The Washington State Floor Covering Association (WSFCA) will hold its sixth annual Installation Trades Expo and second annual Installation Contest, 1 to 6 p.m. May 18 at the Renton Community Center.

Manufacturers will showcase their latest technologies and products in the areas of Tools, Floor Preparation, Backerboards, Underlayments, Adhesive and Setting Materials, and more.

Seminars will return to the show this year, and include sessions on "Moisture Problems in Concrete Floors," "Proper Moisture Testing of Concrete," and "Ceramic Tile Claims Troubleshooting." There will also be a presentation by a Certified Public Accountant, "How to Become Compliant with Labor and Industries," to assist independent contractors in proper financial accounting and record keeping, as well as to keep them in compliance with Washington State regulations.

This year's Installation Contest will be on Ceramic Tile Installation. There will be openings for 12 installers to compete, according to Debbie Tott, executive director of the WSFCA. "It's not a speed contest, though time is an issue. It's a contest that is more based toward skill," Tott says.

For additional information, telephone (425) 885-0012, or e-mail