In this issue of TILE Magazine, we explore outdoor tile installations, from extravagant entertainment areas to grandiose entries. We also delve into surface prep, where you can find a range of new products that are available on the market. And don’t forget to check out our product showcase from TISE 2021, which details all of the new product introductions for this year from manufacturers all over the world.
The International Surface Event (TISE), which was held in mid-June at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, was one of the first in-person tradeshows to take place since the beginning of the pandemic last year. Although it was held on a smaller scale this year, our team heard positive feedback from exhibitors and attendees about how business has been going.
Building on last year’s momentum, not only have homeowners been utilizing their houses in more ways, but in new and different ways than before, which has caused a major ‘building boom.’ In particular, we have seen an outdoor living space trend remain on the rise as many homeowners who were sheltering in place developed a renewed interest in their backyard spaces to get year-round usage from their outdoor areas.
One of the most exciting developments in the 2021 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) are the new opportunities to use large-format adhered porcelain tile and ultra-large-format tile panels on building exteriors. The new code language represents the first major update for porcelain tile since its introduction to the IBC in 2009.
Surface preparation is key to laying down a durable, beautiful floor. It’s easy to want to rush through the surface preparation phase. All general contractors and building owners want the floor installed as fast as possible, but speeding through surface prep is a trade-off.
Tan Zuo Ma Li, otherwise known as The Green Isle, is one of the most famous Japanese-style restaurants in southern Taiwan. Located in Kaohsiung City, the largest industrial center in Taiwan, the 33,000-square-foot restaurant features porcelain tile from Italy and Spain, which contribute to its sustainability.
In 2015, founder and master artist at Native Tile & Ceramics in Torrance, CA, Diana Mausser, began working on a project with a homeowner in La Quinta, CA. She and her team created handmade tile for a small portion of the home’s entrance, which snowballed into an entirely new project five years later.
Bostik, Inc., a world leader in specialty adhesives and installation systems for building construction, recently announced the release of its new App, the Bostik Pro™, available for free on both iOS and Android platforms.