Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATAPOXY® BIOGREEN™ 300

LATAPOXY® BIOGREEN 300, the industry’s first high-strength, chemical-resistant epoxy adhesive made with biobased material for installing tile and stone, is designed to provide an alternative to conventional non-renewable petroleum-derived products.

Equipped for the most demanding installations of tile and stone, LATAPOXY BIOGREEN 300 exceeds both ANSI A118.3 and ISO 13007 R2 requirements for epoxy adhesives and can be used in interior and exterior areas such as walls and floors, wet and dry areas. Additionally, the biobased epoxy adhesive can be used to install a variety of ceramic tile, marble and natural stone, and will bond to most sound, clean surfaces, spreads easily and can be cleaned with water while fresh.

LATAPOXY BIOGREEN 300 is a component of the LATICRETE Lifetime System Warranty providing one source, one warranty from the substrate to the grout. For more information, visit www.laticrete.com.

Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATICRETE® SPECTRALOCK® PRO

Now with even better stain resistance and non-sag performance on vertical installations, LATICRETE SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout produces the most color uniform, color accurate grout available today.

SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout is designed for residential and commercial use on interior or exterior ceramic tile, glass tile and stone applications. Ideal for re-grouting, this product is perfect for swimming pools, fountains and other wet areas.

SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout is available in a wide range of colors, including 40 traditional solid colors and many additional options using SPECTRALOCK DAZZLE which includes Gold, Silver, Copper, Mother-of-Pearl, and Glow-In-The Dark. For more information, visit www.laticrete.com.

Ege Seramik introduces “Epic Collection”

Ege Seramik, Epic Collection, Anthracite and Brown

Ege Seramik’s has announced its newest collection: Epic Collection. The company said that the slightly textured, matte finish of the Epic Collection replicates the natural look, warmth and charm of real wood.

Digital imaging and high-tech manufacturing bring this tile to life with true-to-life texture, the company said. According to the company, all tiles are printed with wide-ranging visual diversity, resulting in an authentic looking floor. Epic’s non-glossy finish makes it less slippery than glazed or polished tiles, the company said, adding that it’s ideal for high foot-traffic areas.

According to the company, Epic is produced as a 6” x 36” porcelain plank tile, is suitable for residential to moderate commercial use and is available in three colors: White, Anthracite and Brown.

The company said that distributors, retailers, contractors, installers, specifiers and fabricators at Cersaie 2017 (September 25-29, 2017 in Bologna, Italy) can see Epic firsthand and learn more about Ege Seramik’s other introductions at Cersaie Booth# Hall: 16, Stand: A56-B51.

Landmark Ceramics Presents Porcelain Pavers Installation over Pedestal

Information, suggestions and video regarding Frontier20 porcelain pavers installation over pedestal.

We are glad to inform you of Landmark Ceramics newly created video collection composing of 6 informative video clips regarding some of the most common installation methods for porcelain pavers of the Frontier20 collection. This 6 video collection will provide you with information, suggestions and recommendations for the different installation methods.

Learn more about the installation over pedestal simply by clicking on this video link.

 

Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATICRETEⓇ TRI-LITE™

LATICRETE TRI-LITE is a lightweight, high performance tri-purpose mortar designed for large and heavy tile, thin-bed and wall installations. Due to its lightweight formula and smooth, creamy consistency, a 30 lb bag provides the same coverage as a 50 lb bag of traditional mortar.

LATICRETE TRI-LITE can bond to many suitable substrates including concrete, steel and cement plaster. Its incredible non-sag performance is able to support very large and heavy tile with ease.

LATICRETE TRI-LITE can be used for common applications such as countertops, ceilings and bathtub walls. For more information, visit bwww.laticrete.com.

Crossville Launches Notorious Porcelain Tile Collection

Chic Concrete Style in Modern Hues and Sizes, Complimentary Sample Requests Welcome

Crossville, Tennessee – Crossville, Inc. has announced its latest porcelain tile collection, Notorious. The line is created with warm, neutral tones in the sophisticated look of concrete, delivering high impact design style and offering the strong technical performance expected of porcelain tile. Complimentary samples of the new product may be ordered on crossvilleinc.com.

“This line is all about inviting designers to mix and match to create their own surfacing solutions,” says Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing. “From the range of colors, sizes, and trims—as well as the unpolished and honed finishes, Notorious offers lots of design alternatives.”

The line’s six colors cover a spectrum of neutral hues. The options—Femme Fatale, Private Eye, Sugar Daddy, Suspense, Leading Man and Film Noir—were developed for maximum versatility in modern design schemes.

Field tile size options include 24”x24”, 24”x 36”, 12” x12”, 12” x 24”. Plank sizes of 3”x15” and a mosaic mesh mounted on 12”x12” are also available. Bullnose and cove base are offered to complete installations. In addition to the unpolished finish offered for all field tile sizes, a honed finish is available for the 24”x24”, 24”x36”, 12”x12”, and 12”x24” options.

“Notorious was developed to coordinate beautifully with our recently launched wood-look Nest collection,” Waldrep explains. “When these two lines are combined, designers have even more ways to solve design challenges.”

As with all products produced at Crossville’s Tennessee manufacturing facilities, Notorious is made using third-party certified, sustainable processes and is Green Squared certified. The collection is recommended for interior floors, walls, countertops, and exterior walls in both residential and commercial applications.

For more information and sample ordering for the Notorious Collection, visit crossvilleinc.com.

LATICRETE Introduces 257 TITANIUM™, the Ultimate High-Performance Thinset Mortar

257 TITANIUM is the ideal choice for installing Gauged Porcelain Tile and Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs

LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has introduced 257 TITANIUM™, a lightweight high-performance thinset mortar designed to function as the optimal choice for installing Gauged Porcelain Tile (GPT) and Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs (GPTP) in commercial, residential and industrial applications.

“Gauged Porcelain Tile Panel installations can be challenging as the tile can be as large as 10 feet by five feet and obtaining maximum thinset coverage is critical. Due to its exceptional wetting out properties, superior transfer and 60 minute Open Time, 257 TITANIUM ensures maximum coverage and a high-strength bond that will not deteriorate over time,” said LATICRETE Senior Product Manager Jonathan Scott.

As a high performance product, 257 TITANIUM exceeds ANSI A118.15, the industry’s highest performance standard for a cementitious based adhesive mortar, providing worry-free interior, exterior or submerged installations. Additionally, 257 TITANIUM utilizes LATICRETE HYDROMATIC CURE CHEMISTRY™ which accelerates the hydration process to rapidly consume water in the system, allowing the material to cure in a predictable manner.

257 TITANIUM is silica sand-free which both reduces exposure to respirable silica and contributes to the easy-to-spread creamy consistency and ease of troweling.

Available in 25 pound (11.3 kilogram) bags in grey and white, 257 TITANIUM is a component of the LATICRETE Lifetime System Warranty providing one source, one warranty from the substrate to the grout.

Crossville, Inc. Announces Its Laminam by Crossville Collections Are ANSI A137.3 Compliant, Leads in ANSI Installation Standards

Officials with Crossville, Inc. recently announced that its Laminam by Crossville gauged porcelain tile panels are compliant with ANSI A137.3 standards. All collections in the full Laminam by Crossville catalog exceed the product performance measures defined in the ANSI standard.

According to Noah Chitty, Crossville’s director of technical services, the company sought the compliance not only to bolster the reputation of its own product lines but also support the burgeoning gauged porcelain tile panel category in the U.S. market.

“Crossville pursued the creation of a product standard to help ensure the stability of the gauged porcelain tile panel category. If lesser performing products are introduced into the marketplace without minimum specification standards, then there could potentially be failures that damage the overall product category,” Chitty states.

In addition to its focus on product standards, Crossville has also joined with other industry leaders in the development of the ANSI installation standard (ANSI A108.19) for gauged porcelain tile panels. The installation standard provides consistency in methodology—essential as more and more installers start training with these large tile panels. The installation standard defines the practices that will produce consistent outcomes when employed correctly, resulting in applications of the gauged porcelain tile panels that perform to expectation.

Chitty explains that the ANSI standards are essential in conveying gauged porcelain tile panels’ value proposition to specifiers who must be mindful of quality and cost when selecting materials.

“In a specification market, it is crucial that the designer, architect, contractor, and all parties involved are assured the products they use will offer the functionality and aesthetics required. By having standards for gauged porcelain tile panel products, our industry is helping to make sure that specifiers are truly getting what they expected,” Chitty summarizes.

The attaining of ANSI A137.3 is just the latest in Crossville’s longstanding commitment to the gauged porcelain tile panel category. The company was the first in the U.S. to add a complete line of products through its exclusive Laminam distribution agreement. In the years following, the company has created and hosted installation training programs that have resulted in hundreds of installers gaining the know-how to work with the products. Likewise, Crossville offers educational programs and resources for designers and specifiers so that they can use the creative solutions of gauged porcelain tile panels in commercial and residential projects.

“We’re excited to see more and more projects using our porcelain tile panels in beautiful, creative ways,” Chitty concludes. “The innovations are empowering designers to specify tile in ways never before possible.”

Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATICRETE® STRATA_MAT XT

As a recent addition to its uncoupling products portfolio, LATICRETE STRATA_MAT™ XT provides installers instant coverage verification, faster drying of mortar and a shorter time to grout. Composed specifically for ceramic tile and dimension stone installations, STRATA_MAT XT serves as an uncoupling layer and vapor management layer that accomodates moisture from beneath the tile covering to minimize floor height gain from tile installation materials. In addition, at 5/16″ (7.9 mm) thick STRATA_MAT XT helps to create an even transition between typical 1/4” to 3/8″ (3 to 9 mm) thick tile and 3/4″ (19 mm) thick hardwood flooring.

For more information, visit www.laticrete.com.

LATICRETE PERMACOLOR® Select

LATICRETE has recently launched PERMACOLOR® Select, which is an advanced high performance cement grout that offers the industry’s first dispersible dry pigment solution. Designed for virtually all types of residential and commercial installation, PERMACOLOR Select allows contractors and distributors to eliminate waste and carry product for five years – much longer than traditional grouts, which requires disposal after only one year.

Contractors gain increased productivity and time savings on the jobsite, with a faster time-to-grout and foot traffic permitted in as little as three hours when using PERMACOLOR Select.

Additionally, PERMACOLOR Select is easy to clean, meets UL GREENGUARD certification standards for low chemical emissions and is a component of the LATICRETE Lifetime System Warranty. For more information, visit www.laticrete.com.

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