Waterproofing and crack isolation membranes are widely used in the tile industry as part of substrate preparation prior to the installation of ceramic tiles or similar rigid materials. Membranes that deliver crack isolation performance are intended to maintain their integrity during movement of the substrate and thus prevent tile cracking.
wedi Corporation’s Tub Sealing Tape with a waterproof butyl connection strip creates a safe waterproofing connection to walls when installing tubs and trays with partial or with no nailing flange. The butyl sealing and adhesion strip offers flexible waterproofing to acrylic or fiberglass tubs subject to frequent movement.
USG Corporation’s Durock™ Brand CST™ Moisture Vapor Reducer is a single-component moisture mitigation system that reacts with the free calcium at the concrete paste layer to create a permanent moisture barrier without changing the surface profile.
Tenax’s FixTop Deck is a slow-curing, super strong, 100% pure epoxy tile and stone adhesive. Perfect for setting countertops or tile on substrates when a slow-curing glue is needed, it is easy to mix, with a smooth consistency perfect for troweling.
New or remodeling projects can become challenging when critical substrates are damaged by years of use. What’s the advantage of renovating versus demolition? Costs and labor can be mitigated when a load-bearing substrate can be rehabbed.
To help installers achieve faster results, Schluter-Systems is providing its Kerdi waterproof membrane in a roll twice as wide as the previous roll. The new roll is 6 feet, 7 inches wide. The length remains 98 feet, 5 inches so there is 646 square feet on each wide Kerdi roll.
Introducing the new QEP Cork Plus Underlayment, an exclusive composite blend of 65% natural cork and 35% EVA foam. All of the EVA foam is collected from recycled shoes. It is available in 200-foot rolls or 2- x 3-inch sheets.
Prodeso Membrane by Progress Profiles is an uncoupling and waterproofing membrane in polyethylene with drop-shaped cavities for problematic supports and horizontal surfaces of any size. Prodeso waterproofs the substrates in the case of overlaying on cracked or imperfectly cured floors with a risk of vapor stress.
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.
In this issue of TILE Magazine, we focus on sustainability. Through two detailed technical focuses, learn more about the importance of hygiene in any tile and stone installation. Marco Galliozzi of Fila Chemicals USA Corp. explains more about why cleaning and sealing tile and stone surfaces is important to ensuring the longevity of these materials, while Art Mintie, Sr. of Laticrete details the increasing demand of antimicrobials. Also be sure to check out the range of new tile collections that are available on the market in our detailed product showcase.