HYDRO BAN® Board is a robust, lightweight construction panel designed to be used in bonded tile or stone installations. It is made with a high-density, waterproof foam core and a reinforced, waterproof membrane on both sides. Kate-Lo Tile & Stone is currently stocking both the 1/2″ x 3′ x 5 board as well as the 2″ x 3′ x 5′ board. HYDRO BAN® Board can be used as a substrate for tile and stone on walls or floors and easy to install. The ready-to-tile wall board is designed to be used in showers and steam rooms or just about any application requiring a bondable substrate for tile and stone.
Made with waterproof high density polystyrene core that is rigid and impact resistant
Heavy duty waterproof membrane with XPS core – triple protection from water intrusion and ready to tile
Attaches to metal or wood framing
Easy to handle
High flexural strength
Low permeability – approved for steam rooms and steam showers
Lightweight; easy to carry
Waterproof and ready to tile
Easy to install with tab washers and screws
Cuts easily with a utility knife
Easy to form around curved surfaces
Use in a variety of applications requiring a direct adhered bondable surface
No tab washers required for floors & walls saves time and money
Part of the LATICRETE Lifetime System Warranty – see details
To learn more about this product you can visit Laticrete.
The tile industry has made enormous advances in technology over the last two decades. The array of colors, styles, and quality can be dizzying. You can select tile that replicates the look of concrete, textiles, wood, and burnished metals. Or you can choose charming mosaics and subway tiles that recall a gentler time. Tile is a man-made product that harnesses the beauty of nature. The possibilities are endless. Tile can be expensive, no doubt, but, it is one of the best investments you can make in your home. It is also one of the more permanent style choices. This guide will help you choose tile for your small bathroom that you will love for years to come.
The best laid plans
Before you embark on your tile selection process, sit down and make decisions on your budget, style, and space. Do you live in a 50’s rambler or in a contemporary open concept home? What kind of budget do you anticipate to spend? What are you willing to spend more on? If you don’t know your taupe from a tender beige, you might consider hiring a professional designer to help you develop a layout and palette that will even please your mother-in-law. The extra attention you pay at the beginning of the project will shine in the end. Beware, this can also work in reverse!
Don’t come up short
Remember the old adage measure twice cut once? It definitely applies with tile. You will want to make sure that you have accurately measured your space. There are a couple of reasons for this, but, most importantly, so you don’t come up short. If you run short, even if the tile is stock item from your local distributor you could end up with a different dye lot. Worst case scenario, they could have run out. When measuring a wall or floor space measure length and width of the room, then multiply. So, a simple room that is 10′ x 12′ would equal 120 square feet. However, your space might have multiple alcoves and other tricky spaces. Break it up into multiple areas to determine your square footage. Again, this is where a designer can help you immensely. It is recommended to purchase a minimum of 15% more of your overall square footage. Do yourself a favor and order more. This ensures that if you chip, crack or cut wrong, you have extras. Also, should you ever need to repair a tile in the future you will have spares. The life cycle of tile is usually about three years. That means, the tile you purchase is not indefinitely available.
Buy cheap, buy twice
Just like anything, there are different qualities of tile. Since you will likely only be doing your tile project once, look for premium quality tile. Generally speaking, independent distributors are your best bet for high-quality tile that will last a lifetime. Skip the big box store and work with local distributors that strive to provide quality products and service. Visiting a local showroom gives you the opportunity to talk to a consultant that can help you select the best quality tile for your project.
Good things come in small packages
Mosaic tiles can make a small space appear larger, only because of the hundreds and thousands of tiny mosaics that can fill a space. They are great for shower floors and bathrooms in general since they have a lot of grout joints. This helps to alleviate the slipperiness of a wet floor. For walls, glass mosaics add sparkle and reflect light, which can make a small room feel larger.
Go big or go home
But, the general rule is, the larger the tile, the larger the floor looks. By eliminating excessive grout joints, you give the floor a more seamless appearance that is less visually distracting. For even more impact, if you continue with this same size up the walls, it creates a modern look. Which brings us to our next tip…
The golden rule: K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid)
This is so incredibly important in all spaces. Do not include too many random elements into a small space. It makes the overall design seem cluttered and fussy. Try to keep the floor color and wall colors similar in tone within just a few shades. Too much contrast between floor and wall can create a perimeter in the space, making it appear smaller. If you are uncertain of what would look best, this is the perfect opportunity to work with showroom staff. They see bathrooms in all shapes and sizes and can best steer you in a direction that will suit your style, budget and space.
Work with a pro
As a wholesale tile distributor, we always recommend working with an independent tile craftsman to ensure your installation is appropriate for your space and the type of tile you choose. Nothing is more heartbreaking than when a well-meaning homeowner uses the wrong setting material or tile for their project and it fails.
Go forth and tile
We hope this short guide helps inspire you and give you direction into remodeling your small bathroom. Visit one of our showrooms to plan your project with one of our design consultants. They can help guide you to make your small bathroom a dream escape.
Nuheat Membrane is a tile underlayment and uncoupling system that is specifically designed to embed and hold the industry-leading Nuheat Cable floor heating system. The low profile Nuheat Membrane reduces the stress caused by differential movement between the tile layer and the substrate which can lead to tile cracking. When integrated with Nuheat Cable, the system provides soothing heat to tile and stone floors that is energy efficient and easy to install.
Nuheat Membrane compensates for the longitudinal movement between the subfloor and the tile preventing breakage and making it possible to install underfloor electric heating even on problematic substrates such as wood and cracked substrates.
Nuheat Membrane unique and patented design allows for air pockets to form between the subfloor and the membrane itself. Excess moisture from the substrate will find its way to these air pockets and create a vapor cycle. This vapor cycle will balance the vapor content of the substrate, protecting the tile from potential damage and making it possible to install underfloor electric heating even on substrates that are not perfectly cured or are moisture sensitive such as wood, concrete, and gypsum based subfloors.
Nuheat Membrane is a Polypropylene membrane and as such is naturally waterproof.
For indoor installations in areas that are prone to water damage such as bathrooms and kitchens, the perimeter, corners, and seams of the Nuheat membrane need to be waterproofed utilizing PROBAND 150 waterproofing foil tape (double-sided polypropylene foil tape) and unmodified thinset ANSI A118.1
Nuheat Membrane unique and patented designs allow loads to be evenly distributed from the tile covering to the subfloor. Each rounded square relief has a central cavity shaped like an inverted pyramid. When filled with thin-set this inverted pyramid becomes an incompressible structure. These cavities act like pillars in a building support structure, evenly distributing and transferring the load from the tile floor to the subfloor below.
Visit Nuheat for detailed product descriptions and installation guides.