Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Tiling in Cold Temperatures

Winter is approaching and to help ensure your tiling projects look great for many years to come we have provided some tips for tiling and grouting in cold weather. 

Conventional Portland cement tile setting beds, thin-set mortars, grouts and cement plasters are often permanently damaged when subject to below freezing temperatures immediately after installation. The water content of a mortar turning into ice often results in Portland cement gel structure rupturing with significant loss in strength, flexibility and durability. Subsequent repairs to the damaged work and resulting site delays are extremely costly.

There is a simple rule to follow when the temperature is low during installation: The 8ºC Rule – for every 8ºC below 21ºC, Portland cement and epoxy based materials take twice as long to cure.

Helpful Hints:
  • Work during warm periods of the day.
  • Ensure that the surface temperature is within the suggested temperature range for the LATICRETE product being used during the installation and cure period. Consult the individual LATICRETE product data sheet and 'How to Install' guide for more information.
  • Tent and heat areas that will be subjected to the elements or freezing temperatures during installation and cure periods.
  • For multiple story buildings – areas to receive tile and stonework may be heated from below to aid in "warming up" cold concrete slabs and rooms. Simply placing temporary heating units in areas under rooms scheduled to receive tile and stone finishes in multiple story buildings will allow the natural rise of heat to warm up these areas.
  • Vent all temporary heating equipment in accord with Worksafe Practices and within Occupational Exposure Limits and local building code regulations.

Continue reading the Cold Weather Tiling and Grouting TDS-1002 here.

Contact us on 1800 331 012 to discuss your next project, arrange a demo, request FREE samples or for technical support or contact us here.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Knowledge is the Key to Success

Last week LATICRETE Australia held a free Pool Tiling Installations Systems training day at the LATICRETE QLD Training Centre located in Virginia.

Attendees were actively involved in discussions, classroom learning, and hands on demonstrations of LATICRETE products, from substrate preparation right through to grouts, for successful pool tiling installations within the documented LATICRETE Swimming Pool Systems Warranty and Pool, Spa and Fountain Tiling Systems brochure. Relevant Australian standards pertaining to swimming pools were also highlighted.

These events are the most effective way of learning about LATICRETE products that can improve your general knowledge about our industry or prepare you for your up and coming projects. Interaction on this level is second to none.

  • Sydney: 4-5 July, 2018
  • Melbourne: 8-9 August, 2018
  • Brisbane: 5-6 September, 2018

Call 1800 331 012 or email seminars@laticrete.com.au for more info and to book your seat.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Crack Suppression/Isolation Methods for Tiles


125 Sound & Crack Adhesive 

There are currently no industry standards defining or measuring crack suppression membranes or adhesives in Australia. However ANSI A118.12 5.4 does provide a method of determining the crack suppression abilities of membranes and adhesives for tiling systems. In this test, products with the ability to resist up to 3mm cracks are rated as a high performance.

Cracks in concrete surfaces or other backgrounds can, and often do, cause telegraphing of the crack or reflective cracking into the tile finish. Crack reflection into tiled surface is a defect and is seen as the responsibility of the system designer or tiler to eliminate its occurrence. It also does not reflect very well on the tiling industry as a whole.

With the fast-pace and competitive environment of today’s concrete industry, crack free concrete is difficult to achieve. The same can be said about tiler’s standard mortar beds. Shrinkage crack control of these surfaces are often lacking, resulting in uncontrolled cracking that may be obvious, may not occur immediately, or persists for many years as the concrete or mortar continues to shrink and crack during its life under the tile finish. Modern adhesives can accommodate a certain amount deformation, horizontal to the plane the tiles are laid on, but there is a limit to their abilities. There is even LATICRETE anti-fracture adhesives that deliver crack isolation in some service duty cycles. However, employing a loadbearing crack suppression membrane offers a unique buffering layer, which allows further deformation, increasing the amount of allowable movement in a tile installation. After recognising this you could be excused for thinking that there is a good case for always using crack suppression membranes over masonry and other surfaces that are susceptible to shrinkage cracking.

For more information read Technical Data Sheet TDS1019.

For more information on LATICRETE permanent trouble free installation products, training, or technical advice, contact your local LATICRETE representative on 1800 331 012 - or email: sales@laticrete.com.au

Thursday, 17 May 2018

LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield

LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield is a 2 component, roller applied epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in concrete and other substrates.

Use over dry and damp concrete and other masonry substrates to reduce the moisture vapour emission to facilitate the correct installation of membranes, tiles, vinyl, timber, adhesives or other floor coverings that require protection from moisture.

Key Features
  • Easy to use - rolls on like paint
  • Cures in 24 hours
  • Can be applied over green concrete (Minimum 7 days old)

Click here for more product information.

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

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Amber Seaforth Showroom

Amber Seaforth in NSW have recently upgraded their showroom and have installed 24m2 stone walls using MVIS™ Veneer Mortar to complete the project. 

MVIS Veneer Mortar is a patented, versatile polymer fortified mortar designed specifically for the installation of adhered masonry veneer, stone and thin brick. A high performance mix provides maximum non-sag performance for vertical installations and also obtains maximum bond strength to the substrate and selected veneers.

Key Features
  • Incredible non-sag performance - faster easier installations
  • Revolutionary patented formula provides maximum bond strength to veneers and substrate – exceeds ANSI A118.4 requirements
  • Mixes only with water
  • Reinforced with Kevlar®
  • Lightweight mortar - very smooth and easy to apply
  • GREENGUARD certified for low VOC’s
  • Inhibits the growth of stain-causing mould and mildew with antimicrobial product protection

Call us on 1800 331 012 to find out more about our products, training and to schedule a trade event for your store or email us here.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

QLD Residential Pool Complete

We are excited to share this QLD residential pool project we have been blogging on is now complete and looks amazing! This beautiful Bisazza glass mosaic pool, installed by Sam Gardener Tiling for Jack Boyd Pools, is all filled up and ready to be enjoyed it's owners. A wide range of LATICRETE materials were used to qualify for a 15 Year LATICRETE Warranty. 

LATICRETE products used:
  • 226 Thick Bed Mortar - 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.
  • LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield - 2 component, roller applied, epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in concrete and other substrates.
  • HYDRO BAN® - Single component, self curing liquid rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane. 
  • HYDRO BAN® Adhesive & Sealant - One component, fast curing, hybrid elastomeric adhesive and sealant. 
  • 254 Platinum - The ultimate one-step, polymer fortified, thin-set adhesive for interior and exterior installations.
  • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* - High performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use.
  • LATASIL™ - A high performance, one component, neutral cure, 100% silicone sealant designed for ceramic tile and stone applications. 

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, 14 May 2018

Training at Randwick TAFE

Recently, LATICRETE Australia Technical Manager Fred Gray, and NSW LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep Craig Hunter, were invited to spend some time and train the tiling apprentice students at Randwick TAFE NSW on LATICRETE products. Time was spent in the classroom and also in practice where the students actively participated in hands on training.

LATICRETE Products Demonstrated:
  • HYDRO BAN® - HYDRO BAN is 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. HYDRO BAN bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates.
  • HYDRO BAN® Adhesive & Sealant - a one component, fast curing, hybrid elastomeric adhesive and sealant. This product is specifically formulated to meet today’s Green Building Standards and has excellent adhesion on a wide variety of substrates. For use with HYDRO BAN Waterproof Membrane as a bond relief fillet.

At LATICRETE we provide training and classes that discuss commercial, residential, industrial tile and stone installation practices and industry standards. Our training utilises both classroom and hands-on product demonstrations.

Want to arrange a demo or seminar customised for you and your team? Call us on 1800 331 012 or contact us here.