Huntington Beach, Calif.—Custom Building Products, a leading provider of flooring preparation products and tile and stone installation systems, is making shower installations faster and easier with unlimited size and shape flexibility through the introduction of SpeedSlope and RedGard SpeedCoat. The combination of these high-performance, fast-track products extend the highly-successful RedGard brand and create a “Speed System” that allows installers to float a mud bed, waterproof, flood test and set tile in hours rather than days even in challenging cold or high humidity environments. The products will be available in late Q2, 2016.
The first component is SpeedSlope Rapid Setting Sloping Mortar, a polymer-modified, pre-blended cement-based product ideal for creating a sloped mortar bed on a shower floor in preparation for tile installation. SpeedSlope offers effective working time and sets quickly to allow tiling within one to two hours. This innovative formula delivers an exceptionally smooth finish, very low shrinkage and excellent bond strength. It can also be used for additional sloping applications such as ramps or transitions between subfloors with different elevations.
Complementing Speed Slope is RedGard SpeedCoat Rapid Curing Waterproofing Membrane. It provides installers with a ready-to-use, liquid-applied waterproofing barrier that cures quickly, consistently and effectively in extreme conditions. The advanced formula cures through exposure to ambient moisture, so it excels in cold and damp conditions that can present a challenge. One coat is required for walls and two coats are required for floors to waterproof with this IAPMO-listed shower pan liner. Complete waterproofing can be achieved in two hours. RedGard SpeedCoat bonds aggressively to metal, PVC, stainless steel and ABS drain assemblies.
“Bathroom remodels constitute a major market segment and the configuration of bathrooms is changing,” said Eric Carr, director of product and channel marketing. “Showers are replacing bath tubs, spa like features are being added and the size of showers are more irregular than ever as bathrooms expand stealing space from adjoining rooms. As a result, contractors need a fast-track shower installation system that offers more size flexibility than prefabricated shower bases can provide, and more speed than fabric membranes can offer. Time is money for an installer, so developing products that help expedite the installation process while providing warranted results is what we deliver with this system.”
SpeedSlope and RedGard SpeedCoat can be used in commercial and residential tiles and stone applications. For more information, visit custombuildingproducts.com.