Tuesday, 25 June 2019

The Wonders of STONETECH® Restore™ Acidic Cleaner

Before applying STONETECH® Restore™ Acidic Cleaner

After STONETECH Restore Acidic Cleaner has been applied
Looks like new!

WOW - there isn't anything more we can say! Glenn Mannix, LATICRETE NSW Technical Sales Rep was on site and sent us these in proving how STONETECH® Restore™ Acidic Cleaner provides a great result in removing the calcification and in cleaning this limestone.

So, what is this wonder product you may be asking?! 

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

Some of the features & benefits:
  • Removes hard water deposits, grout haze, efflorescence, and soap scum 
  • Professional strength 
  • Acidic water-based formula 
  • Concentrate formulas

Contact LATICRETE regarding the installation or maintenance of STONETECH on 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Customer Interview with Euro Abrasives

Con with his LATICRETE recognition award from 1997
(L-R) Maria and Alvaro Constantino, aka Con, John and Lara,
plus John Mendonca at Euro Abrasives St Peters in NSW
Euro Abrasives store front at St Peters, NSW
Euro Abrasives, also known as Sydney Hardware are based at 90-114 Princess Highway St Peters, NSW, and are a major supplier to the building, stonemasonry and tiling industries!

As well as providing an extensive range of general hardware, Euro also sell bulk sand, gravel, cement and steel. They offer Australia's largest range of tile grout colours and they cater to all stonemasons, formworkers, waterproofers, renderers and steelworkers product needs. Euro Abrasives provide exceptional customer service and expert industry knowledge developed from almost 30 years in the industry. Euro sell cutting equipment, sealers, silicones, adhesives, trowels, timber, fibro, renders and power tools, and they deliver 6 days a week utilising a variety of transport options, large and small. Staying ahead of the game, Euro Abrasives provide ecommerce to online customers across Australia via their website.

Alvaro Constantino (Con) is the proprietor of the business, along with his wife Maria they started the company in December 1989 with just 2 staff and one utility. Today, Con and Maria have a team of 12 and run a fleet of 6 delivery vehicles, servicing Sydney tradesmen 6 days a week.  

Con believes the success of Euro Abrasives has hinged on their family friendly business atmosphere and values, which has built a loyal following of trade customers. “We have been operating since 1989 and we pride ourselves on giving professional advice, offering a great range of products at good prices, and delivering first class customer service. We open early, we stay open late, and we deliver 6 days a week. We supply tradesmen from Wollongong to Newcastle and service the broader construction industry right across New South Wales. We have built our vast knowledge through many years of experience and we can access those difficult to find products that others cannot. So whether you are a veteran tradesman or a DIY home owner with a project, you will receive the right service and advice from us.”

Con describes himself as the business’s problem solver, while Maria runs the day to day business operations. Con and Maria have family in the business too, with Lara looking after Sales and Accounts, and John looking after the “boys” and the yard. The Constantino family are very positive about the future for Euro Abrasives. “In the coming years we want to step aside and see our children take over the business and continue what Maria and I started 30 years ago. We hope our three children, Lara, John and Leanne, will continue our legacy with their families coming into the company over time. Euro Abrasives has a very bright future and I am excited to see the next chapter in our family company unfold,” Con says proudly.

Con tells us that LATICRETE have been a key supplier to his business since 1994 after a meeting with Henry Rothberg, the son of LATICRETE founder Dr Henry M Rothberg Snr. “LATICRETE have provided Euro with strong technical support, ongoing staff training and great customer service. I have sold a lot of LATICRETE product over the past 25 years because of their product quality. LATICRETE are the best when it comes to tile adhesives and grout choices, and we believe in giving our customers variety and quality. When you tile a pool or a bathroom you only want to do it once, so you want to do it right. We know LATICRETE is the first choice for a lot of Australian tilers now so we have to service that need. And, we truly hope there is a great business relationship between the next generation of LATICRETE Rothberg’s and the next generation of Euro Abrasives Constantino’s. How great would that be!

For more information on Euro Abrasives visit www.euroabrasives.com.au or contact Con on Tel: (02) 9557 7661.      

Friday, 21 June 2019

Tips for Tiling & Grouting in Cold Weather

Winter has well and truly settled in Australia and projects need to go ahead even if it's cold outside. We've put together some helpful tips and hints for tiling and grouting in cold weather to ensure your tiling projects look great for many years to come.

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:
1. Work during warm periods of the day.
2. 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.
3. Tent and heat areas that will be subjected to the elements or freezing temperatures during installation and cure periods.

Continue reading our helpful hints for Cold Weather Tiling and Grouting

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

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Book Your Calendar - Trade Event in Eastwood NSW

If you in the Eastwood NSW area, make your way through to Amber Eastwood on Tuesday, 2nd July at 3.30pm for a LATICRETE hands-on trade event. 

Your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, Craig Hunter will be demonstrating MVIS™ Masonry Veneer Mortar and HYDRO BAN®.

  • MVIS™ Masonry 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.
  • 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.

This is a great opportunity to chat with Craig Hunter on the day about LATICRETE System Warranties.

Book it in your diary - Amber Eastwood Trade Event:
Date: Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Time: 3.30pm 
Address: 606 Blaxland Road, Eastwood, NSW 2122

RSVP: Rachel @ Amber Eastwood, Tel: 02 9804 6755

Be sure to see Craig on the day for your FREE goodies! We hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Residential Reno in Canterbury

Check out what will be a $2.6 million residential reno project! LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, George Andriotis, was on the job site in Canterbury, VIC, with the teams from Skilcon Construction Group and Express Tiling

The refurbishment consists of an external wall cladding repair using LATAPOXY® 310 Stone Adhesive and mechanical fixing as per LATICRETE Technical Service Manager, Fred Gray, specifications.

LATAPOXY® 310 Stone Adhesive is a two component, high strength epoxy adhesive. Engineered, formulated and optimised for the spot bonding fixing method of installing tile and stone on vertical surfaces. LATAPOXY 310 Stone Adhesive maintains its non-sag consistency at high working temperatures up to 35°C. Interior, exterior, wet areas, walls, ceilings and soffits.

An additional, 480m2 of 400x600mm Natural Bluestone tiles for the external floor area and 400x900mm in white marble, 75x300x10mm in grenen, white, and black marble feature tiles, for the internal area, installed using 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive.

335 Premium Flexible Adhesive is a high performance thin-bed adhesive for installation a wide range of tile and stone for exterior and underwater applications. 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive exceeds the requirements of AS ISO13007.1&2 classification C2TES1.

Keep an eye out for updates on this special project!

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.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Head in to Amber Fairy Meadow, NSW!

Amber Tiles, Fairy Meadow in NSW, is a preferred stockist for all your LATICRETE tile and stone installation materials, including STONETECH®

Amber Tiles, Fairy Meadow
Address: 5 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519
​Phone: (02) 4284 0711

STONETECH surface care products features innovative water and solvent based, high performance products that have been thoroughly tested to give stone professionals a competitive edge. The STONETECH range offers you and your client low VOC options for advanced stone care. You can protect, clean and transform natural stone, tile and masonry – while protecting the environment and ensuring the quality of your work for years to come.

Click here to view/download our STONETECH product guide brochure.

For more information on LATICRETE installation materials, product demos, FREE samples or technical support, phone LATICRETE on 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Product Feature: 226 Thick Bed Mortar & 3701 Mortar Admix

226 Thick Bed Mortar gauged with 3701 Mortar Admix produces a shock resistant, fortified thick-bed mortar for use in "Extra Heavy Duty" tile and paver installations. It is particularly well suited for installations where heavy vehicular or mass transit traffic is expected. 

  • 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 - A specially designed latex admixture for use with thin-set adhesives, cement grouts, cement mortar beds and other cement mixes. Used in place of water, 3701 Mortar Admix improves the working and physical properties of any cement mix and provides economical and easy way to make permanent, trouble-free installations of ceramic tile, brick and natural

View/download the LATICRETE "Extra Heavy Duty" Streetscape Installation System brochure.

Are you getting ready to start a project? Contact us about your next project or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.