Bethany, Conn.—Laticrete launched the Masonry Veneer Installation System Water Crack Isolation (MVIS WCI).
According to the company, MVIS WCI is a crack isolation solution that is designed to enhance longevity thanks to its outer protective shield when used with air barrier systems. The product is a single-component, load-bearing, fluid-applied, bulk water management and crack isolation membrane that aims to produce a seamless, monolithic elastomeric coating, designed to bond with a wide variety of concrete and cement backer board substrates.
“MVIS WCI was carefully engineered to achieve peace of mind for the end user and guard against the harshest elements, making it a necessity to avoid costly repairs down the road,” said Dustin Prevete, senior product manager, Laticrete. “As Laticrete continues to evolve in the masonry veneer market, MVIS WCI provides an effective solution to provide superior crack isolation, excellent bond strength and water resistance, preventing in-plane movement from transmitting through finished materials and preventing bulk water migration through the full system.”
MVIS WCI is a low-VOC, self-curing and water-based formula containing antimicrobial technology designed to prevent mold and mildew formation. Used in construction where air barrier and drainage planes are required to improve building efficiency and durability, the company said MVIS WCI contains no solvents, is non-flammable and exceeds A118.12 standards.
The new membrane has a light color, which makes for an easier inspection process, according to Laticrete. In addition, Laticrete said it features color-changing technology to visibly show when it has cured and bridges up to ¼-inch (6mm) gaps on sheathing board joints with waterproofing and anti-fracture fabric. MVIS WCI is available in a five-gallon (18.9L) pail and provides roughly 250 feet of coverage.