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.

LATICRETE Introduces its enhanced DRYTEK® ​Skimcoat Premium Quality Underlayment

Improved formula and packaging provides an extended pot life and creamier consistency, as well as a tin tie re-sealable bag, reducing waste and increasing cost savings
LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has introduced its enhanced DRYTEK® Skimcoat fast-drying, premium quality underlayment. The improved formula can now hold more water, resulting in a creamier consistency for a smoother application and sleeker finish, as well as an extended pot life and easier troweling.
Additionally, the new DRYTEK Skimcoat packaging has been redesigned with a tin tie resealable feature that allows the product to be saved for additional uses,minimizing product waste and increasing cost savings for the installer. “When re-formulating DRYTEK Skimcoat, we improved its rapid-setting properties and ease of use to make it an ideal solution for today’s schedule-and budget-driven projects without sacrificing quality,” said Product Manager Christopher Brana. DRYTEK Skimcoat can be applied from skim depth to 1″ (25 mm) and the finished flooring can be installed as soon as 20 minutes after application.
“Thanks to the innovative, convenient packaging of DRYTEK Skimcoat, contractors no longer have to waste unused product and can simply reseal the bag  for later use, saving time and money. Additionally, the plastic, cube style container provides a more secure base on the jobsite and for later storage,” added Brana. Designed to meet UL GREENGUARD certification standards for low chemical emissions, the new DRYTEK Skimcoat can be utilized at high profile jobsites, including hospitals and schools.

Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATICRETEⓇ HYDRO BANⓇ BOARD

LATICRETE® HYDRO BAN® Board is a lightweight, easy to install, ready to tile wall board designed for bonded tile or stone installations. It is made with a waterproof high-density extruded polystyrene core and a waterproof membrane on both sides to give triple protection from water and vapor intrusion. Available in thicknesses from ¼” to 2” HYDRO BAN Board can be used on walls, floors, ceilings and in many installations requiring dimensionally sound and stable substrates as well as in steam rooms and steam showers. HYDRO BAN Board does not contain cement, fiberglass or paper products and will not cause itching or create messy cement debris during installation. No tab washers are required for floor and wall installations when using HYDRO BAN Board Screws.

For more information, visit www.laticrete.com.

Landmark Ceramics presents True: the authentic feeling of natural wood look in porcelain tile

     This collection of porcelain stoneware tiles offers the simple and elegant look of natural newly cut wood, with no wear or machining marks. It is a sincere material for clean, orderly surfaces, with a genuine graphic pattern giving a feeling of authenticity and sophistication.
The True collection is sincere and natural for use in rooms to create a welcoming and delicate atmosphere that is perfect for a contemporary style that sees relaxation as a lifestyle. The surfaces provide warmth and a fresh tactile feeling of natural material.

Click here to discover True!

RUBI ZERO DUST, An Innovative System to Improve On-Site Working Conditions

After many months of work and exhaustive tests in third-party labs, RUBI is launching the ZERO DUST line of tile saws. These are the first electric tile cutters certified in compliance with the most rigorous health and prevention regulations in the construction industry.

The new tile saws with the ZERO DUST system drastically reduce airborne dust and water, preventing diseases related to inhaling silica dust.

This type of protection is already mandatory in Northern European countries and it will be enforced in coming years for the rest of Europe and USA. The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), which acted as the certification body, and RUBI has worked together for years to improve the working conditions for tile installers worldwide.

All the RUBI DC, DS, DX and DR lines of tile saws will start including the ZERO DUST system. Besides improving the working conditions, this innovative mechanism reduces water consumption while cutting, which minimizes downtime caused by refilling the water tank. The ZERO DUST system is likely to be greatly appreciated by RUBI users and is expected to boost one of RUBI’s highly successful product ranges.

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 accommodates 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.

Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATICRETE NXT Product Line

The porous nature of concrete slabs allows significant flow of moisture vapor — enough to cause disastrous results to flooring applications installed above them. Easily prepare and protect your installation from water vapor transmission with LATICRETENXT self leveling, skim coat and vapor reduction products.

Included in the line is the new and improved NXT Skim premium quality, fast-drying, cement-based underlayment designed for skim-coating, smoothing and leveling prior to floor covering applications. The improved formula holds more water, resulting in a creamier consistency for a smoother application and sleeker finish, as well as an extended pot life and easier troweling.

Additional products in the NXT line include NXT Level Plus,  NXT Level, NXT Primer, NXT Embossing Admin, NXT Patch and NXT Vapor Reduction Coating. For more information visit www.laticrete.com.

EGE SERAMIK INTRODUCES “PICCOLO.” WHIMSICAL, SENSIBLE DESIGNS IN PORCELAIN

Ege Seramik has developed another state-of-the-art porcelain tile collection offering opportunities to give ordinary tile installations… customized “looks”.

The PICCOLO Collection is a pressed, glazed porcelain tile is comprised of an 8”x8” white field tile with two whimsical decorative tile motifs available (mixed palette or black and white).

Its industrious qualities as a durable, hard-wearing tile… plus the ease of maintenance make PICCOLO ideal for both residential and commercial applications; indoors and out.  By interspersing both field and decorative tiles, PICCOLO can transform any floor or wall into a work of art. Each tile is meticulously created via Ege Seramik’s cutting-edge ink jet technology.

The entire collection of Piccolo can be found here

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