Thursday, 23 March 2017

Solutions for Animal Care Clinics & More

Before and After




Did you know LATICRETE SPARTACOTE™ has a concrete coating system which is an excellent choice for dog kennels and animal care facilities? 
SPARTACOTE FLEX PURE CLINICAL PLUS coating system offers silver ion antimicrobial technology to mitigate harmful bacteria and odours such as pet urine. It acts as an added layer of protection within the SPARTACOTE concrete coating system for prepared surfaces. These systems offer animal facility owners customisable colours and textures, and fast return to service. SPARTACOTE PURE Clinical Plus is tested, vetted and proven in environments where cleanliness is a top priority, such as hospitals, clinics, animal shelters, veterinary facilities, pharmaceutical production areas, bathrooms, locker rooms, and food production.

Coatings applicator, Collins Concrete Coatings, in Ashburn, USA, recently applied SPARTACOTE CLINICAL PLUS coating in a dog kennel in Leesburg. This coating system included a base medium gray coat. It was then top coated with CLINICAL PLUS Clear, giving the floor excellent abrasion resistance, easy to clean properties, and silver ion antimicrobial technology. The project was approximately 112m2. Read the full story here
For more information on SPARTACOTE flooring systems click here.
Got a concrete flooring project in mind? Contact us to discuss your next project - Call 1800 331 012 or email us here. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

TIBA gets behind LATICRETE®




Waterproof Training in TAS


The Tasmanian Independent Builders Association (TIBA) gets behind their members to ensure they are adhering to the National Construction Code across Australia. There are regulations and standards that are just not negotiable and one of them is Internal & External Under Tile Waterproofing. 

LATICRETE is committed to education and training and have collaborated with TIBA to educate and train their members in Tasmania. Erin Fraser, LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep and Neil Warden spent time in Ulverstone, Hobart and Launceston, training TIBA members on Internal & External Under Tile Waterproofing using HYDRO BAN® a thin, load bearing waterproofing/crack isolation membrane.

TIBA members who attended the training were taken through the regulations and standards, contractor responsibilities, waterproofing issues and had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with HYDRO BAN. At the end of the training, learners were assessed and accredited in using HYDRO BAN.

Are you or your team up to date on the regulations and standards on Internal & External Under Tile Waterproofing? Contact us to arrange training for you or your team - email: technicalservice@laticrete.com.au or call 1800 331 012 for more info.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Plunge Pool Complete

All finished and filled up
LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep with the 15 year Warranty
This little guy is ready for a swim!


We are excited to share the QLD Spring Hill Plunge Pool Project we have been blogging on is now complete and looks amazing! This beautiful glass mosaic pool was installed by Sam Gardener from Sam Gardener Tiling, is filled up and ready to be enjoyed. LATICRETE QLD Technical Sales Rep, Mitchell Haw was on the project site to hand over the 15 year LATICRETE Pool Tiling Installation System Warranty to the owners! 

To qualify for the LATICRETE Pool Installation System Warranty the following LATICRETE products were used:
  • 226 Thick Bed Mortar - A factory prepared blend of carefully selected raw materials, Portland cement and graded aggregates. 226 Thick Bed Mortar was designed for use with 3701 Mortar Admix to produce a latex Portland cement mortar that has exceptional strength. 
  • 3701 Mortar Admix Used in place of water, 3701 Mortar Admix improves the working and physical properties of any cement mix and provides an economical and easy way to make permanent, trouble-free installations of ceramic tile, brick and natural stone.
  • HYDRO BAN® - A thin, load bearing waterproofing/crack isolation membrane that DOES NOT require the use of fabric in the field, coves or corners. HYDRO BAN is a single component, self curing liquid rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane. 
  • 254 Platinum (Previously 345 Platinum) - The ultimate one-step, polymer fortified, thin-set adhesive. For interior and exterior installation of ceramic and stone tile, reduced thickness porcelain, quarry tile, pavers and thin brick. 254 Platinum provides long open time with unsurpassed adhesion and workability. 
  • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout - A patented, high performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use.Designed for use on ceramic tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial. 
  • LATASIL™ 9118 Primer - A one component primer designed to increase adhesion of LATASIL to various substrates
  • LATASIL™A high performance, one component, neutral cure, 100% silicone sealant designed for ceramic tile and  stone applications. 

Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Swimming Pool System Warranty
Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Pools, Spas and Fountains System Brochure.

Are you getting ready to start a pool project? Contact us to discuss your next project or arrange a demo. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Pukalani Elementary Mosaic Mural



Credits: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Photo Credits: Kealoha Bower & Calley O'Neil 


'Na Wao A’O Pi’ilani' - 
The Life Giving Forests of Maui


This incredible Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts stained glass mosaic 14'x52' mural was installed for the Pukalani Elementary School in Hawaii. 260 school children and community members helped to create the lei aloha border and the remainder was completed by artist, Calley O'Neill, installer Isaac Homza & the team at Higher Standard Tile & Stone. This project took almost 2 years to complete from inception and has been installed using a range of LATICRETE materials including 254 Platinum (previously 345 Platinum) and PERMACOLOR® Select grout.

PERMACOLOR Select was used to show the different parts of the island with 5 different colours. The panels of the mosaics were then attached to the wall with 254 Platinum. 

This beautiful mural comes with a very meaningful message: 
'The mural seeks to inspire children to nurture their connection with each other and the land, teach the children who they are, where they come from, and how to support life, so that they can communicate this and pass it on to the next generation. The children that understand this will become wise and great innovators and leaders, for there is great work to be done to create a healthy and truly abundant future. There is infinite potential for all the children and their children’s children to thrive and make a positive difference in the place we love the most  -  home!'. - Calley O'Neill. 

Contact us to discuss your next project, arrange a demo or your FREE samples by calling 1800 331 012 or contact us here.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Bayset Campbellfield Now Stocks LATICRETE!




We are excited to extend a warm welcome to the BaysetCampbellfield team in VIC, as a preferred LATICRETE stockist. Head down to the Campbellfield branch and chat with the friendly team at Bayset about LATICRETE tile and stone installation materials.

Address: 2/109 Metrolink Circuit, Campbellfield  VIC  3061
Phone: (03) 9308 7962  

Hours of operation: Mon. - Fri. 6:30am to 3:30pm

LATICRETE tile and stone installation materials is now available at Bayset branches in: 

  • VIC: Campbellfield. 
  • QLD: Coopers Plains, Geebung, Burleigh Heads and Warana. 

For more information on using LATICRETE in your projects, arrange product demos, samples or technical support please contact LATICRETE on 1800 331 012, email sales@laticrete.com.au or visit www.laticrete.com.au.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Trowels and the outcome of your project




In a technical article featured in Tile Today #92, Fred Gray, LATICRETE Australia Technical Service Manager, provides an informative discussion on the importance of trowel selection and the direct influence it has on the outcome of the tile project.

"For some time now, the tile industry has seen a shift in the size of tile that is used to clad a wall or floor. Historically, a tile was labelled as large format if it was larger 200mm x 200mm and improvements in manufacturing technology have made it possible to make a tile that is larger than 1m x 1m (not taking into account the thin pocelain veneer panel) that can weigh as much as 45kg.

In comparison, it would be difficult to consider a 200mm x 200mm tile as being large, but proper installation methods and materials can help to ensure that any size ceramic or stone tile, masonry veneer, or thin brick is installed in such a way as to meet the project and industry requirements for adhesive coverage, distribution and thickness.

While an increasing demand for greater surface tolerances is critical to the success of the application, having suitable adhesive coverage, distribution and depth under the tile is as critical to the finished installation, as the flatness and structural integrity of the substrate." Click here to continue reading.

For more information or for technical support, call LATICRETE on 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au. Chat to us and arrange a demo or a FREE sample.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

LATICRETE Meeting in India

LATICRETE International Management Meeting 2017 
Faisal Salem, Vice President of LATICRETE Int. with
Erno de Bruijn, President & COO of LATICRETE Int.
Neil Warden with Emma Tschannen - LATICRETE Australia
Daniel Rothberg, Faisal Salem and Simone Meadows

2017 LATICRETE Int. Meeting 


Last week Emma Tschannen, General Manager and Neil Warden, National Sales Manager from LATICRETE Australia spent time in India attending the International Management Meeting which hosted LATICRETE team members from all over the globe. 

Featured in the above photo is Daniel Rothberg and Simone Meadows, 3rd generation of the Rothberg family, and employees of LATICRETE Int., had also attended the meeting.

The group had the opportunity to experience some of the local traditions by learning an Indian dance and practicing yoga!