Installation Showcase

Raychem QuickNet mat
gives high heat a low profile

Tyco Thermal Controls has extended its popular Raychem brand beyond heat-tracing products with the introduction of the Raychem QuickNet electric warming system. The system, which can be installed directly under ceramic tile or stone, benefits from a heating cable woven into an adhesive-backed fiberglass mesh. The mat also features a low, 3/16-inch profile.

SureSeal Hi-Gloss sealant
shines and protects stone

SureSeal presents Hi-Gloss Stone Enhancer, a sealant formulated to provide long-lasting, wet-look shines. SureSeal Hi-Gloss Stone Enhancer can be applied by spray buffing and high-speed burnishing, as well as by brush, mop, sponge or roller. Hi-Gloss Stone Enhancer is designed for use on floors, walls and countertops.

GE's Aquant meter
uses color coded scale

GE Industrial, Sensing has unveiled the non-invasive Protimeter Aquant moisture meter. The meter uses radio frequency to detect moisture in building materials, behind walls and beneath floor coverings. The Aquant provides instant results from up to three-quarters of an inch below the surface via a digital display and color-changing LED scale, GE Industrial, Sensing says. The color-changing scale gives users a quick peek of the material's moisture level.

ChemRex LevelPrep
new from Degussa

Degussa Building Systems recently launched ChemRex LevelPrep, a polymer-modified, Portland cement-based finishing underlayment designed with a creamy consistency and improved trowelability. ChemRex LevelPrep can be applied over virtually any subfloor, even embossed resilient sheet vinyl and adhesive residue, the company says.

WarmlyYours DVD offers
free installation training

WarmlyYours has released a new installation training DVD for floor covering professionals, remodeling contractors and builders looking to learn more about electric floor warming installation techniques. Available for free via the company's website at, the instructional video aims to offer useful information both to the first-time installer and the seasoned professional. The DVD can also be obtained by calling (800) 875-5285.

Custom Building Products
adds 10 colors to Prism line

Custom Building Products has expanded the color palette of its Prism SureColor Grout line with the addition of 10 new colors. These new hues - Fawn, Summer Wheat, Sandstone, Tobacco Brown, New Taupe, Light Smoke, Charcoal and three grays - bring the number of color choices to 22. Prism SureColor Grout features the proprietary CustomLite Technology, which uses a cellular aggregate composed of 100 percent recycled material in lieu of the typical sand. This technology makes the grout up to 30 percent lighter than traditional grouts, Custom Building says.

ProblemSolver URA is
AAT's newest adhesive

Advanced Adhesive Technologies Inc. (AAT) presents ProblemSolver URA, a high-solids, water-resistant, patented tri-polymer adhesive formulated to minimize cupping, end life, shrinkage and hollow spots in the installation of engineered plank, long plank and solid strip floors. The adhesive is freeze-thaw stable, according to AAT.

Bostik Flooring adhesive
offers sprayable Durabond

Bostik Flooring has rolled out Durabond D-807, a water-based sprayable adhesive formulated for the installation of glue-down and double-stick carpet and pad. D-807 can be used without proprietary spray equipment and features an open time of an hour, so that users can reposition carpet in large areas as needed, Bostik says. The adhesive is designed for use in high-traffic areas.

Levelrock SLC family
new from U.S. Gypsum

The Industrial Products Division of United States Gypsum Co. has released a new family of poured, self-leveling cement underlayments called Levelrock SLC. The products use an engineered cement chemistry that aims to provide high compressive strengths and versatility in all types of applications. Products in the Levelrock SLC range include regular, medium and high-performance versions.

Modern Carpet Tools tape
features no odor nor hinging

Modern Carpet Tools Ltd. introduces its Concord 2000 carpet seam tape, a patented, premium-quality, 3-inch carpet tape designed to eliminate seam hinging. Flat steel bars are spaced every 4 inches throughout the roll. The tape is smokeless and odorless, according to Modern Carpet Tools.

MAPEI ECO 972 adhesive
designed for wood floors

MAPEI introduces Ultrabond ECO 972, an environmentally friendly floor covering adhesive for use in the installation of engineered wood and parquet flooring. The high-solids, high-tack wood flooring adhesive features excellent rebound characteristics, according to MAPEI. Ultrabond ECO 972 uses the company's BioBlock antimicrobial technology.

Wagner's moisture test
works fast, ends guess work

Wagner Electronics and CTL Group have partnered to develop the Rapid RH, a fast accurate moisture test for concrete floors. This revolutionary Relative Humidity Probe is engineered to significantly decrease the time it takes to measure moisture in concrete floors. Designed to eliminate guesswork, messy testing methods and is disposable. Meets the ASTM F2170 requirements.

Stauf USA publishes
Annual Buying Directory

Stauf USA has introduced its Annual Buying Directory. Stauf USA is a full line adhesive manufacturer for installation of hardwood flooring. Stauf has adhesives based on water, solvent, urethane, and polymer technologies. Stauf USA also manufactures a full line of sealing and slab preparation products.

Taylor Adhesives sealer a link
in the Lockdown chain

Taylor Adhesives' new 2012 Concrete Sealer can be used in concert with 2091 Meta-tec vinyl flooring adhesive. The sealer cures within 24 hours and cross-links with the 2091 adhesive to create the Lockdown moisture control system, Taylor says. Both products contain Meta-Sept Antimicrobial protection.

FloorMuffler underlayment
reduces noise and moisture

Developed by Diversified Foam and Toray Plastics specifically for use under laminate, engineered and solid hardwood flooring, the FloorMuffler underlayment system is designed to reduce both reflective and through-the-floor noise. The product also provides moisture protection, according to the companies. FloorMuffler is engineered for use in both residential and commercial installations.