New Wi-Fi Thermostat for DITRA-HEAT System Allows you to Control the Floor Warming System from Anywhere, at Any Time

Schluter®-Systems is adding smart home technology to its award winning DITRA-HEAT electric floor warming system with a new Wi-Fi thermostat.

The new DITRA-HEAT-E-WiFi thermostat makes programming the floor warming system fast and simple, whether the user is at home or on the road.  The touchscreen on the thermostat features an intuitive and interactive color display screen that provides quick access to system settings and features.  In addition to showing all relevant information about the current functions of the heating system, the display is also used to input programming information and make information requests with the simple touch of a fingertip.

Users can also access their thermostat settings via an app or website, so connecting to the system, on the fly, is easier than ever before.

Programming is also simplified with the thermostat’s set-up wizard which guides the user through the process.  To help make better programming decisions, the system displays the local outdoor temperature and weather forecast.

The new thermostat provides added flexibility to accommodate any lifestyle by allowing homeowners to create up to six programming periods per day.  By using the built-in adaptive function the thermostat learns, through its own experience, to turn the floor warming cables on and off with an appropriate time interval to reach the target temperature at each specified time of day.

A touch-driven energy consumption log can quickly display energy used by the system for three different time periods: hourly for the past 24 hours, daily for the past 7 days, or monthly for the past 12 months.  Homeowners can use this data to optimize the settings so the floor warming system provides the comfort they want for the least energy use.  Homeowners can also enter their current energy tariff (i.e., user’s current Kilowatt-hour rate) and the thermostat will calculate energy cost over the same time periods.

The new thermostat is available in spring of 2018 and is compatible with all DITRA-HEAT systems, so owners can upgrade their installed system with the Wi-Fi thermostat.

About Schluter®-Systems
Schluter®-Systems products are specifically designed for the tile industry to ensure that installations maintain integrity and durability. The company’s product line includes over 4,000 items, including tile trims, uncoupling membranes, waterproof building panels, and shower systems.  Schluter-Systems is renowned for its state-of-the-art technology with attention to detail for highly functional and visually appealing results.  For more information, visit


Sleek New Schluter Shower Grates Enhance Bathroom Design

A series of new shower drain grates from Schluter-Systems features brand new designs that fit into a virtually invisible frame, resulting in a stylish and truly seamless look for shower floors. Three new grate designs are available for both the standard 4” square point drains, and for Schluter’s linear drains in lengths from 20” to 48”.
The Schluter®-KERDI-DRAIN-STYLE grates (for point drain) and KERDI-LINE-STYLE grates (for linear drain) were developed through an in-depth project between European and North American designers, who came together to combine unique design trends from both sides of the globe into three fashionable shower grates. The design objective was to tie in to today’s latest tile trends, while providing distinctly different looks that will fit in with various bathroom decors. The drain grates do not contain any screw holes, creating an uninterrupted design that adds to the seamless appearance.

“Pure”: This grate features a clean yet elegant design that provides a subtle touch of style to the shower. This grate is fresh yet trendy, and ideal for those wanting a more refined look in the shower.

“Curve”: This curvaceous drain grate style really strikes a pose in the shower. Soft, rounded lines adorn this shower grate to add a touch of flare, while keeping a crisp and clean look.

“Floral”: This floral drain grate features soft, rounded petals that combine to create a harmonious and symmetrical pattern. Inspired right from nature, this grate truly blossoms in the shower.

The new “STYLE” grates are designed to integrate with the Schluter®-KERDI-DRAIN point drain and KERDI-LINE linear drain.  Both types of drain feature an integrated bonding flange that provides a secure connection to the KERDI waterproofing membrane at the top of the assembly. This is an integral part of a sealed system that creates waterproof showers by protecting the substrate from water infiltration, hence preventing mold and mildew. Creating waterproof showers ensures their longevity, thus enhancing the sustainability aspects of these products.

The KERDI-LINE is a low-profile linear drain that is ideal for barrier-free spaces and can be installed adjacent to walls or at intermediate locations in showers, wet rooms, and other applications that require waterproofing and drainage.

All of the new KERDI-DRAIN-STYLE and KERDI-LINE-STYLE grates and frames are made with brushed stainless steel.  The interior of the grate assembly is smooth and free of protrusions for easy cleaning.  These new designs will be available in March of 2018.

About Schluter®-Systems
Schluter®-Systems products are specifically designed for the tile industry to ensure that installations maintain integrity and durability. The company’s product line includes over 4,000 items, including tile trims, uncoupling membranes, waterproof building panels, shower systems, and most recently thin-set mortar.  Schluter-Systems is renowned for its state-of-the-art technology with attention to detail for highly functional and visually appealing results.  For more information, visit



Carrara White is a time-honored Italian marble featuring elegant shades of white and gray with subtle feathery veining. MSI’s Carrara White Marble Collection celebrates this iconic natural stone in a full line of clean, versatile looks.
In honed or polished finishes, Carrara White Marble lends luxury to countertops, waterfall islands, and backsplashes for distinguished kitchens that transcend the ages. Equally alluring in the master bath on floors, walls, and showers, each product makes a signature statement on its own, while pairing perfectly with other Carrara offerings for ultimate design flexibility. This sophisticated stone gives any space a timeless yet contemporary look in the most natural way possible.
The collection consists of 2cm and 3cm slabs, floor tiles in numerous sizes (including sought-after 18×18 and 24×24), and backsplash and wall tiles in a stunning variety of choices running classic subway to 1×2 3D polished.
And now there’s even more Carrara White Marble to fall for with the recent introduction of the hugely popular Carrara White 1×3 Herringbone mosaic tiles and the new Tetris Blanco encaustic-look tiles. Tetris Blanco 6×6 features a charming floral-inspired motif, while Tetris Blanco 10mm features a captivating mix of geometric looks that take this distinguished marble places it has never been.
Discover MSI’s extensive Carrara White Marble Collection.

Sicis wins “Best Booth” at KBIS; displays innovative Vetrite line

This year SICIS was awarded Best Booth at KBIS, one of leading trade shows in North America for the kitchen and bathroom industry. The company showcased innovative lighting materials that express a new and evolved concept for surfaces. In particular the company has added to its mosaic collections, artistic mosaic panels, special units and solutions for kitchens and bathrooms.

On display was Vetrite, Sicis’ latest product, created in the company’s research and development laboratories, it is a combination polymeric fabrics or films sandwiched between layers of glass. Original shapes and patterns along with textures and stunning colors further enhance its look. It is especially suitable to use both in interior coverings and in furniture, from kitchens, tops, doors, to whole bathrooms.

Sicis has married practicality and robustness to aesthetic beauty in a single material.

Vetrite comes in large slabs, with a maximum format of 120×280 cm, and with a thickness that ranges between 6 mm up to 12 mm depending on the use. It is available in a variety of options that can realize the most ambitious and refined design ideas, with an extraordinary attention to details.

Among the Vetrite range, one of the latest Sicis novelties is the ‘Electric marble’ line, a combination within the glass slab of marble texture with psychedelic-effect pigments similar to an electric fluid coursing through the marble aesthetic.

Lastly, the new Vetrite Tile takes this material to small formats allowing a geometric look to the surfaces. Vetrite Tile comes in 25 colors and it is also available in combination with numerous patterns, style details that designers can customize.

The variety of formats makes Vetrite a very versatile product, utilizable in different types of environments, from bathrooms, to kitchen walls, architectural structures such as large hotels, showrooms and much more. All formats, on request, are available in beveled and satin version along with the anti-slip treatment for floors. The product is very easy to cut on site.

Vetrite by Sicis displays the perfect balance of functionality and durability, combined with creative design innovation for exclusive and comfortable environments.

Fascinating combinations are made of Vetrite and artistic mosaic in vitreous paste, where artistic ability and craftsmanship discover new refined executions, surfaces that combine with details, such as artistic mosaic door handles, often developed with precious mosaic in gold or silver.

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Tuscany, the new white marble collection from Landmark Contract


The white Tuscany marble brings interior decoration up to date with its natural and exquisite elegance. Glazed Porcelain tile surfaces inspired by precious marble reinterprets the new contemporary lifestyle in modern architecture. The finish is soft and natural, colors are deep and intense. The floor and wall collection is enriched with an elegant mosaic and a refined trim for bullnose and borders.

The matte finish Tuscany comes in 12″ x 24″, 2″ x 2″ sheet-mounted mosaics and 3″ x 24″ bullnose. It uses at least 20% preconsumer recycled material in manufacturing.

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Nemo Tile + Stone debuts Aster Moroccan-inspired porcelain tile collection

New from Nemo Tile + Stone comes Aster, a Moroccan-inspired collection of porcelain tile. Available in three colorways – Classic, Black and White, and Colors – Aster is suitable for wall and floor applications in a variety of spaces. Each colorway is available in five individual patterns, as well as a mix of nine patterns.

The muted, washed out tones of the Classic line offers a vintage feel that lends a sense of aged elegance to a space.

The Black and White patterns provide a bold contrast that gives any room a bold, modern look.

Colors, with blue and yellow tones, offer a soft brightness and are influenced by Moroccan and Spanish design.

The Aster collection comes in 8” x 8” square tiles reminiscent of cement tile. Its bold geometric patterns can be interspersed with any of the line’s four solid colors for added variety. For more information, visit


Avenue Mosaic releases new tile collections

Avenue Mosaic, designer and manufacturer of original tiles, is proud to announce the
release of several new products. Chenille, Rain Dance, Pop Rocks, Homespun, Pyrenees, Flicker and Wet Bar have been added to its ever growing collection. These beautiful
and versatile mosaics can be used for application in any home. From bathroom to backsplash, Avenue Mosaics strive to create innovative and usable surfaces for any project.


With stunning palettes that mimic the demure softness of fine fabric, Chenille offers a complex yet soothing surface design. The movement of the painterly strokes are unique and beautiful in detail.The pattern sits harmoniously within itself, the color ways provide versatility for this intriguing tile.

Shining like glistening drops of rain on summer evening, Rain Dance reflects and refracts light in mesmerizing patterns. Trapped light in a pure glass encasement gleams effortlessly from this dynamic tile design.


Rain Dance

Pop Rocks










Lively and loud, Pop Rock’s color ways are named after some of our favorite classic rockers. Shiny and sexy, with peekaboo artwork that strings and strums through a vibrant, frenetic pattern. Despite its movement, Pop Rocks can be used in a more subtle environment, to give a little pop without overwhelming a space.












A cool neutral, Homespun has color swirls throughout resulting in a unique pattern on every tile. The comfortable serenity created by Homespun is perfect for creating a spa-like retreat in any bathroom.

Traditional yet intriguing, Pyrenees is a trompe-l’œil of a tile, proving that there is always complexity in the most simplistic of designs. Although smooth in reality, the alternation of color and the chevron-esque pattern creates a mesmerizing field of depth.


Wet Bar








Through the combination of glass and chrome, Flicker captures the spirit of vivacity in a playfully-arranged pattern. The hints of shine make for an exciting surface, that doesn’t overpower smaller spaces such as a powder room, vanity, or kitchen backsplash.

Strokes of dark and bright color swirl and blend together to make the smooth appearance of Wet Bar. Effortlessly pieced together, but never boring. A harmonious concoction of contrast and interest is in each inch of this design.

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About Avenue Mosaic – Avenue Mosaic designs and manufactures original tiles with an artistic and functional approach to design. The variety of processes and textures such as glass, stone, ceramic and metal present a diversified and unique selection of artistic tiles. It aims to be at the forefront of tile technology, working with the most talented and resourceful manufacturers around the world to generate original, vibrant artwork for printing in its New York City-based studio. Its products are for commercial and residential applications like kitchen backsplashes and bathroom walls. They can be purchased through US retail outlets, in the US and global distribution.Visit the website at or reach out for more information on new and previous collections.

MSI INTRODUCES NEW Q PREMIUM NATURAL QUARTZ™ COLORS: A New Wave of On-Trend Colors Fresh Off the Global Market

M S International’s Q for countertops is in a league all its own. Q Premium Natural Quartz embodies modern elegance with the perfect mix of natural and manufactured materials for superior style and performance.
Already a leading quartz brand, Q just keeps getting better. Introducing more coveted white marble looks, chic concrete-finish styles, and new warm creamy hues, all showcased on the redesigned Q Premium Natural Quartz website. Also among MSI’s exclusive releases are exciting builder colors in the most popular shades of gray, and stunning Calacatta looks featuring prominent long veining— a style we’re going to see more of in 2018.
Whether giving your kitchen with a fresh clean look or designing a signature ensuite bath, Q is a natural choice for affordable luxury.
MSI’s new exclusive releases are: Calacatta Pearl™, Calacatta Taj™, Calacatta Venice™, Ivory Cream™, Manhattan Gray™, Portico Cream™, and Rolling Fog™. Visit for colors, patterns and styles.

Tibur, the new vein cut travertine-look collection from Landmark Contract


Tibur is Landmark Contract’s new, authentic  reproduction of vein-cut Travertines in top-quality glazed porcelain tiles, creating a direct connection to contemporary architecture. The naturalness of each piece is highlighted by the graphic details and the well-defined parallel veins that leave a trace of indelible style in the space.

Tibur has V2 shade variation and is available in 12″ x 24″ formats as well as 2″ x 2″ mesh-mounted mosaics and 3″ x 24″ bullnose trim. The tile comes in beige and silver, with at least 20% pre-consumer recycled material used in the manufacturing.

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iQ Power Tools introduces 3 New Dry-Cut Tile Saw Accessories at Surfaces/TISE West 2018 – Booth #4575

iQ Power Tools, manufacturer of premium power tools with integrated dust collection systems, introduces accessories for the first “Dry-Cut Tile Saw” designed to cut ceramic, porcelain, marble and stone.

The iQTS244® is the 10” dry-cut tile saw specifically created for professional tile setters and contractors. With the world’s first fully integrated dust control technology, this innovative tool allows for tile to be cut inside or outside with no water and no dust.

iQ Power Tools is now meeting and exceeding their customers’ needs with the addition of three key accessories:


The iQTS244 Miter Attachment accommodates 22.5° and 45° miter bevels cuts for both ceramic and stone tile up to 24” long and ¾“ thick. The iQ quick clamps allow for quick setup and versatility for making miter cuts on various tile sizes and thicknesses.

  • 24” miter cut length capacity
  • Miter up to ¾“ thick materials
  • 22.5° and 45° miter bevel cuts
  • iQ quick clamps facilitate easy setup


The iQTS244 Extension Table adds versatility to the iQTS244 dry cut tile saw.  The Extension Table utilizes a smooth, extra-large table surface and cutting fence that allows cutting of large-format, ceramic tile of 48” or more. The synchronized measurement scale on each end of the table and the quick clamp cutting fence enable long cuts that are accurate, simple to set up, and easy to cut. The iQTS244 cutting fence is designed to clamp on the side for easy transport and storage.

  • Cut large-format, ceramic tile of 48” or more
  • Heavy-duty, durable PVC board with smooth cutting surface
  • Synchronized measurement scale on each end of table for easy set up and accurate cuts
  • Makes the iQTS244 dry cut tile saw more versatile


The iQTS244 Vacuum Port Hose converts the iQTS244 into a convenient vacuum that can be used to clean up the surrounding work area, grout joints and other areas where you need a quick touch up. Featuring a 10” hose and both narrow and wide nozzle attachments, the Vacuum Port Hose Kit quickly connects to the dust collection slot of the iQTS244. The Vacuum Port Hose Kit comes with a handy carrying bag to keep everything organized and ready when you need it.

  • Easily convert your iQTS244 into a vacuum
  • Durable, construction-grade hose and nozzles made to endure years of job site use
  • Keeps your work area neat and clean
  • Convenient, eliminates the need for a separate vacuum in your workspace

This revolutionary saw along with all the accessories will be demonstrated LIVE at the iQ Power Tools booth, #4575, during The International Surface Event: SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo, January 30-Feb 1, 2018 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.




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