Hydrotect by Crossville’srevolutionary invisible coating harnesses the power of light, water and oxygen to create the best offense and defense against dirt, pollution and bacteria on any ceramic surface, walls or floors, indoors or outdoors. The product motto is “Cleaner. Greener. Smarter.” because it resists and reduces adhesion of dust, oil and dirt; decreases greenhouses gases and other environmental pollutants; and utilizes anti-microbial metals to minimize the bacteria that cause odor and stains.


Florim USA introduces the new “Galaxy” collection, a rugged, through-color porcelain tile that is applicable for both commercial and residential projects. Each tile is produced using High Definition Graphic technology, a state-of-the-art inkjet process that creates realistic looks of natural stone. The collection is offered in six colors — Nero, Nutmeg, Grigio, Hazelnut, Silver and Beige — which consist of 20% recycled content, except for Nero, which contains 40%. Sizes include 12 x 12, 12 x 24 (available in semi-polished for vertical application), 18 x 18 and 18 x 36 inches.


Grespania expands its catalog of wood-look ceramic tiles with one of its new collections, “Amazonia,” a non-rectified tile that displays a natural design enhanced by a marked relief resembling saw marks, which gives it a fresh casual style. The Amazonia series, offered in 5.9- x 31 1/2-inch tiles, offers both normal and anti-slip finishes. It can be complemented by the 17.7- x 17.7-inch anti-slip Bahia tile and the 5.9- x 31 1/2-inch Recife tile. Amazonia is a modern versatile collection that is equally well-suited to interior and exterior use.


Expansive research and advanced technology have come together to create two new and dynamic collections in Lea Ceramiche’s Slimtech 5Plus series, including “Timeless Marble.” With the timeless quality of marble and strength of ceramic material, this revolutionary design offers large-format tiles with the look of real marble. Delicate appearance with durable quality, this series provides surfaces of brilliant gloss or intense matte in two primary colors — black and white — and three sizes: 39 x 39, 19 ½ x 59 and 39 x 118 inches.


Lunada Bay Tile takes inspiration from the ancient Japanese art of paper folding with the introduction of Origami glass tile. Delicate angles and subtle geometry emulate the techniques and visuals seen in the iconic art form and recreate them in glass. The Origami collection comes in six distinct shapes: Ambit, Elation, Lacuna, Moxie, Trapeze and Verve. Eleven colors in pearl and silk finishes make up the standard collection. There are also seven hues in the Origami Glow palette that are fused with shimmering gold or silver, giving the tiles another layer of iridescence.


Mapei’s Flexcolor CQ is a new breed of single-component, ready-to-use grout available that makes the job easier for tile-setting professionals. The key focus of Flexcolor CQ is a water-based styrene acrylic co-polymer with a proprietary admixture package using coated quartz aggregate technology. This next-generation grout offers a triple benefit to installers: workability, cleanability and color consistency. It’s available in 26 colors and two sizes (1- and 2-gallon). Coverage is approximately 100 square feet per gallon, based on a 12- x 12- x 3/8-inch-thick tile with a 1/4-inch grout joint.


Prepare to be swept away by the glistening, mottled seascape colors of Marazzi USA’s new Caicos glass mosaics, which can be utilized for indoor and outdoor applications. The dynamic colors are introduced while the glass is in a molten state, so they are swirled, not static. The series is available in six colors: Baby Beach, Blue Beach, Crane Beach, Eagle Beach, Grace Beach and Shoal Bay; and two sizes: 1 x 1 and 1 x 4 inches. The frost-resistant 12 1/2- x 13-inch modules allow the installer to view tile alignment during installation, then peel away the protective sheet.


StonePeak’s Plane collection features large porcelain panels created with a new formulation and composition of raw materials, which allows for a light weight, full-body panel with no fiber glass back netting. These state-of-the-art panels are made of 100% natural minerals and don’t use any tints or polymers. Offered in 15 colors and five sizes — 1 1/4 x 2 1/2, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2, 2 1/2 x 5, 5 x 5 and 5 x 10 feet — the panels are applicable on floors or walls, indoors or outdoors.