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Realstone Systems

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Realstone Systems is a leading manufacturer of innovative and high-quality natural stone veneers, wall panels, and accessories. Their products are designed to enhance the beauty and functionality of homes, offices, and commercial spaces. Realstone Systems has many products, including natural stone veneers, stacked stone panels, and thin brick veneers.
One of the most impressive features of Realstone Systems products is their ability to replicate the beauty of natural stone without the heavy weight and high cost. Realstone Systems' products are made from genuine, natural stone, carefully selected, and handcrafted to ensure a unique and authentic look. With their patented panel design, Realstone Systems' products are easy to install, lightweight, and affordable.
Realstone Systems offers a variety of stone veneers and wall panels, including limestone, marble, travertine, slate, and granite. Their products are available in various colors, textures, and finishes, making it easy to find the perfect match for your project. Realstone Systems' thin brick veneers are also an excellent option for adding a touch of warmth and character to your interior or exterior walls.
Overall, Realstone Systems is an excellent choice for anyone looking to enhance the beauty and functionality of their space with natural stone veneers and wall panels. Their innovative products, exceptional quality, and outstanding customer service make them a leader in the industry.
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About Schluter DITRA

About Schluter DITRA 0

Schluter Systems is a company that specializes in providing innovative solutions for tile and stone installations. Their DITRA uncoupling membrane is a game-changer for tile installation, and in this blog, we'll take a closer look at what it is and how it can benefit your tile installation project.

What is DITRA?
DITRA is an uncoupling membrane designed to prevent cracks and damage to tile and stone installations. It is made of a polyethylene membrane with a grid structure of square cavities, each of which is covered by a fleece webbing. The DITRA membrane is designed to be installed between the subfloor and the tile or stone, creating a protective layer that helps to prevent cracks and other forms of damage.

Why use DITRA?
There are several reasons why you should consider using DITRA for your tile installation project. First and foremost, DITRA helps to prevent cracks in the tile or stone. Because the membrane is designed to uncouple the tile from the subfloor, it can absorb movement and prevent it from transferring to the tile. This can help prevent cracking caused by shifting or settling the subfloor.
DITRA also provides waterproofing and vapor management benefits. Because the membrane is made of polyethylene material, it is entirely waterproof, which means it can help prevent water damage to the subfloor. Additionally, the membrane is designed to allow vapor to escape, which can help to prevent mold and mildew from forming.

Installing DITRA is a relatively simple process. First, you'll need to clean and prepare the subfloor. Then, you'll apply a layer of thin-set adhesive to the subfloor and lay the DITRA membrane on top of it. You'll need to use a trowel to spread the thin-set adhesive over the DITRA membrane before installing the tile.

In conclusion, an uncoupling membrane is a must-have for anyone planning a tile or stone installation. It provides protection against cracking and damage, as well as waterproofing and vapor management benefits. The installation process is straightforward and can be completed by most DIY enthusiasts or professional tile installers. If you're planning a tile or stone installation, consider using DITRA for the best possible results.
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Pool Season is About to be Upon Us

Pool Season is About to be Upon Us 0

Talk to our knowledgeable sales representatives about your next Realstone system installation this pool season! Visit or call us at 815-561-7190 today!
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LATICRETE'S "Hand" in the Amazing SoFi Stadium 0

The Sofi Stadium, located in Inglewood, California, is an extraordinary facility adding to the famous cornerstone of Hollywood Park. The stadium is the first open-air, indoor-outdoor football stadium constructed and the largest in NFL history. SoFi stadium contains 70,000 seats and can expand and accommodate an incredible 100,000 guests. This facility is also home to a 2.5-acre covered outdoor American Airlines Plaza and a 6,000-seat performance venue YouTube Theater. 

By working together, Premier Tile & Marble, SMG Stone Company, and Continental Marble & Tile Company successfully installed more than 120 different tile types with all different kinds of finishes from all around the world. Each of the tile and stone subcontractors could undoubtedly agree on selecting only LATICRETE products for their installation needs. As quoted, “The service and dependability of LATICRETE speak for themselves. For SoFi Stadium, LATICRETE kept inventory readily available for all products and grouts we needed.” -- Andrew Games, Project Manager for Premier Tile & Marble

LATICRETE products were essentially the "glue" holding the project together. The following products made the entire project a reality.

  • 257 TITANIUM - high performance, one-step, polymer-fortified, thin-set mortar
  • MULTI MAX LITE - lightweight, one-step solution for large and heavy tile
  • LHT - polymer-modified mortar, one-step application for large format ceramic tile, porcelain tile, marble, and stone floors
  • TRI-LITE - lightweight, high-performance tri-purpose mortar for thin-bed and wall installations
  • LATAPOXY 300 Adhesive - chemical-resistant, expoxy adhesive that bonds to a wide range of sound, clean surfaces
  • SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout - a high-performance epoxy grout with excellent color consistency, durability, stain protection, and perfect, full grout joints in an easy-to-use, non-sag formula
  • SPECTRALOCK 2000 IG - chemical-resistant, industrial-grade epoxy grout
  • PERMACOLOR Grout - fast setting, high performance, dense and hard
  • PERMACOLOR Select - the first dispensable dry pigment solution, provided design flexibility for many color needs
  • HYDRO BAN - a single-component, self-curing liquid rubber polymer, its flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane that bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates made it perfect for bathrooms and locker rooms
  • LAMISIL sealant - used at movement joints
  • Premium Acrylic Caulk - for joints and adjacent surfaces
  • STONETECH Bulletproof Sealer - water-based penetrating sealer, provided maximum stain, and antimicrobial product protection without changing the natural look of the surface



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    Take a Look at Laticrete's New Color Additions!!

    Take a Look at Laticrete's New Color Additions!! 0

    Laticrete offers seven new colors to serve your color matching installation needs better.

    Laticrete's new color additions are inspired by different environment colors and grouped by Natural, Earthy, and Coastal themes. Let's go over all that Laticrete offers and find the perfect complement to your next installation endeavor.

     Available for the following products

    • PERMACOLOR Select
    • Premium Acrylic Caulk

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    Introducing Vitromex to our product line!

    Introducing Vitromex to our product line! 0

    Porcelain or Ceramic, Vitromex is here to help!
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