Product Spotlight – November 2013

TEC® products endorsed for use with Laminam® by Crossville®

Products from TEC® have been endorsed by Crossville for use with its Laminam® by Crossville® line of large thin porcelain panels.

Crossville recently launched its line of large porcelain panels for wall and floor applications through an exclusive distributorship with Italian manufacturer Laminam S.p.A. The line features the first-ever large format slab with a thickness of as few as 3 millimeters.

tec-laminam-partnershipTEC and Crossville have jointly developed Laminam-specific installation guidelines, since the revolutionary panels require different handling and installation techniques than traditional products.

Successful installation of large format thin panels requires specific materials. TEC offers a variety of setting materials for use with Laminam by Crossville – including surface preparation products, mortars, grouts and caulks.

“Our goal is to educate contractors on the methods and products that will help them deliver high quality results,” said Tim Bolby, executive technical service director at Crossville. “Our recommendations, which include select TEC products, specify the equipment, materials, handling, storage and installation methods to help contractors achieve success.”

As part of the collaboration, H.B. Fuller Construction Products, the manufacturer of TEC brand products, offers an extended limited warranty (available through a TEC associate or via the website) for TEC bonding systems used with Laminam by Crossville.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Crossville on their large format panel initiative,” said Grant Huffine, senior market manager for H.B. Fuller Construction Products. “The installation system we’ve developed with Crossville for these innovative products reflects our commitment to expanding design possibilities for both those who imagine spaces and those who build them.”

New Products – November 2013

procolor plus grout 25lb bag (2)ProSpec® recently launched ProColor Plus Grout, an extension of its ProColor line as the first of several new grout lines planned for the ProSpec ProColor brand. It provides durable grout joints that are color-consistent, efflorescence-free and rapid-setting. It is a portland cement-free, highly-engineered blend of special cements and additives which will eliminate common problems with portland cement grout. Offered in 20 of the most popular colors found in the ProSpec ProColor Grout line, it incorporates proprietary ProSpec Rapid Cure Technology for high strength and durability, and Expansion Stabilization Technology for improved crack and shrink resistance. ProColor Plus Grout can be opened to foot traffic within three to four hours, shower use within 24 hours and water immersion within seven days. With increased stain resistance, it can be used both indoors and outdoors and in residential, light commercial and heavy-duty commercial installations. ProSpec ProColor Plus Grout is a part of the ProSpec limited lifetime system warranty and is available in 25-pound bags.

durock shower system portfolio (2)USG Corporation introduces its new DUROCK Shower System, a fully-bonded waterproofing system for tiled shower installations, designed to control moisture independently of the tile covering, while creating a solid base for a long-lasting shower. The system reduces installation time by featuring 2% pre-sloped molded EPS foam shower trays in three sizes that install quickly and  accommodate center and off-center drains; a thin, pliable, and extremely-durable high-density polyethylene waterproofing membrane with a cross-laminated core that provides strength and tear resistance at 0.12 mil – and that is ideal for showers, wet areas and continuous-use residential and commercial steam showers. The easy-to-install drain assembly that accepts all DUROCK Shower System 4” or 5” grates (more 50 options in 10 finishes) and can accommodate ABS or PVC waste lines with an integrated bonding flange featuring a nonwoven fleece on the bottom and top of the flange for superior adhesion and bonding. The Durock Shower System also includes shower benches and niches. The benches are made from durable solid 3-lb. density EPS, offering superior strength and can be cut to any size or shape. The niches are constructed from rugged ABS plastic and feature a nonwoven fleece that is co-molded with the ABS plastic structure on the flanges and interior surfaces, which provides a superior bond to thin-set mortar. The system can be purchased as a kit or as separate components, yet all pieces work harmoniously together as a proprietary system. or

emser-pergamoEmser introduces Pergamo glazed porcelain, which captures the dramatic movement and vivid colors of Cabos Valencia travertine with the aid of HD technology. Available in five colors, in 12” x 24,” 13” x 13” and 18” x 18” formats with V4 variation rating.

blast-seriesInternational Wholesale (IWT) introduces the Blast Series from Tesoro. A never-before-seen, eye-catching multi-marble blended-look porcelain tile series, Blast from Tesoro is a one-of-a-kind extreme pattern range series that is an immediately remarkable line.

The Blast series will be available in a 12″ x 24″ format with a 3″ x 24″ bullnose trim. Blast is also created using high-definition inkjet technology.

For more information regarding the Blast series, please contact Ken Baker, director of customer relations at: 772/223-5151 or [email protected]


Living Room Interior With Ocean ViewMediterranea utilizes Dynamic HD Imaging design technology to blend the modern look of cement with delicate veining and coloration from unique stones in its new Ocean Drive glazed porcelain series. Available in four neutral colors derived from Miami Beach, Art-Deco and surfside influences in 12” x 24”, 18” x 18” and 13” x 13” formats with matching bullnose trim and 2” x 2” mosaics.


feet-heated-floorsBostik is proud to introduce HeatStep™, a safe, comfortable and cost-efficient electric radiant heat system that can be used on concrete slab or plywood substrates. Almost every type of floor covering can be warmed with HeatStep, including engineered hardwood, ceramic and porcelain tile, stone, laminates, vinyl, or carpet.

ARDEX Americas announces ARDEX WA™ Epoxy Grout and Adhesive. ARDEX WA has two components and a unique creamy consistency that is easy to apply. It is cleaner than traditional epoxies, yet delivers the durability required in the most difficult environments where epoxies are typically specified.

ARDEX WA is ideal for tile installations in swimming pools, food processing facilities, industrial areas, breweries and other installations where maximum chemical resistance and cleanliness are required.

ARDEX WA provides excellent color consistency and stain resistance in the most demanding environments and is available in the most popular colors. It is available in 9 lb. units at ARDEX Tile & Stone Installation Systems distributors throughout North America.

Bosch Measuring Tools combine the precision of laser measures with the convenience of Bluetooth® wireless technology with the launch of the GLM 100 C Laser Measure. Featuring an extended measuring distance, best-in-class memory storage and angle measurement in two axis, this innovative product allows users to make accurate measurements that are instantly transferred to smart devices via the free Bosch Measurement mobile app.

With the help of the mobile app, professionals can easily store and manage measurements without relying on pen and paper, making it fast and easy to calculate material needs and estimate labor costs on-site. Measurements also can be superimposed on jobsite photos, allowing users to quickly create and share detailed quotes containing pictures and comments. The device boasts first-in-its-class remote control functionality, and professionals can control the GLM 100 C from smart phones or tablets to make steady measurements along long range, short range targetless measurements or in hard-to-reach spots.

Bosch_mobileappFeaturing an extended measuring distance of 330 feet, increased memory storage of up to 50 measurements and angle measurements in two axes, the GLM 100 C offers multiple features for increased versatility. The integrated 360-degree tilt sensor provides improved angle functionality, while the large, automatically illuminated flip display makes measurements easy to read and interpret. As with all Bosch measuring tools, precision is important, and the GLM 100 C is accurate up to 1/16 inch.

The versatile and easy-to-use Bosch GLM measure and document mobile app allows users to sketch or overlay measurements on jobsite photos, calculate measurements or assume control of the tool’s measuring functions from their smart devices. For further processing, measurements and photos also can be transferred from smart devices to personal computers (PC) via USB. When connected to a PC, the GLM 100 C’s integrated Li-Ion battery conveniently re-charges.

The GLM 100 C will come complete with a Li-Ion battery charger, USB cable for data transfer, hand strap and belt pouch. The Bosch GLM measure and document mobile app is available for download and works with Bluetooth® Smart Ready devices on Android and iOS operating systems. To find out more or to find a local dealer, visit or call 877-BOSCH-99.

News: Crossville Launches “Reclamation”

Crossville, Inc. has announced the introduction of Reclamation, the brand’s first digitally produced porcelain tile collection. Inspired by the renewal of cr seturban settings and reclaimed materials, the expansive line features a blend of meticulously designed facings and colors to achieve a range of textured, detailed looks. Reclamation is the essence of “industrial chic”: modern style—with a hint of nostalgia, versatile in its potential applications for residential and commercial settings.

Reclamation’s quartet of colors—Whiskey Lullaby, Cotton Exchange, Steel City and Tobacco Road—harken to the evolution of industry in America. The line offers 16 different facings that interpret the look of wood, metal and concrete with a contemporary twist. Size options include 12”x24” and 24”x24” field tiles, along with a 6”x24” etching accent that gives a nod to graffiti art. A 4”x24” bullnose is also available.

more“We looked to urban spaces and cityscapes for inspiration for Reclamation,” explains Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing. “Everybody loves a good comeback story, so we turned to America’s roots of industry and enterprise to create a line that answers designers’ appreciation of reclaimed materials, repurposed elements and sustainable products.”

Reclamation is manufactured in the U.S. with Crossville’s EcoCycle manufacturing process, contains a minimum 4% recycled content and is Green Squared certified. The line’s superior technical properties make it suitable for commercial and residential use on interior floors and walls, as well as exterior vertical surfaces.

For more information on Reclamation, visit

MAPEI Ultralite™ Mortar Pro – Lightweight match for large-format tile

ultraliteIn response to green-building construction trends, the expanding demand for products containing recycled content and large-format tile designs, MAPEI is introducing to the market MAPEI Ultralite Mortar Pro, a professional-grade, lightweight, single-component mortar that can be used for medium-bed and nonsag applications as well as for thin-set installations.

“Its thixotropic properties make MAPEI Ultralite Mortar Pro an excellent choice for large-format tile installationsultralite pic 2 on floors and walls,” said Brian Pistulka, MAPEI Business Manager for Tile and Stone Installation Systems. “The reduced weight of the mortar also lightens the load for installers when shifting bags around a jobsite.”

This polymer-modified mortar is formulated with Easy Glide Technology for ease of application, a labor-saving plus for installers. MAPEI Ultralite Mortar Pro’s unique Ultralite Technology provides twice the coverage of a standard thin-set mortar per pound (0,45 kg), providing transportation savings, too. Plus, MAPEI Ultralite Mortar Pro can contribute to LEED points through its more-than-20% recycled content.


MAPEI Group, with 66 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 for technical data or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734) for the nearest location.                         

wedi Building Panels

wedipanel-1013wedi Building Panels, manufactured with Extruded Polystyrene Foam (XPS) cores offer internal waterproofing, zero capillary action, ease of use, light weight and cement-based resin surface backerboards. They also are excellent for use with radiant heating systems since the R Value for 1” wedi panels is 4.3, and they offer low conductivity so heat is forced up into the tile, more efficiently warming the floor than with other substrates like wood or concrete slab. Electrical underfloor heating systems are easy to mount on wedi Building Panels, which eliminates loss of downward heat. For warm-water systems, ducts can be cut into panels quickly and easily using a router to receive water tubes. Warmup, a radiant heating manufacturer, has been using 1/4” wedi panels as insulation boards for their systems. In addition to the stated benefits, the panels allow a 78% faster heating time than over concrete alone, reaching 84 degrees Fahrenheit  from a 59 degree concrete slab in 64 minutes with the wedi-made Warmup Insulation Boards; traditional systems took five hours to reach 77 degrees. In practical use, wedi claims rooms will warm to desired temperatures in 10-15 minutes using wedi Building Panels vs. other traditional methods.

Emac introduces Joint Covers

emac-1013Emac introduces Joint Covers that are clipped into expansion joints to bring beauty to walls, facades, ceilings and light-traffic floors. The Emac Joint Cover Solutions come in matte silver anodized aluminum or white, gray and beige pvc. They easily clip in without tools, screws or adhesives and work for a range of joint sizes indoors or outdoors, in commercial or residential settings.

RedGard Waterproofing Fabric Membrane system

CBP-redgard-1013Custom Building Products extends its RedGard® waterproofing brand product line with the introduction of the RedGard Waterproofing Fabric Membrane system, a waterproof membrane for walls and floors. The easy-to-cut, hang and adjust fabric membrane installs over cement backerboards or gypsum wall boards using either modified or non-modified thin-set mortar to create a continuous impervious barrier for walls and shower floors in preparation for tiling. The advantage of being able to use a wider variety of thin-set mortars gives the product greater versatility. RedGard Waterproofing Fabric Membrane is available in 1M (3’ 3”) wide rolls in either 54 sq. ft. or 323 sq. ft. in total coverage, pre-printed with grid lines to simplify cutting. Accessories include RedGard Waterproofing Strip for edges and changes of plane, pre-formed RedGard Inside and Outside Corners, and RedGard Mixer and Pipe Seal. All components are part of the CUSTOM Shower Installation Systems offering that includes sealant, shower bases, curbs, benches and niches and are eligible for up to a lifetime warranty.

Suhner hand grinders/polishers offered by MK Diamond Products

suhner-mkdiamondMK Diamond Products now offers these Suhner hand grinders/polishers for the stone and tile industry.

The two electric grinders polish, shape and grind. The UXJ 2 Right Angle Grinder is a 2 horsepower, 2,300 RPM, weighing 5.4 pounds; the UXF 4-R Right Angle Grinder is a 1-1/4 horsepower, 1,600-3,500 RPM grinder. They use 4” flexible diamond pads with backer pad for polishing materials and have carbon brushes with automatic cut-out to protect the armature, inline GFCI, adjustable water valve, soft-start technology for smooth starts, and a lock-button for fast wheel changes.

The three pneumatic grinders are quiet with low vibration. The LXB-10, a powerful angled grinder with 10,000 RPM, weighs only .9 pounds. The LXC 2, which offers lower RPM, at 2,000, is designed for engineered stone. Both are compact and have a 2” maximum pad diameter for use in small spaces. The LXE 3 grinder has 3,000 RPM, and a 4” pad diameter. This grinder/polisher is perfect for use on stone, marble, limestone and granite.

Imagine Tile – Manhattan Collection

imagine-tile-103Imagine Tile is introducing its first ever New York City-inspired product line. The Manhattan Collection features six striking geometric patterns, ranging from Old World Moroccan to Sixties Mod, which are named after – and reflect the personality of – a distinct neighborhood: SoHo, Chelsea, Gramercy, Flatiron, NoMad, and Nolita. For example, the Gramercy pattern was influenced by the flooring found at Gramercy Park Hotel, known for its geometric flooring and contrasting, colorful decor. The Manhattan Collection was also inspired by the graphic prints traditionally used in cement tile, and renders these trending geometric flooring patterns in tile that is low-maintenance and easier to ship and install. For commercial, hospitality, or residential floor and wall use, the Manhattan Collection is available in 8” x 8” formats as well as customized in any color combination in 12” x 12”, 16” x 16” and 24” x 24“ sizes.

Tile Of Spain Launches Quick Ship Collection

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), announces the launch of the Tile of Spain Quick Ship Collection, a select group of tile products that are available for immediate purchase in the U.S.


Available online at, the Quick Ship Collection is presented in a sleek, 68-page color online catalogue that highlights products from Spanish ceramic tile manufacturers that are in stock and available within 4 to 8 weeks. It serves as an inspiration piece and simplifies the purchasing experience for consumers, retailers and design professionals alike by putting customers in direct contact with tile distributors.

“The new Tile of Spain Quick Ship Collection is a tremendous resource for sourcing the distinctive and limitless world of Spanish ceramic tile,” states Rocamador Rubio, Director, Tile of Spain. “It provides product and where to buy information for design professionals and consumers enabling them to make the perfect choice in selecting interior or exterior tile.”

Each dynamically structured page in the Quick Ship Collection online catalog includes the tile series name, color image, detailed description of each pattern, available sizes and uses, and contact information to make purchasing easy.

The program will be an ongoing platform for Tile of Spain, and will continue to expand as more innovative new Spanish ceramic products are added.

To view the Quick Ship Collection, visit

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