SCHLUTER SYSTEMS™ "DITRA"
(Though "Ditra" has been on the market for some time, and I've been using it for a few years now, it has pretty much just hit the main stream market, making it's way onto TV, appearing on the HG network and other home improvement shows. Since this product is just now reaching the consumer, I'm posting it as a "new product")
Schluter-DITRA is a polyethylene membrane with a grid structure of
square cavities, each cut back in a dovetail configuration, and an
anchoring fleece laminated to its underside. Schluter-DITRA is bonded to
the substrate using thin-set mortar. The anchoring fleece on the
underside of Schluter-DITRA is fully engaged in the mortar to provide a
mechanical bond to the substrate. Tile is installed over Schluter-DITRA
using the thin-bed method in such a way that the mortar becomes
mechanically anchored in the square, cutback cavities of the
Designed specifically for ceramic tile
and dimension stone installations, Schluter-DITRA serves as an
uncoupling layer, waterproofing membrane, and vapor management layer
that accommodates moisture from beneath the tile covering. Further,
DITRA performs all these functions while still providing adequate
support/load distribution for the tile covering.
Tile has been
successfully installed for thousands of years by incorporating an
uncoupling layer, or forgiving shear interface, within the tile
assembly. Schluter-DITRA provides uncoupling through its open rib
structure, which allows for in-plane movement that effectively
neutralizes the differential movement stresses between the substrate and
the tile, thus eliminating the major cause of cracking and delaminating
of the tiled surface.
SCHLUTER SYSTEMS "KERDI"
Schluter-KERDI is a bonded waterproof membrane with limited
crack-bridging capabilities. It is made of soft polyethylene, which is
covered on both sides with a special fleece webbing to anchor the
membrane in the thin-set mortar.
Schluter-KERDI was developed as a
waterproofing membrane to be used in conjunction with ceramic and stone
tile coverings. Tiles can be installed directly on Schluter-KERDI using
the thin-bed method. Other trowel-applied covering materials, such as
plaster, can also be used. You can view a recent project installed by R.J. Precision Marble and Tile
SCHLUTER SYSTEMS "KERDI-DRAIN"
Schluter-KERDI-DRAIN is a floor drain specifically designed to allow
connections to Schluter-KERDI or other load-bearing, bonded waterproof
membranes, typically in shower applications. Bonded waterproof membranes
represent the current state of technology and are increasingly used for
ceramic tile and natural stone coverings. Schluter-KERDI is adhered to
the drain's large, trapezoid-perforated bonding flange, which is covered
with a fleece webbing, to form a waterproof connection at the top of
the drain assembly. KERDI-DRAIN features a square, fully adjustable
grate to accommodate 1/4" (6 mm) to 1-1/4" (32 mm) tile thicknesses. The
grate assembly allows lateral and tilt adjustment as well. KERDI-DRAIN
is designed to simply integrate with standard 2" (51 mm) drain pipes,
making it suitable for new construction and renovation. You can view a recent project installed by R.J. Precision Marble and Tile
at the bottom of our "In Depth Photo & Gallery
" page, titled "Kerdi membrane and kerdi shower drain installation"
STAR GLASS™ Grout
Grout is a ground-breaking, one of a kind product, specially designed
for use with glass and metal tile. StarGlass combines a reflective,
round glass bead aggregate with our patented Urethane Grout Technology
binder to create a translucent grout that will bring elegance and beauty
to your glass or metal tile installation. There are 15 stunning colors
from which to choose, ranging from pristine Diamond to shimmering
Concerned about the environment? StarGlass
is composed of post-consumer recycled glass, emits little to no VOC’s,
and eliminates jobsite waste. Like our flagship Quartz-Lock
product, StarGlass’ long lasting, easy-to-use formula provides
unmatched stain resistance, ultimate color consistency, crack resistant
flexibility, mold/mildew protection and UV stability. These features
and benefits are sure to minimize life cycle costs and provide a
translucent, three-dimensional, reflective appearance that you can enjoy
for years to come. (To view the star glass grout color chart, click this --> link
, and the chart is titled "Star Glass")
LATICRETE® Hydro Barrier™
LATICRETE Hydro Barrier is a thin, load bearing, self curing liquid rubber polymer which can be easily applied to form a flexible
seamless waterproof anti-fracture membrane. LATICRETE Hydro Barrier can be used on interior and exterior, horizontal or vertical surfaces and is approved by IAPMO for use as shower pan liner.
LATICRETE® 170 Sound & Crack Isolation Mat
LATICRETE 170 Sound & Crack Isolation Mat is a high
performance acoustical underlayment system that muffles impact noises through ceramic tiles, stone and other hard surfacing materials. It also minimizes the transmission of cracks from the substrate to the tile installation up to 1/8" (3 mm), non movement cracks. LATICRETE 170 Sound & Crack Isolation Mat is a 3 mm thick rubberized membrane comprised of 88.5% post consumer recycled materials.
LATICRETE® PermaColor™ Grout offers the maximum performance available in a cement-based grout, providing consistent color and Microban® to resist stain-causing mold and mildew. LATICRETE PermaColor Grout is easy to install – just mix with water. LATICRETE PermaColor Grout is ideal for floors and walls in both interior and exterior installations.
LATICRETE® 4-XLT is a multi-use, polymer fortified adhesive mortar offering tremendous utility including non-sag wall installations, medium bed build up of up to 3/4" (19 mm) and thin-set applications on floors. LATICRETE 4-XLT is built on the new LATICRETE Water Dispersion Technology (WDT) platform. WDT provides for the complete dispersion of water within the mix allowing users to achieve the desired application consistency.
In addition, LATICRETE 4-XLT is the first product from LATICRETE to come incorporated with the new LATICRETE DUST LOCK Technology. This unique way of manufacturing our adhesives incorporated with LATICRETE plastic packaging dramatically reduces mess both during transportation of the product as well as during mixing.
LATICRETE® 125 Sound & Crack Adhesive
LATICRETE® 125 Sound & Crack Adhesive provides incredible sound transmission protection while simultaneously protecting the tile or stone finish from any cracking from the substrate through to the tile or stone finish.
LATICRETE 125 Sound & Crack Adhesive is a combination of advanced polymers with rubber fillers for flexibility and reinforcing fibers for strength. This patent pending formulation gives LATICRETE 125 Sound & Crack Adhesive the ability to do what the others can’t do – provide unmatched flexibility and sound deadening performance.
I've come to realize that sometimes, though needed, a dumpster can be an eye sore. Surrounding neighbors can sometimes complain and besides the limited parking in driveways it could cause divits and damage to you driveway if not dropped off properly. Don't get me wrong, dumpsters are extremely convenient, soly serve their purpose, are inexpensive and easy to have dropped off and hauled away. I recommend having a dumpster on certain jobs and projects, and can arrange for the entire service. Then include it in the overall cost of your renovation accompanied by the waste contractor's invoice.
If you feel that a "dumpster" (though they come in variable different sizes) isn't an appropriate accommodation for disposable material on your renovation, there is a new solution....
You can find more info about the "Bagster" by clicking the highlighted link below
Another new idea brought to my attention by the guys down at Tile America was this new product called, "Invisatread". This products soul purpose is to add that needed "grip" on surface tile that may be desired, without compromising the surfaces finish. Whether polished, honed or glazed, this product boast that once applied and invisible grip is added to the surface reducing slip to aid in the prevention of accident such as falls and slippage. Also depending on the application, such as commercial and possibly some residential application, it might reduce your insurance cost when it comes to liability. If interested in this products application for yourself, please contact R.J. Precision Marble and Tile for further information. InvisaTread works hard to reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents in your workplace. Is your business on solid footing? The fact
is, many surfaces are unsafe.
That can mean potential problems for your
business – which can cost you time, money, and peace-of-mind.
Thankfully with InvisaTread you can protect
people and surfaces from harm – while shielding your bottom line from
Not to mention, it’s safe, effective, and
cost-effective. R.J. Precision Marble and Tile can install this application on nearly every surface your concerned about possibly slipping on. For more information you can click on the picture link below.