Ardex Americas announced the release of Ardex VR 95 Fast-Track, One-Component Moisture Vapor Retarder — a one-component, water-based, two-coat system formulated to suppress residual moisture in new concrete with RH readings up to 95%. Ardex VR 95 comes in a ready-to-use, re-sealable container and allows fast track installations.

Bostik, Inc. introduces Hydroment® Vivid™, a rapid-curing, premium-grade, cement-based grout for the most demanding kitchen and bath projects. Hydroment® Vivid™ offers consistent color technology with enhanced stain and superior efflorescence protection. It is fiber reinforced for increased crack resistance and non-sag properties.  Hydroment® Vivid™’s rapid curing trait makes it ready for foot traffic in just four hours. Additionally, Hydroment® Vivid™ exceeds requirements of ANSI A118.7 and contains Bostik’s Blockade™ Antimicrobial Protection.

Designed for creating raised floors in external applications, Buzon’s new slope corrector system can be used with any type of paver and timber decking of all types. The pieces are adjustable from 17 to 1,070 mm. Buzon’s patented system gives the possibility to compensate slopes from 0.5 to 5% and build zero leveled surfaces. The pedestals also improve thermal insulation, reduce sounds transmission and are extremely strong, as they are capable to support loads of more than 800 kg each.

Laticrete® NXT™ Vapor Reduction Coating is a single-coat, 100% solids, liquid-applied two-part epoxy coating specifically designed for controlling the moisture vapor emission rate from new or existing concrete slabs prior to installing NXT™ underlayments. NXT Vapor Reduction Coating ensures the protection of moisture/pH sensitive floor coverings. It allows for the installations of vinyl, rubber, VCT, carpet, wood, ceramic tile, stone and other moisture sensitive floor coverings and floor adhesives.

The all new Prova Linear® system for tiled showers by Loxcreen Flooring Group features a unique modular pan and extension structure that allows for complete versatility when building out any desired shower base size and drain placements. Prova-Bond™ surface treatment technology is used on the drain body for the ultimate strength in adhesion to mortar. The pre-bonded Prova-Mat® membrane on the drain flange provides quick and easy waterproofing, while the tile-in-top inclusion creates a beautifully finished tiled shower floor aesthetic without disrupting drainage. Get innovation and technology in this alternative system.

Mapei's Mapelastic AquaDefense is a premixed, advanced-liquid rubber, quick-drying waterproofing and crack-isolation membrane that easily applies to diverse surfaces. Odor-free, LEED-compliant Mapelastic AquaDefense is a breeze to apply with roller or brush over flat, curved or irregular surfaces, and you can add optional Reinforcing Fabric or Mapeband™ accessories (cove roll and drain flash) to provide additional protection. Mapelastic AquaDefense can be flood-tested after 12 hours of drying time, is IAPMO-listed for use as a shower-pan liner, and exceeds ANSI A118.10 and ANSI A118.12 standards.

Hydro Guard 1 is a thin, load-bearing membrane composed of a modified elastomeric copolymer. With excellent elongation properties and high strength, Merkrete’s Hydro Guard 1 provides a 100% waterproof membrane coating while limiting the transfer of substrate cracks to the finished overlay. Used in commercial and residential areas requiring positive waterproofing such as pools, fountains, spas, hot tubs, kitchens, balconies, tub surrounds and showers, under porcelain, ceramic tile and natural stone.  This membrane is installed in a liquid state and can be applied to practically any form or irregular shape.

Moisture Lock 101® by NAC Products is a clear, water-based, chemical hardener for porous and cementitious substrates that reacts with the free lime and calcium carbonate in concrete to fill and seal pores and capillaries, to harden and dust proof surfaces. Moisture Lock 101® maximizes the coverage of NAC’s primers by sealing the substrate and minimizing absorption. It contains 0% V.O.C. content and will not salvage honeycombed or structurally unsound surfaces, but is an effective solution to harden and seal patching/leveling compounds, moderately hard concrete, mud beds, gypsum/gyp-crete, and lightweight concrete.

GreenSkin Flooring by Pearl Abrasive Co. is an innovative, self-adhering underlayment membrane used for a primer-less installation. Made in the U.S. from recyclable material, GreenSkin Flooring’s underlayment membrane is a high strength watertight membrane that adheres directly to virtually any substrate. It is 40% lighter than typical noxious asphalt underlayments and features a fast peel-and-stick primer-less installation process that saves you time and money. And installation is quick and easy. Simply wet mop clean to prepare surface, then remove backing and GreenSkin adheres directly to substrate. Finally, lay your thinset and flooring directly on GreenSkin.

One of the most challenging tile installations is in a continuous use steam room, such as in a fitness center or health spa, because of the need to limit vapor transmission. The NTCA and the TCNA have both changed the requirements for continuous steam rooms from a vapor permeance of 1.0 perm or less to 0.5 perms or less for bonded waterproof membranes. Kerdi-DS by Schluter®-Systems is 20 mm thick and features additives in its composition to produce a water vapor permeance of 0.19 perms. It is soft and pliable and easy to install.

Tile Redi® brings its Redi Trench™ Barrier Free Shower Pan with integrated back linear drain shower pans to market. This unique product features drain grates in an assortment of finishes that showcase an upscale tiled shower floor installation anywhere. The Redi Trench® Barrier Free Shower Pan is a one-piece, pre-pitched shower pan with an integrated roll-in entrance, built in splash walls, and a 2-inch PVC integrated trench drain. These barrier free/curbless, accessible shower pans come in a variety of sizes up to 96 inches.

Wagner Meters’ WFP200 Concrete Flooring Installer Package is for tile installers who require accurate concrete subfloor moisture measurement capabilities. The package includes Rapid RH Touch-n-Sense™ Easy Reader to make monitoring moisture simpler and more reliable. The Rapid RH Smart Reader paired with the DataMaster app gives you complete RH data integrity. The Rapid RH gives you the confidence to know when and how to install over a concrete slab.