Liquid BackerBoard® is a self-leveling underlayment for interior wood and concrete subfloors that replaces traditional backerboards for a faster, easier, seamless installation of tile and stone over wooden subfloors, concrete, terrazzo, ceramic tile and epoxy. It eliminates the need to cut, fit, glue and fasten, and it does not require lath mesh, even when used to smooth and level wood subfloors. Ardex Liquid BackerBoard is also suitable for the installation of engineered wood plank and laminate floor coverings and for encapsulating in-floor electrical heating systems.
TechLevel™ 150, available from Custom, is a premium, calcium aluminate-based self-leveling underlayment that achieves greater than 4300 psi compressive strength. Formulated with Low Prep Technology, no mechanical prep is needed over suitable substrates. TechLevel 150 flattens floors prior to the installation of ceramic tile, natural stone, vinyl, carpet, wood and other coverings. This quick-setting, high-flow underlayment can be applied up to 1 ¹/₂ inches deep in a single pour. Superior crack resistance also helps reduce shrinkage. TechLevel 150 may be applied in residential structures with floor joists up to 24 inches o.c.
HardieBacker® Cement Board with HydroDefense® Technology from James Hardie has a 100%-waterproof composition throughout the board. Passing the ANSI A118.10 test for waterproofness, it offers built-in protection from water, eliminating the need to spend extra time applying waterproof coating across the entire surface area of your board. Just waterproof the joints and fasteners† and move forward knowing your work and reputation are secure. †Some application areas such as shower pans may require additional waterproofing. Refer to local building code requirements.
Laticrete has elevated its skim-coat product line with Skim Lite, 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 improved value thanks to its expanded coverage and its lightweight properties, which provides a 40% decrease in weight. In addition, it is caster wheel safe, which is a notable benchmark most companies do not offer, all while maintaining fantastic workability even with it being fiber reinforced.
MAPEI’s Mapeguard UM is a premium-performance, lightweight waterproofing and vapor pressure-equalizing underlayment membrane that provides crack suppression for use under ceramic tile and stone installations, for both residential and commercial applications. It is designed to perform over challenging substrates such as young concrete and single-layer ³/₄-inch (19-mm) plywood subfloors with joist spacing of up to 19.2 inches (49 cm) on center. The unique engineered tri-layered design of Mapeguard UM absorbs lateral stress from the substrate without transferring this force to the tile or stone, which maintains exceptional bonds.
Maxxon Commercial Level EZ™ is a fire-rated, low-prep self-leveling underlayment designed for smoothing and repairing interior gypsum and concrete subfloors. It levels at ¹/₄ inch with easy finishability for a smooth, durable subfloor with minimum labor and installation time. Perfect for commercial pre-cast, poured-in-place and pre-stressed concrete construction and renovation, as well as light commercial and multifamily wood frame.
Fracture Guard FD is a low-VOC, fast-drying crack isolation membrane specifically formulated by Merkrete for same-day tile installations. Fracture Guard FD provides a thin protection layer to inhibit substrate crack transfers up to ¹/₈ inch. Because Fracture Guard FD is a liquid-applied membrane, it conforms to any shape or pattern, thus allowing endless architectural designs. Used on both residential and commercial interior and exterior applications, Fracture Guard FD exceeds ANSI A118.12 and offers essential crack prevention protection to the finished tile and stone surface.
Prodeso® Drain from Progress Profiles is a waterproofing, draining uncoupling membrane that favors vapor management, with a thickness of 5 mm. It is composed of a high-density polyethylene sheet with a draining layer thermo-welded at the top; a non-woven polypropylene fabric is glued to the bottom. Thanks to the air chamber below the floor, a micro-ventilation facilitates the drying of the adhesive, even in the case of large-format tiles, and reduces efflorescence formation and triacetate rising in joints. The membrane can be applied on substrates that are not perfectly cured, on old tiles or Plywood/OSB.
Prova-Flex® is a durable tile underlayment that provides crack isolation protection on cement slabs and is an easy-to-install, labor-saving alternative to backerboard on wood substrates. The underlayment features a patented Shear Stress Control® system with non-woven anchoring fleece to neutralize stress caused by movement in the substrate. With its lightweight functionality and the top scrim layer that provides the ultimate locking mechanism for mortar, you can fill the studs with mortar in just one pass of your trowel and get the job done even faster.
Schluter®-Ditra-XL provides the same four essential functions as Schluter-Ditra, i.e. uncoupling, waterproofing, vapor management and support/load distribution, but is ⁵/₁₆-inch-thick, whereas Ditra is ¹/₈-inch-thick. The increased thickness of Ditra-XL allows for even transitions between typical ceramic tile and ³/₄-inch-thick hardwood flooring. The added thickness of Ditra-XL allows for ceramic tile installations over single layer plywood/OSB subfloors on joists spaced at 24 inches o.c. Installers can choose the membrane best designed for each specific project: Ditra, Ditra-XL, Ditra-Heat or Ditra-Heat-Duo.
Schönox ZM is a moisture-resistant, cement-based self-leveling compound, which has a variety of solutions. It is suited for all cement- and gypsum-based substrates, and is designed for smooth and fast leveling of floors. The smoothness of Schönox ZM makes it the perfect floor underlayment for tile. It may be installed in interior areas from ¹/₁₆ inch up to 1 inch and is ready for covering in as little as two hours. It is also dust-reduced and IMO-certified.
SikaLevel®-025 Patch is a fast-drying, self-curing, polymer-modified, cement-based patching compound that rapidly develops high compressive strength. Use for smoothing, leveling, patching and filling cracks, holes and voids in concrete and approved wood underlayments prior to the installation of floor coverings. From featheredge to ¹/₂-inch floor coverings can be installed one hour after application. Mix with Sika® Latex R to use as an embossing leveler or patch over properly prepared vinyl sheet goods, vinyl composition tile (VCT), cement terrazzo and residual cutback adhesive surfaces.
USG Durock™ Brand Quik-Top Self-Leveling Underlayment is a pre-sanded self-leveling underlayment with self-sealing technology, designed for interior use in commercial, institutional and rehab construction. It features a compressive strength of up to 10,000 psi, requires little to no mechanical preparation in most applications and is ready for floor covering installation in as little as 15 hours. In addition, USG Durock Quik-Top can be used to create decorative finished floors when stained or coated with an approved decorative wear system.