Friday, 14 August 2020

Bonding Tile and Stone to Steel Substrates

More and more frequently, unusual substrates including steel, metal, and aluminium are being used in tile or stone installations. Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, elevator cabs, and cooler floors and walls frequently have a steel surface on which to bond tile. Below are methods to properly install tile to these substrates. 

The preferred method for installation over steel is; 

  • Steel, metal or aluminium substrate must be rigid and meet the maximum allowable standard for deflection of L/360 for ceramic tile or L/480 for stone tile 
  • Tack weld or mechanically fasten 1.8kg/m2 galvanized or otherwise suitable diamond metal lath over the steel surface in accord with good trade practice to provide an adequate structural connection for this installation and sufficient space for adequate mortar thickness behind. 
  • After the mortar hardens, HYDRO BAN® may be installed where specified. 
  • Steel or aluminium must be rigid, meet the maximum allowable standard for deflection of L/360 for ceramic tile or L/480 for stone tile, and be free of rust, dirt, paint, manufacturing oils, or other surface contamination. 
  • The steel manufacturer/contractor must inspect steel for any signs of rust or corrosion. Clean, remove, passivate steel in accord with steel manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure that rust/corrosion is completely removed prior to tiling. 
  • Wash steel surface with strong detergent to ensure that all manufacturing oils are removed, rinse completely, and allow to dry. Refer to steel manufacturer’s guidelines for steel surface preparation when cladding with tile or stone if any. 
  • Install tile or stone with LATAPOXY 300 Adhesive by following instructions outlined in DS-1047. 
  • Grout tile or stone with SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout; or, PERMACOLOR Grout. For areas subjected to food acids, harsh chemicals or extreme heat use SPECTRALOCK 2000 IG.

Or, the alternative method for installation over steel is; 

For more information read Technical Data Sheet TDS-1146.

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:

*United States Invention Patent No.: 6881768 (and other Patents)

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Not just a Bathroom

Photographer - Armelle Habib  |

Photographer - Armelle Habib  | 

 Richmond Private Residence Project Spotlight

A family home with an extremely busy bath-time routine had outgrown their small bathroom which consisted of a shower and bath. The client, working in the cosmetics industry had an abundance of samples and required additional suitable storage.

The owner looked to the designer, Angela Harry, for ideas to maximise the bathroom which were to include a double shower head, a steam room, and additional storage space.

"The brief was to create a functional ensuite, that was flexible and spacious enough for use by multiple family members, including two young children, and felt sophisticated and joyful to be in" ~ Angela Harry.

The bathroom was on the third floor and had no balcony access, therefore it required multiple trips going up and down flights of stairs. The tiling contractor, Idyllic Tiling, had to set up on the rooftop terrace to cut tiles and mix the adhesives. Plates for lights, the steam room shelf, and bench were cut and polished by hand, which would span across the length of the room.

The new design layout had the shower on the opposite end of the room, and was to include a double shower head, in addition to a steam room. Click here to continue reading the project spotlight.

Contact LATICRETE to discuss your next project - call 1800 331 012 or email

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Cloud 9 Pool

With a view like that you really would think you are on Cloud 9...but back in the real world,
Cloud 9 Pools recommends LATICRETE for tough jobs. 

Glenn Mannix, NSW Technical Sales Rep shared the above photo's on this 8m2 pool project in Shellharbour, where a number of LATICRETE products are being used to install Bisazza tiles:

  • LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield is a 2 component, roller applied epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in the concrete and other substrates. 
  • 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® Fillet & Sealant is a one component, fast curing, hybrid elastomeric adhesive and sealant.
  • 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed is a polymer fortified blend of carefully selected polymers, portland cement and graded aggregates.
  • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* - high-performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability, and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use.

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.

*United States Invention Patent No.: 6881768 (and other Patents)

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Residential Herringbone Bathroom

Skorpil Tiling in QLD have completed the tiling on this residential bathroom featuring white herringbone walls and we think it looks fantastic! The team used Ultra X8 Adhesive for the installation. 

Ultra X8 Adhesive is suitable for use on cement sheet, suitable waterproof membranes, renders, screeds, and masonry surfaces, both internally and externally. Also suitable for plasterboard in internal areas. ULTRA X8 adhesive can be fortified with LATICRETE Latex Additives for a wide range of installations. Exceeds the requirements of AS ISO 13007.1&2 as a C1TES1 classification.

For more information on using LATICRETE in your projects, product demos, or technical support please contact LATICRETE on 1800 331 012 or email

Monday, 10 August 2020

335 Spotted!

Isaac and the team from Regal Tiling in NSW spotted by LATICRETE NSW Sales Rep, Glenn Mannix, working on their latest project and using 335 adhesive on the installation! 

335 is a premium, flexible, high-performance thin-bed adhesive for installing a wide range of tiles and stone including low absorption ceramic tile, porcelain tile, natural and manufactured stone using thin-set method of installation. Exceeds the requirements of AS ISO1307.1&2 classification C2TES1. Excellent for exterior and underwater applications, superior bond to masonry. For more product information and to view the PDS, click here.

For colder weather applications and where quicker times to traffic is required in just 4 hours - select 335 RAPID.

Contact your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep for more information or request a FREE sample by calling 1800 331 012 or email: 

Friday, 7 August 2020

Fully Stocked at Amber Gregory Hills!

Fully stocked and ready to help with all your LATICRETE needs! Head to Amber Gregory Hills and chat with the friendly team about the wide range of LATICRETE products they have in stock today! 

Address: 7/72 Lasso Road, Gregory Hills NSW 2557
Phone: 02 9135 6550

LATICRETE is proud of its commitment to supplying tilers with the most up-to-date information and products available in the ceramic tile and stone installation industry today. Our products are engineered to be fast and productive for the tiler to install. 

For more information on LATICRETE installation materials, product demos, or technical support, call LATICRETE on 1800 331 012 or email:

Thursday, 6 August 2020

STONETECH® Restore™ Acidic Cleaner


STONETECH® Restore™ Acidic Cleaner is a heavy-duty acidic cleaner that renews the look of tile and grout.

Features & Benefits
  • Makes tile and grout look new 
  • Professional strength 
  • Acidic water-based formula 
  • Ready-to-use and concentrate formula
  • Removes hard water deposits, grout haze, efflorescence, and soap scum 
Click here for more product information.


Have questions regarding the use, installation, or maintenance of STONETECH or sealed stone? Contact LATICRETE Technical Services on 1800 331 012.