March 1st, 2004

Mar-Apr 2004

The Bostik Findley Introductions

The Bostik Findley Flooring Group has introduced 19 new grout colors and a new Hydroment Grout Color Kit to display all 46 grout colors. The new color introductions reflect several key color trends impacting grout sales and related construction and design trends. The introductions reflect the company’s goal of “staying ahead of the color curve,” so distributors and retailers, and their end customers (including architectural firms, design centers, dev4eelopers, construction companies, contractors and consumers) have dozens of complimentary colors to choose from when selecting a Hydroment grout. Bostik Findley has also introduced Hydroment ® All Set Advanced , a ready-to-use urethane-based antifracture and waterproofing membrane specifically designed for use beneath thin-set ceramic tile and stone installations on vertical and horizontal surfaces. A one-part, elastomeric waterproofing/crack isolation membrane, Hydroment Ultra-Set Advanced is suitable for use over a variety of substrates in commercial and residential applications, including concrete, cement block walls, cement backer board, gypsum board, exterior grade plywood, and more. Hydroment Ultra-Set Advanced meets ANSI A1118.10 for waterproofing membranes beneath thin-set tile and stone; ASTM C-836-89 requirements for high solids content, cold liquid applied elastomeric waterproofing membranes for use with separate wearing course; ASTM C627-81 specifications for anti-fracture capabilities; and Uniform Plumbing Code 3471 for non-metallic shower pan liners. Hydroment Ultra-Set Advanced is safe, non-flammable, and complies with all current state and federal regulations for Volatile Organic Compounds. (, 978-777-0100)

Innovative Stone Retro Available in Mosaic Stone Format

Innovative Stone Inc. has launched RETRO Mosaics, a unique checkerboard servies fashioned in Italy and perfect for countertops, vanities, tabletops and furniture and other furnishings. RETRO technology blends a mixture of 93 percent crushed quartz with a polyester resin binder to deliver rich base colors. Lapis lazuli, multi-colored Murano glass chills, mirror flecks, metal shavings and mother of pearl are infused into the base mixture. Fabricated like granite with a similar hardness factor, RETRO has excellent hardness physical properties, stain, and scratch resistance. Polished and honed RETRO surfaces (wet and dry) meet or exceed OSHA and DOT requirements and ADA recommendations in accordance with ASTM C1028 Static Coefficient of Friction of Ceramic Tile and Other Like SurfacesStandard Mosaic color blends include Chiascuro (black, white and two shades of gray) Commedia (black, white, green terracotta, yellow and royal blue) Frivolo (white, cream and peach) Notturno (white, crème, terracotta and brown) Ondata (white, cream and peach), Scacchi (black and white), and Umbra (white, gray , peach, terracotta and light blue). Individual squares are ¾-inch by ¾ inch; RETRO Mosaics are available in 4-foot by 10-foot by 1-inch thick slab format. . (, 800-627-8663)

Pietre Travertine & Crema Marfil Ilva SA is presenting the Pietre Travertine series, an exquisite and stylish rectified porcelain tile with the look of cross-cut travertine marble. The resilient Pietre Travertine tile is being offered in shades of bianco, beige, noce and rosso. The line includes matching borders, listellos, bullnose, and inserts. Pietre Travertine in available in 14-inch by 14-inch, and 18-inch by 18-inch floor tiles, 3.2-inch by 3.2-inch mesh-mounted mosaics and 3.2-inch by 7-inch brick, and 7-inch by 7-inch wall tiles.

Ilva has also introduced Crema Marfil with three textures – polished, antique and natural – in a through body porcelain tile with natural stone finishes appropriate for both residential and commercial installations. Crema Marfil is offered in a variety of floor and wall combinations and in mesh-mounted mosaics. The line includes a variety of accessories: listellos, glass and marble inserts, metal liners, torellos, corners, bullnoses, sink rails, quarter rounds and more. (305-667-7090)

Studio Line Online Studio Line glass tile is displaying its affordable, quality glass tile on the web at By just a click of the mouse, customers can view vibrant installation and product shots of Studio Line, including the firm’s beautiful 27 colors. Installation techniques, a warranty description, distributor locations and an email contact form are also all featured at Studio Line, the easily installed, un-tempered glass tile is available in a variety of sizes from 1-inch by 1-inch through 8-inch by 8-inch squares and a number of rectangular sizes. Durable and guaranteed not to fade or scratch after an installation, Studio Line is the glass tile perfect for any type of interior/exterior wall or wet room installation. (239-275-7331,

New Wheel Kits TI-PRO™ a division of the North American Tile Tool Company (NATTCO), is now offering the professional wheel kits in two sizes. The 7/8″ Carbide Replacement Wheel Kit (PCK2005) is used for all TI Pro model tile cutters and are Titanium coated wheel for longer life. The 1/2″ Carbide Replacement Wheel Kit (DCK1066) is available for all 13″ model tile cutters. “Our wheel kits are of the same high quality as our other tools for the industry,” stated NATTCO’s President Brian Turner. NATTCO is the total source in North America for all ceramic tile and natural stone installation tools. The TI-PRO division offers tools specifically for professional installation contractors. (800-406-TILE,

Tile, Grout & Stone Care from SGM, Inc. Southern Grouts & Mortars, Inc. (SGM, Inc.), a leader in Installation Systems for Ceramic Tile and Dimension Stone, is pleased to announce it has introduced a brand Line of GROUT, TILE & STONE CARE – aimed at cleaning and sealing grout, tile and stone. These products are effective formulas that prevent other contaminants from destroying the surface. The line of Cleaners & Sealers simplifies maintenance and helps the floor retain its natural color longer! These heavy-duty products have a liquid consistency that allows the product to be applied effortlessly utilizing a sprayer, sponge or brush. This contractor’s choice cleaners & sealers can be used on wall and floor applications. (800-641-9247

Latest Roberts Catalog Online From surface preparation products to adhesives, heat bond tapes and the widest range of tools available for all floor covering installations, the newest Roberts catalog contains detailed information about the company’s complete line of floor covering installation products. The 52-page full color catalog contains new Roberts’ products and highlights new features on old favorites. This new catalog is also available online at or by accessing the Roberts link from the parent website, The online catalog has multiple search options to help locate items quickly and easily, detailed product descriptions with thumbnail and enlarged images, and a downloadable PDF version. (561-994-5550)

Precision H2O Refires Murals for Perfect Edge Precision H2O, a leader in waterjet designs, ensures that murals, emblems, insignias and logos will reflect a beautifully finished, healed edge due to the company’s unique re-firing process. Through the re-firing process, all waterjet-cut pieces appear to be cut and custom-glazed within the final design. The end result is a look both professional and artistic. “The re-firing process is proof of our dedication to a perfectly created mural with softer finished edges,” said Peter Mileo of Precision H2O. Kilns, in which the waterjet-cut creations are fired, belong to the Quarry Tile Company – sister firm to Precision H2O. Precision H2O has the ability to cut a multitude of murals, medallions and logos that retailers, hospitals/institutions, government buildings, offices and schools can select from standard or custom made designs using this process. The firm also has the ability to inset various materials into a design to create complex murals, detailed signage, corporate logos and geometric shapes. (509-536-9214,

Warmup Undertile Heating Warmup has the ideal solution for dealing with customers’ cold feet – the main objection against ceramic or stone flooring. The innovative heating element, as thin as a nickel, won’t affect floor levels and its flexible design means that it can be laid in the most awkward of rooms. Warmup’s intention is to simplify the often over complicated process of radiant electric heating. There is no need to dig up existing flooring so it is a great choice when remodeling bathrooms or kitchens and for new additions such as sunrooms. Everything necessary to install the system is contained in one box and can be installed in a matter of hours. Tape the heating element to the floor and tile over it – it’s as simple as that. The system includes a digital programmable thermostat with four timer settings so that the system fits your customer’s lifestyle. Warmup Undertile Heating System meets the latest UL standards and comes with a 10-year warranty. (

MAPEI MAPEI has begun incorporating BioBlock, a powerful new anti-microbial technology, directly into its industry-leading tile grouts and caulks to inhibit the growth of odor and stain-causing mold and mildew. Nick DiTempora, president of MAPEI Americas, said with this onestep process, installers are ensured that MAPEI’s Keracolor™ and Ultracolor® grouts and Keracaulk™ lines are protected against mold and mildew without the need to add a second component to the mixture during installation. Mold has become a major public issue due to its damaging effects on buildings and, in some instances, people. Moist areas, such as showers and kitchen sinks, are particularly susceptible to mildew growth, which can damage and discolor the grout and tile. BioBlock technology shields grout from these damage-causing microbes. BioBlock is an extension of MAPEI’s strategy of providing ecologically conscious building materials. The company first began using mold-inhibiting technology in selected products in its ECO line of floor covering installation systems several years ago. MAPEI’s grouts and caulks are available in a pallet of 30 matching colors, all protected with BioBlock. More information about BioBlock is available at (1-800-42-MAPEI,

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