Surfaces Launches the Murano Glass Collection

Miami-based Surfaces, Inc., one of America’s premier producers and suppliers of glass tile, has announced its new glass wall tile, the Murano Glass Collection. Inspired by the time-honored art of Venetian glass blowing, the product is distributed by Elida, (Surfaces Southeast, Inc). This unique range is designed by master glass artisans; every component is hand-cut and individually fused, creating an exclusive look.

According to Albert Claramonte, Surfaces’ president, “The Murano wall tile collection, is a genuine a work of art made affordable for everyone to experience. The techniques used to create this product have been honed over centuries; however, we are the first company in the glass tile industry to mass-produce products via this process. Each individual strand of glass is hand-cut and fused together by Elida Glass artisans, creating limitless visual combinations and individuality.”

Despite the “one-of-a-kind” production process of a hand-made product, controlling the sizing of each individual piece is not an issue. This is attributable to rigid quality control techniques that also assure ease of use and installation on the jobsite.

The line consists of 72 SKUs offered in 9 colors and blends, 4 sizes (2”x2”, 4”x4”, 2”x6” and 3”x12”) and 2 finishes, shine and frosted. The Murano Glass Collection is available in the U.S. through Elida’s master distributor (Surfaces Southeast, Inc.) or Elida’s retail partners. All 72 SKUs are stocked domestically, with efficient delivery to any part of the U.S. The possibility to combine multiple sizes, colors and finishes on the same project make each installation even more unique. “Design possibilites with Murano are limited only by one’s imagination,” concluded Clairmonte.

The collection also offers affordable marketing tools such as display vehicles and attractive sample boxes.

About Surfaces

Miami-based Surfaces is constantly creating new products. The firm created the first iPhone App for the tile industry. Additionally, Surfaces created a brand new nationwide program at Lowe’s to sell 100% recycled glass produced with discarded automobile windshields. Surfaces, in the past has also successfully created the exclusive Britto Glass Collection in partnership with world-renowned pop artist Romero Britto, as well as backsplash kits under the DIY Network brand. And, Surfaces recently forged an agreement to market a line of glass mosaics in conjunction with Crayola, LLC, the Easton, Pa.- based brand known for its iconic art tools that inspire kids’ creative expression, which has 99% name recognition in U.S. consumer households. For more information, please contact Nauro Rezende at Surfaces, Inc. [email protected] 305-372-9787 or visit the Surfaces website: www.surfaces.net.

3009 NW 75th Ave., Miami, FL 33122 – Phone: (305) 372-9787 – Fax: (305) 372-9683

[email protected] – www.surfaces.net

QEP Co., Inc. Adds Roberts 9 In. Flooring Cutter and 13 In. PRO Flooring Cutters

QEP Co., Inc. is pleased to add Roberts 10-60 9 In. Flooring Cutter and the Roberts 10-64 13 In. PRO Flooring Cutters to our professional line of Roberts Branded Tools.

The compact, powerful design of the Roberts 10-60 9 In. Flooring Cutter makes this the fastest, most convenient way to cut laminate and engineered wood planks during flooring installation. The heavy duty steel “T” base provides maximum stability while cutting. In addition, this cutter comes complete with a “V” support and a plank support arm that add extra holding power to minimize plank movement. It has a cutting capacity of up to  3/8 inches on standard 8-1/2 inch wide planks, but the heavy duty 4mm thick tungsten blade is strong enough to cut narrower planks up to 5/8 inches thick.

The Roberts 10-64 13 In. PRO Flooring Cutter is a guillotine-style cutter manufactured to cut precise, clean-edges on all types of flooring materials. The large cutting table stabilizes longer planks while the extendible handle provides extra leverage for more cutting power. This extra power is great not only for cutting laminate and engineered wood but also for cutting a variety of other flooring materials such as vinyl flooring, vinyl siding, VCT tiles and rubber or foam tiles. The cutting guide quickly swivels and locks in place for accurate angle cuts and because it is fully adjustable, it is easy to maintain perfectly square cuts, even after years of use.

Q.E.P. Co., Inc., founded in 1979, is a world class, worldwide provider of innovative, quality and value-driven flooring and industrial solutions.  As a leading worldwide manufacturer, marketer and distributor QEP delivers a comprehensive line of hardwood flooring, flooring installation tools, adhesives and flooring related products targeted for the professional installer as well as the do-it-yourselfer.  In addition the company provides industrial tools with cutting edge technology to all of the industrial trades.  Under brand names including QEP®, ROBERTS®, Capitol®, Harris®Wood, Nupla®, HISCO®, Vitrex®, PRCI®, Porta-Nail® and Elastiment®, the Company markets over 5,000 products.  The Company sells its products to home improvement retail centers, specialty distribution outlets, municipalities and industrial solution providers in 50 states and throughout the world.

Mapesil™ Adds Premiere Performance to Tile Installations

MAPEI supplies the finishing touch for high-end tile and stone installations with new Mapesil 100%-silicone sealant. “We’re offering a premium product to complete the ultimate quality installation,” said Brian Pistulka, Business Manager for MAPEI’s Tile & Stone Installation Systems.

Mapesilcomes in 18 colors plus a clear, colorless variety. The colors were designed to match the most popular colors of MAPEI’s wide variety of grouts.

Mapesil’s low odor and excellent weatherability make it ideal for interior and exterior applications on tile and stone. It forms a flexible filler between horizontal and vertical surfaces and in expansion joints when installing countertops, vanities, sinks, bathtubs, showers, steam rooms, backsplashes and fixtures.“Our customers will get improved performance, flexibility and expansion capabilities when they use Mapesil,” Pistulka added. “These features of our silicone caulk result in a longer, more durable life for the installation than can be achieved with siliconized acrylic caulks.”

The entire color selection of Mapesil silicone sealant will be in stock at MAPEI wholesale distributors in late May. Detailed technical data sheets will be available on MAPEI’s Website (at www.mapei.com) at that time.

About MAPEI

MAPEI Group, with 67 subsidiaries including 58 plants in 27 countries, is today the world leader in the manufacturing of adhesives and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall coverings. The company also specializes in manufacturing other chemical products for building, including waterproofing products, special mortars and admixtures for concrete, products for the restoration of ancient buildings, and special decorative and protective coatings for walls.

Eighteen MAPEI manufacturing facilities are located in the Americas, with headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Florida. MAPEI is an environmentally conscious manufacturer – the company has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2001 and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council since 2008. MAPEI Americas is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and also offers training related to ceramic and stone tile, floor coverings and concrete repair through the MAPEI Technical Institute. The Quality Management Systems of the majority of MAPEI Americas facilities are ISO 9001 certified. Visit www.mapei.com for technical data or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734) for the nearest location

REDI TRENCH™ DEBUTS AT THE KITCHEN AND BATH INDUSTRY SHOW AND WINS BEST OF THE BATH AWARD

Tile Redi®, world-leading manufacturer and marketer of pre-formed, one-piece shower pans and related accessories, introduces Redi Trench™… Can you dig it?™ An incredibly exciting marriage of design and function in the bath industry! Redi Trench™ displayed for the first time at the Tile Redi® exhibit at The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago, April 24-26th, where it won the Best of the Bath award.

“We are delighted to have received this prestigious honor,” said Farrell Gerber, Executive VP Sales of Tile Redi®.

Redi Trench™ meets the needs of building professionals and DIY’ers with an innovative, exclusive design added to the established utility the industry now expects from Tile Redi’s tried-and tested tile ready shower pans.

Redi Trench™ features offer endless design flexibility, as  it can be used with any size Redi Base (52–72”), plank pitched, molded-in trench, put in any trench location, any drain location in trench or with your choice of tile-able or grate top.

Tile Redi’s® patented and UL-listed shower pans and other innovative tile ready products are manufactured as pre-formed, one-piece shower modules. Shower pans are complete with fully integrated drains, curbs and splash walls, each leak-proof and mold free unit is pre-pitched for easy drainage and immediately ready for tile. By solving water intrusion problems, Tile Redi® shower pans inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. For more information, please contact: Tile Redi®, 4450 NW 126th Avenue, Suite 101, Coral Springs, FL 33065. Call 800-232-6156. www.tileredi.com

Tile Redi Introducing Mosaic Niche Kit™ @ KBIS 2012

Mosaic tiles are the latest trend in design offering stunning accents to walls and fixtures in home, office and commercial settings.  For the do-it-yourselfer, the Tile Redi Mosaic Niche Kit™ is a dream product because it includes everything you need to create your mosaic niche.  With 11 tile choices: glass mosaics, ceramic tile mosaics, and natural stone and glass blends –  all on mosaic tile sheets for easy tiling – there is a color, pattern, and texture choice to complement any room you choose to create a functional and beautiful recessed shelf.  The Mosaic Niche Kit™ includes Redi Niche®, the premier tileable niche, known for being easy to install and ready-to-tile directly on the surface.  Not just for the bathroom any longer, create a Mosaic Bedroom Niche, Mosaic Dining Room Niche, Mosaic Foyer Niche, Mosaic Kitchen Niche, Mosaic Shaving Niche, Mosaic Office Niche … name the room, choose your tile and you’ve got a designer recessed wall shelf kit to display your treasures or hold the items you need to access quickly every day.  Mosaic Niche Kit™  Imagination … the only limitation!™

Product Description:
The Mosaic Niche Kit™ provides a stunning accent piece to any room in a home, office, or commercial setting. This designer piece is so attractive, functional, and yet flexible, it’s hard to believe it’s a kit!

  • 11 tile choices
  • Glass shelf can be positioned at virtually any height

Whether you are a DIYer or a building professional, Mosaic Niche Kit™ fits any room, any décor; whether it’s for display or for everyday use, you’ll show it in style!

The Mosaic Niche Kit™ includes everything needed to create your mosaic niche:

  • 16”x20”x4” Redi Niche®
  • Mosaic Tile Sheets
  • Thinset, Grout, Caulk
  • Trowel, Sponge, Spreader
  • Glass Shelf, Shelf Hardware and Screws
  • Niche Sill and Glue
  • Furring Strips and nails
  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Tiling Schematics for both the interior and exterior

Of course, it offers all the Tile Redi® features you expect – fast and easy installation, ready-to-tile™, and for wet areas, no mildew and no leaks!

Where do you display a treasured heirloom? The Mosaic Living Room Niche™. Your loved one’s trophies? The Mosaic Family Room Niche™. A favorite photo? The Mosaic Hallway Niche™.

What do you do with your keys and the mail when you walk in the door? Put them in your Mosaic Foyer Niche™. How do you keep your frequently used cooking spices handy, but off the counter? In the Mosaic Kitchen Niche™.

The options are endless … see our display below for a few ideas on how this versatile product will become an essential fixture throughout your home or office.

 

Mediterranea introduces the Boardwalk Series

The tile design craftsmen at Mediterranea have leveraged 21st century technology to create the Boardwalk series — a product that evokes the classic seaside destinations to which Americans have aspired for over 100 years. Painstakingly designed to emulate the weathered hardwood planks found in some of America’s most unique architectural destinations, Boardwalk features fully rectified tiles in a full 48” length – a size never before manufactured in the USA, offering amazing graphics and limitless design possibilities.

Ever since the construction of the famous promenade in Atlantic City in 1870, the Boardwalk has a time-honored place in American lore as an exclusive seaside destination. Mediterranea honors this tradition in four classic colors, named after America’s most distinctive Boardwalks – Atlantic City (Ash), Coney Island (Walnut), Myrtle Beach (Whitewash) and Venice Beach (Amber). Using its exclusive Dynamic HD Imaging™ technology, Mediterranea takes ink-jet design to an entirely new level in the Boardwalk series – bringing the charm of these unique destinations to life for the first time in a manufactured and fully rectified product. Boardwalk is offered in 8” x 48” and 6” x 24” sizes, complete with 3” x 24” bullnose trim pieces.

Mediterranea’s Boardwalk collection perfectly evokes the unique spirit of America’s exclusive seaside resorts, premium residences and commercial destinations. Take a walk on Boardwalk – manufactured exclusively by Mediterranea.

For over a decade, Mediterranea, Italian-based developers and craftsmen have been designing and producing tile in collaboration with the world’s top factories in Italy, Spain, Brazil, Turkey, Argentina and the United States. Mediterranea has the unrivaled ability to match its unique products with the right manufacturer, surpassing its competition with state-of-the-art technology, competitive pricing and outstanding U.S.-based customer service. Contact Mediterranea/Architectural Imports, 3501 NW 115th Avenue, Doral, FL 33178. Call: 305.718.5091, Fax: 305.718.5099. Email [email protected] or visit the web for more details. www.mediterranea-usa.com

MAPEI ECO Prim Grip™ Simplifies Tile Renovations

Placing new, modern tile over existing tile has just become much easier with the introduction of MAPEI’s innovative ECO Prim Grip, a ready-to-use bond-promoting primer that prepares an existing tile or stone surface to receive a new installation without the time, labor or dust of scarification. This synthetic-resin-based primer enhances the performance of mortars and their adhesion to existing ceramics and other difficult substrates, and it can be applied with a roller in only one coat. A surface coated with ECO Prim Grip is ready for new tile installation within 15-60 minutes. Low odor and VOC compliance make the product safe for use in occupied interior environments.

“In the current market environment, the most critical requirements for installations are that they be quick and have reduced environmental impact,” said Brian Pistulka, Business Manager for MAPEI’s Tile & Stone Installation Systems. “ECO Prim Grip will provide a solution for repairs and renovations in residential and commercial markets at a lower overall cost. We believe this bond-promoting primer will quickly find favor with the installation community, and we look for ECO Prim Grip to deliver a solid base for MAPEI’s tile installation systems.”

ECO Prim Grip was launched at the Surfaces Expo trade show in Las Vegas, January 24-26, 2012. Daily demonstrations of the product in conjunction with MAPEI mortars and grouts were given for the public and the press by MAPEI Technical Representatives.

About MAPEI

MAPEI Group, with 67 subsidiaries including 58 plants in 27 countries, is today the world leader in the manufacturing of adhesives and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall coverings. The company also specializes in manufacturing other chemical products for building, including waterproofing products, special mortars and admixtures for concrete, products for the restoration of ancient buildings, and special decorative and protective coatings for walls.

Eighteen MAPEI manufacturing facilities are located in the Americas, with headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Florida. MAPEI is an environmentally conscious manufacturer – the company has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2001 and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council since 2008. MAPEI Americas is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and also offers training related to ceramic and stone tile, floor coverings and concrete repair through the MAPEI Technical Institute. The Quality Management Systems of the majority of MAPEI Americas facilities are ISO 9001 certified. Visit www.mapei.com for technical data or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734) for the nearest location.

New LATICRETE® 4-XLT Rapid Ideal for Commercial Projects on Ultra-tight Timelines

LATICRETE, a global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry, announced today the launch of LATICRETE® 4-XLT Rapid, a fast-setting, multi-use, polymer-fortified adhesive mortar specifically formulated for large format tile installations requiring a rapid turnaround.

LATICRETE 4-XLT Rapid was needed, in particular, for installations to be worked on during ‘off-hours’ which must be completed and ready for the onslaught of heavy foot-traffic almost immediately thereafter. The scope of these projects include shopping malls, airports, transportation centers and other commercial/institutional jobs where the tile contracting team comes in and works most of the night. Then, when the doors open the following morning, tile is firmly set in place, ready to perform at optimal levels.

According to Jay DeLuca, LATICRETE Product Manager – Adhesives, “Two years ago, we introduced LATICRETE 4-XLT, a multi-use, non-sag mortar for large format tile and stone that quickly became one of the most successful products in our adhesives line. Despite the success of LATICRETE 4-XLT, we received an overwhelming number of requests asking for a rapid version of the product that would allow contractors to grout tile in three to four hours. As always, our research and development team delivered a fantastic solution, and the result is a best-in-class product that fulfills the needs of the marketplace.”

LATICRETE 4-XLT Rapid offers tremendous utility for non-sag wall installations, medium bed buildup and thin-set applications on floors and walls. Like LATICRETE 4-XLT, LATICRETE 4-XLT Rapid is built on LATICRETE Water Dispersion Technology™ (WDT) platform, which provides for the complete dispersion of water within the mix, allowing users to achieve their desired application consistency. It also features LATICRETE DUST LOCK™ Technology, which greatly reduces onsite mess, during transportation of the product as well as while mixing it. From a performance standpoint, the product passes applicable ANSI A118.4, ANSI A118.11 and ISO 13007-2 non-sag requirements.

“Together, LATICRETE 4-XLT and LATICRETE 4-XLT Rapid position our medium bed offering to be one of the most robust in the industry,” said DeLuca. “There is a lot of excitement about the addition of LATICRETE 4-XLT Rapid here internally at LATICRETE, and we look forward to that excitement spreading when the product hits the market.”

LATICRETE International, Inc. is a US-based, family-owned global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry. LATICRETE® products are produced and distributed worldwide in the commercial and consumer channels. The company’s philosophy of innovation and technical expertise has led to an unparalleled reputation and commitment to superior quality, performance and customer service. Manufactured in state-of-the-art ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, LATICRETE offers a broad product portfolio including an extensive line of low VOC sustainable products independently certified by GREENGUARD. LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY®, SpectraLOCK®, Hydro Ban® and DRYTEK® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc. Corporate Website: www.laticrete.com.

MAPEI Adds New Rapid-Setting Mortar to Tile & Stone Installation Systems

In response to ceramic contractors’ needs for time-saving products, MAPEI has introduced Ultraflex™ LFT Rapid mortar to its line of fast-setting tile and stone installation systems. This mortar sets quickly, allowing grouting in three to four hours.

Ultraflex LFT Rapid has a high content of a unique dry polymer, resulting in excellent adhesion to the substrate and tile. Its nonsag medium-bed and thin-set mortar characteristics are ideal for installing large-format tile and stone on interior and exterior floors, walls and countertops. Ultraflex LFT Rapid directly answers the need for quick-turnaround on installation of larger-format tile residentially and commercially in a variety of environments.

MAPEI, a leader in manufacturing technologically advanced ceramic installation materials, began developing rapid-setting mortars and grouts more than 20 years ago with the introduction of Granirapid® mortar, a faster-setting version of its premium Kerabond/Keralastic™ mortar system for indoor and outdoor applications. Another rapid-setting product, Ultracontact™ RS mortar, allows installers to “drop and go” without back-buttering tiles, a huge time-saving asset for large projects such as shopping malls and airports. MAPEI chemists also developed Planiprep™ RS, a rapid-set patching compound for fast-track concrete repairs to substrates before installers begin setting the tile or stone. When it comes to grouting the joints, MAPEI provides Ultracolor® Plus rapid-setting sanded grout to finish the job quickly.

“In terms of commercial renovation projects, the time savings from these rapid-setting products allow the owners to re-open the floors sooner to their customers, or maybe not close the spaces at all,” said Brian Pistulka, Business Development Manager for MAPEI’s Tile & Stone Installation Systems. “We see the need for speed as a key requirement for flooring contractors today, and MAPEI products play an important role in helping them get the job done on time and on budget.”

About MAPEI

MAPEI Group, with 63 subsidiaries including 57 plants in 26 countries, is today the world leader in the production of adhesives and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall coverings. The company also specializes in manufacturing other chemical products for building, from waterproofing products to special mortars and admixtures for concrete, products for the restoration of ancient buildings and special decorative and protective coatings for walls.

Eighteen MAPEI manufacturing facilities are located in the Americas, with headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Florida. MAPEI is an environmentally conscious manufacturer – the company has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2001 and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council since 2008. MAPEI Americas is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and also offers training related to ceramic and stone tile, floor coverings and concrete repair through the MAPEI Technical Institute. The majority of the Quality Management Systems MAPEI Americas facilities are ISO 9001certified. Visit www.mapei.com for technical data or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734) for the nearest location.

LATICRETE® Hydro Ban™ Flange Drains to debut at Surfaces 2012

LATICRETE, a global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry, has developed the LATICRETE® Hydro Ban™ Flange Drain and the LATICRETE Hydro Ban Flange Tile Drain, which together debuted at Surfaces 2012 in Las Vegas, NV January 23 – 26. Both products are low-profile floor drains which have been specifically designed for bonded waterproofing installations using LATICRETE Hydro Ban waterproofing membrane. When installed in a shower, LATICRETE Hydro Ban Flange Drains eliminate the pre-slope and primary shower pan liner according to TCNA B422.

Crafted of precision, heavy-duty stainless steel with a brushed surface, these “made in the USA” drains are scratch and wear resistant. The “Tile-in Grate” feature allows for an “invisible” drain by accepting surrounding tile right into the drain grate’s housing, therefore offering creative tile design opportunities.

“Our flange drains have an assembly which allows for greater adjustment of the top drain to compensate for size variations on site. Clearly, this improves tile installation speed,” stated Sean Boyle, LATICRETE Marketing and Product Development Director. “They provide tile contractors greater flexibility on any installation, saving on labor time and eliminating the need for multiple components. Additionally,” continued Boyle, “LATICRETE Hydro Ban Flange Drain and the LATICRETE Hydro Ban Flange Tile Drain work in perfect harmony with LATICRETE tile and stone installation materials as components of the globally acknowledged and accepted LATICRETE Lifetime Warranty.”

LATICRETE International, Inc. is a US-based, family-owned global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry. LATICRETE® products are produced and distributed worldwide in the commercial and consumer channels. The company’s philosophy of innovation and technical expertise has led to an unparalleled reputation and commitment to superior quality, performance and customer service. Manufactured in state-of-the-art ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, LATICRETE offers a broad product portfolio including an extensive line of low VOC sustainable products independently certified by GREENGUARD. LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY®, SpectraLOCK®, Hydro Ban® and DRYTEK® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc. Corporate Website: www.laticrete.com.

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