MIRA Floors and Interiors Ranks No. 447 on the 2016 PROFIT 500
– PROFIT and Canadian Business unveils 28th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies
Surrey (September 15, 2016) Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked MIRA Floors and Interiors No. 447 on the 28th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business and at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.
MIRA Floors and Interiors made the 2016 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 91%.
“Companies become a part of the PROFIT 500 through innovative thinking, smart strategy and sheer grit,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “These firms demonstrate what Canadian entrepreneurs can achieve, both at home and across the globe.”
“It’s a huge honor for us to accept this achievement,” says Owner Kevin Bergstresser. “It’s a reflection of the hard work from our team, the quality of our service and products, and the loyalty of our customers.”
MIRA Floors & Interiors, Vancouver’s flooring specialists, provides complete lines of flooring installation services and flooring products to the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley area. What makes our company unique is our mobile showroom; it adds convenience to our customers by bringing the showroom to the comfort of their homes and business.
MIRA Floors and Interiors are recipients of the Business in Vancouver Top 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in B.C award in 2015, and the Better Business Bureau Marketplace Excellence Award in 2016.
About PROFIT and PROFITguide.com
PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success is Canada’s preeminent media brand dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 34 years, Canadian entrepreneurs across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. Visit PROFIT online at PROFITguide.com.
About Canadian Business
Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving, best-selling and most-trusted business publication in the country. With a total brand readership of more than 1.1 million, it is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. We provide concrete examples of business achievement, thought-provoking analysis and compelling storytelling, all in an elegant package with bold graphics and great photography. Canadian Business—what leadership looks like.
About MIRA Floors and Interiors
Founded in 1992, MIRA, pronounced “meer-a”, is a Portuguese and Italian word that means ‘to look and feel, to ‘view’. Our beginning used the meaning of this word as its foundation and a decade later it continues to be the building blocks with which our business is being built.
MIRA Floors and Interiors is a one-stop solution for design, supply, and installation of flooring and window coverings. Our goal on any project is to make your home or business look and feel amazing.
Kevin Bergstresser, Owner, MIRA Floors and Interiors, firstname.lastname@example.org, 604.856.4799.
The danger of some laminate wood flooring that was originally reported was underestimated.
According to a report by CNN, the traces of formaldehyde discovered in laminate flooring manufactured in China and sold by Lumber Liquidators were underestimated.
People exposed to formaldehyde could experience harmful heath issues, according to numerous government reports. This includes a lifetime cancer risk, which was found to be higher than originally reported. The US Centers for Disease Control and The National Center for Environmental Health states that the issues are linked to laminate floors manufactured in China and sold by Lumber Liquidators based in Tano, Virginia.
Lumber Liquidators said that they stopped selling the products last year.
How It All Began
In 2015, a CBS “60 Minutes” special called Lumber Liquidators was aired featuring CNN Contributor, Anderson Cooper. Which found formaldehyde traces in certain laminate products, which exceeded standards set by the California Air Resources Board.
CNN did their own private testing on 30 boxes of laminate flooring, which they received from 5 Lumber Liquidator store locations from New York, Texas, Florida, and Illinois.
This prompted the Consumer Product Safety Commission to run their own tests with laminate products manufactured in China. The CDC and Disease Registry reviewed the test results and reassessed the health effects.
Formaldehyde Effects From the Results Conducted
Formaldehyde can result in eyes, nose and throat irritation. Breathing problems can also occur in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and asthma.
The Calculated Error
“The revised report concludes that irritation and breathing problems could occur in everyone exposed to formaldehyde in the tested laminate flooring, not just in sensitive groups. The report also increased the estimated lifetime cancer risk from breathing the highest levels of formaldehyde from the affected flooring all day, every day for two years. The lifetime cancer risk increased from the previous estimate of two to nine extra cases for every 100,000 people to between six and 30 extra cases per 100,000 people,” the CDC and ATSDR stated.
“The American Cancer Society estimates that up to 50,000 of every 100,000 people may develop cancer from all causes over their lifetimes,” the CDC stated.
Formaldehyde Preventative Measures
- Reduce other sources of formaldehyde, such as tobacco smoke
- Consider getting professional air testing
- Ensure that you get daily fresh air circulation throughout the home by opening windows daily
When picking tiles, it’s easy to spend days debating the right tile colour, size and finish that will work well for your space. Yet the grout that frames each tile is often picked at the last minute. Don’t let grout choice become an afterthought. The grout used determines the function, durability and overall aesthetic of a tiled floor. Picking grout is just as important as picking tiles.
Selecting grout colours
There are three simple approaches to choosing grout colour – matching, contrasting or neutral.
Choosing a grout colour that matches the tile creates less pronounced grout lines and draws more attention to tile. When used with a one colour tile with simple layout, a matching grout line creates a fluid look. Matching grout lines are also a great option to show off the beauty of natural stones such as marble or granite.
A contrasting grout colour accentuates the pattern and layout of the tile. This approach is a great choice for geometric or decorative patterns. This hexagon pattern tile from Julian Tile is a great example of a contrasting grout working well with a geometric pattern.
When using a pebble mosaic, a contrasting grout colour gives an earthy vibe to the pebbles.
Casa Roma Pebble Mosaic colour Fiji Cream
Neutral grouts are considered the safe choice. A light coloured beige, brown or grey grout will have the most mass-market appeal.
This neutral yellow-beige grout doesn’t stand out too much and works well against the wall colour.
Daltile Rittenhouse Square on the wall and Daltile Octagon and Dot mosaic on the floor
Neutral grout lines let multi-coloured mosaics take centre stage.
Julian Tile Onix Hex – Aquamarine blend
Dark grout vs. light grout
Darker colours hide dirt better but the colour tends to fade quicker. Lighter colours tend to show more dirt and grime. To balance the pros and cons of light and dark grouts, some designers recommend using an in-between colour like a tan or light grey. When considering dark vs. light grout, think about the traffic of the room. A busy family kitchen may not be the best choice for a light coloured grout but it could be put in a guest bathroom that isn’t used often.
Types of grout
Cement or epoxy?
Cement-based grout is the most commonly used tile grout. It’s relatively inexpensive and works well in most situations. Epoxy grout is more resistant to stains and water damage and can be substituted for either sanded or unsanded cement grout.
Sanded or unsanded?
If your grout lines are 1/8″ or bigger, use sanded grout. A sanded grout has fine sand added to it that prevents the grout from shrinking as it cures.