TCF West: A Solid Spin on ARDEX PC-T

Michael Rosenblat, Owner of TCF West Inc. and his team recently completed a stunning, polished white PCT floor with terrazzo stone aggregate in the new head office of Republic Architecture in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. (For non-standard applications, we always recommend contacting ARDEX’ technical experts for guidance.)

The ARDEX products used in this installation were:

ARDEX SD-P® Self-Drying, Trowelable Concrete Underlayment,
ARDEX ARDIFIX™ ​Low Viscosity Rigid Polyurethane Crack & Joint Repair​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
ARDEX SD-M™ Designer Floor Finish™
ARDEX PC-T™ Polished Concrete Topping

In preparation for the new floor, the subfloor was prepped by diamond grinding and then extensively repaired. Zinc strips were affixed in the specified design. Rosenblat has over 20 years of experience in concrete construction and relied upon his expertise to mix, place and finish the PC-T and aggregate in order to be suitable for polishing the next day.  TCF West used a combination of traditional terrazzo and concrete placing techniques to achieve the desired result.

Rosenblat explains the greatest challenge of the install, “The sheer size of the terrazzo stone aggregate made the product difficult to get screeded to a consistent height. It required more than the usual ‘old school’ hand and knee work.”

Polishing began just 24 hours after the pour, and was brought up to an 800-grit shine. There were a few characteristics of the ARDEX materials that Rosenblat found advantageous in this install, “The high strength gain, with no shrinkage cracking, was critical in order to polish the next day after the pours.” He added, “The fact that the floor hardly required the grout coat was impressive.”

TCF West Inc.is an industrial flooring company in Canada, and holds the Level Master Elite (LME) status with ARDEX. As an LME, TCF West Inc. has not only advanced ARDEX technical training and years of installation experience, but they are also able to offer 10-year extended warranties on their installations.

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ARDEX Introduces S 1-K™ the Outstanding Everyday Waterproofing Compound

Aliquippa, PA (January 24, 2017) – ARDEX Americas celebrates 40 years of innovation in 2018, and kicking off the celebration is our first new product announcement, ARDEX S 1-K™ One-Component Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Membrane.

ARDEX S 1-K is a single-component topside waterproofing compound that is extremely easy to use and produces a flexible waterproof coating perfect for use in showers, bathrooms and other wet areas. Recommended for use over a wide range of substrates and finishes, the highly workable consistency minimizes drips and splatters.

Flood test ARDEX S 1-K in 12 to 24 hours after the second coat has been applied. It also provides crack isolation up to 1/8” (3 mm). Available in two convenient sizes (large 3.5 and small .7 gallons), ARDEX S 1-K provides excellent coverage at nearly 57 sq. ft. per gallon in two coats.

“We’re excited to add to our waterproofing line this easy-to-use, single component solution,” said Russ Gaetano, ARDEX Senior Marketing Manager, Tile & Stone Installation Systems. “Everything about ARDEX S 1-K was designed to provide ease for installer, even the containers are oval shaped to readily accommodate a roller.”

ARDEX S1-K is now available for purchase at ARDEX distributors throughout North America.

For more information on ARDEX Americas, please visit www.ardexamericas.com or call 1-888-512-7339 to find a distributor near you.


A Global Innovation Leader in High Performance Specialty Building Materials:

 

Recognized by installation experts, ARDEX is a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products for all aspects of substrate preparation, floor covering, tile and stone installation systems and architectural concrete systems for commercial and residential applications. A family owned company, the ARDEX Group leads through local customer interaction striving for excellence in all that we do.

 

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Announcing the Latest Recipient of the Bruce Newbrough Memorial Scholarship: Mark Holman

Aliquippa, PA, January 17, 2018 – FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, along with ARDEX Americas and nora systems, Inc. announced that Mark Holman is the 2017 4th quarter recipient of the Bruce Newbrough Memorial Certified Installation Manager Program (CIM) Scholarship.

Holman, who works for Garmon and Company, is from Charlotte, North Carolina. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and opened a commercial flooring installation business. To maintain a constant work load, Holman constantly worked to master installation techniques of the many type of floors and concrete preparation methods available.

Working for Garmon & Company as a field supervisor, Holman writes, “Using my experience to catch a problem before it becomes one is very gratifying. I always try to improvise and find a way to complete jobs even if conditions, schedule, or materials are not ideal. If someone says it can’t be done, that’s the project I want to be on!”

Harmon continues, “The opportunity provided in the CIM program to learn more about our profession and how to be more proactive and capable in all aspects of managing a project is invaluable. Any new knowledge that I can acquire to make jobs better for our company and our installers is greatly appreciated. I hope to continue Bruce Newbrough’s legacy by passing along the knowledge I receive to others.”

Bruce Newbrough, a former ARDEX Director of Technical Services and later Applications Development, was the inspiration for the eponomous scholarship due to his passion for industry education and training of proper substrate preparation. The scholarship covers the costs associated with the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program, including application, content and assessment fees.

Scholarship applications are accepted throughout the year. Applications are available on the FCICA website: www.fcica.com/CIM .

About ARDEX, A Global Innovation Leader in High Performance Specialty Building Materials:
Recognized by installation experts, ARDEX is a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products for all aspects of substrate preparation, floor covering, tile and stone installation systems and architectural concrete systems for commercial and residential applications. As family owned company, the ARDEX Group leads through local customer interaction striving for excellence in all that we do. For more information about ARDEX Americas: www.ardexamericas.com, or call 724-203-5000.

About the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program:
The CIM program provides industry-specific training modules led by experts that speak from years of floor covering experience packaged with assessments to confirm the vast knowledge obtained. The program is completely online, allowing users to work at their own pace, on their own time. For more information about the CIM Program, go to www.fcica.com/CIM.

About FCICA:
​FCICA, headquartered in West Bloomfield, Michigan, is the resource for premier commercial flooring contractors. Promoting the advancement and continuous development of Certified Installation Managers (CIM). Providing technical education, business support and industry expert networking. Delivering skills and knowledge to enhance the professionalism of commercial flooring contractors. FCICA is an international association whose contractor members serve the continental United States, plus Canada and Guam. For more information about FCICA: visit www.fcica.com or call 248-661-5015; toll free (877) TO-FCICA.

 

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Turkey for You, Turkey for Me 2017

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Yesterday was the annual ARDEX “Turkey for you, Turkey for me” event! ARDEX’s dynamic leadership team: Jesse David, President, Americas; Lori Angelo, Chief Financial Officer and VP Shared Services; and Mike Crouch, President, Americas, Latin America, Innovation & R&D were … Continue reading

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ARDEX Volunteers at Veteran’s Salute Breakfast

ARDEX employees volunteered at the Veteran’s Salute Breakfast on Friday, November 10. The event, which ARDEX helped to sponsor, was hosted by Community College of Beaver County and Senator Elder Vogel Jr.

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ARDEX Introduces UI 720™ FLEXBONE® Floating Uncoupling Membrane in Convenient Sheets

Aliquippa, PA (November 7, 2017) – ARDEX Americas is pleased to announce that ARDEX UI 720™ FLEXBONE® Floating Uncoupling Membrane is now available in convenient sheets for purchase at ARDEX distributors throughout North America.
A revolutionary unbonded, floating uncoupling membrane for true 100% uncoupling, the ARDEX UI 720 FLEXBONE sheets are designed for installer convenience on smaller jobs. Each sheet is 39” wide x 78.75” long (1 m wide x 2 m long) for 21.5 ft2 (2 m2) of coverage per sheet.

ARDEX UI 720 FLEXBONE saves up to 50% on installation time and cost and is an ideal solution for frequently changed-out floors or for use directly over an array of difficult substrates that would normally require subfloor preparation prior to installation. The unique bone shape design allows for fast and easy prefilling in just one pass.

“Our UI 720 FLEXBONE SHEETS are the perfect solution for smaller jobs when the 215 sq. ft. roll is too much.” said Russ Gaetano, ARDEX Senior Marketing Manager, Tile & Stone Installation Systems. “The innovative technology behind this one-of-a-kind uncoupling system is now available as a convenient solution for every size installation!”

For more information on ARDEX Americas, please visit www.ardexamericas.com or call 1-888-512-7339 to find a distributor near you.

A Global Innovation Leader in High Performance Specialty Building Materials:

Recognized by installation experts, ARDEX is a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products for all aspects of substrate preparation, floor covering, tile and stone installation systems and architectural concrete systems for commercial and residential applications. A family owned company, the ARDEX Group leads through local customer interaction striving for excellence in all that we do.​

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ARDEX Participates in Adopt-A-Highway

Yesterday ARDEX’ Adopt-A-Highway volunteers dodged November rain to pick up litter from Todd Road during our Fall clean-up. The team picked up 28 bags of trash and other miscellaneous debris.

This is ARDEX’s 11th year participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program.

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Breathing New Life into an Old House: KR’s Contracting and Remodeling Solutions, Inc.

Kenny Roberts of KR’s Contracting and Remodeling Solutions Inc. recently completed this bathroom install in Plattsburgh, New York. He used ARDEX FEATHER FINISH® Self-Drying, Cement-Based Finish Underlayment​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ to level the 80 ft2 floor prior to the installation of the tile. Kenny also used ARDEX X 5™ Flexible Tile and Stone Mortar on the floor and 100 ft2 shower walls to complete his installation.

Kenny began learning the tile trade in 2001, and in 2011 he started his own business. He counts on ARDEX products to help him deliver quality, precise, clean installations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Payam Riazati Receives the Bruce Newbrough Memorial Scholarship

Aliquippa, PA, October 18, 2017 – FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, along with ARDEX Americas and nora systems, Inc. announced that Payim Riazati is the 2017 3rd quarter recipient of the Bruce Newbrough Memorial Certified Installation Manager Program (CIM) Scholarship.

Riazati of Universal Metro, Inc. writes, “I have always believed in the power of education and the difference it can make in one’s life.”

Riazati holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering with a specialization in structural design from the University of California, Irvine, and his master’s degree in civil engineering with a specialization in construction management. As Director of Construction Services at Universal Metro, Riazati has been working on substrate remediation techniques.

Riazati said, “I am humble and proud to be the recipient of the Bruce Newbrough Memorial Scholarship. This opportunity will help me in engaging myself in a life-long learning experience through CIM programs. It is my vision and dream to learn and deliver this knowledge to the next generation of Certified Installation Managers. On behalf of our entire team at Universal Metro, I would like to thank the FCICA board and committees as well as the sponsors of this program: ARDEX and nora.”

Bruce Newbrough, a former ARDEX Director of Technical Services and later Applications Development, was the inspiration for the eponomous scholarship due to his passion for industry education and training of proper substrate preparation. The scholarship covers the costs associated with the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program, including application, content and assessment fees.

Scholarship applications are accepted throughout the year, the next scholarship opportunity will open this December. Applications are available on the FCICA website: www.fcica.com/CIM .

About ARDEX, A Global Key Player in High Performance Specialty Building Materials:
Recognized by installation experts, ARDEX is a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products for all aspects of substrate preparation, floor covering, tile and stone installation systems and architectural concrete systems for commercial and residential applications. As family owned company and built on a foundation of product performance and a global focus on training, the ARDEX Group leads through local customer interaction striving for excellence in all that we do. For more information about ARDEX Americas: www.ardexamericas.com, or call 724-203-5000.

About the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program:
The CIM program provides industry-specific training modules led by experts that speak from years of floor covering experience packaged with assessments to confirm the vast knowledge obtained. The program is completely online, allowing users to work at their own pace, on their own time. For more information about the CIM Program, go to www.fcica.com/CIM.

About FCICA:
​FCICA, headquartered in West Bloomfield, Michigan, is the resource for premier commercial flooring contractors. Promoting the advancement and continuous development of Certified Installation Managers (CIM). Providing technical education, business support and industry expert networking. Delivering skills and knowledge to enhance the professionalism of commercial flooring contractors. FCICA is an international association whose contractor members serve the continental United States, plus Canada and Guam. For more information about FCICA: visit www.fcica.com or call 248-661-5015; toll free (877) TO-FCICA.

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ARDEX Americas Grows Employee Product Training Program

Thanks to a robust research and development team, ARDEX Americas launches about 10 new products annually. Add those to the existing lineup of 500+ ARDEX products, and that makes learning about ARDEX products an on-going initiative, even among long-term employees. For a new employee, it can be a daunting task.

To help with this process Jesse David, ARDEX Americas President, recommended to formalize a quarterly product training class available for ARDEX employees across the organization.

“One of our initiatives, Lunch with Leadership, allows me to sit down and really connect with our employees on a regular basis,” Jesse explained. “Everyone consistently expressed great interest in learning more about our products, so we’re happy to add trainings to address that need.”

The first of the quarterly trainings was led by Pat Cunningham, Technical Service Supervisor on October 17, 2017. It included comprehensive classroom and demonstrations of key products across ARDEX product categories including: substrate repair, toppings, exterior, tile and stone and adhesives.

If you’re an ARDEX employee interested in taking part in an upcoming quarterly training, or participating in a Lunch with Leadership, contact Carla Pratt in Human Resources.

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