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,
visit www.laticrete.com.

LATICRETE Introduces LATAPOXY® BIOGREEN™ 300, the Industry’s First Biobased Epoxy Adhesive

LATAPOXY BIOGREEN 300 Adhesive provides an alternative to conventional non-renewable materials, contributing to a cleaner environment and may contribute LEED V4 points

LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has introduced its new LATAPOXY® BIOGREEN 300 – the industry’s first high-strength, chemical-resistant epoxy adhesive made with biobased material for installing tile and stone. Designed to provide an alternative to conventional non-renewable petroleum-derived products, LATAPOXY BIOGREEN 300 may contribute LEED V4 points and retains the same easy-to-trowel consistency of LATAPOXY 300 Adhesive, with the additional enhancement of a faster cure time.

“With sustainable construction increasingly becoming a standard practice, LATAPOXY BIOGREEN 300 is providing dealers and installers with the first eco-friendly adhesive option in the expanding “green” products category. For interior designers, architects and contractors, LATAPOXY BIOGREEN 300 can contribute to LEED V4 points, the world’s premier benchmark for high-performance green buildings,” said Product Development Manager Jonathan Scott. “LATAPOXY BIOGREEN 300 is another example of our commitment to developing advanced, forward-looking product formulations that result in both better products for our customers and a more sustainable world.”

Equipped for the most demanding installations of tile and stone, LATAPOXY BIOGREEN 300 exceeds both ANSI A118.3 and ISO 13007 R2 requirements for epoxy adhesives and can be used in interior and exterior areas such as walls and floors, wet and dry areas.

“With a faster cure time, contractors gain increased productivity and time savings on the jobsite, with a faster time-to-grout and heavy traffic permitted in just 12 hours,” added Scott.

The biobased epoxy adhesive can be used to install a variety of ceramic tile, marble and natural stone, and will bond to most sound, clean surfaces, spreads easily and can be cleaned with water while fresh.

LATAPOXY BIOGREEN 300 is offered in the same packaging configuration as LATAPOXY 300 Adhesive, which will continue to be available.  Coverage for both products is the same and both are components of the LATICRETE Lifetime System Warranty providing one source, one warranty from the substrate to the grout.

Andrew Pearson Glassworks New Products

Mount Airy, North Carolina company Andrew Pearson Glassworks takes glass tile to a higher level through its new high-tech manufacturing process. Custom High-Definition and even 3D images are now available printed onto glass tiles or panels in sizes to accommodate most residential and commercial projects.

Glass tile mosaics have been around for many years and larger format solid color glass tiles have been growing in popularity, but now a new generation of manufacturing technology pioneered by Andrew Pearson is leading the world in glass fusion. Any design imaginable can now be incorporated into large format glass tiles, including digital photos and other images. Nothing else in the construction industry compares with the depth and beauty of Andrew Pearson’s new infusion glass tiles because of this proprietary manufacturing technology.

In addition to their new bright and beautiful tile designs, Andrew Pearson has incorporated the latest infusion technology into their FUZION glass countertops, furniture tabletops, and bathroom vanity programs.

For more information, please contact Tom at (336) 877-6951. You can also visit the company’s website at www.andrewpearsonglass.com

Lackmond Products, Inc. Introduces the Beast/B+BTec Rail Saws and Manual Tile Cutters

Marietta, GA. Lackmond Products, Inc. a leading supplier of diamond tools, carbide tools and equipment recently entered into a joint venture with BB+Tec, a leading European manufacturer in the drilling and fastening market since 1969, to market and sell their rail saws, manual tile cutters, core drills, rigs and core bits.in North America.  The new equipment will be marketed under the under the Beast and B+BTec brands.

Over the last few years, large format tile has grown in popularity, and that trend looks like it will continue.  Lackmond’s new Beast/B+BTec Rail Saws are ideal for larger format tiles.  They are manufactured in Europe and made with the highest quality raw materials utilizing the most advanced manufacturing technology.   The Beast/B+BTec Rails saws are engineered with stainless steel to withstand the toughest applications while providing the operator ease of maintenance.   They are equipped with a powerful direct drive motor and loaded with countless features including miter & plunge capabilities, wheels for ease of loading & unloading and much more.

The Beast/B+BTec manual tile cutters are available in 30” and 37” models and are engineered with a hardened lightweight aluminum base plate and breaking strip.  They offer the operator a direct view of the scoring wheel and cutting line.  The Beast/B+BTec manual tile cutters have many other features including chrome and rectified solid steel guides, wide fixed tile stop and more.   Each unit comes standard with a robust carrying case.

Cliff Sallis, CEO of Lackmond Products, Inc., said, “We are very excited about our new joint venture with B+BTec.  Their history of manufacturing the highest quality products combined with Lackmond’s operations and distribution model will allow us to provide our customers with the highest quality rail saws and manual tile cutters and the best service possible.”

Lackmond Products, Inc., based in Marietta, GA, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of diamond tools, carbide tools and equipment, for the tile, stone and construction markets. The company has been serving professional construction and plant maintenance markets for over twenty years, with seven warehouses in the United States as well as international locations in Canada and Latin America.  For more information, visit www.lackmond.com or call 1-800-850-2044.

Product Spotlight: Merkrete Fracture Guard FD

Merkrete Fracture Guard FD is a low-VOC, fast-drying crack isolation membrane that allows you to set tile the same day.  Fracture Guard FD provides a thin protective layer to inhibit substrate crack transfers up to 1/8”.  Applied with a brush, roller, or trowel, the membrane is applied in a semi-fluid state and can easily conform to any shape or pattern, which allows for endless architectural designs.  It is ideal for both commercial and residential applications, interior or exterior. 

Fracture Guard FD may be installed over any sound substrate normally acceptable to receive ceramic, quarry, porcelain, and stone tiles.  Five-year, ten-year, and Limited Lifetime warranties are available.  It exceeds ANSI A118.12 for Crack Isolation.

When time is of the essence, turn to Merkrete Fracture Guard FD.

  • Fast drying formula
  • Isolates cracks up to 1/8”
  • Interior and exterior use
  • Commercial and residential applications
  • Can be applied with a brush, roller, or trowel
  • Exceeds ANSI A118.12 for Crack Isolation

For more information, visit http://www.merkrete.com/p/crack-isolation/fracture-guard-fast-drying.htm.

Sponsor Product 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, visit www.laticrete.com.

Product Spotlight: NXT™ SKIM by LATICRETE

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.

F For more information, visit www.laticrete.com.

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