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LATICRETE introduces NXT® Level Plus Lite versatile, lightweight, easy-handling self-leveling underlayment

  

Leading manufacturer provides an innovative, streamlined installation solution for leveling multiple substrates in both residential and commercial interior applications

February 21, 2024, Bethany, Conn. — LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has launched NXT® Level Plus Lite, a new self-leveling underlayment (SLU) designed for a wide range of interior projects. NXT Level Plus Lite’s lightweight formula offers contractors and installers a solution to projects with load-bearing concerns, diverse substrates found in residential and commercial spaces like hospitals, hotels and high-rises, and improved installation efficiency and safety.

“With its packaging weight now 50% lighter, NXT Level Plus Lite is not only easier to carry and handle but is free-flowing, pump-friendly and can be poured up to four inches thick — substantially more than the one to two inches typical of other self-levelers. This streamlines project timelines by eliminating the need for staggered applications and reduces physical strain on workers, contributing to a safer and more efficient work environment,” said Elvis Torres, LATICRETE Product Manager. “From enhancing the installer experience to supporting diverse project requirements, NXT Level Plus Lite reflects our focus on developing versatile products that directly address the needs of our customers.” 

Distinguished by its reduced cured weight, NXT Level Plus Lite offers a practical alternative for projects where traditional SLUs may be too heavy — particularly in projects with unique structural challenges or where the preservation of existing foundations is paramount, such as older building renovations. Not only is this advanced formula nearly 50% the cured weight of traditional SLUs but the product is half the packaging weight, significantly easing freight, transportation and handling on-site. Equipped with Microban® antimicrobial product protection to fight the growth of mold and mildew in the underlayment, NXT Level Plus Lite is also UL Greenguard-certified for low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and does not contain respirable crystalline levels that exceed the OSHA action level§, promoting safer conditions for contractors and end-users.

NXT Level Plus Lite’s versatility extends to its compatibility with various substrates, including concrete, gypsum, plywood and OSB, without the need for metal lath due to high flexural strength. Additionally, the product’s quick drying time allows for walkability within three to four hours and the application of moisture-sensitive coverings after 24 hours*.

By integrating this high-performance, lightweight material into the structural design, architects, engineers and contractors can address the evolving challenges of modern construction, particularly in projects demanding stringent compliance with structural weight limitations, without compromising on the essential criteria of durability and high compressive strength. This ensures the safety and longevity of each project and its ability to meet the precise needs of today’s diverse construction landscapes.

For more information, please visit: www.laticrete.com/nxt-level-plus-lite

§OSHA action level set forth in OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) standard for construction, 29 CFR 1926.1153, as tested by an independent laboratory to be below the OSHA action level for respirable crystalline silica – see laticrete.com/silica.

*Refer to product data sheet. 

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