Archives for August 2014

Capturing mountain air

Nepal is one of Nourison’s latest broadloom collections that are woven exclusively from high-quality materials and incorporate special dyeing effects, hand carving, hand finishing and lustre washing — all of which the company says is part of its signature technique. The Nepalese-inspired pattern (pictured) is designed to bring the clarity of mountain air indoors, and […]

Branching into wood

Mapei has added another branch to its family tree of wood-flooring products. The Ultracoat line was designed in Europe, where it has developed a track record of performance. According to company-cited statistics, about half of installed flooring is site finished. Ultracoat is designed to address this market need with four categories of products: wood-floor finishing […]

Buried in concrete

Flextherm has unveiled its Concrete Mat Xpress, the company’s first mat designed specifically to be embedded in concrete. With a self-adhesive substrate, upon which is laid a 6W heating cable producing 12W per square foot of output, the mat can be installed in a few steps. Simply unroll the mat and secure it to the […]

Back in black

Terra Legno has added Black Pearl to its Quercia collection of engineered hardwood flooring. Each product of this collection is characterized by distinctive grains and noteworthy shades. Rounding out the collection with a darker collection not often seen in flooring, Black Pearl, which is FSC certified, offers a refined yet modern option for any residential […]

Colonial looks

Benjamin Moore has launched a new line that that can be combined with flooring projects to give rooms a look of Colonial America. The Williamsburg Colour Collection was developed in co-operation with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Va. The company says the new line of 144 colours integrates history, science and design reflecting actual […]

No shimming required

The Tuscan SeamClip, supplied by Pearl Abrasive, is a one-piece edge levelling system requiring no installation tools, no soaking, and is designed to assist in the installation of stone, ceramic, marble, granite and some large format tiles. The SeamClip works by interlocking the tiles, creating a single flat-slab surface while the setting material is curing. […]

Uncoupled tile-heating system

According to Schluter, ceramic and stone tiles have many benefits, but one potential drawback relates to their installation with floor-warming systems, which can cause cracking in tiles and grout. The company says its Ditra-Heat is the first electric floor-warming system that directly incorporates essential uncoupling technology into a floor-warming system, instead of using methods that […]

If it’s wet …

Pro MBR XD from Proma is a high-performance integral membrane used for both interior and exterior waterproofing under tile and stone installations. This product creates a thin, continuous barrier that protects against water penetration in wet areas, such as tub and shower surrounds, kitchen and food-prep areas, laundry rooms, balconies or terraces over unoccupied spaces. […]

A bathroom system

The partnership between Lea Ceramiche and Lago stores continues with the Lago Bathroom, a new system that includes products dedicated exclusively to the bathroom. Lea Ceramiche was involved in the creation of floor and wall tiling that match the Lago furnishing complements. Reinterpreting one of the most traditional bathroom elements, the ceramic tile in the […]

The Legend of Quadro Tracker

Let’s see… Quadro Tracker. I’ll give away the ending: the Quadro Tracker was a fraud. (Click the link or use Google. I am not a fan of Wikipedia, but they got it pretty much correct.) This all happened long ago, and far away. I had a job in the States back in ’93, heading up […]