Daltile’s Cotto Contempo Glazed Porcelain

daltile-NPDaltile’s Cotto Contempo™ Glazed Porcelain marries a bold cotto look with elements of cracked cement. Equally at home in urban or rustic settings, Cotto Contempo’s contemporary, large-format tiles are a great choice for floors, walls, countertops and more, with four earthy, dimensional hues and multi-faceted color variance. It’s made in the USA, with state-of-the-art Reveal Imaging™ technology that emulates the beauty of natural stone, while delivering the performance and durability of a porcelain tile for indoor or outdoor settings. www.daltile.com/fall2014

AKDO introduces Etro

AKDO’s Etro porcelain tile, in the Metal Celeste colorway.

AKDO’s Etro porcelain tile, in the Metal Celeste colorway.

AKDO introduces Etro, a porcelain tile collection that evokes patterns and brushstrokes seen in ancient Etruscan art, blended with trending bold blues and soft greys. It combines matte and glossy textures with subtle metallic details in five standard colors and five special color options. The print on the 24” x 24” tiles interlocks, producing a seamless pattern effect on walls and floors, indoors and out. www.akdo.com

Florida launches “Thinner” thin porcelain tile

LEXINGTON KY – Florida Tile has created a new tile category by unveiling “Thinner,” a revolutionary new, large, never-seen-before format, a thin, true-porcelain tile as little as 3mm thick, yet with multiple benefits for new construction and makeovers.

Time 2.0 is one of Florida Tile's Thinner series of large-format thin porcelain tile.

Time 2.0 is one of Florida Tile’s Thinner series of large-format thin porcelain tile.

Sean Cilona, Florida Tile Marketing Director says, “Thinner is created with the latest technology in porcelain production. Using the finest raw materials combined with the newest manufacturing techniques, Florida Tile has created this entirely new product category. Thinner is incredibly lightweight, durable, flexible and easy to cut and handle, allowing an enormous possibility of installation options, only a fraction of which we have explored.”

The Florida Tile manufacturing process compresses each tile to greater than 15,000 tons psi,  resulting in a very dense, strong, thin tile with increased flexibility and breaking strength. An 0.5mm fiberglass mesh backing is adhered to each panel for additional strength, also allowing for ease of drilling, cutting and handling.

This process allows us to create a single 3.5mm-thick panel with a size up to 1m x 3m (39” x 118”).  Depending on the product, Thinner is available in 3.5 and 5.5mm thicknesses.

“In creating this new category, we obviously kept large-scale commercial and residential installations in mind,” Cilona says.

According to Cilona, “All Thinner products have been third-party tested at the Tile Council of North America laboratory. The 3plus line (3.5mm) is suitable for interior and exterior wall, floor and countertop applications in residential and light commercial construction. 5plus (5.5mm) received an “extra heavy” duty service rating and is ideal for commercial floor, wall and exterior applications as well as all residential floor, wall, countertop, stairs… and the list goes on.”

“Think of the impact on design and installation, especially in very creative, even curved installations,” he says, “and the fact Thinner can be applied over properly prepared existing tile floors.”

Cilona notes, “At 3.5mm, Thinner is 1.6 pounds per square foot, a full third of the weight of traditional tiles. From an economic, environmental standpoint, we are using far less material to achieve major effects. Cost is less. Shipping is less. There is virtually no production waste, since our mission of a 40 percent minimum recyclable content in products uses every ounce of material.”

“Speaking of production,” Cilona continues, “the production of Thinner is an eco-compatible process with a 70 percent cut in materials and water, 50 percent reduction in natural gas and 20 times fewer carbon dioxide emissions.”

“These are perfectly flat slabs, ideal for horizontal or vertical surfaces. Thinner is non-absorbent, easy to clean and resistant to acid, stains and pollution. Furthermore, installation is easy, since Thinner is lighter, easy to cut and drill. In fact, installation time, even for the extremely large pieces is reduces by 40 percent over traditional tiles,” he continues.

“Want more?” he asks. “Thinner will resist surface heat and freeze-thaw conditions for 20 years … guaranteed,” Cilona explains.

Thinner lines: Time/2.0, Restore and Aventis.   

Time/2.0 features an extensive color palette of 6 colors, Snow, Black, Beige, Carbon, Cream and Silver. Each color is comprised of a solid body pigment that sets the overall tone of each tile. The smooth rich body is then decorated with slightly contrasting shades created by individual granules of color that vary in dimension depth, thickness and pattern. These granules create a unique tone-on-tone effect unlike any other tile in the market. The beauty of the line comes from this simple play on color that on the surface seems simple, but in reality is a complex balance of shade, tone and texture. The line is available in 50cm x 100cm (19.5” x 39”), 100cm x 100cm (39” x 39”), 100cm x 300cm (39” x 118”) in 3plus thickness, all rectified. Time/2.0 is color coordinated to Florida Tile’s existing extensive Time/2.0, a commercially popular 10mm porcelain available in a variety of sizes and textures. Time/2.0 is GREENGUARD® certified and suitable for all light commercial and residential floor, wall and countertop applications. Thinner Time/2.0 can be applied over properly prepared existing tile floors.

RestoreHDP takes on the look of 150-to-200-year-old barn planks, yielding one of the most rustic and dramatic reclaimed looking porcelain tile floors available, complete with worn-in character. These 5.5mm porcelain tiles have been Robinson tested at the Tile Council of America labs, receiving an “extra heavy” duty service rating. They are ideal for commercial floor, wall and exterior applications as well as all residential floor, wall, countertop, stairs, and the list goes on. Aesthetically, RestoreHDP utilizes the most technically advanced glazing system in the industry today, digital printing. Like the technology that changed the television industry, HDP-High Definition Porcelain® delivers the most realistic image possible on a tile. Colors are Weatered Dock, Cotton Mill, Tobacco Barn, Cotton Mill and Antiqued Fence. This incredible realistic-looking tile has the worn wood flooring feel with dents and dings and evidence of hard work from days gone by. Yet, the ease of maintenance that only innovative high quality porcelain tile can provide.

Restore HDP is one of Florida Tile's Thinner lines of thin, large-format porcelain tiles
Restore HDP is one of Florida Tile’s Thinner lines of thin, large-format porcelain tiles

Aventis, inspired by the gritty urban landscape, defines contemporary design. Another 6-color palette of strong grey and olive tones delivers a cool minimal look to modern spaces. And it coordinates with the existing Aventis line. This Thinner porcelain tile retains the appearance of a concrete in terms of look and performance to the highest industrial standard of this age-old building material. The minimalist nature of the look enhances the complexity of its design. Each color is a unique blending of base color with a stain that adds contrast by using an application that allows the slightest shimmer of reflection. Monochromatic in their overall tone, the colors range include Nut, Titanium, Velvet, Ask (a dark gray), Cotton and Eclipse The smooth surface is offset by a subtle texture. Sizes are 1m x 3m (39” x 118”), 1m x 1m (39” x 39”) and .50m x 1m (19.5” x 39”), and all are rectified. Aventis 3plus is suitable for interior and exterior, wall, floor and countertop applications in residential and light commercial construction.

More detailed areas-of-use charts are available in the Thinner Technical Manual at www.floridatile.com/thinner. This Florida Tile product is Greenguard certified and will contribute to USGBC registered LEED projects. It will also contribute to the ANSI approved NAHB Green Building Standard ICC 70.

For dealers, distributors and installers, Florida Tile has developed a straightforward process for handling and installation, including tools and directions for moving, handling cutting and leveling.


For more information, visit www.floridatile.com/thinner.

Jeffrey Court’s Chapter 2 collection reborn as “Vintage Studio” with new ceramic mosaics

Meeting at the intersection of classic “vintage” style and forward “studio” thinking, Jeffrey Court’s new Chapter 2 “Vintage Studio” was born out of an appreciation of a warm, unpretentious vintage style and an openness to modern design preference.  The Vintage Studio collection embodies both charm and comfort, as reflected in the two new ceramic mosaics recently added to the line.


The “Brushwork” mosaic features a chic, linear stick pattern that is available in six solid field tile colors and two color blends, “Natural” and “Organic.”  The “Composition” mosaic is a traditional 1-inch stacked pattern and is available in the same two complementary color blends. These blends are styled to be companions to the entire field and trim offerings featured in the collection.

The six field tile colors that complement the new mosaics include: Starry White, Mountain Mist, Enchanted Shadow, Crisp Linen, Natural Burlap and Antique Lace. Each is available in the timeless 3” x 6” subway tile size and a 3” x 12” bar tile, to satisfy modern design preferences.  Both are available in flat and beveled options. Trim pieces are also available in all six colors, with two glass mosaics, Gesso and Varnish, that add a touch of chic, and accompany the color schemes in the entire collection.

For ease of installation of the line’s beveled tiles, Vintage Studio offers a unique “Ramp Edge,” a signature trim piece that creates a finished edge on both the beveled and the flat tiles in the collection.  A 3” x 3” beveled tile is “dropped in” at the end of a run, eliminating any awkward cuts during a offset brick pattern installation.

“This next evolution in ceramic mosaics expresses the attitude we had when we first designed this collection,” said Andrew Casanova, Jeffrey Court Marketing Director. “Our plan was to create a line that meets our standards of design and style, while meeting the budget conscious needs of many of today’s consumers. Chapter 2 masters both exceptionally well.”

Founded in 1991 out of a love of craft and dedication to innovation, Jeffrey Court designs and purveys the highest quality decorative tile, natural stone, metal and glass elements at the best value for its customers.  Its cornerstones: commitment to fashion-forward design, constant product improvement and dedication to trade and retail partners’ success have made the company a leader in the decorative tile industry. The Vintage Studio Collection is just one of many readily available collections in stock at Jeffrey Court’s warehouses. To place orders or for more information, call 951-340-3383 or visit www.jeffreycourt.com


Daltile Debuts Industrial Park™ ColorBody™ Porcelain Featuring Revolutionary StepWise™ Technology

DALLAS – New from Daltile comes Industrial Park™ ColorBody™ Porcelain featuring StepWise™, a breakthrough in solutions-based technology to meet evolving commercial industry standards. Even in heavy commercial applications, this patent-pending technology combines slip resistance with superior cleanability to provide long-lasting beauty and performance.

Providing a dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) that is among the highest in the market, (.68<) Industrial Park can be used in a variety of unprecedented applications, including interior ramps. The collection includes a cove base accent that creates a seamless transition from tile to trim. This coordinating cove base is ideal for regions with building codes that require a sanitary trim, particularly in hospital and food settings.

“At Daltile, we always champion the best solutions for our customers to meet their needs as industry standards are changing,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, vice president of brand marketing for Dal-Tile. “From safety, to sanitation requirements, we want our customers to have access to products that go above and beyond the standards, delivering not only performance and function, but also beauty.”


Industrial Park™ ColorBody™ Porcelain

Inspired by terrazzo and concrete, Industrial Park asserts itself with solid colors punctuated by randomly placed colored flakes of varying dimension for optimum visual appeal.  Industrial Park is the first to feature Daltile’s StepWise™ Technology.  This patent-pending process combines superior slip resistance with exceptional cleanability making Industrial Park a great choice for heavy commercial applications, including interior ramps. StepWise Technology and beauty converge delivering solid design and useful function to any space.

  • Available in three large format floor sizes: 12”x12”, 12”x24” and 24”x24” – and three trim sizes – 3”x12” bullnose, 6”x12” cove base and 1”x6” corner
  • Four contemporary colors include: Light Gray, Charcoal Black, Natural Beige and Chestnut Brown
  • StepWise™ technology creates a superior slip-resistance surface that is easy to maintain
  • Offers one of the highest DCOF ratings of any ColorBody series in the market at 0.68<
  • Made in USA

Industrial Park is part of Daltile’s extensive 2014 Fall New Product Launch. Additional new collections catering to both the residential and commercial audiences include Uptown Glass™ Mosaics, Jewel Tide™ Tumbled Glass Mosaics, Retro Rounds™ Porcelain Glazed Penny Rounds, Showscape™ Wall Tile, Cotto Contempo™ Glazed Porcelain, along with expansions to the popular Color Wave™ Glass Mosaics, Tiger Eye™ Glass and Metal Wall Mosaics, ONE™ Quartz, granite and quartzite slab, and bath accessories collections.

To view all of Daltile’s new product offerings, visit Daltile.com/Fall2014.

About Daltile

Daltile is an industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, manufactured stone and natural stone tile products.  Daltile products are distributed through over 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slabyards and gallery design centers that service a robust network of trade customers.  Dedicated to innovative product development and distinguished style, Daltile provides a rich palette of quality products created to inspire residential and commercial designs. For more information, visit www.daltile.com and follow Daltile on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.




Latest Daltile Product Launch Offers Bold, Unique Takes on Tile

DALLAS – Daltile’s latest collections embrace bold trends that are not for the faint of heart. Metallic blends, bold patterns, and a variety of shapes and colors provide endless options to update interior and exterior spaces with a fresh look. Additions include brand new collections, as well as extensions to some of Daltile’s most popular product lines.

New to the lineup, Uptown Glass™, Jewel Tide™ and Retro Rounds™ take a unique twist on classic mosaics. The Showscape™ collection features large format glazed ceramic tiles that come in bold colors and raised patterns, providing a multisensory experience of tone and texture. Additional colorways have been added to the popular Color Wave™ and Tiger Eye™ mosaic collections, adding to the already diverse options.

With a contemporary take on cotto, Cotto Contempo™, makes the transition seamless from the living room to the lanai thanks to its indoor and outdoor applications. Nodding to neutral color trends, the extension of the ONE™ Quartz and Natural Stone Granite and Quartzite slab lines brings new shades to countertops.  For the bath, new metallic and stone shelving options – part of the bath accessories line – bring function and finesse to a finished space.

“Our customers are becoming bolder in their design choices,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, vice president of brand marketing at Dal-Tile. “We want to help them unleash their creativity and show off a little bit of personality with these new collections. Whether they want to be bold with tile, or simply create a great neutral backdrop to decorate around, we have a tile that can play that role.”

The new collections are a part of Daltile’s extensive Fall Product Launch. One additional collection catering mostly to the commercial market – Industrial Park™, featuring StepWise™, a patent-pending technology that combines slip resistance with superior cleanability – will be available this fall as well.

New Product Introductions:

Uptown Glass™ Mosaics


With a contemporary, urban inspiration, this chic collection reflects the most current design trends.  Featuring a range of beautiful solid colors and dynamic pattern options, Uptown Glass Mosaics allow easy style expression for accent walls, backsplashes and floors. And, with the addition of new technology, many of the patterns and finishes in this collection are made to withstand pool and spa chemicals, providing an excellent choice to make a splash with pool or hot tub designs.

  • Exotic prints, geometric patterns and beautiful iridescent tones make a bold and unique statement in any space
  • Complementary wall and floor options can help create a continuous look in any room
    • Pearl 1”x1” series includes four color options: Pearl White, Pearl Brown, Pearl Blue and Pearl Taupe
    • Metro 1”x1” glass blends come in Metro Taupe, Metro Cream and Metro Gray
    • Exotic 1”x1” glass blends are available in three shades: Exotic Ivory, Exotic Brown and Exotic Black
    • 1” Hex Wall Series includes three color options: Alabaster, Frost Moka and Ebony
    • 1” Hex Floor Series is available in matte versions of the Wall Series, as well as Carrara
  • Mesh mounted on 12”x12” sheets
  • Contains 98 percent recycled content


Jewel Tide™ Tumbled Glass Mosaics


With its shimmering hues and tumbled glass look, Jewel Tide could have been collected from the incoming surf. Augmented by metallic accents, the gorgeous weathered appearance adds a calming complement to contemporary design. An array of color options include a variety of coordinating hues, providing a beautiful range of looks to match any design palette.

  • Available in eight glass blends featuring a unique tumbled edge: Sea Glass Shimmer, Beach Pebble, Amber Wave, Silver Shore, Cobblestone, Sparkling Sand, Bonfire and Sunset Path
  • Brick joint pattern is mesh mounted on 12”x12” sheets
  • Ideal for use in backsplashes, pools, spas, or shower/tub walls


Retro Rounds™ Porcelain Glazed Penny Rounds


Nostalgic with a contemporary twist, Retro Rounds brighten up walls, backsplashes and even pool linings. From Cherry Red and Orange Soda to Cobalt Circle and Daffodil Yellow, 13 vibrant color options make up this delightful collection including a classic polka dot option.

  • Available in 13 solid color glazed porcelain mosaics and two patterns:
    • Polka Dot, Canvas Black, Saddle Brown, Cobalt Circle, Denim Blue, Bold White, Cream Soda, Smoky Gray, Engine Gray, Daffodil Yellow, Orange soda and Cherry Red
  • Matte finishes suitable for flooring include: Polka Dot, Canvas Black and Bold White
  • Mesh mounted on 12”x12” sheets
  • Ideal for indoor and outdoor flooring, walls and backsplashes and pool lining


Showscape™ Wall Tile


When design meets innovation, this stunning series is the result. Showscape features Daltile’s Visual Imaging™ technology to create striking designs using color dimension and depth, resulting in a multisensory experience of tone and texture. The engaging patterns in this collection are synchronized to flow together regardless of the tile direction. Combined with multiple color options, it provides a range of creative possibilities.

  • Five modern patterns and nine colors range from neutral to bold:
    • Colors available: Stylish White, Almond, Soft Gray, Deep Gray, Cocoa, Black, Vivid Green, Crisp Blue and Currant
    • Patterns available: Arabesque, Square Lattice, Chevron, Reverse Dot and Brushstroke
  • Visual Imaging™ technology adds raised pattern texture that is pleasing to the touch
  • Available in large format 12”x24” suitable for walls and ideal for large spaces
  • 12” Jolly provides a sophisticated and contemporary trim finish


Cotto Contempo™ Glazed Porcelain



Expansive as it is stunning, this gorgeous, upscale glazed porcelain marries a bold cotto look with elements of cracked cement. Equally at home in an urban loft or country villa, Cotto Contempo’s contemporary, large-format tiles are a great choice for floors, walls, countertops and more. With its earthy, dimensional hues and multi-faceted color variance Cotto Contempo offers stunning, modern style in four colors to indoor and outdoor spaces.

  • Fresh contemporary look combines traditional cotto with elements of cracked cement
  • Available in four field sizes: 61Ž2”x61Ž2”, 13”x13”, 20”x20” and 12”x24”
  • Four earthy color options: Pennsylvania Avenue, Wall Street, Michigan Avenue and Sunset Boulevard
  • State-of-the-art Reveal Imaging™ technology emulates the beauty of natural stone, while delivering the performance and durability of a porcelain tile.
  • Made in USA


Line Extensions:


ONE™ Quartz Countertops


Daltile has extended the popular ONE™ Quartz solid surface line with a series of new color options incorporating the latest organic looks. In line with the latest kitchen and bath design trends, seven new elegant choices offer options across a continuum of neutral hues. ONE™ Quartz features proven heat and scratch resistance and is virtually maintenance-free.

  • New contemporary colors have been added to the Geo Flecks and Nature Flecks collections, along with two crossover colors under the Micro Flecks collection:
    • Geo Flecks – Chipped Ice, Midnight Canyon and Riverbank
    • Nature Flecks – Honeyed Mahogany, Molten Grey, Snow Leopard and White Sand
    • Micro Flecks – Meteor Shower and Morning Frost
  • Low-maintenance – heat and scratch resistant


Color Wave™ Glass Mosaics

Colorful glass and glowing mosaics make up Color Wave from Daltile, now with new Classic Block colorways. With jovial tones and fresh dimensions, this collection is fashion-forward, trendy and chic. Create a space that pops with personality and drama using the vibrant color offering, or bask in the radiance of the Classic Solid colors and coordinating tones of the Classic Blends and Classic Blocks. You’re sure to transform your room with Color Wave, offering a sensational approach to design, and an array of stylish options.

  • New Classic Block options include: Ice White and eight blends (Willow Waters, Soft Cashmere, Downtown Oasis, Sweet Escape, Rain Forest, Autumn Trail, Winter Blues, Evening Mixer)
  • Available in a 3” block style
  • Suitable for interior and exterior walls/backsplashes and pool linings


Tiger Eye™ Glass & Metal Wall Mosaics

The antique-look of glass married with earthy tones create the striking blends included in the Tiger Eye series. Now you can add the perfect element of shine with the Tiger Eye Glass & Metal wall mosaic, an extension of the Random Linear mosaic options currently available. This stunning option for backsplashes and accent walls will transform your space into an exotic escape.

  • Available in block random styled glass and metal blends ideal for interior walls and backsplashes
  • New Tiger Eye Metallic colorways include: Caspian Stainless, Bali Bronze, Siberian Copper, Indo Stainless, Sumatran Copper and Java Copper


Natural Stone Granite & Quartzite Slabs

Growing the portfolio of natural stone offerings, Daltile is introducing new granite and quartzite slab colors in gray and white tones. These new colors meet the growing demand for gray and neutral colors in the kitchen, while providing durability and unique textures found in natural stone colorways.

  • Granite additions include: White Ice and Sterling
  • Quartzite additions include: Ocean Tide and Calacatta
  • Available in 2cm and 3cm thickness, with a polished finish


Bath Accessories

Adding to the current bath accessories line, new cast metal and stone contemporary corner shelves are available in options that will match any style, including finishes from white gloss to oil-rubbed bronze. These complementing finishes are all permanently sealed with Q-Seal™, which protects against stains and abrasions. Their sleek design features a lip around the edge to prevent items from slipping off the shelves, and a drainage hole keeps liquids from collecting.

  • Six new finishes include: Stainless, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, White Gloss, Travertine, Sand and Gray
  • Each finish is available in two corner shelf sizes: 9 1/8” and 5 1Ž4”
  • Q-Seal protects against water damage and stains, as well as abrasion
  • Ultra-Fresh(R) antimicrobial protection inhibits the growth of stains and odor-causing mold and mildew


To view all of Daltile’s new product offerings, visit Daltile.com/Fall2014.

About Daltile

Daltile is an industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, manufactured stone and natural stone tile products.  Daltile products are distributed through over 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slabyards and gallery design centers that service a robust network of trade customers.  Dedicated to innovative product development and distinguished style, Daltile provides a rich palette of quality products created to inspire residential and commercial designs. For more information, visit www.daltile.com and follow Daltile on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Dal-Tile Corporation

Dal-Tile is the largest manufacturer and marketer of ceramic tile and natural stone products used in residential and commercial design and construction across North America. The company, a division of Mohawk Industries, was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. As a leader in the industry, Dal-Tile delivers advancements in product innovation with its Reveal Imaging™, Outstand Technology™ and Proadvanced™ Protection Program. The company is committed to incorporating environmentally friendly materials, processes and products throughout its organization. Dal-Tile has more than 7,500 employees in North America, and sells its products through a network of more than 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slabyards, gallery design centers, independent distributors and leading home center retailers nationwide. For more information on Dal-Tile and its brands, visit www.dal-tile.com or call 1-800-933-8453.

LUXE Linear Drains Rolls Out Stylish New Pattern Grate Option

LUXE Linear Drains has bolstered its multiple award-winning collection of architectural-grade, 100%

stainless steel linear shower drains with the addition of a new, stylish range of decorative linear pattern grate drains for modern design custom showers in both private homes and all commercial settings. Many prestigious contemporary architects, interior designers and custom home builders have sourced LUXE Linear Drains for beautiful showers and wetrooms in some of the most luxurious international hotelier brands and modern healthcare facility building projects across the country. LUXE Linear Shower Drain – Pattern Grate drains feature a classic square-hole pattern grid design that delivers a powerful visual as well as highly efficient performance in six standard lengths and two finish styles.

LUXE Linear Pattern Grate Shower Drains are more than ideal for every shower drain application imaginable in both style and function. And with the newly discovered, seemingly limitless design freedom provided by the entire LUXE Linear Drains collection, the design world has finally uncovered a new source of inspiration for custom shower design as well as a much-needed option for creating modern, ADA-compliant showers with true style appeal. The LUXE Linear Shower Drain – Pattern Grate series provides one more perfect solution for curbless or barrier-free entry, wheel-in-showers featuring uninterrupted large format porcelain tile designs for homeowners aging in place or the grandest of mixed-use, multi-shower lifestyle destination building projects found anywhere in the world. The trend continues for just one, or for 100 tub-to-shower conversions, as well as for the hugely popular zero-threshold entry design that promotes easy to use, safe showers that also meet all requirements for Title III, ADA-compliant showers in hospitality, healthcare, hotel casino resorts, stadiums, fitness centers, apartments, condos, military or multi-housing projects and more.

LUXE Linear Shower Drain – Pattern Grate, 100% stainless steel shower drains six standard lengths include 26”, 30”, 36”, 40”, 48” and 60”, with

several custom sizes, patterns and finish styles available per request. LUXE Linear Drains have been universally designed for remarkably fast, easy installations, featuring a welded 2” central diameter outlet that simply replaces the strainer and flange for easy, fast installations in any standard clamped down shower floor. In addition, all LUXE Linear Shower Drains are produced independent of any waterproofing membrane or specific manufacturer. Instead, the complete series of LUXE Linear Shower Drains are designed to be compatible with any and all approved waterproofing membranes, materials and methods.

For more product information, hi-res images or media placement requests please contact Eric Carson, Director of Blueprint Global Media at epc@blueprintglobalmedia.com or call 207.317.3775.

For all sales information contact LUXE Linear Drains, P.O. Box 8064, Atlanta, Georgia 31106. Call 877.398.8110, or email the President, Joe Phillips at joe@luxelineardrains.com. www.lineardrains.com


MAPEI brings ShowerPerfect™ to market

MAPEI has extended its support of the tile installation systems market with the introduction of two ShowerPerfect Installation Kits – one that uses a showerliquid membrane for waterproofing and one that uses a sheet membrane. These installation systems focus on tub-to-shower conversions in hotels, hospitals, university dormitories, condominiums and rental apartments where contractor production and end performance are critical.

ShowerPerfect Installation Systems feature a patented PVC linear drain with a unique design, including extenders that allow the installer to fabricate a wall-to-wall drain installation from 24″  to 32″ (61,0 to 81,3 cm). The ShowerPerfect pre-sloped linear drain system allows architects to design with large-format tile on  floors, as well as walls, opening up more opportunities for modern design elements in shower compartments. Installers are able to complete their shower-pan and tile-installation work more quickly, an important factor in commercial renovations.

ShowerPerfect has two distinct benefits for installers,” said Brian Pistulka, MAPEI’s Business Manager for Tile & Stone Installation Systems. “Because shower tub compartments come in many sizes and shapes, the ShowerPerfect linear drain has been designed with extenders that allow the installer to fabricate a wall-to-wall strainer installation on site. Plus, the modular pre-sloped panel comes in three pieces – two panels and a shower support frame – that makes it easier to install than one-piece systems.”

The installation procedure is very straightforward:

  1. Install pre-sloped panels with Ultraflex RS mortar
  2. Insert the linear drain ( hub-to-hub connection or no-hub connection)
  3. Waterproof with (depending upon architect’s specification):
    1. Sheet membrane, or
    2. Liquid membrane
  4. Ready to tile

Detailed CAD drawings and specifications describing the drain-to-waste-line connection are available in the ShowerPerfect reference guides for architects and installers.

ShowerPerfect Installation Kits are stocked at MAPEI operations facilities and will be available through selected MAPEI distributors who serve the commercial and residential builder renovation market.

Pearl PA10 Tile Saw

pearlThe New Pearl PA10 Tile Saw is a Professional Tile Saw at a Value Price!  It is engineered with a steel frame and cast aluminum components.  The PA10 is equipped with a POWERFUL 2 HP Motor with thermal overload protection and has a belt driven shaft.  It is one of the only saws in its class that come standard with a Heavy Duty Stainless Steel water tray.

The Pearl PA10 Tile saw weighs only 73 lbs. and is capable of doing a Rip Cut on a 24” x 24” tile and an Diagonal Cut on an 18” x 18” tile.  Included with the saw is a 10” Professional Porcelain Diamond Blade, heavy duty stainless steel water tray, 45°/90° rip guide, universal wrench and water pump.  The Pearl PA10 also comes with a 1-Yr limited warranty.



MAPEI Flexcolor™ CQ – A Whole New Generation of Grout

Today there is a new breed of single-component, ready-to-use grout available that makes the job easier for tile-setting professionals. The key focus of flexMAPEI’s new MAPEI Flexcolor CQ is a water-based styrene acrylic co-polymer with a proprietary admixture package using coated quartz aggregate technology. This next-generation grout offers a triple benefit to installers: workability, cleanability and color consistency.

“We are focusing on the commercial installer, to bring them MAPEI quality with the ease of ready-to-use grout,” said David Mowery, Tile & Stone Installation Systems Business Manager for Color Products and the UltraCare line. “This is not the old-style premixed grout, but a next-generation product that is simple to apply and almost effortless to clean. It leaves little to no haze on the tile after the initial wash.”

flex 2In addition, MAPEI Flexcolor CQ should eliminate callbacks from consumers about grout not being color-consistent throughout the area of their tile floor. “This product combines chemical resistance and stain resistance comparable to epoxy grouts with the abrasion resistance of cementitious grout to bring the end user an ease of maintenance never experienced before,” Mowery added. “Plus, MAPEI Flexcolor CQ’s ability to rebond over an existing installation ensures flush joints and easy touch-up of any damaged joints or tile replacement in the future.” 

MAPEI Flexcolor CQ is available in 26 colors. It can be purchased in both 1-gallon (3,79 L) and 2-gallon (7,57 L) plastic pails with EZ-Store pail design and a flip-top resealable lid. Coverage is approximately 100 square feet per gallon (2,45 m2 per L), based on a 12″ x 12″ x 3/8″ (30 cm x 30 cm x 10 mm) thick tile with a ¼-inch (6 mm) grout joint. The 1-gallon (3,79 L) coverage is comparable to a 10-lb. (4,54 kg) bag of cementitious grout powder, and the 2-gallon (7,57 L) coverage is close to a 25-lb. (11,3 kg) powder bag.

MAPEI Flexcolor CQ can be purchased by professional tile and stone installers through their local MAPEI distributor. MAPEI sales representatives are available to provide additional information and training on the use of this new breed of grout.


MAPEI Group, with 68 subsidiaries including 63 plants in 31 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.

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