Custom Building Products Introduces Natural Stone and Large Tile Mortar

Words: Bronzella Cleveland

Formerly called Marble, Granite & Travertine Mortar, this is a premium product for large and heavy tile

To better reflect its versatile application, Custom Building Products (CUSTOM®) announces its newly renamed Natural Stone and Large Tile Mortar, previously known as Marble, Granite and Travertine mortar. This premium product is part of CUSTOM’s comprehensive family of modified dry-set mortars for large and heavy tile.

The product renaming comes in response to the industry trend toward larger size field tiles, CUSTOM says. While Natural Stone and Large Tile Mortar was first conceived to specifically address the unique installation challenges of natural stone, the new name more clearly communicates its capabilities to successfully hold and support a wider variety of tile products on vertical and horizontal surfaces. This mortar is engineered to support the weight of large and heavy ceramic or porcelain tile measuring 15” or greater on one or more sides, as well as all natural stone tiles that are inherently heavier. It also can be used with clay pavers and other thin or medium bed applications.

“Tile sizes have changed. Today, we see larger tiles, such as 12”x24” and plank shape tiles in a variety of lengths from 24 inches to 48, inches that require a different type of mortar. CUSTOM’s Natural Stone and Large Tile Mortar offers premium performance for the installations of these tiles with non-slump support for flat, even floor installations and non-sag / non-slip properties for wall installations,” said Eric Carr, director of product and channel marketing–construction for CUSTOM.

CUSTOM’s Natural Stone and Large Tile Mortar is available in white or gray, and is eligible for up to a lifetime warranty when used with a qualifying CUSTOM system of surface preparation and grout products. It exceeds ANSI A118.4 and A118.11 standards without the need for additives.

CUSTOM offers numerous other products among its family of large format tile mortars, such as its top-of-the line MegaLite® Crack Prevention Mortar with lightweight performance and crack isolation.  Also included are ProLite® Rapid Setting Tile & Stone Mortar, Complete Contact-LFT Rapid Setting Mortar, FlexBond® LFT Crack Prevention Medium Bed Mortar and VersaBond® LFT Fortified Medium Bed Mortar.

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