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FCI: Floor Covering Installer targets the professional flooring installation community audience through its combined media resources of print, digital, TalkFloor (daily eNews) and our website, www.fcimag.com.

FCI is the only trade publication entirely dedicated to the complete spectrum of flooring installation. FCI serves flooring installers, installation managers, contractors and the distributor network, providing focused, installation-related information on all types of flooring including carpet, ceramic and stone, hardwood, resilient and laminate, as well as the problems that may arise (such as moisture-related issues) and how to solve them. Serving both the residential and commercial markets, we offer instructional education through our how-to articles, best business practices columns and features on tools, techniques and the latest products. We also offer a full range of industry-specific videos, podcasts and webinars to keep our audience up to date and ahead of the curve.

May 2017

Volume: 24 Issue: 4 28.73 MB (PDF) Updated: June 14th, 2017

On the cover:

Applying MAPEI's Ultracolor Plus FA grout. The ne aggregate, fast-setting, polymer-modi ed, color- consistent and ef orescence- free grout is engineered to replace both sanded and unsanded grouts for joint widths from 1/16" to 3/4", according to the company. Photo courtesy of MAPEI.

April 2017

Volume: 24 Issue: 3 11.70 MB (PDF) Updated: May 8th, 2017

On the cover:

Pictured is Delmhorst’s TechScan Pinless Moisture Meter used to find moisture in a concrete subfloor. According to the company, "TechScan pinless moisture meters make it easy to find moisture hot spots and narrow down areas affected by moisture." Photo courtesy of Delmhorst.

March 2017

Volume: 24 Issue: 2 14.53 MB (PDF) Updated: May 8th, 2017

On the cover:

Installing self-leveling underlayment is not a dif cult process as long as industry guidelines and manufacturer instructions are followed. Photo courtesy of UFloor Systems/Uzin.

January / February 2017

Volume: 24 Issue: 1 41.64 MB (PDF) Updated: March 6th, 2017

On the cover:

A contractor seals concrete control joints with polyurea joint filler. Photo courtesy of VersaFlex

November / December 2016

Volume: 23 Issue: 8 15.13 MB (PDF) Updated: March 6th, 2017

On the cover:

Maxxon MVP (Moisture Vapor Protection) is a two-component, moisture- tolerant, high-density, chemically enhanced epoxy product which prevents the passage of water vapor and moisture through concrete floors and walls on or below grade, the company says. Photo courtesy of Maxxon.

October 2016

Volume: 23 Issue: 7 40.26 MB (PDF) Updated: November 22nd, 2016

On the cover:

Installers working with the Laticrete Supercap system, which combines patented pump truck technology and self-leveling underlayment to deliver flat, dry floors. Photo courtesy of Mr. David's.

September 2016

Volume: 23 Issue: 6 49.71 MB (PDF) Updated: November 21st, 2016

On the cover:

Nuheat underfloor radiant heating is prepped to receive floor covering. Photo courtesy of Pentair

July/August 2016

Volume: 23 Issue: 5 43.67 MB (PDF) Updated: August 15th, 2016

On the cover:

Rolling on Wakol PU 280 Moisture Barrier, a premium moisture barrier for green concrete slabs that offers up to two levels of moisture protection. Photo courtesy of Loba-Wakol.

May/June 2016

Volume: 23 Issue: 4 59.58 MB (PDF) Updated: June 7th, 2016

On the cover: Certified Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) offers its Certified Tile Installer (CTI) testing and certification during the recent Coverings 2016 show in Chicago.

April 2016

Volume: 23 Issue: 3 12.16 MB (PDF) Updated: June 7th, 2016

On the cover: Engaging in sand and nish training during a hardwood ooring installation class led by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA). Photo courtesy of the NWFA.

March 2016

Volume: 23 Issue: 2 37.95 MB (PDF) Updated: June 7th, 2016

On the cover: A shot of Bona adhesive being applied. See our in-depth conversation with adhesive and mortar manufacturers beginning on page 32.

January / February 2016

Volume: 23 Issue: 1 24.46 MB (PDF) Updated: February 9th, 2016

On the cover:

Carefully laying vinyl plank into MAPEI's Ultrabond ECO 360 Premium High-Performance Adhesive for Solid Vinyl Sheet, Tile and Plank.

November / December 2015

Volume: 22 Issue: 7 43.51 MB (PDF) Updated: December 28th, 2015

On the cover:

Commercial carpet installed in an airport, in a photo courtesy of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). The organization recently announced updates to its 104/105 carpet installation standards. See full story on page 44.

October 2015

Volume: 22 Issue: 6 39.05 MB (PDF) Updated: October 19th, 2015

On the cover:

An installation of Loxcreen's ProVa Flex uncoupling membrane for ceramic and natural stone tiles, which is designed to protect against substrate cracks, stress and dampness. Tile can be laid immediately after the membrane is installed, according to the company.

September 2015

Volume: 22 Issue: 5 65.60 MB (PDF) Updated: October 19th, 2015

On the cover:

Spreading Custom Building Products' LevelQuik RS Self-Leveling Underlayment. Photo courtesy of Brad Anderson.

July / August 2015

Volume: 22 Issue: 4 32.72 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2015

On the cover:

An installation of Metroflor luxury vinyl plank. The product is installed via the Uniclic system. Photo courtesy of Metroflor.

May / June 2015

Volume: 22 Issue: 3 22.22 MB (PDF) Updated: May 29th, 2015

On the cover:

A student practices installing a wood floor during NWFA's Principles of Wood Floor course. This entry level class looks at the installation, and sand and finish process. Photo courtesy of NWFA

March / April 2015

Volume: 22 Issue: 2 34.12 MB (PDF) Updated: May 29th, 2015

On the cover:
Laticrete materials including 254 Platinum thin set and PermaColor grout are used in an installation of Daltile SlimLite 1/8" thick porcelain panels at Hilton Times Square in New York City.

January / February 2015

Volume: 22 Issue: 1 39.63 MB (PDF) Updated: January 27th, 2015

On the cover:

An application of Tec's The LiquiDam penetrating vapor moisture barrier. Formulated to be applied in a single coat, the product can be used on damp or new concrete as little as 48 hours old (up to 100% RH), according to the company.

December 2014

Volume: 21 Issue: 7 33.57 MB (PDF) Updated: December 9th, 2014

On the cover: Custom Building Products' RedGard

is a crack prevention and waterproofing membrane for both residential and commercial tile and stone applications. The product can be applied with a roller, trowel or airless sprayer, the company noted.

October / November 2014

Volume: 21 Issue: 6 36.86 MB (PDF) Updated: November 21st, 2014


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Installing Cork and Bamboo
Common Inspector Mistakes
Q&A: Doug Ray and Jim Walker

August / September 2014

Volume: 21 Issue: 5 17.81 MB (PDF) Updated: November 21st, 2014


Also ...

Common Concerns of Manufacturers
Underlayments: Backerboards, Crack Isolation and More
Woven Carpet Installation

July 2014

Volume: 21 Issue: 4 24.88 MB (PDF) Updated: July 25th, 2014

2014 Buying Guide

Also ...

Installing Large Tile
Underlayments: Patches, Primers and Slus
Installer/Contractor Case Studies
Metal Transitions for Capet and Vinyl

May / June 2014

Volume: 21 Issue: 3 41.18 MB (PDF) Updated: May 24th, 2014

Industry Q&A: CFI, Fishman Flooring Solutions
Moisture Testin and Mitigation Products
Laminate Flooring Installation
What Distributors Need to Know

March / April 2014

Volume: 21 Issue: 2 25.09 MB (PDF) Updated: May 2nd, 2014

Industry Q&A: Haines' Bruce Zwicker
Engineered Hardwood Installation
Five Common Mistakes Retailers Make
Tile, Stone and Specialized Projects

January/February 2014

Volume: 21 Issue: 1 19.39 MB (PDF) Updated: March 10th, 2014

Radiant Floor Heating Installation Basics
What's Changed in Resilient Flooring
Five Common Mistakes Installers Make
Decorative Concrete & Toppings

December 2013

Volume: 20 Issue: 7 37.97 MB (PDF) Updated: December 5th, 2013

Applications and Settings for Adhesives and Mortars
Heat-Welding Flash Coving Under Toe Kicks
Five Questions for Lee Eliseian
Industry Show Wrap-Ups

October/November 2013

Volume: 20 Issue: 6 42.61 MB (PDF) Updated: December 5th, 2013

Choosing and Using Underlayments and Membranes
Installing Shower Systems: An Industry Roundtable
Subfloors: OSB, Plywood and Modular
How to work with Decorative Concrete

August/September 2013

Volume: 20 Issue: 5 32.50 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Indoor Air Quality and Installation
Resilient Flooring Adhesives: Working With The Right Products
Concrete Moisture Emission Vapor Testing
Sound Control Primer

July 2013

Volume: 20 Issue: 4 20.81 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

2013 Buying Guide

Self-Leveling Underlayments Evolving with New Technology
Training and Certification: An Industry Roundtable
Specification and Installation Dos and Don’ts for Healthcare
Plus: BestPractices:Breakinginto K-12 School Projects

May/June 2013

Volume: 20 Issue: 3 30.06 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Relative Humidity Testing for Concrete
Tips and Tricks: Installing Laminate in Wet Areas
New Apps for the Flooring Contractor
Plus: Interview with New WFCA CEO Scott Humphrey

March/April 2013

Volume: 20 Issue: 2 28.67 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Tool Time: Wood Flooring
What You Should Know about Wood Flooring Adhesives
Subfloor Requirements for Hardwood Floors

January/February 2013

Volume: 20 Issue: 1 34.10 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Moisture Problems and Solutions
Double Glue Dos and Don'ts, Revisited
Going Green: Tile Adhesives and Grouts

December 2012

Volume: 19 Issue: 7 36.42 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Berber Boo-boos

Running an Installation Business
Why Installers Should Think Like an Inspector
Mosaic Tile Installation, Past and Present

October/November 2012

Volume: 19 Issue: 6 32.60 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Tool Time: Moisture Control
Warming Up to Radiant Heating Installation
How RH Testing Helps Limit Floor Failure
Installing Underlayment Right

August/September 2012

Volume: 19 Issue: 5 29.46 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

The CFI/FIANA Shows Issue

To Power Stretch or Not to Power Stretch
Adhesive Application Pitfalls That Can Create Show-Through
Tool Time: Resilient Flooring

Plus: Choosing Sound Control Underlayment

July 2012

Volume: 19 Issue: 4 29.45 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

The 2012 Buying Guide


Plus: Resilient Installs: 10 Things for Contractors to Consider

May/June 2012

Volume: 19 Issue: 3 31.84 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

The How-To Issue

Tips and Tricks for Installing Glass Tile
Installing Resilient Stair Treads
Edge Protection and Transition Profiles
FCICA Convention Wrap-Up

March/April 2012

Volume: 19 Issue: 2 31.91 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Environmental Requirements for Wood Flooring Installation
Crack Prevention in Tile Work
Repairs for Residential Rotogravure Products

January/February 2012

Volume: 19 Issue: 1 42.85 MB (PDF) Updated: August 20th, 2013

Engineered Wood Flooring Performance
Installing Large Format Ceramic Times
Double-stick Installation Seams