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Tile Doctor ZHERORisk Tile Installation Products

Tile Doctor, a provider of innovative, eco-conscious products and solutions for the tile industry, has introduced ZHERORisk products, a new line of non-toxic, non-corrosive and sustainable products for tile applications.

The initial launch of ZHERORisk products includes:

Litokol Aquamaster Waterproofing – A solvent-free, ready-to-use liquid membrane for waterproofing moist environments in both interior and exterior settings; does not require reinforcement mesh or fabric and sealing straps to protect corners and edges

Litokol Litoelastic EVO – A two-part, no vertical slip adhesive for indoor and outdoor installation of ceramic tiles, glass tiles and natural or composite stone

Litokol Epoxy Élite EVO – An acid-resistant, two-part epoxy mortar/setting product for the installation and grouting of ceramic and glass tiles on indoor and outdoor floors and walls; available in a selection of eight warm and cool neutral hues

Aquamaster Waterproofing, Litoelastic EVO and Epoxy Élite EVO emit no VOCs (volatile organic compounds), meeting the strictest tolerances for indoor air quality and earning EC1PLUS certification from GEV-EMICODE®. Both Litoelastic EVO and Epoxy Élite EVO are also available in IMO (International Maritime Organization) certified flame-resistant versions.

“ZHERORisk products have been developed with the aim of delivering the highest performance possible while significantly lowering environmental and health impacts,” says Curt V. Rapp, founder and CEO of Tile Doctor. “The use of sustainable, environmentally sound materials offers healthier alternatives for installers, consumers and the planet while also contributing to improved indoor air quality and building wellness. This next generation of tile installation products is poised to change the way the industry approaches tile and stone installation.”

In 2016, the European Union (EU) government set out to reduce the corrosive nature of installation products for tile and stone through a project called ZERO (Zero Environmental Risks in Our building). The EU enlisted major universities in the tile-producing region of Italy to conduct research along with manufacturers, who were invited to submit for inclusion based upon their R&D and manufacturing capabilities. Litokol – an international provider of epoxy-based products based in Rubiera, Italy – scored 100 percent with its submission, and was awarded inclusion by the EU to develop its product formulations and bring them to market.

ZHERORisk products were born out of this effort and have been finely tuned over the past two-and-a-half years to provide a replacement for existing tile installation products, the majority of which pose health and safety concerns for installers, and have serious short- and long-term environmental impacts.

Adds Rapp, “While previous versions of these products were necessary, despite the risks, for their strong performance characteristics, there is no longer a need to compromise. It’s now possible to achieve the highest possible performance levels without placing tile installers, jobsites and the environment at risk. And, that’s a game changer.”

In celebration of the launch, Tile Doctor will plant a tree in an American forest for every purchase of ZHERORisk products.

ZHERORisk products are available in the U.S. exclusively through Tile Doctor. Additional ZHERORisk products are scheduled to be introduced beginning in fall 2019.

Founded in 2000 in response to consumer demand for comprehensive information related to tile products and installation, The Tile Doctor has evolved to offer a full line of innovative, high-performance and eco-friendly products for the tile industry. The Tile Doctor is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Litokol, the world's premier high-performance tile setting and grouting products, through which it offers a broad color selection of epoxy grouts along with all necessary setting and waterproofing materials. Litokol products are used extensively for both residential and commercial tile jobs, and are a leading product for the pool industry.

The Tile Doctor also provides a complete line of care and maintenance products under the Express Finish Brand, including its best-selling Grout Admix, along with a line of sealers and cleaners using today's most environmentally sound ingredients. In addition, the company offers VersaLite Stone, lightweight and easy-to-cut natural stone veneer panels for a range of design and architectural applications. For more information, visit www.tiledoctor.com.