USG and Infinity Drain Partnership Blends Elegance with Smart Shower System Design

Complete waterproof system for tiled shower installations is a one-stop shop for designers and installers alike

USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), a leading building materials manufacturer, today announces a new partnership with Infinity Drain and unveils the USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System. This completely waterproofed, linear drain shower system is easier and faster to install than traditional shower construction. Together, the USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System pairs high-performance USG Durock™ Brand Shower System components with decorative linear drains from Infinity Drain. This innovative system offers architects, designers and contractors one complete waterproof shower installation made easy.

“Our partnership with Infinity Drain is a testament to USG’s commitment to delivering products that help our customers build faster, smarter and with peace of mind,” said Scott Crandall, senior manager, North American sales and product development, USG. “This new addition to the USG portfolio allows for a one-stop solution—architects, designers and contractors can turn to USG for all their tile and flooring needs.”

“USG brings expertise in delivering innovative solutions, which complement our drain offerings. This partnership is a natural fit,” said Jonathan Brill, president, Infinity Drain. “It’s an industry bench mark for installation that will allow professionals to install our products quickly, easily and confidently.”

With traditional mud bed shower construction, there are several steps needed to form a consistent pitch or perfectly flat substrate. From mixing and forming screeds to pulling the mortar, it can take up to three days to install a shower bed. The USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System offers a bonded waterproofing system made for tiled shower installations that eliminates many traditional application challenges.

The USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System is comprised of:

USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Linear Drain Kit

Decorative linear grates that are available in four finishes—satin stainless, polished stainless, satin bronze and oil-rubbed bronze—with adjustable feet to match tile thickness
Pitched channel, channel support, hair strainer and lift-out key included
Integrated waterproofing membrane
USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower Floor

For use with the USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Linear Drain Kit
High density foam that installs more easily than conventional shower bases made of dry pack mortar
Optimal two percent sloped design that is available in three sizes

USG Durock™ Brand UltraLight Foam Tile Backerboard (Wall)

Strong, lightweight, waterproof and vapor retardant
Rugged facer on extruded foam core
Cuts easily, is dust free and fastens without washers

USG Durock™ Brand Waterproofing Membrane and Accessories

Pliable and durable waterproofing membrane
Minimizes build up at seams
Resistant to tears and low permeability rating makes it ideal for wet areas, including continuous-use steam showers

The USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System will be introduced in Orlando, Florida, at Coverings 2017 in booth 4222. Subsequent regional expansion will follow.

For more information about the USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System, visit usgid.com.

New Slip Resisting Tile from Metropolitan Ceramics

With the addition of XA Abrasive to their QUARRYBASICS® product line, Metropolitan Ceramics® introduces the next evolution of slip resisting tile. XA Abrasive combines two grip enhancing additives in one tile for decades of slip resisting performance.

During manufacturing, in the raw material blending stage, a metallic additive is incorporated into the mix of natural clays and shales that go into making XA Abrasive. After extrusion, silicon carbide is added to the surface of each XA tile.

This one-of-a-kind combination of a silicon carbide embedded surface and a metallic additive through the body of the tile work together to combat the effects of spills, moisture, extreme temperatures, and heavy traffic.

Like Metropolitan Ceramics other unglazed quarry products, XA Abrasive is low absorption, less than 3% and qualifies as vitreous. And at ½” thick, XA Abrasive is extremely durable and ready for the most demanding environments.

Use XA Abrasive anywhere spills/moisture and heavy traffic combine to create slip fall concerns. Commercial kitchens and food prep areas are two prime examples of spaces that would benefit from using XA Abrasive.

There are four color options available with XA Abrasive, 31XA Mayflower Red, 57XA Puritan Gray, 15XA Buckskin, and 18XA Chestnut Brown. The product line is available in 6” x 6”, 8” x 8”, and 4” x 8” sizes.

For more information about XA Abrasive or any of their other fine products, you can call Metropolitan Ceramics customer service at 1-800–325-3945. You can also visit the Metropolitan Ceramics website – www.metroceramics.com.