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Eliane dabbles in rustics

Eliane Ceramic Tiles has introduced its Villa Rustica Collection of high-end rustic tile. The line features 13-by-13-inch, 16-by-16-inch and 6.5-by-6.5-inch floor tiles.

The series also includes a 3-by-13-inch bullnose, a 4-inch-square corner deco and matching listellos. The Villa Rustica collection is available in terracotta, crema, noce, and blue.

Crossville reaches mosaic 'Milestone'

Crossville Porcelain Stone/USA recently developed Milestone Mosaics which, the company says, are the first through-body porcelain stone-look mosaics ever produced. The collection comes in 3-by-3-inch tiles with a multi-colored slate finish. The tiles are suitable for interior or exterior applications.

The porcelain product requires no sealers, waxes or special cleaning materials. Milestone Mosaics are available in 10 stone-look colors including Cliffside, Moonrock, Desert Stone, Canyon, Cobblestone, Flagstone, Grotto, Granite Green, Lava Rock, and Boulder. A surface bullnose is available in each color

Bonsal expands options in its B-7000 packaging

W.R. Bonsal Co. recently expanded the packaging options for Bonsal B-7000 Epoxy Mortar & Grout, which turns Bonsal's sanded tile grout into 100% solid epoxy. B-7000 is now available in 1- and 3-gallon pails.

B-7000 mixes with all 34 colors of Bonsal Polymer Modified Sanded Tile Grout. When used as a mortar, B-7000 will set ceramic tile, quarry tile, pavers, mosaic tile, and natural stone. The product can be used as a setting material in interior and exterior installations.

As a grout, B-7000 can be used with ceramic tile and stone, but should not be used with absorptive marble or tile. The product also should not be used for grouting in exterior installations.

Escapades line debuts

American Florim has introduced its new Escapades line of porcelain floor tile in six colors. Four of the colors are available in 18-inch-square format. The collection is also available in 12-by-12-inch tiles, 3-by-12-inch bullnose, and 4-by-12-inch stone border. The series can be used in both interior and exterior applications, the company says.

Peel and seal with Strataflex

National Applied Construction Products Inc. has improved Strataflex Waterproof Membrane with a Peel & Seal Edge. The new product was designed to ease installation of the membrane. Strataflex includes new installation instructions.

Turkish tile offerings to be showcased at Coverings

The Turkish Ceramic Association, which represents Turkey's ceramic producers and exporters, will showcase Turkish ceramic tile products at Coverings 2002.

Turkey is the 5th leading ceramic tile producer in the world. More than 24 firms produced ceramic tile in that country during 2001.

The association's booth will feature ceramic products for homes, kitchens, bathrooms, and exterior applications.

Bostik's new CeramaSeal enhances stone's appearance

The Bostik Findley Flooring Group recently released CeramaSeal Stone Enhancer, a tile installation and maintenance product formulated to enhance and highlight the natural coloring in non-polished, precast tiles and cement grouts.

CeramaSeal can be used on tumbled marble, slate, sawn granite, sawn marble, sawn limestone, flamed granite, flamed limestone, honed marble, honed limestone, travertine, and cement tile grout. The translucent product is available in pints, quarts or gallons. CeramaSeal dries in two to four hour

Tau unveils Atlas series

Tau Ceramica has introduced its Atlas Collection. Tau created this collection by running a colored en masse product through the tiles. Each piece in this collection is slightly different.

The Atlas series is available in 16-by-16-tiles in Alexandria (green), Assuan (land), Ylama (brown), Sri-Lanka (beige), Maceira (blue), Pretoria (black), Piemonte (grey), and Liguria (white).

Electro Plastics offers kit pricing

Electro Plastics recently introduced "kit pricing" for its line of low-voltage radiant floor heating systems. The self-regulating Step Warmfloor systems are available in 30-, 50-, 100-, 150-, and 200-square-foot kits.

The kits include a heating element, transformer, assembly components, and installation instructions. Kit pricing averages $9.95 per square foo

Laticrete releases new underlayments

Laticrete International Inc. has developed a new deep pour self-leveler and a rapid patch underlayment. Laticrete's 88 LatiLevel Thick Pour Underlayment, a new self-leveler that can be poured or pumped up to 1.5-inches in a single pass, is designed to level uneven floors for the installation of resilient flooring, ceramic tile and wood flooring in both commercial and residential applications.

According to the company, Laticrete's 816 LatiPatch Rapid Underlayment produces a setting compound that is ready for final floor installation in less than 2 hours. The underlayment can be installed over substrates such as cutback adhesive, vinyl tile and exterior-grade plywood.

Gayafores goes rustic

Gayafores has released Miranda, a 13-by-13-inch porcelain floor tile collection. The traditional rustic-style series, which imitates traditional clay tile, is available in the colors of Albero, Cuero and Natural. The series comes with listellos and tacos.

Schluter designs countertop profiles

Schluter Systems will showcase countertop profiles at its booth at Coverings 2002. According to the company, a cove base profile can create a curved surface at countertop corners. With the addition of trim profiles to protect and finish the tile edges, it is now possible to install any tile on a countertop, Schl?ter says.

The company's profiles are available in a variety of colors and materials -- including stainless steel -- to accentuate the tile.

Luserna Stone tile new from MasterKer

MasterKer recently unveiled its Luserna Stone line, a glazed porcelain tile collection available in five quartzite colors. The collection comes in 20-by-20-inch, 13-by-13-inch and 13-by-20-inch tiles.

Luserna Stone floors can be used in interior, exterior, commercial, and residential installations, MasterKer says. The series also incorporates four decorative listellos.

Halcon Armenia imitates stone

Halcon now offers its Armenia floor tile collection in 16 1/2-inch-square tiles. The collection is available in beige and includes a bullnose. The series, which emulates the look of natural stone, has a finish that protects the tiles from scratches and wear, the company says.

Floor Gres launches Vivir

Floor Gres recently introduced Vivir, a porcelain tile line that imitates natural stone. Floor Gres offers Vivir in 12-inch- and 4-inch-square tiles. The product is available in five colors in both matte and glossy finishes.

Daltile expands product offerings

Daltile recently introduced Tivoli and Saltillo, two new products for spring. Tivoli is a glazed porcelain floor and wall tile collection that imitates natural Italian Rapolano stone. The series is available in three colors. Field tiles come in sizes of 18-by-18-inches, 13-by-13-inches, 10-by-13-inches, and 6-by-6-inches. Floor borders are also available.

The Saltillo line is available in two colors: Antique Red and Antique Adobe. This line is available in two modular packages. Embossed Decos are also available. Daltile also expanded its Natural Stone Collection with the addition of accent strips and new large format tiles.