Friday, 30 June 2017

We Are Hiring!


Career Opportunity


Do you have the Passion, Skills, Drive and Commitment to join the LATICRETE Australia team?? If you do, we want to hear from you!

We currently have 3x positions available for the right candidate: 

  • LATICRETE Australia, NSW Technical Sales Rep - click here for more info.
  • LATICRETE Australia, QLD Technical Sales Rep - click here for more info.
  • LATICRETE Australia, VIC Technical Sales Rep - click here for more info.

This is a great opportunity to be a part of a global company that has led the industry for the last 60 years with pioneering technology and advancements.

If you have the skills, or know of someone who is the perfect fit, head to the Careers page on our website and apply now!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Pool Renovations Made Easy!






Don Macdonald and his team from The Orchid Group have been busy with this pool renovation underway in Noosa Heads, QLD. Don and the team are using 10x10mm Bisazza glass mosaic tile with a wide range of LATICRETE products for the 20m2 installation. 

LATICRETE products used include:
  • 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed - a polymer fortified blend of carefully selected polymers, Portland cement and graded aggregates. 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed does not require the use of latex admix, you only need to add water to produce thick bed mortar with exceptional strength.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • LATASIL™ - a high performance, one component, neutral cure, 100% silicone sealant designed for ceramic tile & stone applications.

We are excited to see this project progress, keep your eyes peeled!

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

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tile Today Issue #93 Out Now!



Latest Issue of Tile Today is Out Now!


If you haven't seen the latest issue of Tile Today #93 as yet, check out the full digital version here. 

LATICRETE gets featured in a number of places. For a comprehensive "LATICRETE" issue, check out the following pages:


  • "Ceramic Tile in Pools from Start to Finish" - Technical Article written by LATICRETE Technical Service Manager, Fred Gray, on Page 26. 
  • Product Feature - SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout on Page 34.
  • Full page SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout advert on Page 37.

An extract of technical article "Ceramic Tile in Pools from Start to Finish":
"I was once approached by a builder who wanted me to visit his site to discuss the ceramic tiling of his concrete pool shell. No problem, I said. But whilst on site, I realised he wanted to begin installing tile before the shell was two weeks old! This prompted a discussion about installing tiles in concrete pools - an outline of some of the major considerations when planning the installation follows. To continue reading the full article, click here. 

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.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

FREE Upcoming Training & Seminars





We pride ourselves on being different, especially when it comes to training. We provide in-house structured and tailored, product specific courses that cover commercial, residential, industrial tile and 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. Seminars include both classroom instruction and hands-on product demonstrations.

BENEFITS:
  • Learn how to select and recommend the most suitable installation materials
  • Gain comprehensive knowledge of LATICRETE products and installations
  • Learn trade definitions, performance requirements and industry standards
  • Participate in hands-on product demonstrations

UPCOMING SEMINARS NEAR YOU:
  • Sydney: 9 August, 2017: Pool Tiling Systems - Fully Booked
  • Sydney: 10 August, 2017: Complete Tiling Systems - Fully Booked
  • Melbourne: 6-7 September, 2017: HYDRO BAN® & SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium* Grout Product Training
  • Brisbane: 11-12 October, 2017: Tile & Stone Installation Systems
  • Sydney: 8-9 November, 2017: HYDRO BAN® & SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium* Grout Product Training


Contact your local representative on 1800 331 012 or email seminars@laticrete.com.au and enrol today for one of our up and coming courses.

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

Monday, 26 June 2017

"Extra Heavy Duty" Streetscape Installations Brochure



The LATICRETE "Extra Heavy Duty" Streetscape Installations brochure provides information about products that are recommended for the installation of ceramic tile, concrete paver and natural stone where an “Extra Heavy Duty” installation that is required normally associated with transit ways, roads, footpaths and streetscapes. These systems are particularly suited to roads and areas required to handle heavy vehicular traffic.

The LATICRETE systems available are from job proven LATICRETE tile installation projects which have been successfully installed around the world for 60 years. LATICRETE provides single source responsibility for these demanding, high performance applications. LATICRETE systems offer the latest technology in construction materials, methods and delivers superior performance.

Projects utilising LATICRETE materials and methods qualify for a comprehensive LATICRETE System Warranty


For architectural details, in-depth technical support and comprehensive product application videos, click here.

Contact your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep or Architectural Specialist about your next project by calling 1800 331 012 or contact us here.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Welcome Simon's Seconds (iPave)!




We are excited to extend a warm welcome to Simon's Seconds i(Pave) in Smithfield, NSW. Simon's Seconds have joined the LatiFamily as a preferred stockist of LATICRETE tile and stone installation materials. 
Drop in to see the friendly team and stock up with all your LATICRETE products!

Address: 4 Tait Street, Smithfield NSW 2164
Phone: (02) 9729 4483

Trading Hours
Monday to Friday 7.30am - 4:30pm
Saturday - 7.30am - 4pm

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 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, 22 June 2017

Pool + Spa Features LATICRETE


LATICRETE is featured in the May/June Issue of Pool+Spa with SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout! Check out the digital version of the magazine here.

An extract of the featured product SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium:
"LATICRETE has added SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout to its product range. It is a patented epoxy grout that offers all the benefits of SPECTRALOCK PRO grout — colour uniformity, durability and ease of installation — but cleans off more easily and offers enhanced performance. Its non-sag formula caters for vertical installations, and it gives fuller, flusher joints on floors. It is stainproof (residential installations only) to common household cleaners, liquids and other goods. All spills should be cleaned up immediately

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.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

LATICRETE Australia Team Announcement


LATICRETE Australia Continues to Grow


We are excited to announce the appointment of John Reynolds as the Company Accountant for LATICRETE Australia. 

John joins our team with a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked in auditing, banking and more recently spending a number of years in manufacturing. 

John is married, with two teenage children and enjoys riding his motor bike on the weekends.

We wish John all the very best in his new position. Welcome to the LatiFamily!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Project Spotlight: Virgin Hotel




In 2010 Virgin Hotels launched its brand in the U.S and opened its first location in downtown Chicago. The original building was completely renovated into 250 rooms that occupy 4,181m2, as well as common areas that include event and meeting areas that occupy between 1,394-2,323m2. Bourbon Tile and Marble were contracted to install the tiles throughout the project.

Bourbon Tile and Marble faced multiple challenges throughout the project such as using tiles and stone that had not been used on previous projects therefore it was not known how well they would perform once installed. The installer also had to come up with a high quality installation process that did not void any warranties on the stone and tiles used in the project. Sound control was also a must due to the excessive street noise from the busy Chicago streets; the hotel needed effective sounds control that was compatible with the tile installation materials in all locations throughout the hotel. 

The solution was LATICRETE. By using a wide range of LATICRETE installation materials, Bourbon Tile and Marble were able to tackle the challenges that they faced throughout the project. 

“This was an exciting project because of the new materials that were involved and the historical significance of the building. We’ve had such great experiences with LATICRETE products so we had no doubt that the process would run smoothly and produce the results the customer wanted.” ~ Eddie Bourbon, Bourbon Tile and Marble.

The Virgin Hotel opened in early 2015 and received rave reviews, proving to be an excellent launch for the Virgin Hotel brand in the U.S. Click here to read the full Project Spotlight. 

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

Monday, 19 June 2017

QLD Waterproofing & Epoxy Grout Training





FREE Course in QLD - July 5-6th, 2017


We pride ourselves on being different, especially when it comes to training. It’s one of the things that make us different and helps ensure you are able to do the best job possible. 

Our most popular offerings at the moment are our waterproofing and epoxy grout courses. We get you involved in our hands-on courses that are assessed, so you can leave with the confidence and a certificate that says you have been trained! 

If you have ever wanted to take on epoxy grouting but were scared off by all the negative press, now’s the time to get the real story on how easy it is to do, and become proficient in SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout*

Do you require a manufacturer’s certificate in your state to install waterproof membrane? Our HYDRO BAN® course not only satisfies the requirements of installation but discusses some of the standards and rules around its application. 

Training Details:
When: Wednesday 5th July OR 
Thursday 6th July.

RSVP:
Contact your local representative to enroll or for more information:
Mitchell Haw: 0432 564 752
Shane Anderson: 0422 177 973 OR

Friday, 16 June 2017

Head in to Sydney Hardware



Euro Abrasives - Sydney Hardware in St Peters, NSW, is a preferred stockist for all your LATICRETE installation materials. Head in and chat with Con and the rest of the friendly team about the wide range of LATICRETE products they stock. 

Address: 90-114 Princess Highway, St Peters, NSW 
Phone: (02) 9557 7661
Fax: (02) 9557 6668

Hours of Operation:
Mon to Friday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 3:00pm

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

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Mosaic Mural Wins Award





Mosaic Artist Bonnie Fitzgerald received the Juror's Choice Award in Mosaic Arts International for a large public mosaic art piece. Installed at the Palmer Park Community Centre in Landover, Maryville, the artwork consists of stained glass mosaics on 7 panels.

The project was created using a wide range of LATICRETE installation materials. Bonnie shared her process with us:

"The entire project was made with LATICRETE: Glass Tile Adhesive, PERMACOLOR® Grout (white, colored with concrete colorants), Epoxy Grout (we did the large silhouette areas with Epoxy Grout as an extra safety measure. The glass pieces were large, the installation location very challenging - the space, although dry, gets VERY HOT or VERY COLD depending on the outside environment, I wanted the extra protection the Epoxy product provides."

To see more of Bonnie's mosaic art head to her website or Facebook page.

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.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

How to install SPARTACOTE™ Metallic Concrete Coating




Perfect for exercise rooms, showrooms, walkways, and hallways, the LATICRETE SPARTACOTE Metallic concrete coating systems offer custom colours and textures that are high traction, fast cure and easy maintenance. SPARTACOTE Metallic coating systems are popular in commercial retail environments, showrooms, theaters, entryways, bars, and restaurants.
LATICRETE SPARTACOTE Metallic coating systems consists of a black base coat a mixed Metallic pigment coat, then a clear SPARTACOTE top coat. Installers may also add SPARTACOTE GRIP for additional traction. The above video shows how to install SPARTACOTE METALLIC Coating Systems.
The SPARTACOTE Metallic coating is ready for foot traffic in two hours and ready for vehicle traffic in 24 hours. Click here to read the full story.
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.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Hodgson Vale Stone Pillar Project





Steven Towns and his team from Towns Tiling are working on this 220m2 project in Hodgson Vale, QLD. The project consists of multiple stone pillars and walls throughout the residential home, both inside and out. To ensure the best quality work is delivered Steven has chosen to use LATICRETE installation materials.

LATICRETE products used include:
  • 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.
  • 254 Platinum (Previously 345Platinum) - 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. Designed to just mix with water. Suitable for immersed installations. Meets and exceeds the requirements for a C2TES2P2 classification.

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.

Monday, 12 June 2017

LATICRETE Attends Award Ceremony




Dr. H.M Rothberg Award Presented to...


TAFE NSW - Randwick, recently hosted their 2017 Graduation Award Ceremony for students doing Carpentry & Joinery, Plumbing & Fire Protection; and Wall & Floor Tiling. Suppliers were invited to attend the ceremony.

LATICRETE supports and assists Randwick TAFE in developing and educating students to gain a better understanding of the ceramic tile and stone industry.

In continuing with a new tradition, the Dr. H.M. Rothberg trophy, sponsored by LATICRETE is presented to the Outstanding Student for Certificate 111 in Wall & Floor Tiling.
This year the Dr. H.M. Rothberg award, was awarded to Anthony Cotello. Anthony could not attend the award ceremony and LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, Craig Hunter caught up with him to present him with the LATICRETE trophy, certificate and voucher.

The voucher will help in establishing Anthony in purchasing tools and equipment, to further build his career in the tile and stone industry.

Jenny Keeley, TAFE Randwick teacher had said "I thought Anthony embodied the principals the Dr. H.M Rothberg trophy represents."

LATICRETE wish Anthony Cotello and all the 2016 graduates all the very best in their new venture as qualified installers.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Help send Zander to the USA




WIN a garage floor MAKEOVER


Zander Zwolsman is a 14 year old mad-keen basketballer who is thrilled to have been named part of this year’s Queensland 15 Boys State Emerging Basketball Team. The team are heading to LA in June-July for 10 days of training and tournaments, playing against various USA high schools and colleges. 

LATICRETE Australia and Team Green Floors & More have come together to help get Zander to the USA. LATICRETE have donated SPARTACOTE™ materials. Team Green Floors & More have donated their time and labour for the installation of SPARTACOTE™ on the garage floor area or patio area.

Prize: 
Prize includes a garage floor or patio area makeover in the Brisbane/Gold Coast region.
The materials used and labour to coat average sized garage floor area, value of up to $3,300. Prize is not redeemable for cash. 

Winner will be notified by phone and/or email on Friday, 23 June, 2017 

A ticket to the draw is $10. Contact Team Green Floors on 0417 611 027 for your entry to the draw or email: admin@teamgreenpainting.com.au 

About Team Green Floors & More: 
Team Green Floors & More offer a comprehensive makeover system for residential and commercial projects. With a team of skilled flooring applicators and painters, they transform your home or workplace and leave you with a premium finish product. Find out more at www.teamgreenfloors.com.au, or on Facebook (look for Team Green Floors). 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Backyard Oasis by Adept Pools






The team from Adept Pools have created another amazing backyard oasis at a residential home in NSW. Adept Pools installed Bisazza mosaic tiles using a range of LATICRETE materials including: 
  • 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.
  • 254 Platinum (previously 345 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. 254 Platinum provides long open time with unsurpassed adhesion and workability. 
  • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout - a patented, high performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use. SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout* is designed for use on ceramic tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial. 
Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Swimming Pool System Warranty. 

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. 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Solutions for Operating Rooms & Hospital Flooring








Did you know that LATICRETE SPARTACOTE™ concrete coatings offer fast curing, very low odour installation equipped with antimicrobial technology, making them the perfect coating systems for hospital operating rooms, hallways, and bathrooms? 

The silver ion technology within the SPARTACOTE FLEX PURE™ CLINICAL PLUS coating system acts as a microbial mitigating agent, giving you excellent protection against everyday contaminants. SPARTACOTE FLEX PURE coating systems can also be applied in vertical situations, giving floor owners a seamless cove base where the horizontal surface meets the vertical one. These ensure no microbial penetration into your flooring system and give you excellent low maintenance, and easy to clean properties.

SPARTACOTE coating systems are easy to customise with availability in dozens of colours and textures. SPARTACOTE also offers rapid cure and fast return to service floors. For more information click here. 

Got a concrete flooring project in mind? Contact us to discuss your next project - Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.