Thursday, 31 August 2017

LATABOND™ Latex Admixture


Product Feature: LATABOND™

LATABOND™ is a specially designed latex admixture for use in Portland cement adhesives. Designed to be used with LATICRETE thin-set adhesives, Portland cement or site mixed sand and cement to make thin-set adhesives, slurry bond coats, cement mortar beds, cement renders, stuccos, cement grouts and other cement mixes to improve the performance of these adhesives and cement mixes.

Key Features
  • Reduces water absorption of adhesives
  • Interior and exterior installations
  • Fortifies thin-set adhesives
  • Increased bond and compressive strength
  • Superior flexibility
  • Shock, vibration, chemical and frost resistant

Click here for more information 

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, 30 August 2017

LATICRETE Australia Announcement




Welcome to the Team


We are excited to announce the appointment of Jatin Patel as a Chemist for LATICRETE Australia. 

Jatin joins our team with a Master in Chemistry and has experience in quality control & handling sophisticated instruments. Jatin will report to Dr. Surendra Patel, LATICRETE Australia R&D Manager and will be assisting in the Quality Control and R&D.

Jatin is married and his hobbies include travelling, cricket, chess and snooker.

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

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Pinbarren Pool Complete






Recently we shared in a pool project underway in Pinbarren, QLD, by Don Macdonald and his team from The Orchid Group, and we are excited to share finished photos of the pool. The team have also been busy with internal work on the project, where marble tiles have been installed.  A range of LATICRETE products have been used for the installation including:

  • 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. 
  • HYDRO BAN® - a thin, load bearing waterproofing/crack isolation membrane that DOES NOT require the use of fabric in the field, coves or corners.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SPECTRALOCK® Grout - a patented, high performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use. Designed for use on ceramic tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial.

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, 28 August 2017

Is Your Pool Summer Ready?

Jade Mountain, Anse Chastenet Resort, Castries, St. Lucia

An article by Fred Gray, LATICRETE Australia Technical Service Manager, provides tips on getting your pool ready this summer: 

"Yes it’s already that time of the year when we are starting to turn our minds to the coming warmer weather - I bet it’s going to be hot! For many of us, as one of the highest per capita pool ownership countries in the world, it's time to start thinking about getting our swimming pools ready for the summer, because there’s not that much time left. 

This can be as easy as cleaning the pool and balancing the water, or maybe it’s something a little more substantial like repairing some broken tiles or re-grouting. Whatever you have to do, we may be able to help. 

Need to know about fill & drain rates, or what to do when opening seasonal pools? Considerations with water treatment and tile installations, mineral balance, and other useful information? Then check out our Technical Data Sheet TDS1003 to answer these questions and more. But if you want to do more substantial work, for example new waterline tiles, or even a totally new tiled interior, we can really help here."

View/Download the Pool, Spa, and Fountain Tiling Systems Brochure.

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: sales@laticrete.com.au

Friday, 25 August 2017

Terrace Tiles Join the LatiFamily!





Owner of Terrace Tiles, Lee Donaldson, and staff member Joy are excited to be the newest additions to the LatiFamily! We're pleased to announce Terrace Tiles in Heatherbrae, NSW, as stockists of LATICRETE tile and stone installation materials. 

Drop in to see the friendly team at Terrace Tiles and stock up with LATICRETE products today! 

Terrace Tiles Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday - 7:30am-5pm
Saturday - 8am-12:30pm
Sunday - Closed

Address: 2320 Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae, NSW 2324
Tel: (02) 4987 7120

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, 24 August 2017

Pool Projects Made Easy!





Last week Joe Tabone LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep in NSW, visted Sam from Maestro Group on a pool refurb job site in Double Bay. Sam, who completed the LATICRETE Profit Through Knowledge course held recently in NSW, was looking confident installing screed made up of 226 Thick Bed Mortar and 3701 Mortar Admix. 

  • 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.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates on this pool project! 

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, 23 August 2017

We Do On-Site Visits!



Recently NSW LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, Joe Tabone, met up on-site with Josh Young from J.A.Y Tiling with his apprentice Zack Collins. Josh and the team are laying white Carrara marble and green marble throughout all the bathrooms in a new house located in Bronte, NSW. A wide range of products are being used on the project including:

  • HYDRO BAN® - a single component, self curing liquid rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing/crack isolation membrane. 
  • 211 Crete Filler Powder - 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 Additive - 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. For installing all types of tile, stone and agglomerates. 
  • LATAPOXY® 300 Adhesive - a chemical resistant, epoxy adhesive that will bond to most sound, clean surfaces. Suitable for interior and exterior (see limitations) walls and floors, wet and dry areas.
  • PERMACOLOR® Groutoffers the maximum performance available in a cement-based grout, providing consistent colour and antimicrobial protection to resist stain-causing mould and mildew. 

Keep your eyes peeled for updates on this great project!

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, 22 August 2017

SPARTACOTE™ BLENDED CHIP Flooring System

Measuring out correct amounts to mix together

Mixing pigment base and pigment together

Distributing base coat in 'ribbons'

Rolling base colour over the substrate

Broadcasting chip flakes over wet base

Over the coming weeks we will be featuring a range of LATICRETE SPARTACOTE™ Flooring Systems and the application process. The images above show the application of SPARTACOTE BLENDED CHIP system.

Firstly, measured amounts of SPARTACOTE FLEX PURE™ Pigment Base and Polyaspartic Pigment are mixed together to create the base coat for the system. The base coat is distributed evenly by pouring 'ribbons' and then rolling out over the substrate. Once the base coat has been applied, and while still wet, Chip flakes are broadcast evenly over the wet resin, ensuring total coverage. This is then left to dry before continuing the next step. Keep your eyes peeled next week to see the final steps of the application process.

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.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Committed to Education






LATICRETE Technical Sales Reps from NSW, Joe Tabone and Craig Hunter, were at Coastwide Waterproofing & Remedial Services on Friday for a Trade Information morning. Installers that attended had the opportunity to chat with Joe and Craig to gain a better understanding of LATICRETE products that are designed to increase productivity and profitability.

Products of focus were:

LATICRETE is committed to educating and providing technical support. We provide on-site & 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.

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

Friday, 18 August 2017

We Want YOU!



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 a position available for the right candidate: 

  • LATICRETE Australia, NSW 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, 17 August 2017

Randwick TAFE Training





In July LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep from NSW, Craig Hunter, and LATICRETE Australia Technical Services Manager, Fred Gray, conducted training at Randwick TAFE. 1st year tiling students were actively hands on with practical learning, with the opportunity to mix, use, and feel the difference between a range of LATICRETE adhesives. 

In the classroom students discussed the various technical characteristics and classifications of adhesives, to be better prepared and informed about choosing the right adhesive for different projects they may encounter in the workplace, e.g. Large thin panel tile, pool mosaics, and commercial applications. 

LATICRETE products demonstrated include:
  • Ultra X8 Polymer Fortified Flexible Adhesive - 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.
  • LATAFLEX Gold Adhesive - A superior performance polymer fortified, rubber reinforced thin-set adhesive for installing ceramic tile and stone using the thin-bed method of installation. Designed for interior and exterior floor and wall installations of all types of ceramic tiles, porcelain tile and stone over concrete, exterior glue plywood and a variety of substrates.
  • 254 Platinum (Previously 345 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. Designed to just mix with water. Suitable for immersed installations. Meets and exceeds the requirements for a C2TES2P2 classification.

At LATICRETE we provide training and classes that discuss commercial, residential, industrial tile and stone installation practices and industry standards. Our training utilises both classroom and hands-on product demonstrations.

Want to arrange a demo or seminar customised for you and your team?  Call us on 1800 331 012 or contact us here.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Renovations Continue in Tinbeerwah





We recently shared a residential project in Tinbeerwah, QLD, by Don Macdonald and his team from The Orchid Group. We are excited to share the next stage of the project, which is a 46m2 exterior undercover car space at the front of the home. The 300x600x9mm porcelain tiles have been installed using a range of LATICRETE materials:

  • STRATA_MAT™ - A next generation high performance uncoupling mat for use under tile and stone installations for both residential and commercial applications. Designed to replace traditional underlayment materials. Engineered to allow safe, reliable installations of tile and stone over "problematic" surfaces such as wood, cracked concrete, post and pre-tensioned concrete.
  • 355 Premium Flexible AdhesiveA 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. 
  • 254 Platinum (Previously 345 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. 
  • 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.

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, 15 August 2017

HYDRO BAN® Waterproofing Membrane


Product Feature: HYDRO BAN®

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. 

HYDRO BAN features rapid drying time for a faster time to tile, and changes colour from a light sage to an olive green when cured. 

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

Click here for more information and for an installation video.

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, 14 August 2017

Great Turn out for NSW Seminars!






Last week LATICRETE Australia held free training seminars on Pool Tiling Installations Systems and Complete Tiling Systems at our LATICRETE NSW Training Centre.

Industry professionals from Maestro Building Group, Mets Tiling, The Other Side Landscapes, Pool Mobile, Team Delaney Tiling, and Kyle Harvison Tiling got the opportunity to be actively involved in discussions, classroom learning, and hands-on demonstrations using LATICRETE products.

These events are a great way to learn about LATICRETE products and general knowledge about our industry or prepare you for upcoming projects. Interaction on this level is second to none.

UPCOMING SEMINARS NEAR YOU:
  • Melbourne: 6-7 September, 2017
  • Brisbane: 11-12 October, 2017
  • Sydney: 8-9 November, 2017

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.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Knowledge Exchange at Twin Towns Sand & Gravel


LATICRETE will be at Twin Towns Sand & Gravel on Friday 25th August from 6:30am. This is a great opportunity to chat with your QLD LATICRETE Rep, Shane Anderson, about LATICRETE products that will save you time and money! 

Products of focus include:

Event Details
Where: Twin Towns Sand & Gravel
Address: 25 Rivendell Dr, Tweed Heads, NSW 2486
When: Friday 25th August 2017
Time: 6:30am

RSVP
Andrew: (07) 5523 6004
Shane: 0422 177 973 
Email: sand@brimsgroup.com.au

See you there! 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tumut Community Labyrinth for Peace






Tumut in NSW recently had an octagonal stone labyrinth installed as a joint community project between the Rotary Club of Tumut and the Blakeney Millar Foundation. Mark Paine Landscapes, along with other landscaping teams, were a part of the project which received donated materials for the installation, including LATICRETE products.  

LATICRETE products used include
  • 211 Crete Filler Powder -  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 Additive - 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. For installing all types of tile, stone and agglomerates. Also for use with Portland cement to make slurry bond coats for mortar beds and with thin set adhesives to give improved performance and longer open time.

The Tumut Community Labyrinth for Peace, approximately 1200m2, is to commemorate those who have served, and is a place for reflection, celebration and learning.To recognise the men and women of the Tumut district who served in times of war, the labyrinth features symbols from the conflicts throughout the stonework. 

The official opening for the Labyrinth is on this Saturday August 12th, 2017, where members of the community are welcomed to celebrate and remember. 

Contact us to discuss your next project, arrange a demo, your FREE samples by calling 1800 331 012 or contact us here.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Trade Brekky at Bayset Geebung


LATICRETE will be at Bayset Geebung from 6:30am tomorrow for a Trade Information Brekky - We would love you to come join the fun! This event is a great opportunity to chat with your local QLD Technical Sales Reps, Mitchell Haw and Shane Anderson, and find out how LATICRETE Systems and Warranties can turn your project into another globally proven tile and stone installation!

Knowledge Exchange Will Focus On:

Event Details: 
Bayset Geebung - Thursday 10th August, 6:30am
238 Robinson Road, Geebung QLD 4566

RSVP:
Bayset Geebung: (07) 3918 4111

We hope to see you there!