Grout and mortar products are materials that are constantly being innovated in the tile and stone industry. This is a roundup of the latest technologies on the market.
Posted: April 15, 2020
Custom is promising the right grout, in the right color, for any job with the introduction of eight grout colors and Polyblend Plus. Created in collaboration with designers and consultants, Custom’s trend-forward grout palette features colors ranging from bold to neutral representing design trends across various categories. Arctic White, Cool White, Ash, Warm Gray, Shadow, Steel Blue, Coffee Bean, Brown Velvet have been added to the lineup of 40 colors available in all of its grouts. In addition to refreshing its grout palette, Custom’s Polyblend Plus has brighter, enhanced color and is more efflorescence resistant than its predecessor without compromising the durability professionals expect from the proven Polyblend product.
Schönox PL is a universal repairing mortar suitable on all cement and gypsum-based substrates. Designed for rapid-drying patches and repairs in interior and exterior areas, Schönox PL can be installed up to 2".
Spectralock 1 from Laticrete is a pre-mixed, stain-proof grout that has the performance of an epoxy. This product offers superior strength at 3,500 PSI, the ability to be submerged and an extremely fast curing rate. The grout also provides exceptional versatility and excellent color consistency, even with the most demanding applications. The stain-proof formula is available in a wide variety of colors and is easy to use. Spectralock 1 is ideal for bathrooms, steam showers and kitchens plus exterior applications such as pools and patios.
Merkrete’s 725 Dustless is a premium grade, polymer-modified LHT mortar for installing large and heavy porcelain, ceramic tile and natural stone on walls or floors in either commercial or residential applications. Its innovative dustless technology produces approximately 80% less dust than ordinary thinsets, and is designed to promote cleaner working conditions and reduce mess.
Uzin XtraColor Grout is a professional, high performance, polymer-modified cementitious tile and stone grout that offers advanced quality and superior color consistency. XtraColor’s premium blend of fine raw materials mixes quickly to the preferred feel and workability desired by tile contractors. “With this first grout range, we are continuing to add to our offering into the tile and stone channel,” said Dave Hamilton, Uzin tile and stone product manager. “XtraColor continues our plan to offer exceptional, quality products into the North American tile and stone market.” XtraColor comes with Uzin’s exclusive Aqua Pearl Effect which improves stain resistance, color retention and appearance, and it cleans up exceptionally well, making grout haze removal an easy task.
Bostik’s BAM is a high-performance, fiber-reinforced tile mortar, formulated with RapidCure Technology. BAM offers maximum performance for installations of large and heavy tile, glass tile, mosaics, quarry, porcelain, ceramic, most natural stone tiles, and even gauged porcelain tile and panels. BAM’s RapidCure Technology allows for a consistent cure resulting in tile being ready for grouting in just four hours. Additionally, BAM delivers exceptional bond strength that exceeds ANSI 118.15 requirements.
Mapei’s Keraflex Super is a highly versatile mortar with a unique dry polymer that is designed for installing large and heavy tile on floors, walls and countertops. Keraflex Super features High-Transfer Technology for providing a high transfer of material to the backs of tiles while retaining impressive non-sag/nonslump properties, and it can be applied over plywood as well as over uncoupling, crack-isolation, sound-reduction and waterproofing membranes.
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