A Tradition of Tiling Excellence, Guaranteed

A Sharper Finish is a one-man business, and Brandon George is happy to keep it that way. “It allows me to focus on quality control of the job. I can’t blame anyone for mistakes. It’s my name on the line and I want it to be a good one,” he explains. George, who lives in Lexington, North Carolina, grew up in the tile business. He joined his father, a tile installer, on job sites until he was about 15 – when he started to do small jobs on his own during summer breaks from school.

Now, fifteen years later, George makes a great effort to satisfy his customers. “I was always taught to take pride in your work,” he explains. “[For every job] I try to explain and educate my customers.” He also gives a 10-year guarantee on his work, making it essential for him to rely on quality products in his installations.

“I’m pretty new to ARDEX FLEXBONE®, but it impressed me. It’s very nice to work with, and it’s now my favorite uncoupling system,” George says. “FLEXBONE and ARDEX X 5™ are my go-tos for all projects.”

This tiled entryway in Winston-Salem, North Carolina was among the first installations that George completed using FLEXBONE. It proves that excellence in your craft isn’t restricted to large, complicated jobs. Quality products and skilled installation methods result in impressive tiling – every time!

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ARDEX Introduces X 90 OUTDOOR™ the New Level in Mortar Standards

ARDEX Introduces X 90 OUTDOOR™ the New Level in Mortar Standards

Aliquippa, Pa., June 5, 2017 – ARDEX Americas is pleased to announce that ARDEX X 90 OUTDOOR™ MicroteC3 Rapid-Set, Flexible Tile and Stone Mortar is now available for purchase at ARDEX distributors throughout North America.

Featuring revolutionary weather proof innovation in mortar technology, ARDEX X 90 OUTDOOR is formulated with specialty, high-performance ARDEX cements, polymers and microfibers. It delivers maximum protection against the harshest weather conditions, and provides the highest levels of efflorescence resistance for exterior tile and stone installations.

ARDEX X 90 OUTDOOR sustains the highest levels of freeze thaw resistance, tested at 150+ freeze thaw cycles – seven times greater than ANSI 118.15 standard requirement of 20 cycles). It also features outstanding rapid-setting properties, even at temperatures as low as 40°F (5°C). With an extended open time of 30 minutes, along with an extremely creamy consistency, ARDEX X 90 OUTDOOR can also be grouted in only 2 hours!

“We are excited about the release of ARDEX X 90 OUTDOOR because it opens the door to more tiling possibilities outdoors.” said Russ Gaetano, ARDEX Senior Marketing Manager, Tile & Stone Installation Systems. “With the ability to withstand driving rain and rapid-setting properties even at cool temperatures, it’s the perfect mortar for outdoor applications and stands up to almost any weather condition.”

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, manufacturing 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 Employee Throws First Pitch at Bradenton Marauders Game

ARDEX’s Jeff Simeone, Sales Professional Tile and Stone Installation Systems, was lucky enough to throw the first pitch at the May 22nd Bradenton Marauders baseball game. The Bradenton Marauders, the A Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, played against St. Lucie Mets, the A Affiliate of the New York Mets. Simeone was selected to throw the pitch as part of the after event for a Boone Distributor’s sales meeting.

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Ahora estrenando en Colombia: ¡ARDEX y PROARCA en la expoconstrucción-expodiseño de 2017!

Ahora estrenando en Colombia: ¡ARDEX y PROARCA en la expoconstrucción-expodiseño de 2017! Se celebrará del 16 al 21 de mayo en Corferias en Bogotá. Comienza al mediodía el día 16, y corre de las 10 am hasta las 7 pm los otros días. ¡Venga a visítenos en el puesto 701 del primer piso del Pabellón 4 para conocer a los autonivelantes de ARDEX en vivo! www.expoconstruccionyexpodiseno.com

Now showing in Colombia: ARDEX and PROARCA at the 2017 expoconstrucción-expodiseño trade show! May 16-21 at the Corferias Expo Center in Bogotá. It starts at noon on May 16, and runs from 10 am to 7 pm all other days. Come visit us at Stand 701 in Pavillion 4 on the first floor for a live ARDEX self-leveling demo! www.expoconstruccionyexpodiseno.com

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ARDEX Americas Introduces ARDEX S 28™ MICROTEC® Rapid-Set, Rapid-Dry, Super-Format Tile and Uncoupling Membrane Mortar

Aliquippa, PA, May 5, 2017 – ARDEX Americas is pleased to announce that ARDEX S 28™ MICROTEC®  Rapid-Set, Rapid-Dry, Super-Format Tile and Uncoupling Membrane Mortar is now available for purchase at ARDEX distributors throughout North America.

Formulated with ARDEX proprietary self-drying technology, ARDEX S 28 is fully dry in just 4 hours when installing even the largest, most dense tiles. Suitable for interior use, ARDEX S 28 is a high-performance rapid setting and drying, thin to medium bed mortar with a unique semi-pourable consistency for ease of application and a much easier ability to obtain full coverage when installing large and super format tile.

ARDEX S 28 is highly flexible with virtually no shrinkage and delivers an unmatched open time for a rapid set mortar (45 minutes). Its semi-pourable consistency also makes ARDEX S 28 the perfect choice for installing ARDEX FLEXBONE® Uncoupling Membranes and most other uncoupling membranes.

“We’re excited to be releasing ARDEX S 28, because of its unique self-drying technology, semi-pourable consistency and revolutionary open time of 45 minutes. There simply isn’t another product like this on the market,” said Russ Gaetano, ARDEX Marketing Manager, Tile & Stone Installation Systems.  He added, “We feel that this product will become an industry benchmark.”

For more information about ARDEX S 28 please visit www.ardexamericas.com or call 1-888-512-7339 to find a distributor near you.

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Stunning Five-Day Bathroom Install with ARDEX Products

When you see installations by Carl Leonard of Cutting Edge Tile, Inc, you can’t help but be amazed. Elegant and sophisticated – like this bathroom he collaborated on with George Maniera of New Age Stone. He was contracted by Thompson Remodeling and used ARDEX products throughout.

“We provide our clients with a 20-year guarantee,” he explained, “so only the best materials will do,” Leonard stated.

The bathroom tile installation, located in Hillsborough, New Jersey, took just five working days to complete.

“Using high quality products like ARDEX allows us to cut time, increase productivity and ensure a long-lasting, maintenance free installation,” Leonard explains.

They used ARDEX X 5™ white thinset to adhere the heated uncoupling membrane to the floor, followed by ARDEX Liquid BackerBoard® to protect the wires and provide a flat surface for the floor tile.

In the shower area walls, pan and exterior walls, they used ARDEX X 5 white thinset to adhere the tiles, and used ARDEX FL™ for all grout work.

When asked what was the most difficult part of the job, Leonard replied, “There weren’t really any tough parts. We love using ARDEX products, they make difficult situations a breeze!”

Cutting Edge Tile, Inc. is a family-owned and operated 3rd generation kitchen and bathroom remodeler and tile installer.

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ARDEX Americas Wins Healthiest Employers in Western Pennsylvania Award

Aliquippa, PA, April 8, 2017 – ARDEX Americas, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high-performance building products, received the 2017 Healthiest Employers in Western Pennsylvania award by the Pittsburgh Business Times. This marks the fifth time ARDEX Americas has won the award.

Over 100 companies entered the competition, and 24 winners were selected across the different categories. This year ARDEX Americas competed in the 100-499 employee category, and there were six winners in this category. Winners were selected based on a score compiled from leading health intelligence platform Springbuk®. The order of winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 8, to be held at the Westin Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

Breanne Thompson, ARDEX Benefits Manager, said, “The Healthiest Employer Award is very thorough in considering everything from wellness benefits to senior management involvement, and ARDEX is delighted to once again win this prestigious award.” ARDEX Americas was founded in 1978, and since the beginning has always placed great importance in promoting the health of employees. “Having ARDEX’s dedication to employee health recognized reaffirms the extraordinary success we’ve experienced,” Thompson added.

For more information on ARDEX Americas, please visit www.ardexamericas.com.
You can read the Pittsburgh Business Times at www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh.
For more information about the Springbuk platform, visit www.springbuk.com.

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FLEXBONE takes the Helm!

“3rd Shift pays better than sleep”

This was the exact thing Daniel Helm; owner of Helm Construction, kept telling himself while taking on two bathroom remodels in Vestal, NY.

Daniel had used ARDEX UI 740™ FLEXBONE® just twice before taking on this job, but was already hooked on using ARDEX Tile and Stone Installation System products!

“FLEXBONE, not unlike every other ARDEX product out there, beats the competition. The single direction troweling to fill the surface is a big time saver and I found it to be less fatiguing.”, proclaimed Daniel.

Besides ARDEX FLEXBONE, Daniel used an array of ARDEX Tiling products for the install.

“The speed advantage of the 207 versus thinsets gets me installing faster and maximizing profits”,  said Daniel in regards to using ARDEX AF 207™ Pre-Mixed, Rapid-Set Uncoupling Bonding Adhesive.

ARDEX WA™ High-Performance, 100% Solids Epoxy Grout and Adhesive in Slate Gray and Fresh Lily were used in the master and smaller bathrooms.

ARDEX Liquid Backer Board® Self-Leveling Underlayment for Interior Wood and Concrete Subfloors was poured on the entire floor in the master bathroom.

“X5 is an amazing thinset to work with, sticks to the tiles and substrates with a DEATH GRIP and keeps its’ exact form…”, said Daniel on using ARDEX X 5™ Flexible Tile and Stone Mortar.

“I can’t say enough good about your products. They are the best and I refuse to use anything else!”

Thank you to Daniel Helm for sharing this incredible bathroom remodel!

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Try the new ARDEX OVP™ White!!

ARDEX OVP™ White…

Trowelable finishing compound used for tilt-up walls, pre-cast or poured in place concrete panels, and other concrete or masonry surfaces.

Product page: http://bit.ly/2oQ1JvR

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ARDEX Americas Wins Engaging Pittsburgh Innovation People Practices Award

Aliquippa, PA, April 5, 2017 – ARDEX Americas has received the Engaging Pittsburgh Innovative People Practices award, recognized in the category; Innovation in Learning and Development. The Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (PHRA), the largest Pittsburgh based HR organization, has sponsored this event for over a decade. This award celebration recognizes employers from across the Pittsburgh region who have demonstrated creativity in designing business practices that have significantly contributed towards organizational and employee achievements. This award exemplifies the commitment we have made to key business strategy, “Drive Culture and People Development.”

ARDEX Americas was recognized for creating a customized, multi-tiered, learning and development program called “Stepping Stones” to better prepare the hi-potential talent pool, to “step up” to new opportunities. Kathryn Gardner, ARDEX Recruitment and Employee Development Manager explained, “We believe our employees are our most important asset as an organization and it is critical to create innovative education programs to enhance learning and develop an engaged workforce.” Founded in 1978, ARDEX Americas has always put a focus on learning and education for their customers -and employees. Rhonda West, ARDEX Human Resources Director notes, “ARDEX is known for innovative products, so this award continues a culture of innovation for our overall people process.”

Award synopsis: Americas has created a customized, multi-tiered, learning and development program, that addresses the training needs for every level of personnel, from the individual contributor, to executive leadership.  “Stepping Stones”, is successfully meeting the key challenges identified by the business in successfully assimilating new employees into Company Culture, creating a skilled, diverse and engaged workforce, and a dynamic, hi-potential talent pool, who are better prepared to “step up” to new opportunities – both locally, and globally. ARDEX Americas has made “Driving Culture and People Development”, a key business strategy, and has invested significant time and resources, in creating learning and development programs that directly address business needs, impact bottom-line line results, and give them the competitive advantage. ARDEX is truly making their people, ‘the Foundation on which we build our Business”.

PHRA awards press release link; http://www.pittsburghhra.org/page/22

For more information on ARDEX Americas, please visit www.ardexamericas.com

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