Monday, 25 September 2017

Bonding to Difficult Substrates and Tile

In a technical article featured in Tile Today #94, Fred Gray, LATICRETE Australia Technical Service Manager, provides an informative discussion on bonding difficult substrates & tiles, and why epoxy adhesives are effective when greater chemical resistance or strength is required. 

"Every now and then we come across tiles or substrates that can’t be installed or installed on directly with our regular or even premium cement based adhesive. A cement or dispersion based adhesive may not be able to achieve the bond to the tile or the substrate as required. The water they contain may cause an undesirable physical change in the tile, like in the case of moisture sensitive stone.

Corrosion needs to be controlled or a high PH, for instance, may be too corrosive. It may also be that the adhesive does not have the required chemical resistance for your particular installation. So what do you use when you want to install tiles on steel, stainless steel, or epoxy backed tile to concrete surfaces? When executing installations with steel or polyester, it is desirable there is the least amount of involvement of underlayments or other improvisations where structural integrity is otherwise intact. Direct bonding is preferred." Click here to continue reading.

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

Friday, 22 September 2017

Tile Power Penrith Stock LATICRETE

Spotted - Tile Power Penrith flying the LATICRETE flag! Tile Power in Penrith is your local stockist for all your LATICRETE materials - so head in and visit the friendly team today! 

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. 

Head over to Tile Power Penrith to get your LATICRETE materials - or call the friendly team on (02) 4722 2550.

Address: 1/135 Coreen Avenue, Penrith NSW 2750

Hours of Operation:
Mon to Friday: 7:30am – 5:00pm

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

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

Surendra and his wife, Priyanka

Over the weekend LATICRETE Australia R&D Manager, Dr. Surendra Patel, attended a ceremony where he became Australian Citizen. Surendra has lived in Australia for 8 years and is very excited to officially be an "Ozzie"! 

"Everyone says that Australia is the most livable country in the world and we wanted to see it for ourselves. So, we came here in 2009 on a Permanent Residence Visa. After living in a welcoming, peaceful, and multicultural country for more than 8 years I decided to make an ionic/covalent bond (most stable bonds in Chemistry) with this beautiful country, I decided to take citizenship. And now Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi...” 

Congratulations Surendra! 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Pool Projects Made Easy

Don Macdonald and his team from The Orchid Group have been busy working on this 60m2 pool in Coolum, QLD, where Bisazza mosaic tiles have been installed using LATICRETE materials.

Products used include:
  • 254 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. 
  • 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. HYDRO BAN bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates.
  • LATAPOXY® SP-100 - A stainless, pigment free, colourfast epoxy grout for grouting floor installations of ceramic tile, brick, and stone. Cleans with water while fresh. Can be used for interior and exterior applications. Ideal for kitchen floors, counter tops, bathroom floors, malls, cafeterias, and laboratories.
Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Pools, Spas and Fountains System Brochure.

Contact us to discuss your next project, visit your job site or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Solution to Waterproofing

The team from Tiles in Stile have been working on a bathroom project in Melbourne, VIC, where they have been using HYDRO BAN® for the waterproofing. 

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. 
Key Features
  • Meets and exceeds the requirements of AS4858 and AS4654.1 for a Class 3 Membrane
  • Thin; only 0.5 mm – 0.8 mm thick when cured
  • Anti-fracture protection of up to 3 mm over shrinkage and other non-structural cracks
  • "Extra Heavy Service" rating per TCNA performance levels (RE: ASTM C627 Robinson Floor Test)
  • IAPMO approved
  • Contains antimicrobial product protection
  • Safe—no solvents and non-flammable

Keep your eyes peeled for updates on this project! 

Contact us about your next project or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Come See Us At MARMO + MAC!

Come see the LATICRETE team September 27-30th at Italy's biggest stone, design and technology trade fair! Marmomac is the leading natural stone industry event and is the ideal venue for the most advanced knowledge in natural stone processing operations.

Learn more about the show here, and get your free ticket to MARMO+MAC by emailing:

Friday, 15 September 2017

Brisbane Ensuite Reno

K Tiling + Stone from Brisbane, Qld, and Diezel Constructions recently completed this beautiful residential bathroom project. The project consists of 200x200mm checkerboard floor with 300x100mm subways in shower, installed with 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive and Ultra X8 Polymer Fortified Flexible Adhesive. 

  • 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive is a 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 ISO13007.1&2 classification C2TES1. Excellent for exterior and underwater applications, supeior bond to masonry. 
  • Ultra X8 Polymer Fortified Flexible Adhesive is a creamy and smooth to trowel thin-set adhesive for installing all types of tile and stone over a wide range of surfaces. Mixed with either water or for additional strength and performance with LATICRETE latex admixtures for installing porcelain, vitrified, ceramic and stone tiles on floors and walls in both internal and external areas. Contains a unique fibre reinforcing which adds workability, flexibility and reduces slump and shrinkage of the adhesive. Up to 40% higher performance than standard thin-set tile adhesives.

Are you planing a residential project in the near future? LATICRETE has the perfect Residential Tile & Stone Installation Systems brochure for you - which includes a LATICRETE System Warranty. View/download the LATICRETE Residential Tile & Stone Installation Systems brochure.

Contact us to discuss your next project, or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here