Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Luxury Bathroom in Newmarket






Recently Tiles by Matt completed this beautiful residential bathroom in Newmarket, QLD. Silver Travertine in French pattern was laid with 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive, while the 600x600mm porcelain wall tiles were installed with Ultra X8 Polymer Fortified Flexible Adhesive. PERMACOLOR® Grout in 'Smoke Grey' was used on the floor and PERMACOLOR Grout in 'Sauterne' was used for the walls. 

  • 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive -  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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 

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.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Employee Announcement

Robert Runje

Ingrid Flood

We are excited to announce the appointment of two new employees to the LATICRETE Australia team, Robert Runje and Ingrid Flood! 

Robert has joined the team as a Technical Sales Rep servicing Melbourne, VIC, alongside Erin Fraser. Robert holds a Queensland Builders License and comes to us with 15 years of experience in the construction industry selling coating systems, sealers, waterproofing and construction chemicals. He has also successfully operated his own coatings installation business in both Queensland and Victoria. 

Ingrid joins our team in helping support the administration team, while also assisting with bookkeeping. Ingrid comes to us with over 20 years of experience in customer support, administration and bookkeeping.

Welcome to the Latifamily Robert and Ingrid! We look forward to working with you and hope your career with LATICRETE will be a long and happy one.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Vaucluse Pool Project







This 250m2 pool project in Vaucluse, NSW, is currently underway and is using a range of LATICRETE installation materials to qualify for a 25 Year Pool System Warranty. Rendering was completed by the team at JM Rendering, and membrane installation was carried out by Elio Barla. 

LATICRETE Products Include:
  • 226 Thick Bed Mortar - designed for use with 3701 Mortar Admix to produce a latex Portland cement mortar that has exceptional strength. 
  • 3701 Mortar Admixused 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.
  • LATAPOXY® Moisture Shielda 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 & Sealanta one component, fast curing, hybrid elastomeric adhesive and sealant. This product has excellent adhesion on a wide variety of substrates, and is designed for use with HYDRO BAN Waterproof Membrane as bond relief fillet.
  • LATAPOXY® 300 Adhesivea chemical resistant, epoxy adhesive that will bond to most sound, clean surfaces. Can be used in interior and exterior (see limitations) walls and floors, wet and dry areas.
  • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout*a patented, high performance epoxy grout designed for use on ceramic tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial.
  • LATASIL™a high performance, one component, neutral cure, 100% silicone sealant designed for ceramic tile & stone applications.

Keep your eyes peeled for more on this project in the near future! 

Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Pools, Spas and Fountains System Brochure.

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. 


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

Friday, 16 February 2018

Chinese New Year 2018


The team from LATICRETE Australia would like to wish all our customers, friends, and colleagues a happy Chinese New Year!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Trade Brekky at Tile Power Gregory Hills


LATICRETE will be at Tile Power Gregory Hills, NSW, on Friday 23rd February 7:30am for a Trade Information brekky.

Chat with Glenn Mannix, LATICRETE NSW Technical Sales Rep, about your projects and learn how LATICRETE products are designed to save you time and money when time is critical - reducing job site problems - earning more $$$ through increased productivity. 

Products of focus will be:
  • HYDRO BAN® - Fast drying waterproof/crack isolation membrane tile on the same day.
  • MVIS™ - Masonry Veneer Mortar.

Event Details
Where: Tile Power Gregory Hills  
Address: 3/79 Lasso Road, Gregory Hills, NSW 
When:  Friday 23rd February, 2018
Time: 7:30am

RSVP
Tile Power Gregory Hills: (02) 4623 1747 OR
Glenn Mannix: 0434 781 227

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Training at Your Fingertips!



We make being able to attend training easy with our LATICRETE University e-Learning Program! LATICRETE University 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 you can receive quality education at your 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. 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Specialised Concrete Coatings






LATICRETE SPARTACOTE™ Guard™ concrete coating systems make excellent flooring solutions for maintenance and aviation hangar facilities, garages, shop floors, laboratories, hospitals and other heavy-traffic applications. Fast return to service, excellent chemical resistance and long lasting formulations are what makes SPARTACOTE systems successful. 

SPARTACOTE Guard System Features & Benefits
  • Varied traction coefficients available.
  • 1-Day installation with next-day return to service
  • All-climate application
  • More durable than epoxy
  • Excellent colour/gloss retention
  • Low-emitting, green friendly options


 Click here for more details on SPARTACOTE™ Guard™ concrete coating systems

For more information on SPARTACOTE flooring systems click here.
Got a concrete flooring project in mind? Contact us to discuss your next project - Call 1800 331 012 or email us here. 

Monday, 12 February 2018

Sunshine Beach Residential Pool




This private residence pool on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, is currently being installed by Sam Gardener for Jack Boyd Pools. The 70m2 pool will feature 21.57x21.57mm Bisazza glass tiles. Sam is using a wide range of LATICRETE materials to install to qualify for a 15 Year LATICRETE Warranty. 

LATICRETE products used:
  • 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 - Used in place of water, 3701 Mortar Admix improves the working and physical properties of any cement mix.
  • LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield - 2 component, roller applied, epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in concrete and other substrates.
  • HYDRO BAN® - Single component, self curing liquid rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane. 
  • HYDRO BAN® Adhesive & Sealant - 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* - High performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use.
  • LATASIL™ - A high performance, one component, neutral cure, 100% silicone sealant designed for ceramic tile and stone applications. 

Keep your eyes peeled as this project progresses! 


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.

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

Friday, 9 February 2018

Come In To Tilers Trade Outlet!



Tilers Trade Outlet in Port Melbourne, VIC, is a preferred stockist for all your LATICRETE installation materials. Head in and chat with Kate and the rest of the friendly team about the wide range of LATICRETE products they stock. 

Address: 1/11 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207
Phone: (03) 8658 4097
Email:  sales@tilerstrade.com.au

Hours of Operation:
Mon to Friday: 6.30am to 4pm
Saturday: 7.30am to 12pm

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

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Project Spotlight: Semi-Precious Stone Mosaics Pool





Designed for an ultra-private seaside California home, this incredible pool was installed with Lapis Lazuli, a semi-precious stone, and pool surrounds with a natural travertine tile. The private residence pool, which faces the beach alongside the Pacific Ocean, was installed by Jimmy Reed and his team from Rock Solid Tile, Inc. - an elite tile contractor which over the years has taken the process of installing tile for swimming pools to the ultimate level.

To ensure the project would stand the test of time, Reed chose to use a full LATICRETE installation system for the pool, as well as LATAPOXY® 300 Adhesive for the travertine surrounds. Reed states that when working on any pool project his firm’s job doesn’t begin or end with the visuals.  "As far as we're concerned, it has to be a bulletproof installation which lasts a lifetime. Any failures occurring after the tile installation are not an option." Click here to read the full Project Spotlight. 

Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Pool, Spa and Fountain Tiling System Brochure.

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 February 2018

Successful Epoxy Grout & Waterproofing Seminar







On Monday, 5th February, LATICRETE Australia held a free waterproof & epoxy grout training day at the LATICRETE NSW Training Centre located at Smeaton Grange.

Attendees were actively involved in discussions and hands on demonstrations of LATICRETE products, SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* and HYDRO BAN® Waterproofing & Crack Suppression Membrane. Relevant Australian standards were highlighted, and participants were assessed and accredited.

Have you signed up for our FREE training courses and seminars? 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 book your seat at our next FREE training seminar, or arrange a trade event, a demo or for technical support, call 1800 331 012 or email sales@laticrete.com.au.

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

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

LATICRETE SPARTACOTE™ Metallic Concrete Coatings


Perfect for exercise rooms, showrooms, walkways, and hallways, 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.
SPARTACOTE Metallic Pigment is designed to provide one of a kind colour brilliance and depth to concrete flooring and can provide designers with the ability to significantly enhance the ambiance of any environment. SPARTACOTE Metallic offers single day application - giving you a next-day return to service time frame.

Features & Benefits:
  • 12x vibrant colours
  • Easy to install
  • Single day application with next-day return to service
  • Unique application techniques

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, 5 February 2018

Efflorescence – Causes and Prevention


Ever wondered what efflorescence is and how it occurs? The occurrence of efflorescence is a potential problem whenever Portland cement products are used. There have been many industry articles and resources available that speak on the issue of efflorescence - It is important to note that efflorescence is not considered a defect of the installation materials, but rather a naturally occurring issue common to all Portland cement based products. 

The best way to prevent efflorescence is to better understand what it is and how it happens. Three things have to happen for efflorescence to become a problem: 
  • There must be soluble salts present (these salts are present in Portland cement products from the manufacturing process). 
  • Water must be present in the setting bed, mortar bed and/or grout. 
  • Some type of force (evaporation, gravity, capillary movement, etc...) has to bring the salts to the surface of the installation.

Salts can then be put into solution and brought to the surface. If all 3 things occur then the water evaporates, the salts remain on the surface where they react with carbon dioxide in the air. The reaction turns the salts into a visible white material that collects on the surface. These salts can be calcium carbonate, sodium carbonate, potassium carbonate, or calcium hydroxide depending on the source of the Portland cement raw materials and any additives that may have been added to the concrete or mortar. 

Eliminating any of the 3 needed circumstances will eliminate the occurrence of efflorescence. For more information on the best ways to help minimise the occurrence of efflorescence, read the full Technical Data Sheet 1159 here.

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

Friday, 2 February 2018

Welcome Smart Tiles




We are excited to extend a warm welcome to Smart Tiles in Kempsey, NSW. Smart Tile 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: 36 Crescent Head Road, Kempsey, NSW 2440
Phone: (02) 6562 6499

Trading Hours
Monday to Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday - 9am - 12pm

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, 1 February 2018

Great Event at Reece Irrigation Maroochydore





LATICRETE Technical Sales Reps from QLD, Mitchell Haw and Shane Anderson, were at Reece Irrigation Maroochydore last week for a trade information afternoon. Those who attended had the opportunity to chat with Mitchell and Shane to gain a better understanding of LATICRETE products including HYDRO BAN®, 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed, and 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive.

  • 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.  
  • 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed - 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.
  • 335 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.

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.