LATICRETE® Hydro Ban™ Linear Drain introduced to marketplace at Surfaces 2012

LATICRETE, a global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry, has introduced LATICRETE Hydro Ban Linear Drain, a “trench drain” specifically designed for bonded waterproofing installations using LATICRETE Hydro Ban Waterproofing Membrane. The new product, with its low profile linear design, allows for the use of large format tile or stone installations in a shower with a single plane slope to the drain. It can be installed near the wall of the shower’s interior or at central locations of the shower’s floor in a variety of installations requiring waterproofing applications.

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

“There are many reasons why we’re bringing our linear drain line to market,” stated Sean Boyle, LATICRETE Marketing and Product Development Director. “The drain can be installed right alongside the shower wall with no potential waterproofing problems. The floor only needs a very slight gradient in one direction making it easier to install tiles. Because the drainage channel is not positioned in the standing area, the shower ultimately is safer, and offers a much more attractive visual appearance.”

LATICRETE Hydro Ban Linear Drain meets all required Code approvals per ASME A 112.18-2-2005 /CSA B125.2.05 (US and Canada) It is totally compatible with LATICRETE Hydro Ban Waterproofing Membrane, which bonds directly to the stainless steel flange edge for expedient and safe installations. Additionally, LATICRETE Hydro Ban Linear Drain is a component of the well-known LATICRETE Lifetime Warranty which always guarantees, “One source, one 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:

Florida Tile 40% Recycled Content in All Porcelain Lines

Florida Tile has recently achieved certification by the Bureau Veritas for inclusion of 40% pre-consumer recycled content across all porcelain products made in its Lawrenceburg, KY facility. Florida Tile has been committed to sustainable manufacturing practices for decades and now as part of the CARES (Creating A Responsible Environmental Strategy) program, those practices have been third-party tested and verified. For more information on how this is done and all the ways Florida Tile CARES, visit our website.

LATICRETE SUPERCAP Launches the “Next Generation” Pump Truck

LATICRETE SUPERCAP, LLC, manufacturer of the revolutionary self-leveling SUPERCAP® System, announced today the addition of the First Next Generation Mobile Blending Unit (MBU) to their fleet of state of the art pump trucks. By combining the power of the pump with the next generation of self-leveling materials, LATICRETE SUPERCAP has created a revolutionary system that is being used throughout the North America marketplace.

The LATICRETE® SUPERCAP System has proven to be a time-saving, cost-effective method in finishing new concrete or capping existing slabs. LATICRETE SUPERCAP is a LEED-qualified, GREENGUARD certified, low alkali, self leveling, cement-based technology that is installed using a computer-controlled mobile blending pump truck.

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Status Ceramics Debuts Elements Brochure

The “Elements” brochure from Status Ceramics is a six-page downloadable PDF on the company’s website that shows all its field sizes and most popular colors/glazes, decorative tiles, and trims. It’s also available is in glossy full color printed versions for use in the showroom for working with clients who wants to see a broad range of options.

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ProLine Drain on Autodesk® Design Review Product Details and Specification Guidelines Available

Quick Drain USA has made product details and specification guidelines available for the revolutionary ProLine Drain on Autodesk® Design Review, which helps save time and money for architects and interior designers with easy-to-use tools that enable members to review, markup, revise and share product details and design plans in three-dimensions. This free software option is tightly integrated with all Autodesk design platforms to save time in more of a two-way design review and approval process. Architects, interior designers and other specification professionals can now explore the unlimited possibilities of shower designs using the ProLine Drain in 3D with different surfaces and placement. In large-scale hotel, hotel resort, healthcare, senior living and other multi-housing settings, the easy-to-install, leak-proof ProLine Drain system has played a critical role in the bathtub-to-shower replacement category. The ProLine Drain can be placed anywhere in the shower design, opening up an entirely new level of design freedom including ADA-compliant, barrier free shower designs.

Daltile has relaunched its ONE™ Quartz Line

Daltile has relaunched its ONE™ Quartz line of quartz slabs and tiles with the introduction of 24 new colors and two new collections. The new Micro Flecks collection features a fine grain detail, in 16 colors that span seven warm tones, four cool hues and five mirror-flecked colors. The Geo Flecks offers 10 colors with the look of natural granite and four colors with limestone-look graining. All colors in both collections are available in a 120 x 55-inch slab with polished finish and are stocked in six colors in the 12 x 12 –inch size with polished finish. Tiles can be special ordered in 12 x 12, 12 x 24, 18 x 18 and 24 x 24-inch sizes in all 30 colors; and can be special ordered in slabs and tiles in semi-polished, honed, leather and sand-blasted finishes. ONE Quartz is eco-friendly, bio-friendly and neither contains nor emits VOCs. 99 percent of the water used in manufacturing is recycled.

Apavisa Introduces New Neocountry Collection

Apavisa introduces the new Neocountry collection of tile that recreates the original look of a natural stone in grey, beige and white full body porcelain tiles with random shade and aspect variation. A fresh new hexagonal regular size joins two modular sizes to expand the range of formats and the applications. Also available are mono-color mosaics and slip-resistant mosaic bocciardato and multicolor mosaic.

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