January 27, 2016

The Look of Hardwood & The Strength of Tile

 Meet Forest Park and Yorkwood Manor from Daltile. Forest Park is a colorbody porcelain that exemplifies the splendour and style of hardwood. But unlike hardwood, this floor scoffs at moisture and welcomes even the highest volume of traffic. Choose from six striking colours that range from velvety and delicate to robust and dark for applications […]

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December 18, 2015

A Beaver Tail

40 years already! On March 24th, 1975, the beaver was recognized as Canada’s national animal. These large herbivores are among the most industrious creatures on earth. With incredible precision and excellent engineering skills, beavers construct dams that divert water to or from farmlands, roadways and parks. Their industry is not generally appreciated! That’s not likely […]

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Vital Vermin

In September 2015, Mozambique became the first heavily land-mined country to claim ‘mine free’ status. Over one hundred thousand landmines – many placed near schools, bridges and villages – were detected and safely removed. That’s a great story in itself, however the process used to accelerate mine detection over the past few years is quite […]

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An Iconic Installation

The year was 1946. World War 2 had just ended, and the city of Boston was in the process of developing a professional basketball team. The team – the Boston Celtics – would become one of the most storied and successful professional basketball teams in the NBA, winning a record 17 world championships. But in […]

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Quercus Quirks

You’ll find a great primer on the oaks – Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) and White Oak (Quercus alba) – in the latest edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. It’s relatively easy to distinguish between the two when sampling brand new boards, but trying to marry up old wood flooring with new often presents a challenge. […]

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Will that be Red or White?

We’re talking oak, of course! As Alberta’s authorized Mirage hardwood flooring dealer, we’re proud to offer an unmatched selection of both red and white oak flooring products. For trendy colours on a smooth surface, choose from 18 red oak shades in the Mirage Admiration Collection, 17 of which lend themselves beautifully to an intricate Herringbone […]

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November 20, 2015

Cellulose Wet-Spinning

This technology is still in its infancy, but it could eventually divert many thousands of tonnes of clothing waste from global landfills. In a nutshell, used and worn cotton fabric is ‘dissolved to make cellulose solution’ through an environmentally-friendly process called wet-spinning, and new knitted fabrics are created (Science Daily, 2015). The beauty of this […]

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Taimen, Tigers, and Trees

The taimen, native to the rivers in Russia’s Far East, is the world’s largest species of salmon. A typical taimen can weigh in at nearly 200 pounds. Amur leopards, Siberian tigers, and the Blakiston fish-owl are also native to Russia’s Far East. What connects these diverse species is the endangerment they’re all facing as a […]

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Cracking the Concrete Conundrum

Concrete – one of the construction industry’s most common materials – has one fatal flaw: it often develops ‘micro-cracks’ during construction (Matchar,, 2015). These micro-cracks can lead to leaks and the corrosion of steel reinforcements – weakening the structure over time. Repairs are time consuming, disruptive, and costly. Research and development teams from the […]

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Scents and Insensibility

Fragranced ‘green’ products – even those purporting to be ‘all natural’, ‘non-toxic’ or ‘organic’ – may have hidden dangers you’re not aware of. A study by Dr. Anne Steinemann, Professor of Civil Engineering at Melbourne School of Engineering, found that a similar amount of carcinogenic hazardous air pollutants was emitted from fragranced products marketed as […]

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From Africa to the Alps

Introducing…the Julian Collection! Julian Tile is renowned for a simply superb selection of distinguished tile and stone. Their buyers travel to every corner of the globe sourcing products that warrant inclusion into their array of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles. New additions include Africa: glazed white-body porcelain tile featuring exotic shades and digital technology. […]

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Perfectly Impervious!

When you choose EverWood or EverTile, you’re choosing flooring that offers remarkably long-life durability. These Premier products from TORLYS welcome high traffic and sport a top layer and core that are impervious to water. No wonder they’re equally at home in residential spaces or commercial settings such as hotels and restaurants. EverWood Premier lives up […]

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The Mirage Alive Collection is vibrant, with a lightly brushed look and impeccable craftsmanship. This is no shrinking violet: Alive flooring products are bold enough to stand out as the star of your space, yet the soothing shades in the Alive palette will harmonize perfectly with your decor and style. This collection features four shades […]

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November 2, 2015

Floor & More Sale!

Get it in before Christmas! Unbeatable REBATES on Flooring & Window Décor MIRAGE Hardwood Flooring Rebate Now On! All standard Mirage Classic, Mirage Engineered and Mirage Lock floors* are eligible up to $0.50/sq.ft. with mail-in rebate during this promotion period. Hurry! This Rebate Ends – NOVEMBER 28, 2015 TORLYS Smart Floor & Laminate Rebate Now […]

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October 22, 2015

Cutting Edge

Cross-discipline technological advancements are on the rise. The integration of art, science and the environment is inspiring the creation of products that are both efficient and planet-friendly. A recent collaboration involves art students and scientists from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( Using the ancient Japanese paper cutting art of Kirigami, the team […]

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A Use for Sludge?

Here’s an example of turning lemons into lemonade: scientists in Malaysia working on finding alternate disposal options for sludge (dried sewage), have discovered that it may be a viable alternative for cement in concrete production (Science Daily, Aug 28, 2015). The process first involves burning and drying ‘wet sludge cake’ to create a powder. This […]

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The Buzz on Bees

It’s official. Honey bees overwhelmingly prefer caffeinated nectar to non-caffeinated nectar (Science Daily, Oct. 15, 2015). Researchers have discovered that bees forage more at caffeinated feeder sites, and they return again and again – even after the site runs dry, and even when there are abundant non-caffeinated feeder sites nearby. Previous studies have shown that […]

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