March 2nd, 2008

March-April 2008


Glass Blox tile by Crossville® brings light and life to a space as only glass can. From dazzling brights to subtly sensual neutrals, the Glass Blox palette of 44 tempting colors—designed by one of the industry’s most respected color forecasters, Barbara Schirmeister—are presented in groupings of three coordinating shades, as well as a selection of fashion- forward blends. And to provide ever greater mix-and-match options, the Glass Blox colors were not only chosen to complement one another, but also Crossville’s Porcelain Stone® and Accent Innovations™ products. “Glass allows brilliant, shimmering colors with a depth not attainable in other materials,” says Schirmeister, Crossville’s color and design consultant; “It’s like looking at color underwater. Glass is fresh, clean and clear—it’s a natural for wellness centers and spas, but it’s perfect for any project, be it residential, retail, restaurant, hospitality, healthcare, corporate or institutional.” All 44 Solid colors are available in 1″x1″ mosaics and 2″x4″ rectangles, both sizes mounted on 12″x12″ sheets. A 1⁄2″x6″ liner bar and 4″x4″ tile are also in all 44 colors. Mesh-mounted 1⁄2″x2″ liners come in seven of the neutral colors on 12″x12″ sheets. The Blends are available as 1″x1″ mosaics and 1⁄2″x2″ liners, both mounted on 12″x12″ sheets. Equally noteworthy, Glass Blox also represents a major milestone in the life of the company—the first time Crossville has pledged a portion of profits to a charitable cause. “Beginning in October 2007, a percentage of all profits from Glass Blox sales will be donated to The Common Thread for the Cure, a foundation that supports families of the furnishings industry in the battle against breast cancer through Helping Hands Grants,” states Frank Douglas, Crossville’s vice president of business development. “These confidential grants are provided to assist individuals with breast cancer and their families to meet financial obligations not covered by insurance during a time when medical bills are mounting and income is often lost. Grants have been used for transportation, household expenses, childcare, tuition, home repairs and for other quality of life uses. The foundation also supports research and educational programs.” For more information, please visit


The Bostik Flooring Group unveiled DURABOND Webcrete® Ultra Finish—a premium, latex-fortified, portland cement-based patch specially formulated to deliver a creamy, lump-free, super-smooth consistency for unbeatable workability and end results. “In a series of head-to-head ‘blind’ tests by heavy users of cement patch products, Webcrete Ultra Finish was deemed ‘indistinguishable’ from the current market leader in both workability and smoothness of surface finish,” said Scott Banda, Product Manager with Bostik’s Flooring Group. Webcrete Ultra Finish sets the new gold standard in portland cement-based patches. “What makes this innovative cement patch Best In Class is that only Webcrete Ultra Finish can be used to skim coat or feather edge up to 1-inch-deep in a single application; the current market leader is limited to half an inch,” Banda adds. “Furthermore, Webcrete Ultra Finish does not require a primer to bond directly to DURABOND D-250TM Moisture Vapor Barrier Coating saving three to four hours per typical job plus related material costs.” Many contractors will opt to bond Webcrete Ultra Finish directly to D-250 to reduce moisture vapor emissions to less than or equal to 3 pounds per 1,000 square feet per 24 hours (14 pounds of protection with one coat of D-250; 25 pounds of protection with two coats). The new patch product also can be used as an embossing leveler when mixed with DURABOND D-L16 High Strength Additive (instead of water). Webcrete Ultra Finish contains Bostik’s BLOCKADE™ Antimicrobial Protection, which inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold or mildew on the surface of dried cement, and helps resist stains caused by mold. With fast setting Webcrete Ultra Finish, floor covering can be installed over concrete, wood, ceramic and quarry tile in as little as 15 to 20 minutes.


Dunis Studios creates original and eclectic mosaics using their hand-painted Field Tile. Broken piece mosaics are hand-made collages, using Dunis Studios tiles combined with stones, shells, glass pieces or metal. Each border is individually made and differs slightly from piece to piece. This collection was designed to be used on floors and walls. Each mosaic design is assembled on concrete board and completely grouted. The borders are designed to be simple, yet artistically bold insets, and look great with stone, tile or glass field materials. Any mosaic design can be created in any tile color from a vast field tile collection (300 plus colors). Designs are available in custom sizes and as larger murals or medallions.


A full line of industrial-duty hand vacuum suction cups for handling flooring, glass, countertops, stone tiles, steel plate and sheet, fiberglass, and other non-porous products in production applications and at job sites is available from Anver Corporation of Hudson, Massachusetts. Anver Hand Vacuum Cups and Suction Cups are offered in over 40 varieties for applications ranging from assembly to installation operations. Built for industrial use, they include air-operated suction cups, lever-actuated cups which provide pull-off holding power which exceeds OSHA limits, and pump-style vacuum cups that provide up to 125 lbs. of holding power. Featuring virtually instantaneous attach and release, Anver Compressed Air Powered Vacuum Hand Cups operate on 80 psi. Lever-actuated cups incorporate two 43⁄4″ dia. rubber suction cups, and the pump-style can also be equipped with a turn-buckle assembly for aligning and setting Corian®, marble, and granite countertops.


National Applied Construction Products (NAC) is introducing the BAS kit—a complete thin-bed membrane waterproofing system—as the latest addition to its family of crack isolation, waterproofing and sound abatement products. The BAS kit provides installers with everything needed to quickly and easily waterproof showers, shower bases and steam rooms in one convenient package and includes Strataflex self-adhering, sheet-applied waterproofing and crack isolation membrane (12″x12′ and 36″x10′ pieces); four pre-formed inner corners; four pre-formed curb corners; 10 oz. tube of SubSeal 10 liquid waterproofing membrane; one gallon SubSeal 50 liquid waterproofing membrane; roller cover, brush and utility knife. Strataflex installs easily over most substrates, including existing hard surface floors (concrete, wood, terrazzo, tile, etc.). It provides a waterproof/vapor barrier and is guaranteed to protect tile from cracking and delamination caused by up to 3⁄8″ lateral substrate movement. Self-adhesive installation provides a surface immediately ready to accept tile and allows for 24-hour water testing and tile installation.


Eliane, a global leader in the manufacturing of porcelain and ceramic tile, introduces Contemporanea, a large format technical porcelain tile series inspired by the textures, colors, and architecture of a contemporary urban metropolis. Contemporanea comes in three neutral colors: Mocca (chocolate), Concreto (grey), and Off-White, as well as two bold colors: Ferrugem (green with touches of orange) and Petrol (navy with touches of red). Contemporanea’s three neutral colors are available in two distinct surface finishes, Natural and Lapado, offering architects, specifiers and designers a versatile collection for both residential and commercial applications. The two bold colors are available in the Lapado finish and also a metallic iron version that emits the sensation that the metal has suffered over time. Contemporanea, available in 12″x24″, 24″x24″ and 18″x36″ large format sizes, can be easily customized with colorful 1″x1″ inserts in a variety of stylistic options. Using special series components with highly varied designs, buyers are able to order ceramic, glass, resin or metallic inserts and borders with glossy or textured finishes. For an additional flair, insert patterns range from retro floral patterns to geometrical elements. Pearl inspired strands can also be mounted between the large format tiles to add an ornate touch. Contemporanea is manufactured using a technique that produces highly varied designs on each piece of tile. Because it is a technical porcelain series, the tile has a high resistance to traffic and wear in conditions of extremely high usage, such as shopping centers, restaurants, hotels and malls.


Flower Power by Rebecca Cole for Imagine Tile is a modern organic line of ceramic tiles featuring photo realistic buds and original graphic designs from the renowned trend setter. Rebecca’s unique combination of interior and exterior design expertise allows her to understand the usage of tiles throughout all living spaces. “I wanted to design a modern way to truly bring the garden in,” says Cole, “as well as keep the outside ‘ever-blooming.’” Christian McAuley, Imagine Tile president states, “We are very excited about partnering with Rebecca Cole on this new collection. Flower Power combines Cole’s leading edge design and Imagine Tile’s leading edge technology for exceptional ceramic tiles for indoor or out. Flower Power will be available in a variety of sizes and color palettes with the focal flower changing from line to line. Cole says, “Imagine Tile allows me to combine my two favorite things, flowers and color, to create bold beautiful, and inspiring designs on tiles that can live indoors and out…and all without needing water!”

LATICRETE® PermaColor™ Grout

LATICRETE has launched PermaColor™ Grout, offering the maximum performance available in a cement-based grout, with unmatched color consistency and resistance to stain causing mold and mildew with antimicrobial protection from Microban®. GREENGUARD Certified for better indoor air quality, LATICRETE PermaColor Grout contributes to LEED Certification with low VOC content. In addition, LATICRETE PermaColor Grout is Kevlar® reinforced for superior strength and flexibility, making it ideal for both interior and exterior floors and walls in both residential and commercial applications. LATICRETE PermaColor Grout requires no additive and is mixed with water and ready to be installed. Backed by the LATICRETE Lifetime Residential Warranty* and the LATICRETE 10 Year Systems Warranty*, PermaColor Grout offers peace of mind for the permanent, problem-free installation of ceramic tile and stone. Available in 40 different lifestyle colors, LATICRETE PermaColor Grout resists efflorescence and blotchiness.


Brezza glass mosaics combine aesthetics and simplicity into an art of ornament. Glass. Symbol of purity, nature, clarity, and neatness. Brezza is formed by colorful mosaics. They all love team play. You should see them when they come together and stay. They all are four-angled. Suitable for every surface and place. Brezza, on the walls, around the frames, step by step along the corridors, in the bathrooms, and even around the mirrors, projects the characteristics of glass.


Marazzi’s SAHARA brings a line of sight that’s out of sight. Clean, crisp linear expressions direct the eye and accentuate architectural elements for floor and wall installations inside and out. All colors and sizes are offered in both cushioned-edge and rectified versions. The rectified option allows installation with minimal grout lines, further showcasing the bold beauty of the tile itself. Varied surface treatments in the tile, mesh-mounted mosaics and listelli decos bring a full toolbox of options for urban or suburban design adventures. Rugged, strong and good looking, Sahara is built to perform, indoors and out, to withstand heavy foot traffic, nature’s elements, the dual tests of time and fashion. Hewn as well as ridged stone surface textures in 24″x24″ and modular 12″x24″ sizes and 12″x24″ Mosaic (mesh-mounted) in four natural colors bring to mind the shifting sands, driving winds and extreme elements of its namesake desert. The thick, frost-resistant color body porcelain stoneware body and ADA-compliant slip resistance literally open doors for usage in exterior applications, whether residential or commercial, vertical or horizontal. For residential, medium commercial and light institutional floor and wall applications.

Mirart Granite and Stone Switch Plates

Mirart Inc., a Florida based company that has been manufacturing switch plates for the past 32 years for the glass and mirror industry, has introduced a line of Stone switch plates. The company currently manufactures these electrical outlet plates in travertine, granite, marble, quartz, slate, and other natural stones. Customers can send stone into the factory and Mirart will fabricate switch plates from their own material. “We can even use the sink cut out drop from your job to make switch plates to match their job exactly. According to Jeff Oster, Vice president. The company also offers Granique® cover plates. Granique® is a photographic image of granite embedded onto an acrylic plate that looks very much like real stone. It is currently available in 32 standard colors and the company has made over 150 custom colors to date. For Travertine and tumbled stone backsplashes the company produces a simulated travertine product called Stonique®. This line is currently available in 12 colors. These plates are made from crushed stone and resin so they don’t need to be sealed. All of these plates have relief built into the back of the plate for easy installation, and come with color-matched screws. “It’s the small finishing touches that can make the difference on the job, and it will set your company apart from the rest,” stated Oster.

ProSpec® Revamps Thin Set Mortars

ProSpec has reorganized its line of thin set mortars for tile and stone installation, updating product names and organizing the line into three categories making it easier to distinguish among products. ProSpec’s entire line of thin set mortars is suitable for commercial or residential projects as well as interior or exterior applications. It includes three Polymer-modified high-performance mortars. Superior PermaFlex 600, ProSpec’s premium thin set mortar, provides outstanding bond strength, great flexibility and high impact strength. It also isolates cracks up to 1⁄8 inch. PermaFlex 500 is specifically designed for bonding ceramic tile and natural stone to difficult-to-bond substrates. PermaFlex 400 has been renamed from Superior PermaSet 400. The name change reflects its fit with the PermaFlex line of polymer modified mortars. It offers excellent workability and open time. ProSpec also offers three Polymer-modified high-performance specialty mortars: Stayflex 590 has outstanding bond strength and is a non-sag formula, making it ideal for setting large format tiles; Quick PermaFlex 570 provides high compressive strength and superior bond in a rapid setting mortar; and Medium Bed PermaFlex 550 is designed to help overcome irregularities in the substrate or in tile thickness. It is designed for setting large format tile. ProSpec also manufactures two nonpolymer-modified mortars: PermaSet 300 offers great open time, good workability and excellent grab on vertical surfaces; and PermaSet 200 has been renamed from PermaFloor 200. It offers excellent workability and is an economical option for setting tile on concrete substrates.

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