Often times, when people hear the word “tilework,” the traditional 4- x 4- or 8- x 8-inch subway tiles that are commonly seen on kitchen walls may come to mind. However, there is an entire universe of tile artists creating custom artworks with different varieties of mosaic tile.
When renovating their new kitchen, a couple of homeowners sought a design that was eye-catching, yet maintainable. With an idea of implementing materials that would withstand the test of time, they turned to a local, custom countertop fabrication and installation company.
Gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs (GPTP) are gaining a lot of traction in the tile and stone industries as of late. The large-format materials, which are technically defined as tiles measuring 1 x 1 meter (40 x 40 inches) or larger, have been creating a lot of buzz in the marketplace lately.
The wedi Vapor 85 is a variant of the wedi Building Panel and is designed for installations in steam showers and steam rooms. It serves as a strong vapor retarder and exceeds the minimum requirements set by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) for vapor retarders used in continuous steam rooms.
The C555 Electronic Concrete Moisture Meter from Wagner Meters gives you a speedy indication of high and low moisture zones in a concrete slab. This capability gives you optimal targeting of areas to place ASTM F2170 in situ probe sensors.
USG Durock™ Brand Liquid Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Membrane is a liquid-applied waterproofing and crack isolation membrane and vapor retarder for use in both residential and commercial tile and stone applications. It is ideal for waterproofing floors and walls in showers and other wet areas.
Skudo Universal Plus from Tenax is a strong, water-based sealer that provides excellent water-oil stain protection, which is ideal for compact material and stones that are hard to seal. It does not change the appearance of the material and won’t alter the natural breathability of the stone.
The luxury of floor warming can now extend right into tiled showers. Schluter-Systems’ Ditra-Heat Installation Handbook now includes a detail for installing and waterproofing Ditra-Heat on shower floors. Approval must be verified by the appropriate local authority.
Prova Pan-Multi® system is a pan, pan liner and extension kit that is typically used for curbed or curbless shower installations. The complimentary Prova-Mat Pan Liner® component ensures a waterproof seal, provides a vapor barrier ideal for steam room applications, and is ICC-ES-certified.
In this issue of TILE Magazine, we have tile installation case studies from Portland, OR, Milwaukee, WI, New York, NY, Tromsø, Norway, and Las Vegas, NV. Take a look at this month's Technical Focus on lippage-free tile installation, read the latest Contractor Spotlight, and much more!