WEBINAR: Capillary Passive Drainage for Exterior Tiling Installations

Join us on August 22 at 1:00 pm Central Daylight (2:00 pm ET) time for a one-hour educational webinar.

Exterior tile and stone installations are becoming more popular and requiring the use of specialized installation materials to handle the tough demands of tiling outside. With these tougher conditions to overcome such as freeze thaw cycles, water management and proper installation techniques, failures can still occur and result in costly repairs.

This one-hour webinar will examine common failures on balconies and decks, how the use of capillary passive drainage mats can avoid effloresce and failures, and how thresholds should be addressed so that exterior tile and stone installations can be installed properly.







About the Presenter:

Mark Pennine has been involved in the tile and stone industry for over 35 years.  As a third-generation tile installer, Mark owned his own tile contracting business for 25 years. Mark has worked for ARDEX Americas for the past five years, most recently as the Technical Manager of Tile and Stone Installation Systems. He has presented tile and stone installation products and procedures to contractors, architects, manufacturers, and distributors. Mark is active on many industry committees including the ANSI ASC A108 standards committee, NTCA Technical committee, MMSA, and IICRC substrate committee.

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The Art of Putting Pieces Together: Fabulous Mosaics

Self-taught artist Fabrice Allen composes stunning tile and glass mosaics. He started this lion with a statue made from a resin mold.

“All of the mirror glass [pieces] were hand cut from big sheets to the small pieces you see on the finished product,” he explains.

Allen used ARDEX S 48™ Rapid-Set Mortar / Mastic Hybrid​​ to adhere the hand-cut glass pieces. The whole project took about a year, as he worked on other projects at the same time.

“I love using ARDEX,” Allen says, “It is my go to when I want to be confident I am getting a superior bond.”

You can see more of Allen’s work, which includes many portrait mosaics, on his Facebook page, Fabulous Mosaics.

Learn more about ARDEX S 48 here. Call 1-888-512-7339 to reach your friendly local ARDEX Sales Professional.

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Taking a New Shine to an Old Floor: Performance Floor Systems, Inc.

Performance Floor Systems, Inc. (PFSI) recently completed the first phase of a 110,000 square feet warehouse renovation project in Van Nuys, California. PFSI is an ARDEX LevelMaster Elite Installer®, a designation awarded to quality-committed, factory-trained companies specializing in the application of ARDEX® and HENRY® products and installation methods.

The first phase of the project was 30,000 square feet. The owners were so impressed with the results that they awarded the rest of the warehouse – for a total project size of 110,000 square feet.

ARDEX PC-T™ Polished Concrete Topping was used to repair many of the larger patches.  ARDEX SD-M™ Designer Floor Finish™​​​​​​ was used to repair smaller patches. ARDEX ARDIFIX™ Low Viscosity Rigid Polyurethane Crack & Joint Repair​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ was used to repair cracks and spalled joints. ARDEX P 51™ Primer was used to prime many of the patch locations.

PFSI Project Manager Warren Wilson Wilson said, “When I initially walked this project, I thought the floor was so beat-up it was going to be impossible to make it look decent. PFSI has some of the best polishing and flooring crew members in southern California, but even I was really impressed with the workmanship and attention to detail!”

A veteran of the construction industry, Wilson also holds a degree in construction engineering technology and management from the polytechnic university Cal Poly Pomona.

Wilson noted that Terrco grinding machines, Hi-Tech Fasteners, Diamatic, Mike Loken and ProCrete Resources, Inc. all played a crucial role in the project.

Learn more about the ARDEX products used in this project here.

To locate an ARDEX Sales Professional in your area, please call 1-888-512-7339 or email your request to info@ardexamericas.com​​.

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West Coast Style: Icon Tile and Design

Icon Tile and Design recently completed the entire floor and subfloor of a Bellevue Towers condo in Bellevue, Washington. The project was about 1,000 sq. ft. and they used a host of ARDEX products, including: ARDEX P 51™ Primer, ARDEX SKM™ Skimcoat Patch & Finishing Underlayment, ARDEX FEATHER FINISH® Self-Drying, Cement-Based Finish Underlayment​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, ARDEX V 1200™ Self-leveling Underlayment, ARDEX X 5™ Flexible Tile and Stone Mortar, ARDEX X 77™ MICROTEC® Fiber Reinforced Tile and Stone, ARDEX FL™ Rapid Set, Flexible, Sanded Grout, ARDEX DUSTFREE Dust-Reducing Unit for ARDEX Mixing Barrels and ROVER® Rolling Barrel Cart.

Icon Tile & Design co-owner Jamen Matthews said, “This project was very complex and challenging for us. We had to create a new flat subfloor with several transitions and height considerations.”

He continued, “Setting with ARDEX X 77 is a dream – it’s high-yield, creamy consistency and strength give it such versatility.”

Jamen and Co-owner and Operator Chanel Carrizosa have been in the industry for over 20 years.  Chanel was recognized as a 2017 Coverings Rock Star, an emerging leaders program that honors young talent in the tile and stone industry.


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Addressing Lippage in Large Format Tiles

The tile and stone industry is constantly evolving to keep pace with new innovations and trends in the marketplace. One of these recent trends has been the development of large format tiles.

A large format tile is loosely defined as any tile with at least one edge 15” or greater, though the size of tiles currently on the market far exceed these measurements. With minimal grout lines, super format tiles have a unique appeal, especially when used in large spaces.

Installing tile of this size makes innovative tools and installation materials a necessity, as placement, adhesive coverage and lippage concerns all become more difficult.  Suction cups, specialty trowels and lippage tuning systems have evolved to address the installation challenges associated with super format tiles.

In response to this need, several companies have brought their lippage control systems to market. For the sake of simplicity, we will analyze the MLT (mechanical lippage tuning) system, though other available systems may vary slightly in operation.

MLT is designed to be used with regular porcelain, natural stone and gauged (thin) porcelain. One non-reusable strap is provided for tiles sized 12”x24” to 18”x36”. For larger sized tiles, 24”x48” and up, a reusable strap is available.

The straps are designed to address the installation challenges presented by gauged (thin) porcelain tiles and guarantees the removal of the strap below the grout joints. This saves clean up time and limits the potential for tile damage.  The MLT plates are also designed to provide proper support under the tile and prevent voids.

The cap is designed to be disengaged after tensioning to allow for proper cleaning of grout joints, which saves time and possible tile damage due to aggressive cleaning. There are two options for the cap. The first is a rubber feet option which prevents mars and scratches of highly polished materials and is ideal for wall applications. The second is metal stainless steel inserts, which offer extra grip and tuning ability – perfect for a lippage-free install.

The system also comes with a setting tool that has five settings, from 1 to S (S standing for “snap”) to offer the installer different torque settings.

The flexibility of the MLT system addresses many of the challenges installers face when working with large format tiles.  By creating an eco-friendly option for installing the smaller tiles, to providing a setting tool that allows the installer to apply equal torque on all the straps – it’s an innovative solution that addresses the problem of lippage in large format tiles.


Call 1-888-512-7339 to contact your local sales professional today, learn more about ARDEX products, and find out local distributor locations.

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Red Rock Contractors: Making a Splash with Glass Tile

This week’s featured tile install is a stunning pool located in Gilbert, Arizona. It was recently completed by Red Rock Contractors and Red Rock Pools, with the help of installer Alpentile Glass Tile Pools and Spas. The pool has roughly 2500 sq. ft. of Oceanside Glasstile. ARDEX 8+9™ Rapid Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Compound was used as a waterproofing and fracture membrane under the glass tile. They also used ARDEX X 77™ MICROTEC® Fiber Reinforced Tile and Stone Mortar​​​​​​ and ARDEX FL™ Rapid Set, Flexible, Sanded Grout.

Rick Chafey, co-owner of Red Rock Contractors and Red Rock Pools since 1998, is a Master Member of the Society of Watershape Designers, as well as a faculty member and instructor for Genesis 3 Inc.

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ARDEX Americas Announces Expansion of Aliquippa, PA Manufacturing Facility

Aliquippa, PA, July 11, 2017 – ARDEX Americas recently announced a major expansion of their Aliquippa, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility, effectively doubling its size. This is the third such expansion for the company this year. In February ARDEX released news of an extension for the Dallas, Georgia plant and is also currently working to expand the manufacturing footprint in Stockton, California. The Aliquippa addition, which is the site of the Americas headquarters, includes significant increases in warehouse and production capabilities to better facilitate ARDEX’s growth strategy.

ARDEX Americas President, Jesse David explained, “We continue to experience strong growth throughout the Americas and across all business segments. This expansion is a direct result of our growth and allows ARDEX to continue to provide innovative products to our existing customer base as well as meet the future needs of an expanding market. We are committed to investing capital into our plants and infrastructure to provide the very highest levels of service and support that our customers demand.”

The expansion includes the addition of a new production operation and additional capacity to support future growth. ARDEX Director of Operations Jim Masterson added, “We wanted to enhance the capabilities of our operation group and increase efficiencies in the long term. This will help both production and storage and position us well for the future.” The Aliquippa expansion project will continue in phases for the rest of 2017 and into 2018 but will have no effect on how customers are serviced.

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WEBINAR: Super Format Tile, the New Generation of Tile

Join us on July 20 at 1:00 pm Central Daylight time for a one-hour educational webinar.

The evolution of tile and stone in recent years has provided endless design and application possibilities. The adaptation of innovative press and print technologies has provided materials that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also extremely durable. The trend has also been to transition to ever larger format tiles – they are now available in sizes as large as 5’ X 12’ in facial dimension, with thicknesses ranging from 3 mm to 3 cm and thicker.

In this one-hour educational webinar topics covered will include: the evolution of tile from ceramics to porcelain, review the importance of proper substrate preparation, proper tools and handling techniques for super format tiles, as well as selecting the appropriate installation products. Finally, we’ll review the most current industry guidelines as developed by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), specific to the installation of gauged (super format) porcelain tile panels and slabs.

About the Presenter:

Pat Renne, ARDEX Business Developer, Key Accounts, Tile & Stone Installation Systems, has years of  hands-on knowledge and experience of the tiling industry. Growing up in a family owned tile and stone business, Pat mastered the ins and outs of owning and operating a family business and maintaining integrity through proper and successful installation practices. Over the years, Pat has been involved with the sales, estimating and installation of residential and commercial projects. He joined ARDEX in 2014 and currently works in business development and manages relationships with complimentary manufacturing partners for the Tile & Stone Installation Systems division.


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Maris Tile: Rock Solid Installations with an Edge

Ulas Maris is a CTEF Certified Tile Installer and has been in the tiling industry for nearly 20 years. In 2004 he formed Maris Tile PRO and hasn’t looked back since.

Maris is currently working on  a massive project in Westhampton Beach, New York, that includes a master bathroom, four guest bathrooms, a powder room, a laundry room and a cabana floor. He’ll also be installing a kitchen backsplash and a fireplace. His installation pictures reveal many different types of tiles, making each space unique.

Throughout his work he’s been using ARDEX 8+9™ Rapid Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Compound to waterproof wet areas. To set tiles he uses ARDEX X 5™ Flexible Tile and Stone Mortar.

Maris says, “ARDEX..makes my installs rock solid and beautiful. All my clients have peace of mind knowing they are in good hands.”

To view even more of Ulas Maris’ stunning work, check out his website, www.maristile.com.

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Veteran John Bailey Retires After 21 Years with ARDEX Americas

John Bailey, ARDEX Americas Government and Military Sales Specialist, retires at the end of June after nearly 21 years of service. He began his ARDEX career as a Sales Professional for North and South Carolina. Over the years, John’s strong work ethic and great relationships with local distributors, architects, general contractors and flooring contractors made him a trainer and role model for rookie ARDEX sales professionals. As business in his region grew, he was promoted to Team Leader of the Carolina-Virginia Sales Team.

In 2009 the ARDEX Government & Military Sales Team was formed. Bailey, a retired major of the US Air Force (USAF Special Operations and Logistics), was appointed as the very first ARDEX Government and Military Sales Specialist for the Southeast. He was instrumental in opening this large, previously closed, market sector for his Southeast sales team.

John’s ARDEX career included many years of extensive travel, and special thanks to his wife Barbara for her patience and encouragement during his tenure. ARDEX Americas thanks John for his years of professionalism, commitment and service, and wishes him best of luck on the next phase of his life.



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