Attached To Additional Substructure Patents (Class 52/385)
  • Patent number: 10285515
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus and a method relating to using the mounting apparatus. The mounting apparatus may include a mounting panel having a plurality of mounting holes and a plurality of apertures, and at least one utility bracket having at least one mounting mechanism and at least one anchor. Each of the plurality of apertures may include a first section having at least a pliable locking tab and a second section having at least a slot. The at least one anchor may include a left flange, a right flange, and a central spline. Each of the plurality of apertures of the mounting panel may be configured to receive the at least one anchor of the at least one utility bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Desilets
  • Patent number: 9957724
    Abstract: A support for installing facing materials such as ceramic tiles on a substrate such as floors, walls and ceilings wherein the support plate has a plurality of spaced apart recesses in the plate material, with the recesses being open at the top surface and have solid sidewalls and a base, and a plurality of slots in the non-recessed portions of the plate material extending through the top surface and bottom surface, the slots joining one or more adjacent recesses. The support plate of the invention is used for tile installations between the substrate and such tile. Thin-set mortar that is used to secure the tile to the support plate flows into the recesses and into the slots forming a continuous bond between the mortar and the adjacent slots providing for a strong bond between the support plate, mortar and the tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: LATICRETE INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Sean P. Boyle
  • Patent number: 9890959
    Abstract: A universal tile installation mat is described for use in the construction of tiled floors and walls and wherein the mat is secured on a sub-floor surface formed of wood or concrete or a wall surface. The tile installation mat uncouples the mortar and the tiles set therein and disposed over the mat to prevent cracking of the mortar, the tiles and the grouted joints due to displacements in the support surfaces. The tile installation mat is formed from flexible plastics materials and has three different types of support formations integrally formed therein to anchor mortar and to retain heating wires captive in different patterns as desired to form a heated tiled floor or wall. The support formations facilitates ease of installation of heated wires and provides counter acting forces against a heating wire from escaping from anchoring passages formed by the support formations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: 10148849 CANADA INC.
    Inventors: Robert Houle, Gregory Gelston, Guy Jean Houle
  • Patent number: 9803371
    Abstract: A veneer product and system includes a body having an aesthetic front surface and a back surface for installation adjacent the building. The body has a top side and a bottom side and a bracket attached to body and projecting away from the back surface of the body, the bracket further comprising a first end adjacent the top side for attachment to the building and a first protrusion for positioning the back surface a predetermined distance from the building and a second end having a second protrusion for positioning the bottom of the back surface a predetermined distance from the building and a bottom projection adjacent the bottom side for engagement with a second body to retain the bottom end of the veneer product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Talus Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Harold C. Attebery, II
  • Patent number: 9796107
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wood-based composite panel that is not susceptible to top surface edge swell, and methods of making the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Norbord Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Bailey, Michael C. Schoneberger
  • Patent number: 9587398
    Abstract: A veneer product and system includes a body having an aesthetic front surface and a back surface for installation adjacent the building. The body has a top side and a bottom side and a bracket attached to body and projecting away from the back surface of the body, the bracket further comprising a first end adjacent the top side for attachment to the building and a first protrusion for positioning the back surface a predetermined distance from the building and a second end having a second protrusion for positioning the bottom of the back surface a predetermined distance from the building and a bottom projection adjacent the bottom side for engagement with a second body to retain the bottom end of the veneer product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Talus Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Harold C. Attebery, II
  • Patent number: 9504359
    Abstract: A bathroom wall unit includes a molded wall panel formed of a polymer and defining a recessed pocket. A flexible substrate supporting mosaic tiles is illustratively coupled to a rear wall of the recessed pocket. Surface treatment is illustratively provided within linear indentations in the wall panel to simulate grout lines. A corner bracket illustratively includes first and second trios of arms supporting seals and defining first, second, and third recesses for receiving mounting flanges of a pair of wall panels and a locking device of an inner sealing body to provide additional seals with the wall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Delta Faucet Company
    Inventors: Bernd Seckler, Michael Scot Rosko
  • Patent number: 9422730
    Abstract: The trim system is comprised of a J-trim component to be secured onto a surface such as a wall of a home, and a ledge component to be secured within said J-trim component. The ledge component is comprised of a slot along a longitudinal axis of the ledge member in order to mate with a hook portion of the J-trim component, and is also comprised of keyholes on the lower surface of said ledge member in order to secure it to the wall as well. The ledge member has two leader grooves located on opposite extremities of the slot in order to reduce the wear and tear of the ledge member's cast mold and therefore extend the life of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignees: Silverwood Stone Corp., 8906912 Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Caleb Curtis, Barry Curtis
  • Patent number: 9388565
    Abstract: A wall or roof covering for mounting to a support surface, comprising: a plurality of panels securable to the support surface, each of the panels having a front surface comprising a covering section with simulated building elements, an opposed rear surface facing the support surface when secured thereto, a first marginal edge region and an opposed second marginal edge region, the first marginal edge region having an elongated receiving groove with an elongated aperture oriented one of substantially upwardly and substantially downwardly, the second marginal edge region being at least partially insertable in the first elongated receiving groove of a vertically-adjacent panel and being at least partially covered by a first section of the covering section of the vertically-adjacent panel when inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: NOVIK INC.
    Inventors: Michel Gaudreau, Mathieu Piche, Martin Forget, Francois Bouchard
  • Patent number: 9353523
    Abstract: The invention is an insulated wall panel system having structural elements that may be used as an exterior façade to a building. The insulated wall panel system provides a finished exterior surface, a structural component, and an insulation factor. The wall panel system may be used in new construction or in existing buildings. The wall panel system has an insulation layer, a middle cement layer, and an outer veneer layer. The outer veneer layer may include brick, stone, tile, or other material as a finished surface. The insulated wall panels may be attached directly to the studs or other structural element of a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Max Life, LLC
    Inventors: Charles David Taylor, Jr., Paul Addison Brown, Berthold Mueller
  • Patent number: 9303398
    Abstract: A spring clip system for mounting material to a structure includes: a spring clip, a rail and a starter clip. A first end of the spring clip is threaded through a hole in the rail while a second end of the spring clip is placed over the edge of siding material. A bottom portion of the spring clip holds the top edge of siding board and a top portion is used to hold the bottom of next siding board. The first end of the clip is bent back over the edge of the hole in the rail against the force of the spring action and snapped over the outer edge and into a notch. The starter clip is holds the bottom edge of the first siding board. The starter clip is held in place by a pin and receives the bottom of the first siding board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Sean William Bell
  • Patent number: 8984832
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an outdoor flooring such as a lightweight deck surface, employs a fiber reinforced polymer structural panel with internally tapered plural grid openings therein. A connector is driven into selected openings to enable the panel to be secured to a deck frame, or in the case of an impenetrable deck frame, a series of plates are used with or without pipe stanchions to make a floating or raised floating planar surface. A surfacing material, such as a quarried stone, is attached to the top of the panel, providing a stone deck surface without requiring substantial structural support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Philip J. Busby
  • Patent number: 8984830
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heat insulation element for insulating building facades, in particular for heat insulation composite systems, composed of a heat insulating board and a reinforcement mesh that can be penetrated by fastening elements, in particular plugs, wherein the reinforcement mesh is placed in the area of a large surface of the heat insulating board. It is the object of the invention to avoid the disadvantages of the state of the art and in particular to provide a heat insulation element which even in case of high tightening torques of the fastening elements does not excessively tends to be deformed into the direction of the building facade. This aim is achieved by a heat insulation element according to the invention, in which the reinforcement mesh is arranged as a component of an abutment at a distance to the surface of the heat insulating board and in which the reinforcement mesh comprises a surface area which is smaller than the area of the surface of the heat insulating board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Rockwool International A/S, Deutsche Rockwool Mineralwoll GmbH & Co. OHG
    Inventor: Rolf Wieleba
  • Patent number: 8950141
    Abstract: An underlayment for use between a veneer material and a foundation surface comprises a base layer and a series of supports extending upwardly from the base layer. The supports are configured to create voids in a layer of bonding material used to adhere the veneer material to the underlayment. Each of the supports includes at least one outer wall extending upwardly from the base layer and terminating at an upper lip, a bowl area defined adjacent a center of the support; and an internal wall extending downwardly from the upper lip toward the center of the support to at least partially define the bowl area within each of the supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Schluter Systems L.P.
    Inventors: Werner Schluter, Stefan Weige
  • Patent number: 8950140
    Abstract: A system for mounting tile relative to a flat surface may include a plurality of tiles and support structure to be mounted to the flat surface. The support structure may have a plurality of support surfaces on which the tiles are mounted such that the tiles are at different angles and/or heights relative to the flat surface. The support surfaces may be arranged in a wide variety of patterns, and may have shapes that correspond to those of the tiles. The tiles and support surfaces may have a wide variety of shapes. The support structure may be a single piece on which all of the support surfaces are formed, or may be created through the assembly of multiple support blocks, each of which has one or more of the support surfaces thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Dimensional Tile Backer, LLC
    Inventor: Rodney James Katwyk
  • Publication number: 20150027075
    Abstract: In accordance with the present inventive concept, there is provided a suspended ceiling comprising a ceiling tile (500) and a grid of profiles forming a frame which supports the ceiling tile (500). The ceiling tile (500) has a first and a second pair of non-adjacent side-edge portions, wherein the grid of profiles engages from below with the first pair of side-edge portions, and wherein the grid of profiles engages from above with the second pair of side-edge portions. The grid of profiles engages with said first and second pair of side-edge portions such that a clamping action that counteracts lateral displacement of the ceiling tile (500) is provided. There is also provided a method for mounting the suspended ceiling. Furthermore, the present inventive concept also relates to an improved ceiling tile (500) for a suspended ceiling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: SAINT-GOBAIN ECOPHON AB
    Inventors: Jan Wilkens, Jonas Skeppås
  • Patent number: 8938926
    Abstract: Prior art rolled T-beams used in horizontal grids in suspended ceilings, serve as vertical studs in a grid that supports wallboard in a liner for a structural wall. A horizontal strut extends along, and is connected to, the studs, to unite the studs and the strut to form the vertical grid. The grid is braced from the structural wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Worthington Armstrong Venture
    Inventors: Brett W. Sareyka, William J. Platt
  • Patent number: 8935896
    Abstract: Support panels for masonry objects and associated methods of use are disclosed herein. A support panel for masonry objects may include an inner surface, an outer surface, at least one stiffening channel formed longitudinally along the support panel, and a plurality of substantially C-shaped tabs extending from the outer surface, the tabs being disposed in spaced apart relation to one another to form a grid, wherein the tabs are configured to contactingly support at least a portion of a masonry object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Glen-Gery Corporation
    Inventors: John Tancredi, John Cotton
  • Patent number: 8887462
    Abstract: A pre-fabricated tile system includes modular backing boards comprising a plurality of tile backing board units including male/female edges for mating with an adjacent unit and a protruding bump serving as a grout spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ali Tatari
  • Publication number: 20140325927
    Abstract: A dry-hang wall panel includes a thin stone slab having a thickness of about 3-10 mm. A reinforcing sheet has an area corresponding to the thin stone slab and is fixed to a rear side of the thin stone slab. A rear frame made of a rigid material is fixed to a peripheral edge of the reinforcing sheet. The rear frame has a hollow area in a central portion thereof. Hooks can be mounted to the rear frame for mounting the dry-hang wall panel to a wall face. The dry-hang wall panel allows easy construction and provides a leveling effect while providing a sense of quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Che-An Tsai
  • Patent number: 8769897
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a decorative remaining formwork formed by combining a plurality of single frame plates defined by 3 or more edges comprising one edge arranged horizontally and at least one inclined edge inclined with respect to the horizontal edge; arranging the single frame plates so as to form a predetermined gap in a joint-shape between respective edges of the single frame plates adjacent each other; and having a back plate on a concrete casting surface, the back plate covering the predetermined gap in a longitudinal direction, and being fixed to the single frame plate to connect the single frame plates adjacent each other, and a cross-sectional shape in a width direction of the back plate being formed into a shape enlarged from a contact surface with respect to the single frame plate toward an opposed surface with respect to the contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignees: WPC Corporation, Kengo Kuma and Associates
    Inventors: Takeyasu Kikuchi, Seiichi Fukawa, Kengo Kuma
  • Patent number: 8745948
    Abstract: An assembly for wall covering, includes a fastening structure provided with a body, an anchoring face, recesses having an insertion portion, two facing parallel upper reception portions, two facing parallel lower reception portions, and two support blocks, each block bordered in part by one of the upper and lower edges of the insertion portion and by the upper and lower reception portions. A fastening interface is configured to be attached to a covering element and to be mounted on the structure, which interface includes three branches, two of these branches projecting from a first branch configured to be inserted into the insertion portion then slid against a face of the body along a block and with the other branches being configured to be received in the upper or lower portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Shigeru Ban
  • Patent number: 8695300
    Abstract: A support plate for a slab-lined wall, ceiling, or floor construction for achieving decoupling between a ground and a surface lining to be affixed to the support plate. The support plate comprises a foil-like plate made of plastic material and provided with a plurality of chambers constituted by recesses with respect to a plane of the foil-like plate, outer end faces which form a first plate side and on an opposite side a second plate side, the recesses being configured for receiving a hardening contact means for providing a contact layer for the surface lining to be applied, a woven or non-woven fabric disposed on the first plate side, and an adhesion-strengthening layer made of a web-like material being applied to at least one of the first or second plate sides for lining at least the recesses of the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Infinex Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Hartl
  • Patent number: 8590268
    Abstract: Methods for installing underlayment systems include the steps of laying at least one piece of a pre-formed board over at least one first portion surface area of a sub-floor. The pre-formed board is preferably fire-resistant gypsum board, which may also be water- and/or moisture-resistant. A second portion surface area of the sub-floor, which is adjacent to each first portion surface area, is designated to receive a poured underlayment after a tub is installed over the laid at least one piece of pre-formed board. In some instances, a sound mat may be laid over each first portion surface area of the sub-floor, prior to laying the at least one piece of the pre-formed board, and, then, another sound mat may be laid over the second portion surface area of the sub-floor, after laying the at least one piece of pre-formed board and prior to pouring the poured underlayment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Maxxon Corporation
    Inventor: Patrick H. Giles
  • Patent number: 8539736
    Abstract: A do-it-yourself kit assembly and installation method for mounting a tile assembly to a predetermined support surface, such as a kitchen backsplash. The kit assembly includes the tile assembly comprised of one or more tile sheets as well as all of the installation materials and installation tools required to accomplish the do-it-yourself installation in a timely manner. Each tile sheet includes a plurality of fixed tile pieces, which may comprise glass mosaic tiles, and a self-adherent adhesive layer, which facilitates the mounting of the tile sheets to virtually any kind of surface. A ready-to-use grout supply makes it easy to apply the optimal quantity of grout onto the mounted tile sheet(s), wherein the installation materials and tools are cooperatively provided to facilitate the installation method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Albert M. Claramonte
  • Patent number: 8511023
    Abstract: Mounting systems for attaching metal suspended ceiling panels to form a decorative rectangular array. In one system the panels are mounted on bolt slot grid runners spaced from the wall and trimmed with island ceiling trim. In another system, panels are mounted on unique backer boards that protect the panels against physical damage by resisting compressive forces on the face of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: USG Interiors, LLC
    Inventors: Peder Gulbrandsen, Gregory M. Ahren, John D. Bankston
  • Patent number: 8511014
    Abstract: A removable highly secured high impact wall panel mounting system for mounting at least one wall panel having a front face, a rear face and at least one first attachment portion attached to a portion of the rear face, to a wall in an area of high traffic, comprising at least one second attachment portion and at least one joint closure having an elongated strip. The elongated strip includes a longitudinal axis and a substantially rectangular cross-sectional profile including a top wall, a bottom wall and two side walls connecting the top wall to the bottom wall. Each pair of flanges is disposed substantially symmetrically about the longitudinal axis of the strip. In one embodiment, a bottom support bracket is provided to cooperate with a plurality of hooks disposed on a wall panel. A vacuum lifter is further provided to make removal of the wall panel easier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Delforte
  • Patent number: 8468771
    Abstract: Connectors for joining adjacent modular floor covering units. Embodiments of the connectors include a film and an adhesive layer coated on one side of the film. The connectors can have a conductive component that allows electrical continuity to be maintained between adjacent tiles. In yet another embodiment, the connectors can be equipped as radio frequency identification tags by including radio frequency transponders. To install tiles using the connectors, a first tile is placed on the floor and a connector is positioned so that the adhesive layer faces upward and does not contact the floor. The connector is typically positioned so that only a portion of the adhesive layer adheres to the underside of the tile, leaving the remainder of the connector extending from the underside of the tile. One or more tiles are then positioned adjacent the first tile so that a portion of the connector adheres to the adjacent tiles. In this way, the connectors span adjacent tile edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Interface, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith N. Gray, Connie D. Hensler, Chung-Hsien Zah, Susan F. Fezer, Horace Eddie Bradley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8468772
    Abstract: Certain embodiments utilize carpet tiles of varying sizes and/or shapes that are connected together using connectors to form a carpet tile installation. In some instances, the carpet tiles used in the carpet tile installation have different colors, patterns, shapes, and/or styles. In some embodiments, carpet tiles of a standard size and shape, such as one-half square meter carpet tiles, are partitioned into carpet tile fractions. In certain embodiments, these carpet tile fractions are used in conjunction with larger carpet tiles in a carpet tile installation. In other embodiments, these carpet tile fractions may be connected to other carpet tile fractions to form a combination carpet tile that is then used in a carpet tile installation. Among other things, the use of different sized and/or shaped carpet tiles increases the randomness or diversity and/or improves other aspects of the appearance of the floor coverings formed by the carpet tile installations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Interface, Inc.
    Inventors: David D. Oakey, Graham A. H. Scott, John P. Bradford, Keith N. Gray
  • Patent number: 8464484
    Abstract: A do-it-yourself kit assembly and installation method for mounting a tile assembly to a predetermined support surface, such as a kitchen backsplash. The kit assembly includes the tile assembly comprised of one or more tile sheets as well as all of the installation materials and installation tools required to accomplish the do-it-yourself installation in a timely manner. Each tile sheet includes a plurality of fixed tile pieces, which may comprise glass mosaic tiles, and a self-adherent adhesive layer, which facilitates the mounting of the tile sheets to virtually any kind of surface. A ready-to-use grout supply makes it easy to apply the optimal quantity of grout onto the mounted tile sheet(s), wherein the installation materials and tools are cooperatively provided to facilitate the installation method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Albert M. Claramonte
  • Patent number: 8458987
    Abstract: A studded plate (1) of layer (2) of a polymeric material where an adhesive material (3,4) in the form of a woven or non-woven material is attached on each side of the layer (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Isola AS
    Inventor: Björn Eduardo Becker
  • Patent number: 8434282
    Abstract: Connectors for joining adjacent modular floor covering units. The connectors include a film and an adhesive layer coated on one side of the film. To install tiles using the connectors, a first tile is placed on the floor and a connector is positioned so that the adhesive layer faces upward and does not contact the floor. The connector is typically positioned so that only a portion of the adhesive layer adheres to the underside of the tile, leaving the remainder of the connector extending from the underside of the tile. Tiles are then positioned adjacent the first tile so that a portion of the connector adheres to the adjacent tiles. In this way, the connectors span adjacent tile edges. The tiles are assembled on a underlying flooring surface without the need to attach them to the floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Interface, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham A. H. Scott, David D. Oakey, John P. Bradford, Keith N. Gray
  • Patent number: 8424442
    Abstract: An armor component includes a plurality of tiles disposed on a rigid support. At least one spacer is disposed between the adjacent edges of the tiles to establish a minimum gap between the adjacent edges. The gap is filled with a gap filling material, which optionally includes a reinforcement additive. The spacers can be in the form of a spacer tray having a plurality of spacer segments and a plurality of tile cut-outs, with the tile cut-outs separated from adjacent tile cut-outs by a spacer segment, and tiles disposed one to each tile cut-out in the spacer tray. The armor component is in some embodiments placed between two fabric layers and fed into a pultruder, where it is impregnated with resin and heated to cure the resin to form a laminate armor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Nathaniel J. Ward, Lucine Kabakian Reinbold, Ernest C. Faccini, Alf L. Carroll, III
  • Patent number: 8407955
    Abstract: A removable highly secured high impact wall panel mounting system for mounting at least one wall panel having a front face, a rear face and at least one first attachment portion attached to a portion of the rear face, to a wall in an area of high traffic, comprising at least one second attachment portion and at least one joint closure having an elongated strip. In some embodiments, the joint closure further comprises a plurality of pairs of flanges. In another embodiment, the joint closure further comprises an elongated bottom plate. The elongated strip includes a longitudinal axis and a substantially rectangular cross-sectional profile including a top wall, a bottom wall and two side walls connecting the top wall to the bottom wall. Each pair of flanges is disposed substantially symmetrically about the longitudinal axis of the strip. Each flange is substantially an isosceles trapezoid and comprises a top surface, a weakened base and two inwardly pointing sides extending from each end of the weakened base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Delforte
  • Patent number: 8387323
    Abstract: An artificial stone siding product for use as siding for homes, commercial buildings, and other structures, as well as for hearths, mantles, and other similar indoor structures, is provided. The artificial stone siding product includes a stone body cast of a cement aggregate and having an outer visible surface area shaped and colored to resemble real stone. An integral mounting support extends from at least one edge of the stone body. The mounting support allows the attachment of the artificial stone siding product to a surface of a wall using fasteners inserted through apertures defined by the support. The artificial stone siding product may be used to quickly and easily construct a stone wall by mounting a plurality of the artificial stone siding products to the exterior of a wall in much the same way as standard siding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Silvermine Stone Company
    Inventor: Richard A. Mickelson
  • Patent number: 8381473
    Abstract: Connectors for joining adjacent modular floor covering units. The connectors include a film and an adhesive layer coated on one side of the film. To install tiles using the connectors, a first tile is placed on the floor and a connector is positioned so that the adhesive layer faces upward and does not contact the floor. The connector is typically positioned so that only a portion of the adhesive layer adheres to the underside of the tile, leaving the remainder of the connector extending from the underside of the tile. Tiles are then positioned adjacent the first tile so that a portion of the connector adheres to the adjacent tiles. In this way, the connectors span adjacent tile edges. The tiles are assembled on a underlying flooring surface without the need to attach them to the floor surface. Rather, the tiles are linked to each other with the connectors, so that the tiles create a floor covering that “floats” on the underlying floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Interface, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham A. H. Scott, David D. Oakey, John P. Bradford, Keith N. Gray
  • Patent number: 8353144
    Abstract: A prefabricated composite wall panel has a desired exterior finish defined by thin finish elements of brick, stone or any other suitable material and is adapted for mounting to the wall structure of a building framework by screws or other suitable fasteners. During panel manufacture thin wall finish elements are positioned at predetermined sites within the mold and aligned by alignment members in a pattern defining grout spaces. A grout placement screed having multiple holes arranged in a desired mortar pattern is positioned on the thin finish elements and pulverulent grout is deposited through the holes of the screed and into spaces between the finish elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Joel W. Bolin
  • Patent number: 8266857
    Abstract: A flooring system includes multiple polymeric panels that are interlocked into a floor system and then covered with a material such as carpet and artificial turf. A top surface of the polymeric panels includes barbs to hold the material from moving laterally during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Barlow R. David
  • Patent number: 8220221
    Abstract: Connectors for joining adjacent modular floor covering units. Embodiments of the connectors include a film and an adhesive layer coated on one side of the film. The connectors can have a conductive component that allows electrical continuity to be maintained between adjacent tiles. In yet another embodiment, the connectors can be equipped as radio frequency identification tags by including radio frequency transponders. To install tiles using the connectors, a first tile is placed on the floor and a connector is positioned so that the adhesive layer faces upward and does not contact the floor. The connector is typically positioned so that only a portion of the adhesive layer adheres to the underside of the tile, leaving the remainder of the connector extending from the underside of the tile. One or more tiles are then positioned adjacent the first tile so that a portion of the connector adheres to the adjacent tiles. In this way, the connectors span adjacent tile edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Interface, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith N. Gray, Connie D. Hensler, Chung-Hsien Zah, Susan F. Fezer, Horace Eddie Bradley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8176694
    Abstract: A floor support structure is disclosed. According to an example of the disclosure, the support structure may include a surface, protrusions extending from the surface to form cavities between the protrusions, and openings adjacent to the protrusions to form pathways to the cavities. The support structure provides the openings and cavities to lay a cable in any desired configuration, in addition to the structure's established function to prevent a main floor from fracture or failure when an underlying subfloor shifts or settles. As such, the need for separate heating and support structures is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Imre Batori
  • Patent number: 8156705
    Abstract: A groutless tile system including groutless tiles, wherein each groutless tile includes a substrate, a durable surface disposed within a groove defined by the substrate, the durable surface having bottom surface, and a first coupling member disposed on an edge of the substrate. The first coupling member comprises a first bendable portion and a groove, the groove having an upper surface and a lower surface. The bottom surface of the durable surface is substantially coplanar with a point between the upper and lower surfaces of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Mohawk Carpet Corporation
    Inventors: Tom Alford, Mark Cappelle
  • Patent number: 8141310
    Abstract: A sheet is provided for placing a brick or tile facing on a support structure that has an arrangement of apertures for the passage of fluids such as water. The sheet has an approximately rectangular conformation that includes a front and a back. The sheet defines channels between longitudinally aligned parallel partitions that are separated by a wall. Each channel receives the thin bricks or tiles. The structure of the partitions varies and can include an upward facing first portion that has an arrangement of apertures and a downward facing second portion. A liquid, such as water, that drains down the front of the sheet passes through the apertures in the first portion to the sloped second portion and is then redirected to the back of the sheet. The apertures also provide for the circulation of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald Trezza
  • Patent number: 8132377
    Abstract: It is disclosed a floor covering on a substrate with wooden floors, a method for covering a substrate with a wooden floor, and the use of a studded plate for covering of a substrate with a wooden floor, wherein: a substrate is covered with a bonding adhesive, the substrate and bonding adhesive is covered with studded plates, the studded plates covered with an adhesive on which a wooden floor is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: ISOLA AS
    Inventor: Svein Julton
  • Patent number: 8122683
    Abstract: A support panel for thin brick, comprising a metal sheet, an array of groove retaining tabs having first tab edges, said first tab edges protruding from said sheet having at an upward angle of less than about 45 degrees, for a distance of less than about one quarter inch, and an array of mortar lock tabs having second tab edges, said second tab edges protruding from said sheet at a downward angle of greater than about 45 degrees, said array of mortar lock tabs being offset vertically from said array of groove retaining tabs, wherein, said array of groove retaining tabs are adapted to engage shallow dovetail grooves formed in the rear of thin bricks, and said mortar lock tabs are adapted, when embedded within a cured mortar matrix, to exert, in response to a tensile force away from said metal sheet, a force along a vertical axis, on the brick, in an opposite direction to a force applied to the brick along a vertical axis by said groove retaining tab, to thereby retain the brick against the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Chester Schwalenberg
  • Patent number: 8096093
    Abstract: An easily-installed groutless wall tile plank backsplash system includes plural lower tile planks positioned edgewise spaced from each other in a horizontal direction of a wall in a lower plane. Plural upper tile planks have a decorative surface and edge finish, optionally three-dimensional, and are positioned edgewise spaced apart from each other in a second, upper plane. The lower and upper planks are configured such that facing inner edges of two nearest neighbor adjacent lower planks in the lower plane are covered by a single upper plank positioned over the inner edges of the adjacent lower planks in the upper plane. The planks are secured by an adhesive without mechanical fasteners, substantially reducing installation time. In order to custom fit a wall space, the spacing between adjacent upper planks and adjacent lower planks is variable. For emphasis, a lower tile plank can be a large decorative mural tile plank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Pinky Yin Wah Poon
  • Publication number: 20110225918
    Abstract: A stacked construction plate, including a core layer, which is equipped at least on one flat side with a coating that serves as a support layer. The support layer includes at least three layers, namely a thin transition mortar layer, which is attached to the core layer, a non-woven glass fiber layer and a connection layer, which is made from compression-resistant, hardened coating mortar having a smoothed surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: WEDI GMBH
    Inventor: Stephan Wedi
  • Patent number: 8015760
    Abstract: An access floor assembly includes a base floor, a substructure mounted to the base floor, a bearing plate, formed with a first cavity, mounted to the substructure and disposed apart from the base floor, an isolator plate, formed with a second cavity, overlying the bearing plate, a ball disposed between the bearing plate and the isolator plate contacting the first and second cavities, and a floor plate coupled to the isolator plate and together forming an access floor disposed at an elevated location relative to the base floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Zoltan Kemeny
  • Patent number: 8015768
    Abstract: A subject of the invention is the lining panel with insulation. The panel is a thin, cuboidal block made of a porous insulation material with internal protruding elements on two adjacent sides and frontal undercuts on the remaining sides, having parallel horizontal protruding elements on the external surface, where the distance between the two adjacent protruding elements is a standardised width of ceramic tiles and it has the developed surfaces between the protruding elements (4.) and round pressed forms evenly distributed in rows (5.), with dimensions corresponding to edges of expansion bolts, and in the centres thereof the forms contain deeper aligning pressed forms (6). The panel is made of the expanded polyurethane resin or of a rigid structural foam having an increased hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Fryderyk Jerzy Frejowski
  • Patent number: 7984600
    Abstract: A groutless tile system including: a plurality of groutless tiles, wherein each groutless tile includes: a durable surface disposed on a substrate; and a first coupling member disposed on an edge of the substrate; wherein at least a portion of the substrate extends beyond the durable surface, wherein the first coupling member and a second coupling member of an adjacent tile are operable for coupling adjacent groutless tiles, and wherein the substrate prevents the durable surfaces of adjacent groutless tiles from contacting one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Mohawk Carpet Corporation
    Inventors: Tom Alford, Mark Cappelle
  • Patent number: 7941988
    Abstract: A tile system includes a tile and at least one removable tile insert. One of the tile and the at least one tile insert has securing means for removably retaining the at least one insert within or to the tile. The tile is configured to be installed on a surface through conventional means. The insert may incorporate both decorative and/or functional features and may be removed, replaced and/or reused to change the appearance of a single tile, multiple tiles, mural, liner or decorative scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Montgomery Mars