Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATICRETE® STONETECH® Enhancer Pro™ Sealer

LATICRETE® STONETECH® Enhancer Pro Sealer is a heavy duty sealer that seals and enhances the surface to a deep rich color. Part of the STONETECH Professional line of tile and stone care and maintenance products, the innovative, easy-to-use solution is made up of a solvent-based formula that deepens color, provides heavy duty protection against most stains and deepens color.

Additionally, STONETECH Enhancer Pro Sealer is weather and UV-resistant making it the perfect transforming product for both interior and exterior use to help ensure the beauty of natural stone and tile countertops, floors, stair, ceilings and other installations. Suitable substrates include but are not limited to limestone, slate, flagstone and travertine.

STONETECH Enhancer Pro Sealer is available in a 1 pt (473 ml), 1 qt (946 ml), 1 gal (3.8 L), 5 gal (18.9 L) and 55 gal (208 L) containers. For more information visit, www.laticrete.com.

iQ Power Tools introduces New Line of Safety Gear

iQ Power Tools, manufacturer of premium power tools with integrated dust collection systems, introduces a new line of protective eye and ear gear that is the perfect balance of comfort and safety.

Two sleek and stylish safety glasses deliver good looks, comfort and advanced vision protection required to take on any challenge.  They are durable enough to withstand the demands of the jobsite while the ultra lightweight design provides all day comfort. Features include scratch resistant coating, impact resistant and polycarbonate lenses.

iQ Powertool’s hearing protection gear, with a NNR29 rating, offers superior comfort and is designed to be a high noise reducing/protection earmuff. The adjustable headband and premium ear cushioning provide all day comfort and can be folded at the end of the day for storage.

“We are thrilled to be launching this new line of safety products as safety is our number one priority at iQ,” said Joel Guth, president of iQ Power Tools. “We’re focused on identifying and reducing risk from job sites with the development of professional tools and technology and of course, education.”


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 www.laticrete.com.

Andrew Pearson Glassworks New Products

Mount Airy, North Carolina company Andrew Pearson Glassworks takes glass tile to a higher level through its new high-tech manufacturing process. Custom High-Definition and even 3D images are now available printed onto glass tiles or panels in sizes to accommodate most residential and commercial projects.

Glass tile mosaics have been around for many years and larger format solid color glass tiles have been growing in popularity, but now a new generation of manufacturing technology pioneered by Andrew Pearson is leading the world in glass fusion. Any design imaginable can now be incorporated into large format glass tiles, including digital photos and other images. Nothing else in the construction industry compares with the depth and beauty of Andrew Pearson’s new infusion glass tiles because of this proprietary manufacturing technology.

In addition to their new bright and beautiful tile designs, Andrew Pearson has incorporated the latest infusion technology into their FUZION glass countertops, furniture tabletops, and bathroom vanity programs.

For more information, please contact Tom at (336) 877-6951. You can also visit the company’s website at www.andrewpearsonglass.com

Lackmond Products, Inc. Introduces the Beast/B+BTec Rail Saws and Manual Tile Cutters

Marietta, GA. Lackmond Products, Inc. a leading supplier of diamond tools, carbide tools and equipment recently entered into a joint venture with BB+Tec, a leading European manufacturer in the drilling and fastening market since 1969, to market and sell their rail saws, manual tile cutters, core drills, rigs and core bits.in North America.  The new equipment will be marketed under the under the Beast and B+BTec brands.

Over the last few years, large format tile has grown in popularity, and that trend looks like it will continue.  Lackmond’s new Beast/B+BTec Rail Saws are ideal for larger format tiles.  They are manufactured in Europe and made with the highest quality raw materials utilizing the most advanced manufacturing technology.   The Beast/B+BTec Rails saws are engineered with stainless steel to withstand the toughest applications while providing the operator ease of maintenance.   They are equipped with a powerful direct drive motor and loaded with countless features including miter & plunge capabilities, wheels for ease of loading & unloading and much more.

The Beast/B+BTec manual tile cutters are available in 30” and 37” models and are engineered with a hardened lightweight aluminum base plate and breaking strip.  They offer the operator a direct view of the scoring wheel and cutting line.  The Beast/B+BTec manual tile cutters have many other features including chrome and rectified solid steel guides, wide fixed tile stop and more.   Each unit comes standard with a robust carrying case.

Cliff Sallis, CEO of Lackmond Products, Inc., said, “We are very excited about our new joint venture with B+BTec.  Their history of manufacturing the highest quality products combined with Lackmond’s operations and distribution model will allow us to provide our customers with the highest quality rail saws and manual tile cutters and the best service possible.”

Lackmond Products, Inc., based in Marietta, GA, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of diamond tools, carbide tools and equipment, for the tile, stone and construction markets. The company has been serving professional construction and plant maintenance markets for over twenty years, with seven warehouses in the United States as well as international locations in Canada and Latin America.  For more information, visit www.lackmond.com or call 1-800-850-2044.

Tips for Successful Floor & Wall Tile Installation With No Lippage

Many contractors contact NTCA technical advisers regarding acceptable tolerances for floor tile installations, but our trainers also tell us that with the increased use of large format tile being specified for walls, it is becoming increasingly challenging for tile contractors to successfully install these products without lippage. Contractors should be aware that the tolerances for both floors and walls are the same, and that this issue should be addressed before installing the tile.  Many applications in dry areas are to be installed directly over gypsum board or drywall, and there is little opportunity with the adhesive to make up for imperfections in the surface. Lighting can also wreak havoc on a tile installation on a wall, making the edges appear to be even more uneven and imperfect. Industry tolerances for both floor and wall tile applications state that the substrate should have a maximum variation of /14” in 10’ from the required plane, nor more than 1/16” in 12” when measured from the high points in the surface.  If a builder wants a tile installation to be flush with no or minimal lippage, they need to make sure the framing and drywall contractors are delivering a surface that meets tile industry tolerances.  If the tile contractor doesn’t check for this, and accepts the substrate as is, they run the risk of having a serious issue take place that can cost everyone money and time.  

For more information on this subject, you can order the TCNA Handbook or ANSI A108 Book for tile installation on the NTCA website at www.tile-assn.com

Product Spotlight: NXT Level by LATICRETE

LATICRETEⓇ NXT™ Level is a cement-based underlayment for use in leveling interior substrates including concrete, vinyl tile, cement terrazzo, exterior glue plywood, cement mortar board, cement backer board, ceramic tile and stone. NXT Level produces a flat, smooth and hard surface for the installation of finished flooring. 

The NXT Level formula is a factory-prepared blend of cement, aggregate and other materials to produce a flowable, fast hardening underlayment that can be distributed via pour or pump. Common applications include interior thin bed floors and renovations.

NXT Level can be placed from 1/8 – 3″ (3 – 76 mm) in a single lift and applied directly over concrete testing at a relative humidity of 95 percent or less per ASTM F2170. Once cured, NXT Level is durable, fire- and heat-resistant, non-combustible, non-sensitive to moisture and maintenance-free. For more information, visit www.laticrete.com.

Mapei Mapeguard UM

MAPEI recently introduced Mapeguard® UM. This crack-suppression, waterproofing and vapor-pressure-equalizing underlayment membrane has been approved for use with latex-modified mortars as part of a warranted system for installation of ceramic tile and natural stone. Mapeguard UM equalizes vapor pressure, so it can be applied over young concrete in fast-track construction or concrete with high relative humidity. The lightweight membrane can also be applied over single-layer plywood floors. The uniquely engineered tri-layered design of Mapeguard UM absorbs lateral stress from the substrate without transferring this force to the tile or stone, which maintains exceptional bonds.

The engineered cavity design – including the mesh-fabric top layer – allows easy single-pass filling of the surface core with less mortar, reducing the amount of mortar needed and making the installer’s job easier. www.mapei.com

American Olean Introduces Six New Collections

American Olean® introduces six new collections, expanding its array of outstanding tile and stone offerings to include stylish products inspired by textiles, marble and watercolor, all enhanced with Reveal Imaging.

The new product offerings include:

  • Elemental Canvas, an organic, woven fabric look with rich colors and graphics in six neutral shades in 24” x 24” and 12” x 24” formats with 1” x 3” mosaics. This ColorBody porcelain features TruEdge technology, and includes a linear mosaic option.
  • Theoretical Bold, a bright and colorful ColorBody complement to the Theoretical series with a light graphic variation for visual depth and richness. In 24” x 24” and 12” x 24” formats in six eye-popping colors.
  • Abound glazed veramic floor, wall and mosaic tile evokes polished marble aesthetic in five neutral shades. Abound offers a full package of sizes, with mosaic and decorative wall accents.
  • Horizon glazed ceramic is an elegant wall tile with a watercolor graphic in four neutral hues and a large format linear design – 6” x 16” format with 1/2″ x 12” coordinating jolly trim
  • Harvest Grove is a rustic wood look in glazed porcelain floor tile in 6” x 24” formats and a glazed ceramic 2” x 2” mosaic
  • Serentina, a striking glass- and-stone mosaic available in three geometric designs and six color blends.

Visit www.americanolean.com for details.

Peronda Harmony Collection LINS by YONOH

Peronda adds to its designer-sourced Harmony Collection with LINS by YONOH which plays with light, using crisscrossing lines to generate visual effects perfect for transforming wall surfaces into huge murals. LINS by YONOH takes advantage of the subtlety of lines as opposed to differing levels, so that shadow play and volumes are generated by the actual delicacy of the lines. The collection’s choice of neutral Mediterranean colors reflects its restful spirit. http://www.peronda.com/en/collection/lins-by-yonoh

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