Thursday, 14 December 2017

Private Residence Pool Installation


Glenn Mannix, LATICRETE NSW Technical Sales Rep, visited the team on-site from A Plus Services in Maroubra, where the guys were trying out LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield for the first time and gave it the thumbs up! The team are using a wide range of LATICRETE installation materials for the 120m2 pool project. 

Products used:
LATAPOXY Moisture Shield - a 2 component, roller applied epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in concrete and other substrates.
HYDRO BAN®  Adhesive & Sealanta one component, fast curing, hybrid elastomeric adhesive and sealant.
HYDRO BAN®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.
254 Platinumthe 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. 
SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout*designed for use on tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial. It can be used both interior and exterior on floors and walls. Ideal for re-grouting applications. SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout is perfect for swimming pools, fountains and other wet area applications.


Are you getting ready to start a project? Contact us for technical support or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here. 


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

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Palm Beach Project




Check out this 700m2 private residence project in Palm Beach, NSW, installed by Reflective Gardens, Sticks & Stones Landscape Architects, and Cadence & Co. 400m2 of Eco Outdoor Wamberal Wall Stone is being installed with MVIS Veneer Mortar, and the 300m2 driveway is being installed with Jymina Cobblestones using 254 Platinum and PERMACOLOR® Grout.

  • MVIS Veneer Mortar is a patented, versatile polymer fortified mortar designed specifically for the installation of adhered masonry veneer, stone and thin brick. 
  • 254 Platinum is 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.
  • PERMACOLOR Grout - offers the maximum performance available in a cement-based grout, providing consistent colour and antimicrobial protection to resist stain-causing mould and mildew. 

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, 12 December 2017

Beautiful & Durable Resinous Flooring

Flakes broadcast over the substrate

Before topcoat is applied

After two top coats have been applied

Beautiful new floor! 


This 70m2 showroom for Tiles in Stile in Melbourne, VIC, has just received this beautiful new LATICRETE SPARTACOTE BLENDED CHIP floor. Neil Warden, LATICRETE Australia National Sales Manager, conducted hands-on training with the team from Tiles In Stile to install the flooring system. 

SPARTACOTE BLENDED CHIP provides a capable, seamless flooring finish suitable for numerous commercial and residential applications, it is also available in a wide assortment of blends and finishes to suit your designer needs. With a contoured finish to allow for optimal traction, this minimal maintenance coating system offers 1-day installation and next day return to service.

Key Features:
  • Wide assortment of blends and finishes
  • May be used as a floor & wall coating
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Contoured finish allows for optimal traction
  • 1-day installation with next-day return to service

For more information on SPARTACOTE flooring systems click here.

Contact us to discuss your next flooring project or to arrange a mock-up - Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Our Holiday Schedule is now available to be viewed here.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Double Bay Pool Complete





Previously we had blogged about this Double Bay Pool Refurb that was underway by the team from Maestro Group. We are excited to share photos of the completed project! Sam and the team used a range of LATICRETE installation materials to install 160m2 of Trend glass mosaics, and received a 15 year System Warranty:

  • 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 - a specially designed latex admixture for use with thin-set adhesives, cement grouts, cement mortar beds and other cement mixes. 
  • LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield - a 2 component, roller applied epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in concrete and other substrates.
  • 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® Adhesive & Sealant - a 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* - designed for use on tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial. 
  • LATASIL™ sealant is a high performance, one component, neutral cure, 100% silicone sealant designed for ceramic tile & stone applications.


Are you getting ready to start a project? Contact us for technical support or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here. 

Friday, 8 December 2017

Important Dates for Dec/Jan



LATICRETE Australia will be taking a break over the festive season!

Please see the above important dates regarding No Shipping or ReceivingLast Shipping and Business Day for 2017 and when LATICRETE Australia will Re-open for business in 2018

If you have any questions regarding the LATICRETE Australia 2017 Holiday Schedule, please do not hesitate to contact us - Call 1800 331 012, email: sales@laticrete.com.au or chat with your LATICRETE Sales Rep.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Bridgepoint Shopping Centre Project





This exterior tiling project at Bridgepoint Shopping Centre in Mosman, NSW, has just been completed for CD Construction Group, featuring 90m2 of 220x75mm terracotta tiles. Tilers, Knewbee Tiling Group, and grouting team, TM Building & Construction, used a range of LATICRETE materials for installation including

  • 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. 
  • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* is designed for use on tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial. It can be used both interior and exterior on floors and walls. Ideal for re-grouting applications. SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout is perfect for swimming pools, fountains and other wet area applications.

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.


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

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

LATICRETE Spotted in Townsville!


What a view! Last week QLD LATICRETE Technical Sales Reps, Mitchell Haw and Shane Anderson, traveled to far north Queensland and visited the team from Harries Rendering on-site in Townsville. Chris and the team use 226 Thick Bed Mortar with 3701 Mortar Admix for their render mixes to ensure the highest quality is delivered. 

  • 226 Thick Bed Mortar is 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 is 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 an economical and easy way to make permanent, trouble-free installations of ceramic tile, brick and natural stone.
Contact us to discuss your next project, visiting your job site, or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Our Holiday Schedule is now available to be viewed here.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Tiling in Hot Temperatures

Photo Credit: The Orchid Group

LATICRETE Tips for Hot Weather Tiling

Things are heating up here in Australia, so make sure you are ready by reading these helpful hints and tips for tiling in hot weather. 

You want to ensure the best installation of your projects over the hotter months, and there is a simple rule to follow when an installation is subjected to high temperatures: 
The 8ºC Rule – for every 8ºC above 21ºC, Portland cement and epoxy based materials take half as long to cure.

General tips for working in hot temperatures:
1. For best results, always ship and store installation materials at 5ºC – 32ºC to extend the shelf life and working time. Do not store products in direct sunlight. If installation materials are too warm, they should be cooled to the specified temperature range for that specific product. 
2. Dampen or wet down substrate surfaces to not only clean the area, but to lower the temperature and lower the absorption rate of the substrate. Sweep off excess water just before mortar is applied. This step will extend the working time of the installation materials. 
3. Stir latex additives thoroughly before mixing with thin-sets, grouts, plasters, stuccos and other Portland cement mortars. 
4. Due to the rapid rate of moisture loss and Portland cement dehydration at temperatures >32ºC, cover installations with polyethylene sheeting for 1-2 days to allow curing at a more normal rate. 
5. Low humidity also accelerates the curing process. 
6. Tent off or provide shade when working in direct sunlight.
7. Work during cooler periods of the day (e.g. early morning). 

Click here to read more.

Contact us to discuss your next project, for technical support or to arrange a demo, call 1800 331 012 or contact us here


Our Holiday Schedule is now available to be viewed here.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Residential Ensuite Project





Sam from Sam Gardener Tiling recently completed tiling these 3 residential ensuites which consist of hexagon floors and feature walls. It also features mitred wall to wall niches. Sam used 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive throughout the project. 

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, superior bond to masonry.  

Key Features
  • Interior and exterior use
  • High performance flexible cement based adhesive
  • High tack, non sag
  • Extended open time
  • Easy to use – Plastic and workable

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.

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.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Waterproofing & SPECTRALOCK® Training Course



This seminar is a short, concise, intensive training program specifically developed for installation contractors, distributors, dealers and other industry professionals who want to improve their knowledge and increase their productivity as they become familiar with SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* and HYDRO BAN® Waterproofing & Crack Suppression Membrane. 

Where: Superb Tiles Mitcham
Address: 555 Maroondah Highway, Mitcham VIC

Date: Friday, 15 December, 2017 
Time: 3pm

RSVP
Bunly Tea: (03) 9872 6866 OR
Erin Fraser: 0418 393 642

We hope to see you there!

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

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Industry Profile: Don Macdonald - "The Tender"



Original retaining walls in Cairns CBD

In the previous weeks we have seen how Don’s team from The Orchid Group^ gained the necessary experience from other mosaic art projects, and in particular artworks in the Indigenous genre to prepare them for the Cairns project.  Last time we looked at "More Artworks Follow", this week we look at the tendering process.

The Shields Street Mosaic project consists of eight low retaining walls with 20 round knobs on the end of the walls that snaked around existing landscaping in the main mall of Shields Street in the Cairns CBD.  The imagery was supplied by artists from the nearby Yarrabah Indigenous community and the medium was 10x10mm artistic (hand-cut) glass mosaics totaling 164/m².  The work was to be completed in two stages in line with the other major construction works.

The original retaining walls were core filled masonry block walls clad in a 100x100mm vitrified tile finishing with a square edge at the junction of the vertical and horizontal faces. During the life of the original work the external square edges had been badly damaged and looked unsightly.

At Don’s first meeting with Cairns Regional Council he emphasised for the work to survive and for Council to receive longevity on their investment, the external edges needed to be removed and 100mm radii shaped to both the front and back edges.  From experience he knew that this was the best radius for the laying of small mosaics to achieve a smooth transition from one plane to the other. Don’s rationale was the mosaics would be much stronger if surrounded by other mosaics on a similar plane whereas meeting at a hard external corner they would be exposed and subjected to accidental or malicious damage far more easily. Continue reading here. 

Next time, "The Preparation of the Walls".

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

Our Holiday Schedule is now available to be viewed here.

^The Orchid Group is also known as Symmetry Mosaics.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Knowledge Is The Key To Success





Craig Hunter, LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep in NSW, recently caught up with the team from Show Tile Pty Ltd in Bankstown, NSW. Craig conducted training and discussions on LATICRETE Adhesives and hands-on demos for SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout*. 

SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout* is a patented high performance epoxy grout which offers all the great features of SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout - colour uniformity, durability and ease of installation - with enhanced performance. SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout is designed for use on tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial. Click here for more information.

LATICRETE is committed to educating and providing technical support. For more info on our upcoming Events happening around your area, check out the Seminars page on our website, or keep up to date with the Trade Events by following us Facebook.

Contact us to arrange a trade event, a demo or for technical support, call 1800 331 012 or email sales@laticrete.com.au.

Our Holiday Schedule is now available to be viewed here.

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

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

LATICRETE SPARTACOTE™ For Residential Garages





LATICRETE offers a full line of SPARTACOTE industrial-grade polyaspartic garage floor concrete coating systems for residential garages. These systems are designed to transform your garage into a comfortable and clean living space.

LATICRETE SPARTACOTE concrete coating systems for residential garage floors offer owners high end, custom, and personalised flooring solutions. Further, these resinous systems give your garage floor superior protection, excellent abrasion and chemical resistance, and fast return to service, typically applied in one day. 

SPARTACOTE concrete coatings give residential garage owners:
  • Fast return to service, typically installed in one day
  • professional grade coating systems built to last 
  • multiple colours and textures to choose from 
  • Excellent abrasion, impact and chemical resistance
  • No hot tire pick-up
  • Exceptional, long term durability 
  • Safe, non-slip properties 
  • Easy maintenance 
Click here to read more about LATICRETE SPARTACOTE flooring systems.

Contact us to discuss your next flooring project or to arrange a mock-up - Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Monday, 27 November 2017

On-Site With Tiling Dynamix


Recently LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep from NSW, Craig Hunter, caught up on-site with the team from Tiling Dynamix

LATICRETE is committed to educating and providing technical support. We provide on-site demos & in-house structured and tailored, product specific courses that cover commercial, residential, industrial tile & stone installation practices and industry standards. Our training programs are specifically developed for industry professionals who want to improve their profitability and increase their productivity. 

For more info on our upcoming events happening around your area, check out the Seminars page on our website, or keep up to date with the Trade Events by following us Facebook.

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

Friday, 24 November 2017

Head In To Tilers Trade Centre Today!



Tilers Trade Centre in Kuluin, QLD, is a preferred stockist for all your LATICRETE installation materials. Head in and chat with the friendly team about the wide range of LATICRETE products they stock, including HYDRO BAN® waterproofing membrane.

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. 

Drop in and visit the friendly team at Tilers Trade Centre:
Address: 13/15 Fishermans Rd, Kuluin QLD 4558
Tel: (07) 5443 9191


Trading Hours:
Monday to Friday - 5:30am - 4:00pm

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.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving


The team from LATICRETE Australia send warm Thanksgiving wishes to all our customers, friends and colleagues who celebrate in this day. 

May your day be filled with blessings and joy!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Streetscape Underway!


Jason and Mick of Affective Bricklaying are busy installing 600m2 of 100x100mm black granite cobble from 
Sareen Stone for a streetscape for Wollongong council, NSW.  The team are using 211 Crete Filler Power with 4237 Latex Admix for installation, grouting with 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed, and sealing with STONETECH Heavy Duty External Sealer.
  • 211 Crete Filler Power - A factory prepared blend of carefully selected raw materials, Portland cement and graded aggregates. Designed for use with 4237 Latex Additive to produce a high strength adhesive for ceramic tile and stone that meets and exceeds the requirements of national and international standards.
  • 4237 Latex Admix - A specially designed latex additive for use with 211 Crete Filler Powder to make a high strength latex thin bed and medium bed adhesive up to 15 mm.
  • 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed - A polymer fortified blend of carefully selected polymers, Portland cement and graded aggregates.
  • STONETECH® Heavy Duty Exterior Sealer - A solvent based, natural look sealer which offers heavy duty protection, water repellency and weather resistance to natural stone and masonry surfaces. 


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.