American Olean is bringing out a range of tile and natural stone lines, including the natural stone Candora that combines marble and limestone in 12” x 24” formats with three mosaic designs, including this geometric leaf motif. www.americanolean.com
At TISE West, two weeks ago, Daltile launched PANORAMIC Porcelain Surfaces™ – a 10.5’ x 5.3’ gauged porcelain tile, that comes in two thicknesses: 6 mm for floors and walls and 12 mm for countertop fabrication. PANORAMIC was also on display at IBS, in Orlando, in early January.
PANORAMIC comes in eight colors and is offered in polished and honed finish. Daltile stock PANORAMIC in eight locations around the country by the end of January. The product will have its official launch in April.
In the meantime, Daltile is making training available in its stone centers for handling and installing PANORAMIC, with recommendations for equipment suppliers.
“PANORAMIC is additive to what we’ve done with the SlimLite™ line” said Daltile senior brand manager Kim Albrecht, at the manufacturer’s booth during TISE West. SlimLite is Daltile’s line of 3.5 mm gauged porcelain panels up to 39” x 118”, designed for wall use. PANORAMIC greater 6mm thickness gives it durability for floor use.
MAPEI offers Mapeguard UM, a lightweight waterproofing and vapor pressure-equalizing underlayment membrane. It provides crack suppression for use under ceramic tile and stone installations, for both residential and commercial applications.
Mapeguard UM is designed to perform over challenging substrates, such as young concrete and single-layer 3/4″ (19 mm) plywood subfloors with joist spacing of up to 19.2″ (49 cm) on
center. The unique 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.
To learn more about the features and benefits of Mapeguard UM, visit www.mapei.com.
See the new Mapeguard UM at MAPEI’s TISE West/Surfaces booth #5847.
iQ Power Tools, manufacturer of premium power tools with integrated dust collection systems, introduces the first “Dry-Cut Tile Saw” designed to cut ceramic, porcelain, marble and stone.
The iQTS244® is a 10” dry-cut tile saw specifically created for professional tile setters and contractors. With the world’s first fully-integrated dust control technology, this innovative tool allows for tile to be cut inside or outside with no water and no dust discharge. Additionally, it is lightweight, compact and built on wheels for easy transport to and from jobsites.
100% compliant with the new OSHA standard on respirable silica dust, the iQTS244 was initially produced for professional contractors to eliminate problems caused by cutting with water. The iQTS244 utilizes a three-stage filtration system which captures up to 99.5% of the dust. All the dust from the cutting point passes through this filtration system and is captured in the dust tray for easy clean up.
The specially designed 10” Q-Drive Cool Cut Blade is air-cooled by the vacuum. The vacuum also removes the cutting debris so the blade is not regrinding the same material, a process that reduces friction and heat. www.iQPowerTools.com
See the iQTS244 dry-cut tile saw at TISE West booth #3547.
Progress Profiles’ PRODESO® HEAT GRIP SYSTEM improves the already superior performance of the PRODESO® HEAT SYSTEM. PRODESO® HEAT GRIP SYSTEM features specially-engineered designed cavities that drastically improve the mechanical bond between the thin-set layer and the membrane itself. This additional bond strength is extremely desirable in today’s installations of large-format tile, slabs and mosaics in both natural stone and ceramic tile. The new and improved PRODESO HEAT GRIP SYSTEM design also includes wicking channels that increase the vapor management efficiency of the assembly. PRODESO HEAT GRIP can be used with both modified or unmodified thinsets.
See Progress Profiles and the PRODESO HEAT GRIP SYSTEM at TISE West booth # 4907.
QEP’s patented LASH® System is designed to level the tile surface and hold firm while the mortar dries, reducing call backs and insuring that the finished floor surface is lippage-free. The two part system Levels, Aligns, Spaces and Holds tiles for an even installation on tiles 3/16” to 7/16” thick. The patented curved bottom can swivel and adjust to varying tile thicknesses to ensure the surface stays level. It is the perfect system to use with large-format porcelain, marble, and stone where narrow grout joints are required or with tiles of varying thickness. The system is used by professionals to save time while providing consistently leveled and spaced results. The QEP Tile Leveling Clips (96-Pack) are part A of the two-part installation system engineered to level, align, space, and hold large-body porcelain tile, marble and stone during installation by automatically aligning and spacing tiles. The wedge part B of the system (sold separately) works by maintaining tiles at an even height until the mortar sets, thereby ensuring the resulting surface is level and free of lippage. www.qep.com.
See the LASH Tile Leveling System at QEP TISE West booth # 3314.
Schluter®-DIADEC is an anodized aluminum finishing and edge-protection profile to prevent the outside corners of tiled surfaces from chipping. The reveal of the profile forms a 45° beveled edge to add another design option to Schluter’s array of wall profiles. DIADEC is available in three finishes of anodized aluminum – satin, polished and brushed. An integrated joint spacer establishes a defined uniform joint cavity between the tile and the profile. www.schluter.com.
See DIADEC at Schluter, TISE West booth #4921.
Custom® Building Products is helping tile installers save time on showers and other projects with the introduction of SpeedSlope™ Rapid Setting Sloping Mortar. A rapid- setting, rapid-hardening, polymer-modified, pre-blended, cement-based mortar bed and sloping mortar for leveling and ramping up to 3” on horizontal substrates and 5” in confined areas like trenches, SpeedSlope is ideal for shower installations. SpeedSlope, which sets in one to two hours, is also a perfect surface preparation choice for additional applications including patches, ramps, floors and walls.
Used for dry pack installations on shower floors and mortar beds meetings ANSI 108.1, SpeedSlope delivers an exceptionally smooth and hard finish exceeding 4,000 PSI compressive strength – perfect for the application of thin set mortars. SpeedSlope is designed for faster and easier shower installations regardless of size and shape making it an attractive alternative to prefabricated shower bases. As a high-performance, fast-track, modified sloping mortar, SpeedSlope makes any tile installation job more time and cost-efficient. For more information on SpeedSlope and other surface preparations products, visit www.custombuildingproducts.com.
See Custom Building Products at TISE West booth #5625.
Dependable, LLC offers KeedeRoll™ MT — a fast, durable and cost-effective solution to protect tile and reduce unwanted noise — all in one roll. KeedeRoll MT combines patented Muffling Technology with uncoupling KEEDE technology to create a quiet yet durable subfloor. Specifically designed for ceramic tile, KeedeRoll MT contains all the benefits of both an uncoupling mat and a sound mat.
See Dependable LLC and KeedeRoll MT at TISE West/Surfaces, booth # 548