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Large-and-heavy-tile mortars offer high transfer technology

Mapei has introduced the Keraflex line of mortars, designed for use with large and heavy tiles. The four polymer-modified mortars are said to share the innovative trait of high material transfer onto the backs of tiles, while retaining impressive non-sag/nonslump properties. They are also suitable for edge-leveling clip applications. Easy to mix, the Keraflex mortars blend quickly to a lump-free consistency. The extra smooth mortars are also said to be easy to trowel, requiring less … [Read More...]

One-step large and heavy tile mortar

Laticrete has announced Multimax Lite, a one-step, non-sag, large and heavy tile mortar for interior and exterior ceramic tile, porcelain tile, glass tile and stone installations. The 25 lb bag is said to have the coverage of 50 lb traditional mortar. Equipped with anti-microbial technology to protect the treated article, the product contains no silica sand and has a 40-minute open time. The mortar is said to exceed the industry's highest performance standard for a cementitious-based … [Read More...]

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Retirement resonates

Serene surfaces inspired by nature LAST FALL, MORE than 350 resident seniors, their families, community members and dignitaries celebrated the official Grand Opening a new retirement community in Ajax, Ont. Westney Gardens was the brainchild of Revera, an owner, operator and investor in the senior-living sector, who invested $50 million to bring the modern, environmentally friendly, 132-suite … Read More...

Coverings 2019

Stone and tile flexed marketing muscle in Orlando Coverings is an annual stone and tile trade show that attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers. This year in Orlando, Fla., featured 1,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries, 26,000 visitors and was the stage for introducing some … Read More...

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Large-and-heavy-tile mortars offer high transfer technology

Mapei has introduced the Keraflex line of mortars, designed for use with large and heavy … Read More

One-step large and heavy tile mortar

Laticrete has announced Multimax Lite, a one-step, non-sag, large and heavy tile mortar for interior … Read More

Bluetooth connected moisture meters

Flir Systems has announced two moisture meters with Bluetooth wireless connectivity: the MR59 ball … Read More

Acoustic underlayment membrane

The Mapesonic RM acoustic underlayment from Mapei is a rubber membrane designed to reduce the … Read More


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INSTALLATION

Failures as a teachable moment

Another 1,000 words First, I want to thank the readers that reached out to me about my last column “Worth 1,000 words.” I asked about how you liked the format and the reaction was very positive. Here are a couple of examples of problems I saw recently that are nothing new, but installers still made an old mistake; the two situations I encountered recently were preventable problems related to … Read More...

Worth 1,000 words

Teachable moments from others’ mistakes It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are four pictures of situations I’ve encountered and about a thousand words about these situations that can help floor coverers and specifiers avoid similar failures. RESILIENT FLOORING I had a recent site visit to the lobby of an office in New York City to examine “bumps in the floor” in areas where … Read More...

Evolution of safety floors

Although it’s not an “official” category of its own, for over 30 years, there has been a resilient flooring product commonly called “Safety Flooring.” This material was developed in Europe as a resilient flooring option for wet slip resistance that is an alternative to quarry tile or poured epoxy. By incorporating an abrasive aggregate such as carborundum into a sheet vinyl floor, the material … Read More...

Installation management

Important details for commercial projects About 40 years ago, I started working full-time in this industry and since then I have worked in retail sales, technical support and commercial sales, having worked with most types of floor covering along the way. One thing that has not changed since 1978 is the common opinion that our industry has a shortage of talented installers. Being outspoken about … Read More...