Mapesil™ T produces the perfect flexible seal


Mapesil_T_10.1oz_rgbDeerfield Beach, Florida – MAPEI announced the addition of Mapesil T to its Tile & Stone Installation Systems (TSIS) product line of finishing and care products at the TISE West expo, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 19-22. This professional-grade, 100%-silicone sealant for use on multiple substrates has been specifically formulated for heavy traffic found in residential installations and commercial installations such as malls, and other institutional buildings. It is also approved for use in expansion/movement joints, meeting or exceeding ASTM, ANSI and TCNA standards.

“Because Mapesil T is a 100%-silicone formulation, it meets the Tile Council of North America’s Environmental Classifications Res 1 to 6 and Com 1 to 6 for use in interior and exterior, wet and dry installations. So it will have wide appeal for a number of applications,” said David Mowery, MAPEI Business Manager, TSIS Color Products & UltraCare. “Its excellent elongation and flexibility make it ideal for use in both change-of-plane and joint applications in tile or stonework.”

Mapesil T has been formulated to a low sheen to match the gloss of grout joints and is color-matched to MAPEI’s grout color palette. “We are launching Mapesil T in 25 colors plus a clear formulation, and expect to expand to our complete color palette by mid-2016,” Mowery said. “We have received considerable interest from the marketplace and anticipate a high demand for Mapesil T.

Soci releases historic 17-line launch, featuring wood, cement, metal, stone and mosaic looks

DALLAS, February 26, 2016 – Soci, one of the largest designers and wholesalers of high-end tile and plumbing products in the United States, has unveiled its most extensive porcelain tile launch to date, including 17 new collections – six unique wood looks; three hip industrial cement looks; three luxurious natural stone looks; two striking textured looks; an ultra trendy metallic collection; and two beautifully bold Moroccan and Talavera-inspired mosaic lines.
“From ultra-popular wood and modern cement looks to timeless natural stone and intricate mosaic designs, Soci’s new porcelain collections can immediately transform any space,” said Connie Gumm, vice president of Soci. “The rustic, reclaimed wood look of the the Rafter series is certain to be a favorite, as is the posh design of Sienna, which emulates luxurious Calacatta marble.” Soci will show its new lines at Coverings this year, in booth #6653.
Rafter Series – Reclaimed Wood Look
The Rafter series recreates the look of a reclaimed wood floor, complete with replicated nail holes, to create a look that’s both rustic and contemporary. Rafter is available in a fashionable large-format, straight-edge 10”x 40” size and three light, natural colors: Beige Natural, Ice Natural and Gray Natural.
Rafter Series, Gray Natural

Rafter Series, Gray Natural

Lumber Series – Reclaimed Wood Look
The Lumber series emulates reclaimed wood and features three distinct colors (Ice Natural, Light Natural and Dark Natural), each with high variations. The collection is available in a plank size of 6” x 24”.



Lumber Series, Light Natural

Lumber Series, Light Natural

Branch Series –  Oak Look
The look of natural oak gives the Branch series its rustic vibe. Available in two warm colors (Teak Natural and Oak Natural), this traditional style collection is available in an elongated 10” x 40” size.
Branch Series, Teak Natural

Branch Series, Teak Natural

Cathay Series – Natural Walnut Look
Emulating the real shading and texture of natural walnut, Cathay series adds elegance to traditional designs. The collection is available in a warm Natural color with a large-format, rectangular 10” x 40” size with a straight edge.
Weathered Series – Classic Oak Look
With the rich grain of classic oak, the Weathered series gives a new twist to an old feel. The collection features a rectified plank size of 8” x 36” and is offered in two colors: a warm brown and a weathered gray.
Weathered Series, Wood Brown

Weathered Series, Wood Brown

Sonar Series
The Sonar series replicates the look of weathered painted wood that’s been reclaimed. Its rich blend of shades and textures are ideal for modern floors and walls. The collection offers three colors (Ice Natural, Light Natural and Dark Natural) with two rectified sizes (4” x 36” and special order 18” x 36”) for each color.
Remind Series – Acid-Washed Cement Look
The Remind series features multi-colors of blue, beige and white on each plank, creating the look of a generations-old, acid washed cement floor pulled from a factory. The collection is available in a straight edge 10” x 40” size and is offered in a Light Natural color with high color and texture variation.
Regeneration Series – Polished Cement Look
The Regeneration series provides a polished cement look with a slight sheen that adds dimension. The series is offered in three modern colors (Black Natural, Gray Natural and White Natural) in a rectified 12” x 24” size. Additionally, Soci offers three special order sizes: 12” x 36,” 18” x 36” and 36” x 36”.
Regeneration Series, White Natural

Regeneration Series, White Natural

Cement Series – Textured Cement Look
The Cement series boasts the look of textured cement in a large glazed plank format. Two muted colors, White and Gray, are available in a rectified 12” x 24” size.
Cast Iron Series – Metallic
The Cast Iron series has a metallic finish with a high variation and comes in three colors (Black Natural, Rust Natural and White Natural) in a rectified 12” x 24” size. Special order sizes include 12” x 48” and 24” x 24” in any of the colors.
Cast Iron Series, Black Natural

Cast Iron Series, Black Natural

Sienna Series – Calacatta Marble Look
Sienna series mimics Calacatta marble with its polished finish and very high variation, making it virtually impossible to notice a difference between marble and porcelain. Sienna adds an elegant touch to any room, offering the beauty and variation of stone. The Sienna series is offered in a rectified 12” x 24” size.
Travertine Series – Travertine Look
The Travertine series emulates the sophisticated natural beauty of travertine without the maintenance. With three honed colors (Light Vein Cut Honed, Dark Vein Cut Honed and Platinum Vein Cut Honed), each with its own unique pattern, this collection is available in a rectified 16” x 16” size.
Aragon Series – Crema Marfil Marble Look
Perfect for a traditional space, the Aragon collection replicates the understated look of a polished crema marfil marble. It is available in a large 16” x 16” field tile.
Aragon Series, Crema Marfil Polished

Aragon Series, Crema Marfil Polished

Arch Series – 3-D Textured
The Arch series brings a bold wavy 3-D design for a crisp, clean and contemporary feel. The series comes in three highly-varied textures (Form, Function and Rhythm) in a 16” x 32” rectangle. Form and Function are offered in matte white; Rhythm is offered in a gloss white.
Arch Series, Function White Matte

Arch Series, Function White Matte

Texture Series – Linen Texture Look
With a subtle textured surface with the look of linen, the Texture series brings sophisticated style to a contemporary design. Texture is offered in a four rich colors (Greige, Cream, Slate and Charcoal) in a rectified 12” x 24” size.
Vanguard Series – Painted Moroccan Tile Look
The Vanguard collection portrays the look of hand-crafted, hand-painted Moroccan tiles. Each of the two color/pattern options offers a rich, cultural look: Rise Natural with its beige, brown and olive colors, and the Plus Natural with contrasting white-and-black, bold “plus” pattern.  Vanguard is offered in a rectified 12” x 12” size.
Retro Series – Talavera Mosaic Tile Look
The Retro series imitates the look and feel of hand-crafted Talavera tiles from Mexico. This collection comes in a rectified 12” x 12” with one Dark Natural color.
All porcelain collections are appropriate for floors (with the exception of the Arch Series), walls/backsplashes, wet areas, countertops and exterior patios in residential settings and walls/backsplashes in commercial settings, as well as floor applications in light commercial settings.
About Soci
Soci is one of the largest designers and wholesalers of custom tile and plumbing products in the United States. Soci offers an extensive line of high-end stone, ceramic and glass mosaics, wood look porcelain collections, decorative pieces, accessories and its own branded sinks. Dedicated to innovative product design, Soci provides a rich palette of quality products created to inspire residential and commercial designs. For more information, visit and follow Social on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Compotite Corporation


Compotite Corporation introduced its new Linear Drain System™ at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2016 in Las Vegas last month. The high-quality, American made, The Compotite Linear Drain System™ adds modern style and functionality to any custom tile or stone shower installation, allowing large-format tile or stone to be used on shower floors by utilizing a plank-pitch installation. The system is ideal for tub to shower conversions and barrier-free showers. The one-piece, ABS-molded drain is available in four of today’s most popular sizes: 42”, 36”, 32” and 24”. The drain body, sloped internally and externally, has a proprietary inside step that is designed to be used with the Grate Risers™ and Compotite’s versatile top options. The drain body also comes with a 1” textured bonding flange, which allows for excellent adhesion with liquid or bonded membranes.

The system includes four options for the drain: Compotite Tile-In Top™ – Allows the water to drain around the perimeter of a removable and tiled cover; Compotite Tile-Over Top™, which makes the drain disappear into a completely tiled shower floor where water drains into a single 1/4” slot for a seamless look; Compotite Linear Drain Body, which offers a low profile streamlined design; and Compotite Linear Drain Body with Stainless Steel Grates. Also included in the system is an integrated removable hair strainer; 2-3mm and 4-6mm Grate Risers (patent pending) that allow easy height adjustment for different surface tile thicknesses; and Cut & Cap™, which allows the drain body to be modified anywhere along the slope so that custom drain sizes and off-set drain installations can be achieved.


Backlit Tile Kit


backlit-tileBacklit Tile Kit, inventor/provider of one of the most unique accessory packages to accompany, in particular, the installation of glass tile or translucent natural stone, has announced that official patent approval has been granted to its product line as of 1/19/16.

Founded by tile industry experts, the firm’s patented, state-of-the-art REMOVABLE kits are specifically designed for easy installation. Kits can be used with virtually any tile, adding amazing effects to tile installations with multicolor LED lights that can create up to 16 million different colors, and are controlled via Bluetooth technology from Apple or Android smart phones or tablets.



maniscalco-newsManiscalco has expanded its exclusive Opera Line Collection with the release of the Bennelong Point Cube Series.“Cubes” is the first of three in the new Bennelong Point Series, named after a piece of land located on the tip of the eastern arm of Sydney Cove on which the Sydney Opera House was built.  The Bennelong Point Cube Series merges contemporary form with limitless design, and adds new dimension to any vertical installation.  The blended color presentations, Carrara, Thala Grey, and Foussana Grey, combine natural marble, timber grain marble and crystal glass in a unique geometric design with three-dimensional properties and are available in 10-1/2” x 12” sheet sizes. The Bennelong Point Cube Series can also be vertically installed outdoors though it is non-submersible.

Tile Redi


tile-redi-newsTile Redi® introduces Redi Mega,™ a one-piece shower pan for larger, luxury shower installations. Ideal for both commercial and residential shower installations, the Redi Mega Pan is available in a 42” x 96” size with single and multi curbs available. Redi Mega shower pans feature an integrated linear trench drain that, when tiled, offers a slot drain right against the wall.

Florida Tile

florida-newsFlorida Tile starts the new year with MyBrick HDP, a high-definition porcelain collection for indoor or outdoor use that features the look of exposed brick in porcelain stoneware for a wide range of design applications from classic to contemporary. HDP-High Definition Porcelain® printing creates colors that offer an uncompromising level of variation and tone, including hues that create typical shades found in traditional brick, like warm reds, golden yellow, creamy white and pale gray. Individual pieces are sized in 12” x 22” interlocking panels, to allow for an offset wall installation that is virtually indistinguishable from a natural brick-at-a-time installation.Frost- and stain-resistant, it can be used in commercial or residential interior or exterior settings with no need for added treatment or maintenance.  MyBrick HDP is made of 40% pre-consumer recycled content and is GREENGUARD® and Porcelain Tile Certified. This product also will contribute to USGBC LEED points and the ANSI-approved NAHB Green Building Points.

Warmup Inc. exhibits at KBIS 2016, with suite of controls for Smart Home Heating

Warmup Inc. will be exhibiting at the Kitchen and Bath Show (KBIS) 2016 that will be held January 18-21, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC). Visit the company at stand N1750 (North Hall).

Warmup is excited to release its brand new suite of WIFI controls for Smart Home Heating. The 4iE will be on display with live access to the iOS/Android APP and MyWarmup portal. You will now be able to turn on your floor heating, towel warmers and mirror defoggers from your smartphone. The 4iE is compatible with Hydronic, Electric and Baseboard heating.

Following is a list of events at the Warmup  booth during KBIS 2016:

Warmup – Wedi joint cocktail & presentation

01/20/15 at 4.00pm, booth N1750– Regis Verliefde and Nick Felsing will present: “Smart Heating for Smart Homes”: an overview of the heating possibilities for today’s smart home.

“DesignBites” hosted by Scott McGillivray

01/20/15 at 12:30pm, KBIS NeXT Stage in the South Hall – Jon Burke, Head of Marketing of Warmup will introduce Warmup 4iE Smart-Wi-Fi Thermostat.

 Warmup “Voice of The Industry” presentation

01/20/15 at 4:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. Block 8 – Mike Quintela, from Warmup Inc. presents:

“Heated Floors in the Bathroom and Beyond”. Heated floors are becoming an increasingly common option in bathrooms. This class will review various methods of installation and scope the products available on the market today.

Contact us for your free Expo Pass at: [email protected].

About Warmup Inc.: Warmup is the world’s best-selling floor heating brand, creating and delivering energy efficient heating solutions for the 21st century home. Active in over 60 countries, Warmup has pioneered extensive testing on radiant heating technologies and is the company behind the 3iE and 4iE suite of smart controls.

About WEDI:

wedi is essentially the founder of the market sector for tile substrate elements made from extruded rigid polystyrene foam. The key behind the success is the unique HCFC free rigid blue core of the wedi building board, which is totally waterproof and requires no additional moisture barrier.

wedi is a world recognized brand with offices in 32 countries and a 50,000 sq.m state of the art manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Emsdetten, Germany, and with dedicated UK offices and warehouse facilities in Rochdale near Manchester.

After 30 years of continual product development, “wedi building boards” in addition to their conventional use in wall and floor construction are being used to create the latest designs in high quality floor-level showers and wet rooms, bathrooms, leisure and wellness environments.


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Backlit Tile Kit to debut at both TISE and KBIS 2016

Backlit Tile Kit, inventor/provider of one of the most unique accessory packages to accompany the installation of glass tile or translucent natural stone, has announced that official patent approval has been granted to its product line as of 1/19/16.

The firm will be exhibiting its state-of-the-art tile illumination abilities at Bostik’s TISE exhibit #4534 and Bostik’s KBIS exhibit #S4086. Founded by tile industry experts, the firm’s patented, REMOVABLE kits are specifically designed for easy installation.

BACKLIT TILE KIT_BLUE_croppedAccording to co-owner Matt Barry, “Our kits can be used with virtually any tile, adding beautiful and creative illumination to any installation. Distributors and contractors now have an extra way to recognize profits… and in doing so, offer their end-users one of the newest and most technologically exciting finished installation ‘looks!’

Co-owner Jacob Gallion added, “All our kits include multi-color LED lights that can achieve up to 16 million different colors, and can be controlled via Bluetooth Technology from users’ Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. We welcome TISE and KBIS attendees to come and see the newest trend in creative tile installation!”

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Florida Tile introduces Retroclassique


ReliveThe Retroclassique series from Florida Tile is our newest glazed ceramic wall tile collection. The essence of old yet new, Retroclassique represents a classic style that will never age. The 3×6 subway tiles with large decoratives were a staple of Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian styles at the turn of the Century. Whether a regal mansion or urban Brownstone, the classic look was embraced then and still continues today. In the tradition of hand-molded tiles, Retroclassique features slightly rounded edges and corners, a soft undulating surface and a thick 9mm body. The product of several years of research, the result is a tile that delivers a message of luxury. Solid colors are kept classic with Bright White (Lily) and Almond (Linen). Along with these two classic colors, we offer four earthy tones created by using a fume’ technique giving each tile a unique pattern and natural color variation. Giving this line its true modern, yet vintage look are the decoratives. The two 6” long Chair Rail options are a large 4” and 2” high, respectively, while the Listellos are a stylized floral motif and a circular repeating pattern that in multi-purpose, can be cut into 3 squares and used as an insert. This ample wall tile collection will give an added touch of elegance to your home or to your next design collaboration. This tile is suitable for all residential and commercial wall, backsplash and countertop applications, it is GREENGUARD® certified for indoor air quality.

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