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.

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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

Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATICRETE NXT Skim

New and improved, LATICRETE® NXT Skim is a premium quality, fast-drying, cement-based underlayment designed for skim-coating, smoothing and leveling prior to the application of floor coverings. 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.

In a first amongst skim-coating products, the NXT Skim packaging has also 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.

NXT Skim can be applied from skim depth to 1″ (0 – 25 mm) and the finished flooring can be installed as soon as 20 minutes after application. Designed to meet UL GREENGUARD® certification standards for low chemical emissions, the new NXT Skim can be utilized at high profile jobsites, including hospitals and schools. For more information, visit www.laticrete.com.

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.”

PRODUCT SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: LATICRETEⓇ TRI-LITE™

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,
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