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Custom's new comprehensive, industrial grade tile installation system for commercial kitchens and food processing facilities.

Custom Building Products has introduced a comprehensive, industrial grade tile installation system for commercial kitchens and food processing facilities. When used, the collection of high-performance products addresses aggressive cleaning, chemical and heat conditions to maximize the lifespan of new installations and speed in the installation of new tile in retrofit projects. 

Appropriate subfloor preparation is a critical first step, according to the company. Application of Custom's RedGard Waterproofing and Crack Prevention Membrane helps protect kitchen floors from moisture and oils that may penetrate the tile and grout, potentially causing deterioration of the mortar bond. RedGard directs moisture to floor drains, while also helping to prevent cracks up to 1/8-inch. 

Epoxy-based mortars are the most durable choice, and best suited for industrial use and resistance to chemical exposure, according to the company. Custom's EBM-Lite Epoxy Mortar is a 100% solids epoxy that is chemical and impact resistant, making it ideal for commercial kitchens. EBM-Lite is a three-component, water-cleanable mortar that is best used where high-strength and chemical and impact resistance is required. 

Alternately, Custom's Pro-Lite Rapid Setting Large Format Tile & Stone Mortar is a medium bed mortar that installs quickly to allow grouting in about three hours. It offers high-performance and flexibility designed to meet the rigors of setting a wide variety of tile and stone for fast track commercial installations. 

Grout serves as a critical component and Custom's CEG-IG Industrial Grade Commercial Epoxy Grout is ideal for this application. This 100% solids, water-cleanable epoxy grout incorporates high chemical, stain and temperature resistance along with easy installation. CEG-IG is also stain resistant, fast curing, able to better withstand common commercial kitchen cleaning agents and is available in 27 colors. Click here for a video that demonstrates CEG-IG’s performance.

“Commercial kitchens and food processing facilities are among the most demanding environments for tile and mortars, and Custom Building Products has a full line of products suited to handle all the inherent challenges,” said Steve Taylor, director of technical and architectural marketing for Custom. “Selecting tiles that are appropriate for harsh conditions such as commercial kitchens is one thing, but that’s not always enough. These Custom installation products are designed to withstand the most unforgiving environments such as commercial kitchens and food processing facilities.” 

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