Mapei has added 12 colours to its Ultracolor Plus range, as well a range of epoxy grouts – Kerapoxy Easy Design – and a supporting Mapei Grout app to aid specification and colour-matching.
The 12 additional Ultracolor Plus shades reportedly reflect the latest ceramic colour trends and join existing colours within the range. The company’s flagship cementitious grout for interior and exterior wall tiles, Ultracolor Plus is said to be a fast setting and drying flexible polymer modified grout.
Performance features include easy application, abrasion resistance, high colour stability and very low water absorption, the company says. Anti-efflorescence, water-repellent DropEffect and mould-resistant BioBlock technology are designed to make the formulation suitable for kitchens, bathrooms and heavily trafficked commercial environments, such as airports to leisure centres.
The additional Ultracolor Plus shades include 123 Ancient White, 127 Arctic Grey, 187 Linen, 176 Green-Grey, 125 Castle Grey, 163 Light Lilac, 168 Cerulean, 167 Avio, 169 Steel Blue, 177 Sage, 189 Spelt and 188 Biscuit, to make up a total of 40 colours.
The second launch, Kerapoxy Easy Design, is a range of epoxy grouts said to combine improved performance features, workability, safety and design scope. The formulation is very low VOC and non-absorbent, as well as being highly resistant to chemicals, to the formation of micro-organisms and bacteriostatic. The range is suitable for residential and commercial settings, including swimming pools and wellbeing areas, and reportedly enables easy application, easy cleaning, a smooth finish and colour stability. It’s offered in a range of 40 colours, including a neutral, translucent version; which the company says allows an infinite array of colour combinations/light effects to be obtained on all types of surface, from 23 sparkling colours when used in combination with Mapeglitter, to a metallic effect with the recently launched Mapecolor Metallic pearlescent powdered mica pigments available in Moonlight, Shining, Stardust, Sahara and Red Clay. Kerapoxy Easy Design can also be matched with Mapesil AC sealant.
To help designers and end clients choose the best match with tiles, the company has created the Mapei Grouts app, available for both Android and iOS. Using an image of the specified tile, grout options can be simulated and the most suitable colour selected. The app also calculates the quantity of grout needed and identifies the most suitable formulation.