Vitromex USA Relaunch; Lakes, City Soul, States and Brooklyn!

Vitromex USA proudly re-introduces Lakes, a slate inspired collection available within our complete full-line of ceramic offerings. Lakes is a classic, elegant yet rustic design with modern surface clefts. As Lakes is offered in multiple formats, this allows easy-to-pair designs and installations of today’s transitional to traditional living spaces. Lakes’ natural, dimensional graphic accentuates a color palette to be specified with any interior decor. Its matte finish coordinates beautifully to relate to continuous design themes throughout a broad range of spaces. Lakes glazed ceramic floor and wall tile is appropriate for all residential and commercial wall, countertop and backsplash applications as well as all residential and most commercial floor applications. This entire series is manufactured in a GreenSquared certified facility, which utilizes pre-consumer recycled content. Vitromex USA continues to be a participating member of the TCNA (Tile Council of North America).

Vitromex USA relaunches City Soul, a porcelain collection that takes its cues from finished concrete, replicating the distinctions with a subtle linear glaze. Its smooth natural surface creates its unique, organic characteristics. In a soft palette, City Soul includes four options; Gray, Black, Taupe, and Brown. This collection has a natural, flat structure with the strength and durability that continues to make porcelain a savy choice for commercial and residential installations.

City Soul glazed porcelain floor and wall tile is appropriate for countertop and backsplash applications as well as all residential and most commercial floor applications. This entire series is manufactured in a GreenSquared certified facility, which utilizes pre-consumer recycled content. Vitromex USA continues to be a participating member of the TCNA (Tile Council of North America).

Vitromex USA relaunches States, a travertine stone fashion designed on a porcelain body. The inspiration comes from stone which is often visibly porous, giving it a more natural, textured look. Natural travertine is smooth and suitable for flooring or as shower tiles and is relatively soft and absorbent. Although naturally beautiful, typically this stone requires several coats of sealant to prevent debris from penetrating through the body. States porcelain emulates a classic travertine stone thus removing all the labor intensive costs from maintenance. States’ colors are warm and range from the lightest white or cream to beige, and gold to brown. Slight color and pattern variations between tiles assure a natural tone-on-tone fashion. States glazed porcelain floor and wall tile is appropriate for countertop and backsplash applications as well as all residential and most commercial floor applications. This entire collection is manufactured in a GreenSquared certified facility, which utilizes pre-consumer recycled content. Vitromex USA continues to be a participating member of the TCNA (Tile Council of North America).

Vitromex USA pushes the capacity of its popular Brooklyn ceramic wall tile series with the best features of glossy subway tiles in a 3” x 10” format. And don’t forget the 3” x 10” surface bullnose offered in each color to complete the installation.

A true classic that is anything but ordinary, Brooklyn subway tiles are a building block for endless patterns, arrangements, and design choices. Uniquely iconic, each piece within Brooklyn is manufactured using an undulated punch, giving it unmatched depth, variation, and subtle texture, as well as a high gloss glaze finish.

This tile can be used for various install projects in bathrooms, kitchens and other residential or commercial wallcoverings. Brooklyn tiles make it easy to add a splash of traditional styling to your interior décor and is offered in multiple color options; Bianco (classic all-time white), Hueso (off white), Gris (timeless gray), Moka (light brown), Carmin (a whole-hearted red), Olivo (a natural green), Mostaza (an earnest yellow), and Azul (an archetypal blue). Mix together or individually to style your space and take your upcoming projects to the next level.

 

The Lightweight Variable Speed Polisher

Sanding and polishing applications are time consuming tough work. In order to reduce the fatigue of the polishing professional, we ergonomically designed the VDP-700. This lightweight polisher is comfortable to hold and easy to control during the entire operation. This is done with one of two handle designs that come with the unit (C-Handle & Side Handle). The VDP-700 offers the variable speed range from 700 to 3,500 rpm.

The Unit was built with a 1250w (Rated) and 1900w (Maximum) motor along with heavy-duty precision gear system for the most demanding polishing tasks, to ensure reliability and high performance. With a 25ft, 14 AWG electrical power cord, you can cover large work areas without connecting to an extension cord. This feature assures maximum power from the electrical circuit and avoids overheating of the motor.

We also offer variety of accessories for this polisher such as a rotary back pads, diamond face foam pads, wool pads, microfiber pads, and other abrasive products.

For more information, visit our website at www.alpha-tools.comor contact us at 800-648-7229.

Introducing the ESC-125 Wet/Dry Stone Cutter

Alpha Professional Tools® has re-designed the popular AWS-125 Wet Stone Cutter, which had changed the way we cut out sink holes using a manual cutting application. The ESC-125 was created based upon the feedback from fabricators in preparation for the new silica rule change by OSHA in 2017. To reduce the silica particles, we added a dust cover on the side of the blade guard to redirect the dust from the cutting edge into an attached HEPA vacuum for dry dust removal. The ESC-125 is equipped with a newly designed Water Jet System that delivers sufficient water to cool the cutting edge as well as removes slurry from the cutting line ahead of the stone cutter.

Equipped with the Water Jet is a Hybrid Kink/Memory-Free Water Hose that comes with a quick disconnect garden hose adapter.

The new Clamping System, located on the side of the blade, ensures cutting stability, whether doing a step cut 3cm sink hold cut-out or making a groove for the reinforcement rod with much smaller diameter blades.

For more information, visit our website at www.alpha-tools.com or contact us at 800-648-7229

FLAVIKER TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT AT COVERINGS 2018

Reinterpretation and hyper-realism are the key characteristics of the new products showcased in Atlanta

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At Coverings 2018, the most important North American exhibition for the ceramic sector, Flaviker has showcased its new HYPER and RIVER tile collections combining innovation, HD digital decoration and Italian design. The Solignano-based company’s exhibit in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, has offered a fascinating exploration of materials developed through its research efforts, a long-term stylistic and aesthetic project that has constantly expanded the potential for use of ceramic tiles and made them an increasingly popular material in the world of interior design.

Hyper-realism is the style concept behind the new offerings from Flaviker, particularly the HYPER collection inspired by the aesthetics of concrete. Along with the sheer variety of its versatile and contemporary surfaces, the 3D graphic design has meticulously preserved all the marks of the natural industrial concrete ageing process. HYPER also includes the precious capsule collection developed in collaboration with Tattoo & Visual artist Tiziano Colella, consisting of a series of decorated panels inspired by the visual language of street art.

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The RIVER collection offers an original interpretation of terrazzo floors, skilfully combining surface homogeneity with the beauty of individual fragments while preserving the signs of wear and tear experienced over the centuries. Based on an outstanding interpretation of the popular recomposed material trend, one of the most interesting decorative solutions to have emerged in recent years, RIVER reproduces elegant micro-pebbles with extraordinary three-dimensional effects. Skilfully designed long, thin cracks are used to create a sense of movement in surfaces available in sizes ranging from 160×320 cm down to the smallest and most decorative submultiples 10×60 cm and 30×30 cm.

Lunada Bay Tile Introduces Contourz Concrete Tiles

A contemporary concrete tile collection that combines breakthrough engineering and art

You’ve seen concrete tiles on the floor, used as exterior cladding, and on the occasional feature wall. Now, Lunada Bay Tile is breaking design boundaries with Contourz, a tactile collection of concrete tiles that elevates the beauty of vertical and horizontal planes.

Modern shapes and colors, together with unparalleled artistry and engineering, construct dynamic surfaces for a variety of spaces. Contourz three-dimensional tiles transform walls into sculpture, while flat field tiles create an atmosphere that ranges from quiet elegance to industrial.

“Concrete is a beautiful, sustainable medium,” says Feras Irikat, Director of Design and Marketing at Lunada Bay Tile. “The Contourz collection’s architectural nature, soft color palette and satin matte tactile surface allows it to play well with many other materials.”

Irikat worked on the collection’s design in collaboration with Lunada Bay Tile President and CEO Carl Steadly and Mike Taylor, an engineer with 11 years of experience in the concrete tile industry. Together, theydesigned and engineered the collection to the highest specifications for residential and commercial installations. The tiles measure just 8 millimeters thick—a similar thickness to standard ceramic and glass tiles—extending design opportunities with the ability to combine easily with other tile collections within the Lunada Bay Tile portfolio.

“Imagine that you can now use concrete on a kitchen backsplash or a shower wall without taking up any more thickness or design real estate than standard tile choices,” Irikat proposes. “It makes it easy to incorporate these tiles into residential or commercial applications, indoors or outdoors, and blend them with other elements to create the look you desire. The collection creates the ultimate toolbox of creativity for designers and architects.”

Designed and manufactured in Lunada Bay Tile’s new facility in Southern California, the collection consists of nine shapes:

  • 3 x 9-inch — rectangular flat field tile
  • 6 x 9-inch — rectangular flat field tile
  • 4-inch Hex — hexagonal flat field tile
  • Fanfare Hex — three-dimensional 4-inch hexagonal tile with raised linear peaks
  • Trifecta — three-dimensional triangular tile with intertwining patterns of slopes and curved lines
  • Zen Break A and Zen Break B — three-dimensional 3 x 9-inch rectangular tiles with angled inclines that can be coordinated to create striped, diamond and chevron patterns
  • Retro Curve — liner featuring soft bullnose edges
  • In & Out — liner featuring a bullnose edge on one side and a cove edge on the other

Contourz is available in 18 modern hues, including warm and cool grays and shades of taupe and brown. The collection can be specified for interior and exterior walls, including wet/dry walls, light traffic floors, and has similar characteristics and care requirements as natural stone.

 

PROFILITEC ANNOUNCES DEBUT OF FLOORTEC™

PROFILITEC, Italian producer of state-of-the-art floor profiles and related installation solutions, introduces FLOORTEC, its new uncoupling membrane intelligently developed for​ better, faster​ and stronger installations.

Floortec™ is a high-performance, durable uncoupling membrane to be installed under any tile installation. Its key features include:

  • Round-shaped mortar columns for maximum load support contributing to “extra heavy” (14 cycles) rating on the Robinson test method (ASTM 627 over 19.2” wood joist structure)
  • “Lay-Flat” technology to minimize curling
  • Translucent to monitor thin-set coverage
  • Textured surface for stronger thin-set adhesion allowing chalk lines to “hold”
  • Round-shaped surface configuration for better overall workability

“Clearly, the round-shaped mortar columns make the difference with this product,” stated Greg Gelston, President of Profilitec. “Think of columns in a building. They are most notably circular​,​ which by the natural laws of physics​,​ will evenly distribute the entire load’s weight versus​ a​ square​ column​.”

The introduction of Floortec™ reinforces the company’s commitment to its ​positioning as the “Choice of the Professional​.​”

Gelston concluded, “We strive to offer the most advanced engineered products, all of which are​intended to solve real-time problems within the industry. Real solutions for real issues.”

D_Segni™ Collection from Marazzi Wins IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Award

D_Segni dazzles judges at HD EXPO and secures win for the brand

 

DALLAS – May 15, 2018 – Marazzi is honored to announce that the D_Segni™ collection received an IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Award during the 2018 HD Expo in Las Vegas. A porcelain tile reinterpretation of traditional hand-made cement tiles found in Italy, D_Segni secured this win in the Flooring Hard Surfaces category.

“From its introduction, D_Segni has been an industry standout,” said Micah Hand, brand marketing manager, Marazzi. “D_Segni offers a series of decorative geometrical, vintage, and metropolitan designs that distinguish it from other tile collections in the industry. This recognition from IIDA/HD further determines Marazzi as a flooring design leader, and we are proud to accept this award next to other industry leaders.”

The IIDA/HD competition acknowledges accomplishments in product design innovation, technical advancements, aesthetics, environmental responsibility and usage in hospitality applications. According to IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, “Winners of this year’s competition found innovative ways to leverage product design to craft a hospitality experience that offers travelers a place to escape while maintaining elements that feel like home.”

IIDA/HD entries were judges by a board of design professionals including Chris Evans, associate principal, Rottet Studio;
Michelle Reichert, director – strategic sourcing, FF&E, MGM Resorts International; and Patricia Rotondo, IIDA, senior principal and director of interior design, Antunovich Associates.

To learn more about the D_Segni collection and the Marazzi line of tile products, please visit www.marazzitile.com.

PROFILITEC DEBUTS FLOORTEC™ UNCOUPLING MEMBRANE

PROFILITEC, Italian producer of state-of-the-art floor profiles and related installation solutions, introduces FLOORTEC, its new uncoupling membrane intelligently developed for​ better, faster​ and stronger installations.

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Floortec™ is a high-performance, durable uncoupling membrane to be installed under any tile installation. Its key features include:

  • Round-shaped mortar columns for maximum load support contributing to “extra heavy” (14 cycles) rating on the Robinson test method (ASTM 627 over 19.2” wood joist structure)
  • “Lay-Flat” technology to minimize curling
  • Translucent to monitor thin-set coverage
  • Textured surface for stronger thin-set adhesion allowing chalk lines to “hold”
  • Round-shaped surface configuration for better overall workability

“Clearly, the round-shaped mortar columns make the difference with this product,” stated Greg Gelston, President of Profilitec. “Think of columns in a building. They are most notably circular​,​ which by the natural laws of physics​,​ will evenly distribute the entire load’s weight versus​ a​ square​ column​.”

The introduction of Floortec™ reinforces the company’s commitment to its ​positioning as the “Choice of the Professional​.​”

Gelston concluded, “We strive to offer the most advanced engineered products, all of which are​intended to solve real-time problems within the industry. Real solutions for real issues.”

Crossville Announces Enhancements to Cross Vision and Mosaic Builder Online Design Tools

Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels Now Included in Cross Vision as a Virtual Design Option

CROSSVILLE, Tennessee – Crossville, Inc. has announced updates and enhancements to the Cross Vision and Mosaic Builder online design tools on the company’s website, crossvilleinc.com.

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The popular Cross Vision tool now incorporates gauged porcelain tile panels in the options. This allows users to create virtual designs with the tile panels. Crossville’s Cross Vision design tool lets customers create, save, and print visualizations of wall and flooring combinations in photographs, either stock photos provided by Crossville or their own uploaded images.

In addition, Crossville’s Mosaic Builder has been updated. Designers can select any of the mosaic patterns and choose from nearly endless combinations of Crossville’s tile options to invent custom patterns for walls, countertops, backsplashes, and more.

“With these digital tools, we’re empowering designers to create beautiful patterns and easily share these design ideas with their customers—even from mobile devices,” states Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing for Crossville.

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Other updates for these virtual design tools enhance overall functionality and user experience for both desktop and mobile experiences.
* Mobile responsive readiness – the new redesign better supports the mobile generation allowing customers to access to your building products and colors via mobile devices.
* High resolution product library support – the enhanced imagery support delivers higher quality visuals that showcase building products with hyper photorealistic results.
* New palettes: turnkey design feature – the addition of palette support allows designers to create and showcase product combinations, while providing contractors and homeowners inspirational choices combined with fast and easy design options.
* Enhanced user interface and product navigation – significant improvements to the user experience via redesigned application start page and product search allow for ease of use and navigation.

All of Crossville’s design tools can be accessed at https://crossvilleinc.com/ design-resources/.

 

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