Archives for October 2017

Rigid core luxury vinyl flooring is waterproof

The ProGen Collection from Tarkett is flooring that is said to be waterproof, easy to install and demonstrates superior durability over traditional WPC with the compact ProGen core technology. The rigid core luxury vinyl flooring has a 20-mil commercial-grade wear layer and polyurethane layer that allows it to resist scratches and dents, while a high-density […]

Thin-set mortars for tile, board and membrane applications

Three types of thin-set mortar from Schluter-Systems have been announced: Schluter Set unmodified, Schluter All-Set modified, and Schluter Fast-Set rapid-setting. The thin-set mortars, including the All-Set and Fast-Set modified varieties, can be used to set tile over Schluter-Ditra, Ditra-Heat, Kerdi and Kerdi-Board products. Schluter Set unmodified thin-set mortar is approved to set tile, including porcelain […]

Breathable protective film for variety of surfaces

Albert Floorotex is a slightly adherent mat with a breathable protective film. It is suitable for the temporary protection of parquet, hardwood, laminate, and ceramic floors as well as carpets. The 2 mm thick, nonwoven material protects the floor against scratches and imprints. The underside contains a special adhesive which prevents the nonwoven material from […]

Self-leveling concrete topping with aggregate surface

Ardex Americas has announced that Ardex K 521 self-leveling concrete topping with aggregate surface can be installed from 3/8 in. to 2 in., walked on in 2-3 hours, and that polishing can begin in as little as 24 hours. It is easy to install and typically requires less steps to polish when compared to other […]


I see in last week’s news that our Prime Minister spouted off in MarieClaire about “toxic masculinity.” Isn’t that just like a politician, to speak as an expert on something about which he knows nothing? This current trend of hooking two such words as toxic and masculine together and then acting as if they mean […]

Stone drilling system kit for cutting slabs

Lackmond has introduced the Beast stone drilling kit that includes drilling machine, bit template and water tank, along with a durable plastic case protects tool for transport. The drill has a 3,000 to 10,000 rpm, 7-amp variable speed motor. Accurate, chip-free holes are said to be made when used with Beast branded hole saws. The […]

Oak flooring in seven colours and three-inch widths

Mohawk has introduced open grain oak hardwood flooring in 3 in. widths. The planks are said to provide resistance to humidity and can be installed on any level. The flooring also reinforces wood fibre for lasting wear resistance, the company says. Installation methods include glue, staple, nail and float. Subfloors can be either wood or […]

Crack prevention mortar for interiors and exteriors

MegaLite Ultimate mortar from Custom Building Products protects against cracks up to 1/8 in. Formulated with CustomLite technology, the product is said to be 40 percent lighter than other mortars, providing excellent handling characteristics, and offers non-sag/non-slip installation on walls. The mortar can be used as a thin or medium bed up to ¾ in. […]

Products handle moisture-related issues

Mapei has added two liquid solutions to its moisture-control products for floor-covering installations – Planiseal MSP, a moisture-control membrane, adhesive isolator, sealer, pH blocker and primer; and Planiseal PMB, a one-component, polyurethane moisture barrier and bonding agent. Planiseal MSP is a two-coat, high-solids, polymer-based adhesive isolator, sealer, moisture-control membrane and self-leveling primer. It protects flooring […]

Venetian terrazzo the inspiration for porcelain stoneware tiles

For its new Venice tile collection, NovaBell says it has returned to the historic “Venetian terrazzo,” interpreting it with more vibrant colours and new technologies applied to porcelain stoneware. The Venice collection’s large porcelain stoneware slabs enhance indoor architecture by providing the impression of single, seamless surfaces. Through five shades, the collection is said to […]