The Tile Shop makes its Connecticut debut
Continuing its wave of expansion, The Tile Shop has opened its first retail locations in Connecticut: one in Danbury and one in Norwalk.
“We’re excited about bringing the Beautiful Made Easy experience to Connecticut,” said Carl Randazzo, SVP Retail for The Tile Shop. “There are many beautiful, historic homes in both areas. The Tile Shop brings Danbury and Norwalk residents the widest, deepest selection of natural tile and stone in Connecticut – including natural marble and granite that homeowners with turn-of-the-century homes will find very appealing. Our tile and stone experts can help homeowners re-capture the history of their homes with authentic tile or stone, or give older homes a completely new contemporary look and feel.”
Located at 18 Federal Road at the Candlewood Plaza Shopping Center in Brookfield, the new Danbury location measures 15,120-sq.-ft., while the Norwalk store stands slightly larger at 20,740-sq.-ft in the ShopRite plaza of Oak Hills. oth stores are situated next to other major big-box stores, including Home Depot.
As is customary for Tile Shop stores, the new locations both feature fully decorated, room-size displays with working appliances, lighting and plumbing fixtures.
Stores have over 4,500 natural stone and tile products, as well as free DIY tiling workshops on Saturday mornings.
The company operates 90 stores in 28 states, with an average size of 23,000 square feet.
UGL develops Clear Masonry Waterproofer
United Gilsonite Laboratories developed what it calls the first clear masonry waterproofer.
Scranton, Pa.-based UGL introduced the Drylok Clear Masonry Waterproofer as an alternative coating to traditional pigmented waterproofing systems. According to the company, it is a ideal for waterproofing new and existing construction made of masonry block, pre-cast, poured walls, interior and exterior, and decorative elements, such as split faced block, stone, brick and stucco.
The coating holds back water under pressure, 5 psi, greater than a wall of water 9 feet high, according to UGL. When used on floors, Drylok Clear Masonry Waterproofer will stop water from coming up through the horizontal masonry and can be used prior to applying adhesive and flooring material such as carpet, tile, hardwoods, etc.