The International Surface Event takes place Jan. 30–Feb. 1 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, and it's big—like 445,000 square feet of exhibition space big. If you're unsure where to start, here's a collection of exhibitors—all advertisers in this issue—worth making a beeline toward.

But TISE isn't only a trade show. It's also full of education sessions that cover an encyclopedia of topics. Seminars start Jan. 29 and include "On Trial for Moisture-Related Flooring Failures II," "How Flat is Flat? Surface Preparation for Installation," and "Wood Floor Claims—Evaluations and Inspections." There will also be plenty of on-floor demonstrations.

If it's your first time, it can be a lot to take in. Stop by the WFB kiosk in the media alley (5D) and pick up the WFB Pocket Guide. It includes a listing of all the wood flooring industry exhibitors, along with a color-coded foldout map highlighting their locations on the trade show floor. It's a great way to get your bearings and ensure you'll get to see the companies most important to your business.

Premium Partners

Lacrosse Hardwood Flooring
Booth 1175

Lacrosse Hardwood Flooring is exhibiting its unique Rainy River product line. Rainy River is a canvas for the true craftsman installer, the company says, adding that it is precision-milled with the full spectrum of character provided exclusively by Mother Nature for job-site creativity and shop-produced texturing.


Booth 557

Stauf's patented solvent-based adhesive grabs faster and holds stronger than any other wood floor adhesive, virtually ending hollow spots and expensive call-backs, the company says. It won't etch the finish, and spreads and cleans up easily, all while meeting environmental standards across the U.S., the company adds.


Featured Suppliers

Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring
Booth 5430L

Allegheny Live Sawn features a unique mix of plainsawn and rift-and-quartered flooring available in red oak and white oak with engineered or solid construction. It comes in lengths up to 12 feet and widths up to 12 inches. Allegheny uses only lumber that it cuts and dries itself to ensure the wide planks and long-length boards are top-quality, the company says. Live Sawn is also available in herringbone.


Artistic Finishes Inc.
Booth 1009

Artistic Finishes offers a wide variety of waterproof core accessories. Enduracor is a durable, water-resistant and versatile solution featuring an exclusive four-layer design, making it one of the most technologically advanced accessories on the market, the company says.


Delmhorst Instrument Co.
Booth 4274

Delmhorst Instrument Co. offers a full line of moisture meters for flooring professionals who need to accurately measure moisture in wood floors and subfloors, and measure RH in concrete according to the ASTM F2170 Standard. Delmhorst meters can help prevent flooring failures before and after installation, the company says.


DriTac Flooring Products LLC
Booth 4637

Supreme Green DriTac 7800 provides subfloor moisture control with no testing required and a lifetime warranty. This five-in-one "green" hybrid polymer wood flooring adhesive offers sound and moisture control, isolates cutback adhesive and provides crack suppression, the company says, adding that Supreme Green is easy to clean off the surface of wood flooring, wet or dry.


Fidbox LLC
Booth 4582

The HMbox monitors the job site and substrate pre-installation, and the Fidbox (embedded into the floor) monitors the product, substrate and job site post-installation. These pre- and post-installation tech tools save the contractor time, money, aggravation and possible litigation, the company says. The devices create reports that can be printed or emailed to the flooring manufacturer, builder, homeowner or whomever has interest in the data they collect.


Lignomat USA Ltd.
Booth 4376

Lignomat offers excellent pin, pinless and RH-specific moisture meters, as well as data loggers and customer service, for flooring professionals, the company says. The entire line of meters is on display at Surfaces, from the very affordable mini-Lignos to the Ligno-Scanner and the Ligno-VersaTec.


Provenza Floors Inc.
Booth 2221

Provenza Floors is passionate about designing products that exceed architectural and interior design industry demands, the company says. This year, it is showcasing new product lines, including its MaxCore Waterproof LVP and Colour Nation Painted Plank Collections.


Tramex Meters
Booth 4465

The Tramex CMEXpert II moisture meter and reusable Hygro-i RH Probes provide a complete testing system for flooring, including fast, accurate, economical and reliable testing of concrete floor slabs to ASTM F2170 and non-destructive concrete tests, the company says. The system also checks wood moisture content, ambient temperature, relative humidity and dew point readings.