Ardex recently introduced Ardex FH™ Sanded Floor and Wall Grout throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Ardex FH™ is the ideal grout for everyday interior and exterior tile installations when installing mostly all types of tile, including porcelain, glass, quarry, ceramic, mosaics and most natural stone tiles. It easily fills grout joints from1/16to3/4inches. When cured, it’s weather resistant and suitable for internal and external use in dry or wet conditions. It is available in 30 Ardex colors in 10-pound boxes and 25-pound bags.

Custom Building Products’new Multi-Surface Bonding Primer (MBP) is a ready-to-use, single-component, water-based primer engineered to deliver adhesion on a variety of substrates where proper bonding can be difficult. Formulated with aggregates and polymers that promote mechanical bonds over porous and non-porous substrates, MBP is also easy to use, since it doesn’t require shot blasting or grinding in most cases. It effectively bonds to cement-based mortars, tile adhesives and self-leveling underlayments, and works on surfaces such as tile over tile, vinyl substrates, epoxy-based substrates and metal.

Mapeihas extended its support of tile installation systems with the introduction of two new ShowerPerfect Installation Kits -- one that uses a liquid membrane for waterproofing and one that uses a sheet membrane. These installation systems feature a patented PVC linear drain with a unique design, including extenders that allow the installer to fabricate a wall-to-wall drain installation from 24 to 32 inches, and focus on tub-to-shower conversions in hotels, hospitals, university dormitories, condominiums and rental apartments where contractor production and end performance are critical.

“Decoration” is this year’s theme for Walker Zanger, and its new Duquesa collection fits the “decoration” motif flawlessly, since each individual Duquesa tile is hand-painted. Duquesa, the Spanish word for “Duchess,” draws its inspiration from diverse cultural influences, including Persian textiles, Portuguese tiles, Egyptian stone inlay and Chinese screens. Handcrafted in the U.S., each tile in Duquesa is hand-painted on a cream background. The collection is offered in over 12 patterns and rounded out with six field tile colors.