Friday, 31 August 2018

In-Store Training at Glennon Tiles



Recently Glenn Mannix, NSW LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, visited the team at Glennon Tiles and spent time going through hands on training with SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* and PERMACOLOR® Grout.

LATICRETE is committed to educating and providing technical support. We provide on-site and in-store product and systems demos, as well as in-house tailored 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.

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

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Pool Projects Made Easy


Check out this beautiful pool installed by Adept Pools in NSW. Adept Pools have used a range of LATICRETE materials for this project to ensure it will stand the test of time!  

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.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Great Turnout for Trade Brekky!





Recently LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep from NSW, Craig Hunter, was at Amber Port Macquarie for a trade information brekky. Those who attended had the opportunity to chat with Craig to gain a better understanding of LATICRETE products including HYDRO BAN® and MVIS™ Veneer Mortar. 

Products of focus:
  • HYDRO BAN - Fast drying waterproofing membrane - tile on the same day. HYDRO BAN bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates.
  • MVIS - Masonry Veneer Mortar is a patented, versatile polymer fortified mortar designed specifically for the installation of adhered masonry veneer, stone and thin brick.

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.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital





The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford recently opened the doors to its new state-of-the-art building in California, USA. At 48,402m2, the new building depicts California’s diverse ecosystem and natural beauty, with each floor representing a native eco-region. Its founder, the late Lucile Salter Packard was a known advocate for treating both the patient and their family, not just the illness. With this in mind, lead architect Robin Guenther, a principal with the architectural firm Perkins + Will in association with Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. and Mazzetti, set out to fulfill Packard’s vision by designing one of the country’s most sustainable children’s hospitals.

To bring to life two mosaic tile designs representative of California’s seashore and the Redwood Forest, international award-winning mosaic artist Gary Drostle and his company, UK-based Drostle Public Arts, created and installed 19 hand-cut mosaics using Winckelman Unglazed Porcelain, a set of bronze medallions and 700 hand-cast glass leaves to be set in a specially-designed terrazzo floor. After nearly two years of craftsmanship, Drostle’s designs were installed in the ground floor lobby area of the hospital and first-floor central corridor using LATICRETE products.

“For each portion of our mosaic tile work, there was an appropriate LATICRETE product to ensure a lasting installation and bring the ‘wow’ factor with a pop of colour in the grout. More importantly than that, each of the products chosen has received multiple certifications and declarations, including Health Product Declarations (HPD), Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and UL GREENGUARD Gold Certifications for low chemical emissions for sustainable living,” said Drostle.


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.

Monday, 27 August 2018

LATICRETE Pool Tiling Systems


The LATICRETE Pool, Spa & Fountain Tiling Systems brochure provides an overview of tile & stone installation materials to facilitate your selection of appropriate waterproofing, adhesives, mortars, grouts and sealants.    

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


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

Friday, 24 August 2018

Trade Afternoon at Reece Irrigation Cairns



LATICRETE will be at Reece Irrigation Cairns, QLD, on Thursday 6th September 3:00-5:30pm for a Trade Event afternoon.

Chat with Mitchell Haw and Shane Anderson, QLD LATICRETE Technical Sales Reps, 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:

Event Details
Where: Reece Irrigation Cairns 
Address: The Bungalow, 200 Aumuller Street Cairns, QLD 4870
When: Thursday 6th September, 2018
Time: 3:00-5:30pm

RSVP
Reece Irrigation Cairns: (07) 4030 1070 OR
Mitchell Haw: 0432 564 752

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Product Feature: STRATA_MAT™


STRATA_MAT™ is 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, and engineered to allow safe, reliable installations of tile and stone. Designed for "problematic" surfaces such as wood, cracked concrete, post and pre-tensioned concrete. 

STRATA_MAT provides for an enhanced mechanical bond of the adhesive and provides for faster drying of the adhesive. This allows for faster installations and for shorter time to grout. 

Key Features Include: 
  • Adhesive Hydration Vents - creates a mechanical bond between the mat and adhesive
  • Allows for use of the appropriate adhesive per industry standards.
  • Provides vapour management.
  • Eliminates transmission of in plane substrate cracks of up to 3mm.
  • Instant coverage verification - allows for installer to see adhesive coverage underneath the mat during installation without having to lift and verify.
  • Lightweight, easy to carry and fast to install with standard tools.
  • Can be used under moisture sensitive stone.

Click here for more product 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, 22 August 2018

Sans Souci Project Continues





Recently we shared a pool project in Sans Souci, NSW, being completed by Knewbee Tiling for Dapcor builders. Prep has now commenced on the 50m pool, which will feature 1400m2 of porcelain Serapool tiles, supplied by The Pool Tile Company. A range of LATICRETE materials are being used throughout the project, including:

  • 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.
  • LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield is a 2 component, roller applied epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in concrete and other substrates.
  • HYDRO BAN® is a single component, self-curing liquid polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane that 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.
  • LATAPOXY® 300 Adhesive is a chemical resistant, epoxy adhesive that will bond to most sound, clean surfaces. 
  • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* provides colour uniformity, durability and ease of installation. Designed for use on tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial.
  • LATASIL™ is a high performance, one component, neutral cure, 100% silicone sealant designed for ceramic tile and stone applications. 
  • LATASIL 9118 Primer is a one component primer designed to increase adhesion of LATASIL to various substrates.

Keep your eye out 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)

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Committed to Education



Last week Craig Hunter, NSW LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, was at Amber Coffs Harbour, for a trade information morning where attendees had the opportunity to learn more about SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout*.


  • SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout provides colour uniformity, durability and ease 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.

LATICRETE is committed to educating and providing technical support. We provide on-site and in-store product and system demos, as well as in-house tailored courses that cover commercial, residential, industrial tile & stone installation practices and industry standards.  

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.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Sealed Stone Testing and Treatment


Determining if a stone is sealed is an important question which must be answered prior to considering the application of a new sealer treatment. Realizing if an unsealed stone surface will be able to accept a sealer is also important in determining how to move forward. There is a very simple and inexpensive test to determine if the stone, Saltillo tile or cement-based grout is currently sealed, or if it even requires a sealer.

Water Test: The quick and easy test is performed with water and can provide valuable information about the current state of the stone or grout surface. 

1. Apply water in a few different areas of the stone and/or grout 
2. Make each application of water approximately 25mm wide 
3. Roughly measure the size of the circle of water without making contact with the water. Make a notation as to the size of each application of water 
4. Place a drinking glass over each application of water to protect from evaporation 
5. Let sit undisturbed for 20 min 
6. After 20 minutes remove the glass(es) and observe the results: 
  • No change - If the water appears the same as when it was applied and the water measures the same diameter, then a sealer is already present or the stone is very dense and does not need a sealer. 
  • Slight change - If the water is still present in a bead but appears to be absorbing into the surface then a sealer may already be present but requires resealing, or, the stone is not sealed and is dense enough to allow for the slow absorption of water 
  • Complete change - If the water is completely absorbed into the surface and the spot appears to have grown in size then the stone is not sealed and the use of a high quality sealer (e.g. STONETECH® BulletProof® Sealer, STONETECH Heavy Duty Sealer, STONETECH Impregnator Pro® Sealer, etc) is strongly recommended. 

For more information click here to read Technical Data Sheet TDS-1261.

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If you have any questions regarding the use, installation or maintenance of STONETECH or sealed stone then please contact LATICRETE Technical Services on 1800 331 012.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Waterproofing Course at Southern Bricks & Pavers


LATICRETE will be at Southern Bricks & Pavers on Wednesday 29th August for a waterproof training afternoon. This seminar is a short, concise 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 HYDRO BAN® Waterproofing & Crack Suppression Membrane. 

Training Details
When: Wednesday 29th August, 2018
Time: 12:00pm
Where: Southern Bricks & Pavers
Address: 223 Princes Hwy, Ulladulla NSW 2539

RSVP
Southern Bricks & Pavers: (02) 4454 3382 OR
Glenn Mannix: 0434 781 227

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Product Feature: STONETECH® Enhancer Pro™ Sealer



STONETECH® Enhancer Pro™ Sealer is a heavy duty sealer that seals and enhances surfaces to a deep rich colour. STONETECH Enhancer Pro Sealer is suitable for interior and exterior use on surfaces such as bluestone, slate, travertine, sandstone, limestone, flagstone, textured stone, flamed stone and tumbled stone.  

Advantages 
  • Deepens colour 
  • Heavy duty protection against most stains 
  • Weather and UV-resistant 
  • Interior and exterior use 
  • Solvent based formula

STONETECH Enhancer Pro Sealer can be used on countertops, splashbacks, floors, and walls. Click here for more information. 

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If you have any questions regarding the use, installation or maintenance of STONETECH or sealed stone then please contact LATICRETE Technical Services on 1800 331 012.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Caloundra Pool Project



Don Macdonald and his team from The Orchid Group have been busy working on the prep for this pool in Caloundra, QLD. A range of LATICRETE materials are being used throughout the project 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. 
  • 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 is a single component, self curing liquid rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane. 
  • 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. 

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

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, 14 August 2018

Knowledge is the Key to Success





Last week LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep from NSW, Craig Hunter, and LATICRETE Australia Technical Services Manager, Fred Gray, conducted training at Randwick TAFE. Students discussed classifications of adhesives, and were actively hands on with practical learning, with the opportunity to mix and use a range of LATICRETE adhesives.

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.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Park View Apartments Water Feature




Boram Tiling recently installed this water feature at the Park View Apartments in Wollongong, NSW. The project features approximately 120m2 of 25x25mm marble mosaics installed with a range of LATICRETE materials. 

LATICRETE products used: 
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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, 10 August 2018

Sans Souci Pool



Last week we blogged about this pool project in Sans Souci, NSW, for Dapcor builders featuring 120m2 of porcelain Serapool tiles, supplied by The Pool Tile Company. The tiling has now finished and it's looking great! Waterproofing was completed by Troy Naylor, and tiling is being carried out by Knewbee Tiling, using a range of LATICRETE materials. 

LATICRETE materials used:
  • LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield is a 2 component, roller applied epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in concrete and other substrates.
  • 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 polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane that bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates.
  • LATAPOXY® 300 Adhesive is a chemical resistant, epoxy adhesive that will bond to most sound, clean surfaces. The adhesive spreads easily and cleans with water while fresh. LATAPOXY 300 Adhesive is a factory-proportioned kit consisting of epoxy resin, hardener and chemical resistant silica filler. 


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.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Pulvirenti Tiles Stock LATICRETE


Are you in the Wangaratta, VIC, area and in need of a LATICRETE stockist? 
Head down to Pulvirenti Tiles and chat with the friendly team about the range of LATICRETE products that they stock!

Address: 40-42 Sisley Avenue, Wangaratta VIC 3677 
Tel: (03) 5721 3300

Operating Hours
Monday to Friday: 7:30am-5:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm

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.