Grouts and mortars are both essential components of any professional tile or stone installation. Following is a brief roundup of some of the latest products in this technologically advanced category.
Custom Building Products’ VersaBond LFT mortar is designed for use in most standard large-format tile floor installations with porcelain, ceramic or natural stone 15” or greater on any side. The product’s non-slump properties allow it to be used as a thin-set or medium-bed (medium-set) mortar up to 3/4” on floors and it bonds well to concrete and cement backerboards as well as plywood.
Schluter-Systems introduces three new thin-set mortars for ceramic tile and stone installations. Schluter SET is an unmodified thin-set mortar; Schluter ALL-SET is a modified thin-set and Schluter FAST-SET is a rapid-setting modified thin-set. The products have been formulated specifically for use with Schluter membranes and boards.
MAPEI has unveiled Ultracolor Plus FA, a rapid-setting grout with fine aggregate that is designed as an all-in-one replacement for both sanded and unsanded grout. It can be used for joint widths from 1/16” to 3/4”. Ultracolor Plus FA is specially formulated with MAPEI’s High-Hydrated Cement Technology to eliminate color consistency and efflorescence issues.
Tec has added 15 colors to its InColor Advanced Performance Tile Grout line—a ready-to-use, high performance grout ideal for interior and exterior installations, whether commercial or residential. According to the company, InColor is easy to clean; mold-, mildew- and crack-resistant; requires no sealing and is color consistent. In addition, InColor is chemical-resistant and stainproof against most common stains when cleaned immediately. InColor is now available in 32 color offerings.
Laticrete has doubled the shelf life of nearly 20 of its bagged cement-based mortars and grouts, which now boast a two-year shelf life, with the help of advancements in the company’s plastic packaging that protects the material from water and air moisture. In addition to extending shelf life, the company’s durable new plastic packaging is also recyclable and offers information and instructions in English, Spanish and French.
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