introduced their new Rapid RH L6- single usage in-situ probes.

For more information, visit wagnermeters.com.

Elastilon. Here I had a great chat with Steven Suntup who told me about the Elastilon product which is an adhesive mat for installing floors and is a remarkable revolution which makes the use of screws, nails, glue or clips completely unnecessary during the laying of parquet and strip floors.

For more information, visit elastilon.com.

Traxx. Michael Lasetter from Traxx was excited to talk about the success the company has been having with its TraxxShield 100 Rolled Moisture Barrier. The peel and stick membrane adheres to concrete floors and protects up to PH 14 mold and fungus. According to the company it stops alkalinity, emulsifying of adhesive, mold/mildew, and most flooring damage from moisture.

For more information, visit traxxcorp.com.

Artistic Finishes. Kara McPipe, director of operations, and I were talking about the company’s current custom wood profiles, treads/risers and vents, as well as the expansion into the LVT/plank market and the opportunities available for the company to be a leader in the market for color matched profiles.

“Artistic Finishes creates custom floor moldings and accessories for the flooring professional,” she said. “We are the partner that you can trust to deliver all your moldings and accessories on time and on budget. We're not interested in providing ‘off-the-shelf’ cookie-cutter options. We are pros serving pros in the business of custom blended accessories”. 

For more information, visit artisticfinishes.com.

Futura Industries. Futura Transitions is the largest provider and distributor of aluminum flooring trims in the country. I got to speak with the “Three Amigos” Steve, Adam and Mike about Futura’s offering of a comprehensive list of carpet transitions, vinyl, and ceramic tile trim products.

For more information, visit Futuratransitions.com.

Amaz Floors. I was able to meet Luxia Hong from Amaz Floors and I was impressed with the history of the company and its commitment to sustainable forestry. All of its products are manufactured in Peru. “With fifteen years of experience in responsible forest management, we ensure that our products are legally sourced, and we are a proud supporter of several projects which guarantee our commitment to the environment and native Andean communities.”

For more information, visit Amaz-usa.com.

I didn’t get to see everyone that I wanted to, so, to those of you whom I missed, we’ll catch up down the road!