TEC® 3N1™ Performance Mortar is ideal for installing heavy and large-format porcelain tiles on floors and walls. With no-sag, no-slump and slip resistance, this lightweight, polymer-modified mortar provides high performance, and superior troweling to help reduce fatigue. TEC 3N1 Performance Mortar exceeds ANSI A118.4 and A118.11 shear bond specifications and provides 50 lbs. of coverage with only 30 lbs. of actual weight, is mold and mildew resistant, and allows an extended open time for maximum adjustability. tecspecialty.com.
MD Building Products Inc. showed the PROVA BOARD PAN ASSEMBLY KIT®. The kit provides all of the components required to install and waterproof a tiled shower using PROVA-BOARD® Plus tile backer. Available in ABS and PVC, this cost-effective combination of backer and kit is perfect for new construction or projects where existing drywall or cement board needs to be replaced, and eliminates the two-step process of waterproofing membrane over cement board and/or drywall. www.provaproducts.com
Marazzi introduced Cavatina, a travertine– look glazed porcelain tile in 12” x 24”, 13” x 13”, 20” x 20” with 2” x 4” brick mosaic, 3” x 13” bullnose in four colors including on-trend white and gray. www.marazzitile.com
MAPEI’s Mapeguard® UM is a lightweight, waterproofing and vapor pressure-equalizing underlayment that provides crack suppression under ceramic tile and stone installations, for both residential and commercial applications. It’s designed for use over challenging substrates, such as young concrete and single-layer 3/4″ (19 mm) plywood subfloors with joist spacing of up to 19.2″ (49 cm) on center. Uniquely engineered, it absorbs lateral stress from the substrate without transferring this force to the tile or stone, maintaining exceptional bonds.www.mapei.com.
LATICRETE HYDRO BAN® Board offers a low perm rating for use in steam rooms and showers, and is a component of the LATICRETE Lifetime System Warranty. The lightweight board is waterproof and ready to tile and requires no tab washers in floor and wall installations. www.laticrete.com
iQ Power Tools showed its amazing dustless iQTS244 saw. Daltile is the first distributor to carry the saw. The company is also working on ear protection, safety glasses, a vest and a tool bag for future introductions. Iqpowertools.com
Eleganza Tiles showed its Urban Concrete line, with refined diamond, pyramid, scallop fan, hexagon, subway and versaille flat concrete tiles, accented by four amazing three-dimensional pieces like the Landscape 4” x 12” tile shown. www.eleganzatiles.com
Emser rolled out a wide variety of stunning looks. First is Emser’s CODE 3D wall tile, which comes in a variety of shapes, including hexagon and wedge. The porcelain wall tile has a porcelain floor tile to match. Emser also glittered with Allure wall tile that offers captivating tiles with gleaming metallic motifs. www.emser.com
Daltile introduced Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces – the 10.5’ tall x 5’3” wide panel comes in 6 mm and 12 mm thicknesses. In stock in 8 locations around the country, it comes in polish or honed finish. In April, Daltile will launch training for working with the product in stone centers. Daltile also showed Woodbridge 4” x 28” glazed porcelain wood-look plank tile with a rounded edge, perfect for creating on-trend herringbone and chevron patterns. In four colors. www.daltile.com
Crossville showed Simpatico Design Solutions™, a sister to Color By Numbers. This wall tile comes in 6” x 24” and 12” x 24” in satin and gloss finishes. Five neutral shades, four colored gloss accents and four white textured patterns, with 3” x 24” single bullnose. Also new is Nest™ porcelain stone in seven colors and Olive and Oak wood grain finishes. Available in 6” x 36”, 8” x 36”, 3” x 15” and 1” x 6” mosaics with bullnose and cove base. www.crossvilleinc.com.