Top leaders in the stone and tile industries came together to exhibit their newest innovations at the international stone and tile exhibition which was held this year in Orlando, FL. Taking place from April 4 to 7 at the Orange County Convention Center, Coverings 2017, the largest global tile and stone exhibition in North America, featured companies and attendees from all around the world. The show had a 9% increase from last year’s show in Chicago, IL, and a 10% increase from 2015 when it was also last held in Orlando. The following is a sample of the latest product introductions featured at the show.
Geometrics from ANT Tile
In the western canon, the significance of the triangle dates back to the Platonists' geometrical theories, the triangle represents harmony and proportion. Ant tile strives to innovate a timeless collection of designs that will inspire beauty, wellness and vitality. We have incorporated a modern 1- and 2-inch triangle pattern, coming together in a classic black, an elegant gray and a vintage white in matte and glossy finish.
Bosti-Set from Bostik
Bostik, Inc. presents Bosti-Set, a premium adhesive and sound reduction membrane created specifically for thin porcelain tile panel installations. Offering unprecedented, instant grab and holding power, with just a single coat of adhesive on the back of the panel, wall installation is now much faster and easier. Outstanding workability allows panels to be repositioned for up to 30 minutes with no slip or sag.
Ted Baker Residence collection from British Ceramic Tile
Ted Baker - A fashion forward selection of wall and floor tiles and glass splashbacks. The Ted Baker Residence collection blends British Ceramic Tile’s unique manufacturing heritage with Ted’s appreciation for a tile with style. From the eye-catching Partridge to the touchable TacTile, right through to Ted’s signature ArTile prints. Each stylish range is lovingly crafted to deliver a premium collection of wall and floor tiles. Tile sizes – 12- x 24-,
12- x 20- and 13- x 13-inches. Glass tiles – 8- x 10-, 23.5-, 29.5- and 8- x 20-inches
Notorious porcelain tile collection from Crossville
The Notorious porcelain tile collection offers big city style in the distinct look of concrete, with all the award-worthy technical performance and strength Crossville products are known for. From large and modular to mosaic options, even brick planks—plus a cove base and bull nose trim, this collection provides customizable flexibility in a complete package. In addition to the unpolished finished offered for all field tile sizes, a honed finish is available in 24- x 24-, 24- x 36-,12- x 12- and 12- x 24-inch options.
RedGard SpeedCoat from Custom Building Products
RedGard SpeedCoat Waterproofing Membrane from Custom Building Products is a high-performance, fast-track product that allows installers to float a mud bed, waterproof, flood test and set tile in hours rather than days even in challenging cold or high humidity environments. A ready-to-use, liquid-applied waterproofing barrier, RedGard SpeedCoat Waterproofing Membrane cures quickly, consistently and effectively in extreme conditions over concrete, cement mortar, cement backerboard and masonry. The advanced formula cures through exposure to ambient moisture, so it excels in cold and damp conditions that can present a challenge.
Shinju ceramic collection from Duehr & Associates
The Shinju ceramic collection reflects the colors of the deep sea and the creatures that dwell within. Shinju translates the ridges of mottled oyster shells, the shimmer of the pearls inside, the earthy brine of the sea and the movement of waves into an elegantly modern tile collection. Four new shapes have recently been added to the Shinju collection. A textured, three-dimensional tile named “Paper,” the “Serene” rectangular field tile featuring subtle textures, “Zen Garden,” which emulates the calming essence of meditation and the rectangular three-dimensional “Tent” tile, with a linear raised center.
Road Collection from Ege Seramik
The Road Collection is Ege Seramik’s newest, matte-finish, glazed porcelain tile created specifically for the North American Market. Taking two tile trends and combining them into one, the Road Collection offers a balanced mixture of both textile and cement “looks”.
Available in three neutral colors that will fit almost any color scheme, (gray, ivory and taupe) and available in 12- x 24- and 18- x 36-inch formats, the Road Collection is ideal for both residential and commercial applications, indoors and out as well as for floor and wall projects.
GoBoard® from Johns Manville
GoBoard® is the innovative tile backer board by Johns Manville that is ultra-lightweight, waterproof, durable, easy to cut and install.
Shower installations are fast because waterproofing is built-in which eliminates extra steps since only board joints and fastener locations need to be sealed for a waterproof assembly. GoBoard® is up to 80% lighter than traditional boards, which makes it easy to carry multiple boards at a time. Engineered and tested for strength and durability, yet can be cut right where it’s installed using a utility knife without leaving a mess to clean up.
Classentino Marble™ from Marazzi
Classentino Marble™ offers the bold, realistic look of marble in a porcelain tile. The intricacies and veining of natural marble are artfully reproduced via Marazzi’s Reveal Imaging technology. The collection is offered in five colors, as well as two different finishes, perfect for any design style. Classic weave and linear hex mosaics accent the collection for a modern twist on these timeless materials that make a profound statement on floors and walls in both residential and commercial spaces.
Flexcolor 3D from Mapei
Mapei Flexcolor 3D is a professional-grade, ready-to-use (RTU) translucent specialty grout with an “iridescent effect” finish. It is offered in 10 designer colors with translucent characteristics that not only reflect but also refract light. This allows the grout to transition in color to complement the tile color. Mapei Flexcolor 3D can be used in commercial and residential installations of porcelain, ceramic, glass and natural-stone tiles. Mapei Flexcolor 3D has been formulated with the latest innovation in recycled glass-bead aggregate, which ensures color consistency, ease of cleaning and improved workability.
Millworks series from Mediterranea
Mediterranea introduced their new 12 x 48 inch rectified Millworks series at Coverings. This series is offered in four colors: Cabin Timber, Driftwood, Mountain Pine and Wine Barrel.
- A brand-new, innovative concept in porcelain tile wood-look flooring
- Offers the appearance of an intricate natural wood installation
- Multi-size, multi-grain design emulates a complex, rustic flooring installation
NXT Skim from Laticrete
NXT Skim is a premium quality, fast-drying, cement-based underlayment designed for skim-coating, smoothing and leveling prior to the application of floor coverings. The improved formula can now hold more water, resulting in a creamier consistency for a smoother application and sleeker finish, as well as an extended pot life and easier troweling. The NXT Skim packaging has also been redesigned with a tin tie resealable feature that allows the product to be saved for additional uses, minimizing product waste and increasing cost savings for the installer.