Monday, 22 January 2018

Head In To Ceramica Senio


Are you in the Noosa, QLD, area and in need of a LATICRETE stockist? 
Head down to Ceramica Senio and chat with the team about the range of LATICRETE products that they stock!

Address - Shop 1, 1 Gibson Road, Noosaville QLD 4567
Tel - (07) 5449 7377

Operating Hours
Monday to Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-1:00pm 

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.

Friday, 19 January 2018

NSW Waterproof & Epoxy Grout Training


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. 

Training Details
When: Monday 5th January, 2018
Time: 8am
Where: LATICRETE NSW Technical Training Centre 
Address: 3/20 Waler Crescent, Smeaton Grange NSW

RSVP
Technical Services: 1800 331 012
Email: seminars@laticrete.com.au

We hope to see you there! 


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

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Brisbane Bathroom Installation Complete






This Coorparoo, QLD, private residence recently received a new main bathroom, en-suite and poweder room. The project was completed by skilled tiler, Kurt from K Tiling + Stone, for Ollington Group, and LATICRETE materials were used for the installation.

Products used:
  • 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 AS4992.1 and AS4992.2 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. 


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

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Residential Pool in Wombarra







This beautiful residential pool was recently installed in Wombarra, NSW. HYDRO BAN® waterproofing was applied by Seal Direct Waterproofing and Epoxy, and tiling was completed by Sam Reslan and the team from Maestro Group. A range of LATICRETE materials for the installation which included:

  • 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.
  • 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 and bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates.
  • 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. 254 Platinum provides long open time with unsurpassed adhesion and workability.
  • 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. PERMACOLOR Grout is easy to install and is ideal for floors & walls in both interior and exterior installations.


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, 16 January 2018

Makeover for Studio







This 80m2 studio for The Orchid Group on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, recently had LATICRETE SPARTACOTE BLENDED CHIP flooring system installed. Neil Warden, LATICRETE Australia National Sales Manager, conducted hands-on training 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.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Increase The Performance Of Your Cement Mix



Are you wanting to ensure your adhesives and mortars are of a higher standard for your projects? LATABOND™ is the solution! 

Use internally or externally to increase the flexibility, tensile strength and shock resistance of your mortar. LATABOND can be used diluted or undiluted to determine the level of performance of your adhesives, grout, slurry bond coats, renders, and screeds. 

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.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Industry Profile: Don Macdonald - "The Installation - Part 1"




Over the last few weeks we have seen the lead up for the Shields Street Heart Mosaic project as the team prepared for the installation, which included exploring the translation of the imagery into the mosaic medium. This week The Orchid Group^ team experiences delays as the installation begins.

The project comprised of eight low walls divided into two sections.  Walls 1-6 were done in Stage I and walls 7-8 in Stage II.  The rendering of the walls in Stage I was completed in January but Stage II rendering, was not completed until mid-June as a colony of bats nursing their young, was residing in the trees above the site.  A Federal Conservation Act, restricted Council to continue with any works until the colony had moved away. 

In the weeks after leaving the site in January, Don prepared detailed drawings capturing the three dimensional shape of the walls for the manufacturer.  To be commercially viable the majority of the installation was to be created in a controlled environment off-site however, the three dimensional nature of the project was proving a considerable challenge for the mosaic supplier.  Production delays forced Council to cancel their contract and seek the supply of the mosaics from another manufacturer. 

The new supplier was similarly challenged with the three dimensional elements of the project  which resulted in large two dimensional panels being produced which greatly increased the amount of on-site stitching (the processing of cutting and laying one tile at a time to join two sheets) required to complete the project. Read the full story here.  

Next time, we see the additional challenges posed by each of the walls as the team completes the installation.

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.

^The Orchid Group is also known as Symmetry Mosaics

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Another Bathroom Complete





This residential bathroom project in Brisbane, QLD, was recently completed by Sam Gardener Tiling. Sam chose to use 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive to install the 200x600mm porcelain tiles, which features a mitred two wall niche. 

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.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Bellingen Streetscape Project - Stage 1






The Bellingen streetscape upgrade in NSW is currently underway for the Bellingen Shire Council, and stage one is now complete. The 600m2 area was installed with quartz cobblestone and LATICRETE materials, supplied by Amber Coffs Harbour, and installed by Kwik Kerb Coffs Harbour. 

LATICRETE materials 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. 
  • 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. PERMACOLOR Grout is easy to install – just mix with water. 
Keep your eyes peeled for more on this project! 


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.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

LATICRETE University e-Learning Program



We know that traveling and leaving your business behind to attend training is not always possible, so we make it easy. Our LATICRETE University e-Learning Program makes it possible for anyone within the industry to train on industry standards and Profit Through Knowledge (PTK) Technical Seminars from the comfort of your home or office. Now anyone can receive quality education that is usually only provided during live training, at their fingertips.

Here's how it works:
  • Register for FREE
  • Watch short video tutorials on a variety of different topics
  • Take a short test that will measure your knowledge
  • Upon the successful completion of a segment, a training certificate is provided  

LATICRETE University covers a wide range of topics which include: Understanding deflection, how to install reduced thickness porcelain tiles, how to apply liquid waterproofing membrane, an introduction to Masonry Veneer Installation Systems (MVIS), how to patch and repair concrete, and installing resinous flooring systems - plus more! Click here to see a full list of LATICRETE University classes.


For more information about using LATICRETE in your projects, product demos, samples or technical support please contact LATICRETE on 1800 331 012 or email us here. 

Monday, 8 January 2018

Project Spotlight: Hilton Rainbow Towers




The Hilton’s Rainbow Tower stands tall over the Waikiki beach and Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon in the Waikiki neighbourhood in Honolulu, HI. Whether you spotted it in the opening credits to “Hawaii Five-O” or in photographs, you have likely seen the hotel's impressive dual rainbow murals. In 1968, the Rainbow Tower opened with what is considered “the world’s largest ceramic tile mosaic.” With 16,000 tiles the murals stand 87 metres tall, 8 metres wide and can be seen on either end of the tower. After more than 45 years, the integrity of the installation was failing, and the murals’ loose and weather-beaten tiles posed a serious safety concern - the entire installation needed to be replaced.

The project faced two major challenges: Scale and Orientation. Not only was the total size of the project daunting, but the tile installation required a flat vertical surface. The nearly-91 metre vertical span of the murals made a completely flat surface difficult to achieve under the best of circumstances. The Elements—while Hawaii enjoys famously pleasant weather, the towers are constantly buffeted by wind and temperatures that could reach 60°C on the surface of the murals. Furthermore, the seaside-facing mural had to deal with saltwater spray. 

The solution: LATICRETE. Click here to read the full story of how Hilton Worldwide and their engineering consultant Professional Consultants International, Inc. (PROCON) worked with the LATICRETE Technical Services team to select the right mix of products (3701Fortified Mortar Bed, HYDRO BAN®, 254 Platinum, PERMACOLOR® Grout, and LATASIL™) to complete a project of such incredible proportions. 

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, 5 January 2018

Superior Impact & Wear Resistance Flooring


SPARTACOTE™ FLEX PURE CLINICAL PLUS™ is a low VOC and minimal odor, fast curing, two part polyaspartic aliphatic polyurea sealer/finish coating. FLEX PURE CLINICAL PLUS is equipped with a silver-ion based antimicrobial additive designed to provide superior protection against degradation, discolouration, or odours, making it an ideal flooring solution for hospitals, veterinary clinics, and pharmaceutical facilities. 

SPARTACOTE FLEX PURE CLINICAL PLUS provides optimal impact, abrasion, and chemical resistance characteristics. 

Features & Benefits
  • Antimicrobial protection keeps the floor coating cleaner by inhibiting the growth of stain-causing bacteria
  • Walk-on in hours; 24-hour return to service
  • Low VOC; low odor installation
  • Excellent abrasion, impact & wear resistance
  • Excellent chemical & stain resistance
  • Micro-Media agents can be introduced as traction additives

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.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

LATICRETE at Your Fingertips!




The LATICRETE Australia Product Information App is an industry-first, full-service reference tool. Whether you're a professional contractor, tile shop, stockist, or a do-it-yourselfer, you will find the application to be a welcome addition to your tool kit!

Want to know what products LATICRETE has to offer? The LATICRETE app gives you access to the Product Selection Catalogue, which has network-updateable product listings with descriptions and direct links to addition product information.

Need to know how much grout to use on your project? LATICRETE has a Grout & Adhesive Coverage Calculator! The calculator can give you quick coverage estimates for LATICRETE grouts and adhesives by simply selecting your desired grout and adhesive, tile size and grout joint width in English or Metric units.

Along with many more great features, you can also easily contact the Technical Services Department via the app if you are after a more personal experience or need in-depth technical advice.


Click here for more information on downloading the LATICRETE Mobile App.
Contact your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep for more information on our products by calling 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Project Spotlight: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences





In 2012, The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' received a new Nature Research Center wing. The new wing offers highly visible research laboratories where qualified scientists conduct unique research projects while visitors are right next to them, observing and learning. Additional investigative labs offer visitors a chance to perform their own small-scale experiments and try their hand at using tools of the trade. "This way, we're able to get visitors more directly involved in the scientific process," said museum's Communications Director, Jon Pishney.

Visitors to the museum can not only see incredibly well-executed tile installations throughout the new wing, one of the facility's tile projects offers them the opportunity to get interactively involved with the earth's timeline. The Nature Research Center is connected to the existing museum via a two-level pedestrian bridge. On the upper story of it, there is a progression of handmade tiles positioned along handrails, created by artist Barbara Page, which represents the passage of geologic time.

"We knew from the start that working with the museum would involve a number of very unique tile projects. That's why we trusted the LATICRETE System for all installation materials.” Stated Jason W. Banks, Project Manager LEED AP, BD+C at David Allen Company, an NTCA 5-Star Contractor, CTEF Certified Installer. “For example, we used LATAPOXY® 300 Adhesive for the handmade 'time tiles' due to its bonding strength.” Read the full Project Spotlight here. 

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, 2 January 2018

Stunning Pool Project in Port Stephens




Wow, what a stunning pool project! This luxury pool was installed by Adept Pools in Port Stephens, NSW, using the LATICRETE Pool, Spa and Fountain Tiling System. 

Are you planing a pool project in the near future? LATICRETE has the perfect Pool, Spa and Fountain Tiling Systems brochure for you - which includes a LATICRETE System Warranty. Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Pool, Spa, and Fountain Tiling System brochure. 

Visit our website for comprehensive product application videos, architectural specifications, details and in-depth technical support.
  
Contact us to discuss your next project, or to arrange free samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy 2018!


To all of our Customers, Colleagues and Friends.


LATICRETE Australia wish you all the very best for 2018. 
Wishing you and your family a happy, joyful and prosperous year!