Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, was held from July 7 to 9, in Orlando, FL, at the North Hall of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), where it welcomed close to 10,000 attendees.
“The attendees of Coverings 2021 were highly charged and enthused about being part of the onsite event,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the show management company for Coverings. “What’s more was the positive feedback we received from exhibitors, who were able to connect with new and recurring customers like never before through Coverings’ in-person and virtual opportunities.”
The event consisted of various complimentary educational opportunities and feature sessions, demonstrations, roundtables, live interviews with industry thought-leaders, as well as industry forums. The always popular Coverings 2021 Installation Demonstration Stage, which was packed each day of the show, offered attendees the opportunity to observe live, interactive showcases of cutting-edge tile installation techniques.
More than 325 exhibitors traveled from all over the world to showcase some of their newest products of 2021, which are below:
American Olean’s new Crafter porcelain tile collection offers a concrete look inspired by the visuals of the unique fibers found in craft paper. The assortment includes popular large-format porcelain tiles in five on-trend colors, as well as corresponding 8-inch hex ceramic decos that create an eye-catching 3D effect. All feature proprietary StepWise technology for tile that is 50% more slip-resistant than ordinary tile. Made in the U.S., these matte tile products are appropriate for use on floors, walls, countertops, shower floors and exterior floors.
The new line of Ardex TLT Shower Systems includes a selection of shower pans with an integrated drain that sets new standards with an all-in-one solution. Multiple options with different drain placements and in various sizes are available. The pans are pre-sloped, waterproofed and designed to make tiled shower installations quicker and easier than traditional mud-based installations. The shower pans can be safely covered with any type of tile, flag, mosaic or natural stone. Other components to the TLT Shower Systems include building panels and waterproofing membranes.
Seek out the exception with Alma, which features the traditional, romantic and new technologies merging into a fancy interior, giving the environment an excellent, charming and handmade impact that will catch everyone’s attention. The Alma series, with its 10- x 30-cm (4- x 12-inch) porcelain tiles, combines traditional effects, unique glitters, exceptional textures and a delicate look, conceiving art as an overwhelming beauty. Enjoy combining pieces that share a common spirit. The range of colors — Blanco, Gris, Azul, Verde and Negro — are the perfect choice for decorating every space with an irresistible effect.
Ceramica Del Conca
Lavaredo lends nature, harmony and calm to your spaces. The stone on which the porcelain tile line is based is a rich, elegant Luserna. In the "Naturale" color option, the material’s rich texture is marked with crests and troughs and features shades ranging from green to brown through gray; the White, Beige, Grey and Anthracite options, meanwhile, offer more even tones. Rediscover Italian tradition by mixing different sized tiles to enhance cozy, compact spaces. A contemporary theme, with a fresh, enchanting mood and small design touches that determine the way space and color is experienced.
The Le Lacche series gets its inspiration by the typical aspect of the most traditional majolica, but then it turns the majolica’s minimal characters in extremely modern and trendy tones. This collection has 12 colors and, through its numerous graphics, the brightness of the surfaces and its different structures that characterize the product, it is possible to create different environments, all with an external charm.
Play is a new collection of solid-color porcelain stoneware wall tiles from Ceramiche Refin, designed to offer architects and interior designers a new design tool. The collection plays on a palette of solid colors to interpret architectures of important extensions, highlighting geometries and creating uniformity between surfaces. The perfectly solid colors are created through a special production process to create homogeneous, chromatic surfaces devoid of any graphic effect or pattern. Play mainly consists of large sizes (up to 120 x 278 cm) for flooring and wall cladding and six carefully selected matte colors.
Puzzle promotes designs with unique geometric and figurative surfaces. The 15- x 15-cm (16- x 16-inch) white body tiles are available in eight colors: Graphite, Black, Emerald, Teal, Grey, White, Yellow and Freso. Make bold statements with color with this glossy wall tile collection.
Crossville’s Color Blox 2.0 porcelain tile collection offers a 15-color palette ranging from playful tones to natural neutrals. The line’s five calibrated field tile sizes — 4 x 12, 6 x 6, 12 x 12, 12 x 24 and 24 x 24 inches — invite custom pattern creation. Cove bases, bullnoses, corners and a 3- x 3-inch mosaic allow for fully finished installations. Made in the U.S., Color Blox 2.0 is Green Square-Certified and Petal-Certified by the International Living Future Institute, making it a beautiful responsible option for interior walls and floors or exterior walls for commercial or residential projects.
Del Conca USA
Quartzite is the embodiment of the mystery and magic of stone. Born from the heart of Brazil’s quarries — a raw stone defined by time. As unique as the earth from which it is born, each piece is crafted to enhance any space with its own unique personality. The timeless beauty of Quartzite will leave your senses enlivened and your surroundings uplifted. The natural characteristics, colors and striations of the stone make every piece unique and unrepeatable.
Stain Proof is the ultimate acid for removing efflorescence, rust stains, grout haze and mortar mess on non-acid sensitive materials. It is suitable for a range of non-acid sensitive stones and other hard surfaces, including cementitious, porcelain and ceramic floors, walls, facades, showers, masonry and brickwork. It removes efflorescence, grout haze, rust stains, mortar mess and hard water deposits; is safer to use than traditional industrial acids such as muriatic and phosphoric, non-fuming; is super concentrated (1 quart makes approximately 4 gallons of powerful efflorescence remover); and chemically etches acid sensitive surfaces for added traction.
Berlin is the new range of porcelain stoneware tiles, where the concept of concrete has been reimagined with numerous products in a variety of sizes and colors and with accessories to allow everyone to create their own space. Bambu adds a delightful decorative touch, following the biophilic decorative trend where plants are the focal point. In soft, aquamarine and green shades, various species are shown with the look of a highly artistic watercolor. Combine it with white and aquamarine for relaxing public and residential projects that are full of freshness.
ik introduces Vitaro, the latest in its series of rectified 12- x 24-inch ceramic wall tiles. Vitaro is a sophisticated collection, which is defined by its bold and amazingly realistic 3D relief surface. Available in contemporary colors of black and white, Vitaro’s three-dimensional characteristics allow for lighting and shadows to playfully bring any vertical surface to life on its own. This hard-wearing tile, digitally printed via Ege Seramik’s state-of-the-art inkjet technology, offers high performance and low maintenance, ideal for both residential and commercial vertical applications.
Whether it is the spotlight or the background you crave, whether you seek adventure or long for a serene escape, express yourself with Emotive by Florida Tile. This collection of glazed ceramic wall tile beautifully links art, aesthetics and the built environment. Offering a full range of both neutral and dramatic colors, shapes and textures, it prepares you to incite an emotional response from all who enter. Available in 10 colors — Astonished White, Bashful Beige, Coy Grey, Triumphant Taupe, Gratitude Dark Grey, Envy Green, Pride Blue, Mischievous Red, Stoic Brown, and Bravado Black— all come in glossy or silk finishes.
Draw is Harmony’s most Mediterranean collection. Its irregular brushstrokes, differing intensities of color and subtle shine all evoke handpainted white tiles. With Draw, delightful settings can be created, whatever the location.
Trail18 is an exclusive series designed for everything concerning street furniture, including pavements, driveways, courtyards, green areas and residential zones with vehicle access. This special 18-mm-thick version has been specifically designed in a combination of small formats (20 x 20 and 20 x 30 cm) that offer both easy maintenance and different laying patterns. The series is available in four colors: Red, Greige, Grey and White.
Infinity Drain’s Next Day Custom program is the first of its kind to make perfect linear drain wall-to-wall installations a reality without the wait. Next Day Custom Linear Drains are available in lengths up to 72 inches in two finishes (satin stainless steel or polished stainless steel), three grate styles (wedge wire, offset slotted, tile insert frame) and for all installation waterproofing methods. There is also a custom outlet placement or multiple outlets along channel run. Purchase orders and sign offs received by 10 a.m. EST will ship the following day with no additional rush upcharge.
iQ Power Tools
The iQ228Cyclone® is a 7-inch, dry-cut tabletop tile saw specifically designed for professionals. With the world’s first fully integrated dust control technology, it allows for tile to be cut inside or outside with no water. The saw, which is 100% compliant with the OSHA standard on respirable silica dust, uses a three-stage filtration system, capturing up to 99.5% of the dust. It has the ability to produce a depth cut up to 1 ¹/₄ inch and can handle an 18-inch rip with rolling table or 24 inches+ with locked table.
Chapter 10 Eternal is the company’s latest launch, comprised of seven mini collections, including Black Tie. Black Tie pays tribute to Jeffrey Court’s 30th anniversary and its future, with a black-and-white color scheme. One of the mosaics featured in Black Tie is the Ballet Mosaic, which features an elegant fan-palm design, making it one of the most unique pieces Jeffrey Court has offered. Comprised of elegant Nero Marquina marble with beautiful white veining and Thassos marble for a contrasting accent, the Ballet mosaic is perfect for creating an atmosphere of sophistication in any room.
vative and original interpretation of traditional materials like stone and marble, creating a sophisticated and astonishing result, which is not present in nature. Each of the five designs is the result of a special encounter, where elements such as marble and stones of different extraction are meticulously dosed and blended. The result is an extremely realistic product in which the peculiarities and typical qualities of stone are visible alongside the exquisite and unmistakable features of the finest marbles available in nature. Each of the five colors are available in different finishes (worn over time, natural and sandblasted).
Skim Lite is a new, premium-quality, fast-drying, polymer-modified, cement-based underlayment designed for skim-coating, smoothing and leveling prior to the application of floor coverings. Skim Lite offers the customer lightweight properties while maintaining a strong surface, being rated for castor wheel use. With installer safety in mind, this product contains no respirable crystalline silica levels that exceed the OSHA action level. Suitable substrates include concrete, oriented strand board (OSB), plywood and vinyl tile.
MAPEI’s multipurpose, bitumen-based sheet membranes are certified by SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold for low volatile emissions (VOCs). This means they have been vetted by an ISO-accredited, third-party certification body and tested by an industry independent laboratory. Mapeguard® CI is flexible and thin (¹/₁₆ inch), providing crack isolation, vapor management and waterproofing for select environmental exposure classification. Mapesonic 2 (pictured), an all-in-one membrane, provides crack isolation, sound reduction, vapor management and waterproofing in a 76-mil, fabric-reinforced, load-bearing membrane.
Blue colors and Mediterranean patterns are showing up on fashion runways and Marazzi’s new Scenario glazed porcelain collection is right on trend. In Scenario, tone-on-tone brush strokes rediscover the beauty of the majolica tile typical of Mediterranean architecture. A blue, black and white color palette partners with Geo Patterned decos to bring creativity and whimsical design to any space. Available in 8- x 8-inch matte tiles, three solid colors and six decos, Scenario’s visual movement streams across floors and walls to create eye-catching patterns from structured cubism to flattering waves.
Responding to the needs of the architectural and design community, Mediterranea has unveiled its newest porcelain tile collection, Modern Slate, a look that is both classic and perfectly in tune with the colors and trends of today. Modern Slate is exactly what its name implies: a modern twist on the classic look of slate, sourced from the world’s most exclusive quarries. Manufactured in the U.S., Modern Slate is offered in five colors, and in 24- x 48- and 12- x 24-inch sizes. Also available is an anti-slip finish for outdoor installations, making Modern Slate the perfect indoor/outdoor tile selection for today’s design pros.
Merkrete’s 855 Dustless XXL Mortar features new, innovative and patented Dustless Technology (DLT™) from Parex USA. It is a premium-grade large and heavy tile mortar offering high bond strength, excellent handling characteristics and superior non-slump and non-slip for a wide variety of floor and wall tile installations. Its innovative DLT produces approximately 80% less dust than ordinary thinsets and is designed to promote cleaner working conditions. The 855 Dustless XXL Mortar is creamier and easy to spread, uses less water and exceeds ANSI A118.15, A118.4 and A118.11 standards.
Muretto is a new proposal for subway tiles. A porcelain tile with an extreme glossy finish and very natural metallic effects that enhances the contrasts between lights and shades through its eight different faces. With a 2- x 10-inch format and very smooth surface, Muretto gives you the possibility for total applications thanks to the porcelain tile body, making it suitable for indoor or outdoor applications, for flooring or wall installations. With six different color options, including two metal colors, Muretto is a collection that provides exclusivity and glamor to each stay.
Thanks to new manufacturing techniques, a hitherto dazzling degree of whiteness has been achieved, in addition to a silky smoothness much in demand in wall coverings. This combination makes the Cotton collection an ideal solution for projects where warmth and an added sense of spaciousness are required. Diamond is a decor evocative of softened diamond shapes, encased in fluid lines. Waves emulates the roll of the sea’s waves, bringing a calm, rhythmic sense of movement to walls. Fold brings to mind the creases found in pliable materials like clay, paper or metal.
Prodeso® Drain is a waterproofing, draining uncoupling membrane that favors vapor management, with a thickness of 5 mm. Thanks to the air chamber below the floor, a micro-ventilation facilitates the drying of the adhesive, even in case of large-format tiles, and reduces efflorescence formation and triacetate rising in joints. Proterrace Double Drip is the new edging profile equipped with a main double-drip on its front part that allows the outflow of water from the wall; the secondary hidden drip grants the outflow of water and residues of infiltrations under tiles.
QProPay is a credit card processing option that integrates with both QFloors and QPro POS+ software. Available to all customers, this in-house product means flooring dealers get transparent, fair rates without hidden costs and the unrivaled customer support for which QFloors is known. QProPay allows dealers to process credit cards remotely. With the integration, information is shared between QProPay and your system, saving time and work. Increased security, tokens, easy plug-n-play setup and other enhanced features make QProPay a smart choice. To learn more, reach out to email@example.com.
Look is the new 2 ³/₈- x 9 ⁷/₁₆-inch porcelain stoneware part of Storie, a tribute to the history of ceramic. A series of small-format collections with a hand-crafted aesthetic, reinterpreted with a contemporary twist. Majolica bricks forged by fire. Variations in color and patterns create interplays of light, which add vibrancy to spaces. Look is available in seven colors, alongside neutral shades. The tiles have a very glossy and imperfect surface, with color and graphic variations that make spaces unique. It is suitable for residential and light commercial applications.
Activ by Realonda is a new antibacterial technology for porcelain stoneware surfaces. With an eye on the needs of the present and the future, Realonda launched a new range of 28.5- x 32-cm hexagons, with three collections. Porcelain stoneware hexagons, with Activ technology, are ideal for all areas, residential, commercial and public, on walls and floors. Activ is a new technology for silver ions incorporated into tiles, which removes up to 99.9% of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms from the surface.
The DT-10-inch MAX is a new portable electric cutter with a plunge effect (vertical cut). It is ideal for the professional cutting of ceramic tiles, porcelain stoneware and other materials. The Phyton cooling system combined with the Zero Dust system keeps your work area clean by reducing the production of splashes. The cutter incorporates a tubular steel support with wheels, which is foldable for easy transport, as well as a magnetic holder for the disc key. The premium diamond blade provides fast, smooth cuts, while the tilting cutting head adjusts for precise 22.5- and 45-degree bevel cuts.
SikaTile®-100 Moisture Guard is a single-component, fast-drying, thin mil, load-bearing waterproofing and crack isolation membrane for installation under ceramic tile or stone in both residential and commercial environments. With excellent elongation, adhesion and high-strength properties, SikaTile-100 Moisture Guard provides a thin, continuous barrier to protect adjacent rooms and floors below from water damage and isolates cracks up to ¹/₈ inch. IAPMO listed and exceeding ANSI A118.10 and A118.12, SikaTile-100 Moisture Guard dries in two to four hours and is then ready to receive any Sika polymer-modified or epoxy mortar.
The Wave collection features subtle movement and neutral tones that range from serene grays to peaceful blues. The Wave collection is available in honed and textured finishes, which carries the design from the interior to exterior. While the honed finish’s smooth design is ideal for the indoors, the textured finish (pictured) provides extra grip for maximum slip resistance in outdoor spaces. Wave is available in five neutral colors: Ice, Sand, Ash, Seaweed and Coal. Each color is available in 12 x 24 and 24 x 24 inches.
The Calacatta Aqua series illuminates the natural beauty of marble, brings a touch of glamor and timeless charm into your spaces. The deep blue veins represent the uniqueness and charm in time, presenting the exclusivity and originality of nature itself. Accentuate any space with an easygoing elegance. The series is available in four sizes, including mosaics, with matte or polished options.
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