Friday, 24 May 2019

FREE Product Training Seminar at Southern Bricks & Pavers


Product Training Seminar Southern Bricks & Pavers
Thursday 6th June 2019

A short, concise, intensive training program specifically developed for industry installation contractors, distributors, dealers and other industry professionals who wants to improve their knowledge and increase their productivity as they become familiar with SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* and HYDRO® BAN waterproofing and crack isolation membrane.  

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.

SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout* is designed for use on ceramic tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial. It can be used both interior and exterior on floors and walls. Ideal for re-grouting applications, SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout is perfect for swimming pools, fountains and other wet area applications. 

Date: Thursday 6th June 2019
Time: 10.00am
Venue: Southern Bricks & Pavers, 223 Princes Hwy, Ulladulla, NSW


RSVP by calling 02 4454 3382 or email kirrily@southernbricks.com.au

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

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Product Feature: LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield


LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield is a two component, roller applied epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in concrete and other substrates. Use over dry and damp concrete and other masonry substrates to reduce the moisture vapour emission to facilitate the correct installation of membranes, tiles, vinyl, timber, adhesives or other floor coverings that require protection from moisture.

Key Features
  • Easy to use - rolls on like paint
  • Cures in 24 hours
  • Can be applied over green concrete (minimum 7 days old)

Click here for more product information.

For more information on LATICRETE installation materials, product demos, FREE samples or technical support, phone LATICRETE on 1800 331 012 or email sales@laticrete.com.au


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Toronto Pool Centre Project





This exciting new commercial pool project at Toronto Pool Centre, NSW, is currently underway by the teams from Wright Pools, Renderkraft Renderers and Knewbee Tiling. 

The 1200m2 project will see the installation of a 25m heated pool, 16m heated learn to swim pool, a hydrotherapy pool and a spa! Knewbee Tiling has already started laying the first 244x119mm Metz Interbau Blink Pool tiles. A range of LATICRETE materials will be used on this project:

  • 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.
  • 3701 Mortar Admix is a specially designed latex admixture for use with thin-set adhesives, cement grouts, cement mortar beds and other cement mixes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 an eye out for updates on this special project!

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 or FREE samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

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

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Masonry Veneer Installation System Brochure


Up to now, the installation of manufactured stone masonry veneer has often depended on the use of site-mixed unfortified masonry mortars that are subject to large variations in consistency, quality and performance and which also limit the installation technique to that of traditional masonry. This traditional method is not engineered as part of a complete wall system and therefore does not offer warranties from a reliable source willing to stand behind the installation.

The Masonry Veneer Installation System brochure provides information on LATICRETE installation systems that provide permanent, high strength installations that are freeze/thaw stable and protected from water intrusion. The Masonry Veneer Installation System (MVIS™) allows for increased productivity utilising either traditional masonry installation techniques or the “tiler’s method”. Vastly expanded architectural details are offered to help design professionals, contractors and installers understand the range of possible applications – and appropriate products and techniques which will assure long-term performance on projects of all types. 

Click here to view/download the Masonry Veneer Installation System brochure.


Chat with your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep about your next project. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Pool Project Completed!





If you've been following Sam Gardener's project along with us, we are super excited to confirm and share with you the completed photos of this residential pool in Bulimba, QLD.

The 70m2 project features glass mosaic tiles supplied by The Pool Tile Company and installed using a range of LATICRETE materials which qualifies for a LATICRETE 15 Year Swimming Pool System Warranty.

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 or FREE samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

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

Friday, 17 May 2019

LATICRETE Spotted!




Last week LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, George Andriotis, visited the Pro Build Tiling team at a jobsite in Mornington, VIC. Mauro and Paul were using SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout* for the 45m2 installation on these dusty grey 600x600 matt finish porcelain tiles. The team loved using SPECTRALOCK and found it easy to apply and easy to clean once they were shown the process. Well done!

SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout* is a high performance epoxy grout which offers excellent colour uniformity, durabillity, stain protection, and a beautiful full grout joints in an easy to use, non-sag formula. SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout is designed for use on ceramic tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial. It can be used both interior and exterior on floors and walls. Ideal for re-grouting applications, SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout is perfect for swimming pools, fountains and other wet area applications.  

For more information on LATICRETE installation materials, product demos, FREE samples or technical support, contact LATICRETE on 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au.

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

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Head in to STileS in VIC!



STileS VIC Tiles Supplies and Accessories in Dandenong, is a preferred stockist for all your LATICRETE installation materials. Drop in to see the friendly team and stock up with all your LATICRETE products!

Address: 29a Dandenong Street, Dandenong Victoria 3175
Phone: 03 8753 2413 



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 LATICRETE installation materials, product demos, FREE samples or technical support, phone LATICRETE on 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

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. 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 Project Spotlight, 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 (3701 Fortified Mortar BedHYDRO BAN®254 PlatinumPERMACOLOR® 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.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Feature Wall in Dandenong




No project is too small! The team from Pro Build Tiling is currently working on this 7m2 feature wall for a residential home in Dandenong, VIC. The project features Stack Stone, Bronze Emperor which is being installed using 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive, and supplied by Elegance Tiles by AVJ Ceramics

335 Premium Flexible Adhesive is a high performance thin-bed adhesive for installation a wide range of tile and stone including low absorption ceramic tile, porcelain tile, natural and manufactured stone using thin-set method of installation. 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive exceeds the requirements of AS ISO13007.1&2 classification C2TES1. Excellent for exterior and underwater applications, superior bond to masonry. 

Are you getting ready to start a project? Contact us to discuss your next project, request a FREE sample or arrange a demo. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Monday, 13 May 2019

LATICRETE Training From the Comfort of Your Home


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 - plus more! 


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

Friday, 10 May 2019

Mt Martha Pool Completed!






We recently shared a residential pool project in Mt Martha, VIC by Mauro, Paul and Christian from Pro Build Tiling. The project is now completed and the installation of this 120m2 pool looks just amazing! The pool is installed using LATICRETE products, supplied by AVJ Ceramics.

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.

335 Premium Flexible Adhesive is a high performance thin-bed adhesive for installation a wide range of tile and stone for exterior and underwater applications. 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive exceeds the requirements of AS ISO13007.1&2 classification C2TES1.

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.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Austinmer Beach War Memorial


LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, Glenn Mannix, recently consulted with Wollongong Council on this 50m2 memorial installation. The council chose to use STONETECH® BulletProof Sealer to protect the significant granite Austinmer's War Memorial. Click here to read the article as published in the Illawarra Mercury. 

STONETECH BulletProof® Sealer delivers maximum protection against the toughest stains while preserving the natural look of natural stone surfaces. A water-based formula for interior and exterior use.
  • Advanced penetrating micro-bond protection
  • Natural looking - does not alter the look of stone or tile
  • Maximum protection against oil and water-based stains
  • Interior and exterior applications
  • Water-based, low VOC, low odour, environmentally friendly

STONETECH BulletProof Sealer is suitable for natural stone surfaces such as granite, limestone, travertine, sandstone, basalt/bluestone, as well as concrete and masonry. Click here for the product data sheet. 

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Contact LATICRETE regarding the use, installation or maintenance of STONETECH on 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Product Feature: LATAPOXY® 310 Stone Adhesive


LATAPOXY® 310 Stone Adhesive is a two component, high strength epoxy adhesive. Engineered, formulated and optimised for the spot bonding fixing method of installing tile and stone on vertical surfaces. LATAPOXY 310 Stone Adhesive maintains its non-sag consistency at high working temperatures up to 35°C. Interior, exterior, wet areas, walls, ceilings and soffits.

Key Features:

  • Fast permanent bond - 45 minutes to 1 hour set time
  • Easy to use - 1:1 mixing ratio by volume
  • Non-staining - ideal for white and light coloured marbles, other stones and tiles
  • Withstands shock and vibration
  • Durable permanent bond, will not deteriorate over time
  • Safe - no solvents
  • Non-sag - when applied up to 25 mm thick

For more product information click here, or read Technical Data Sheet TDS-1158.

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, 7 May 2019

Residential Pool in Mosman




This private pool in Mosman, NSW, is being renovated by Sydney Pool Renovations. Craig Hunter, LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, submitted these photos of the project currently in progress. Sydney Pool Renovators are using the below LATICRETE products on this 100m2 pool project.
  • 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed is 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.
  • 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive is a high performance thin-bed adhesive for installation a wide range of tile and stone for exterior and underwater applications. 
  • 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 rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane. HYDRO BAN bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates.
  • HYDRO BAN®  Fillet & Sealant is a one component, fast curing, hybrid elastomeric adhesive and sealant. Particularly for use under HYDRO BAN Waterproof Membrane as a transition fillet and crack filler. 
  • 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 further updates on this project!

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.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Moisture Vapour Emission, Relative Humidity and Testing of Concrete


Image depicts a wet substrate that didnt allow the membrane to cure and
resulted in a damaged,  delaminated membrane.

Materials used in tile and stone installation applications can be affected by moisture during the installation and curing phases. Some materials, such as waterproofing membranes, may not cure properly or may delaminate from a continually wet substrate, or a substrate with a high moisture vapour emission rate (MVER). A substrate which is damp or has a high MVER may also contribute to the formation of efflorescence. Concrete with a high moisture vapour emission rate may also have an impact on a tile or stone installation.

There are generally three quantative tests that are used to determine moisture content in concrete and one qualitative test to show that moisture is present.

1. Calcium Chloride (ASTM F1869 - Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapour Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloors using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride). 

The Calcium Chloride test involves placing a Petri dish of calcium chloride (covered by a plastic dome adhered to the concrete) on the concrete and allowing the Petri dish to remain in place between 60-72 hours. The calcium chloride absorbs any moisture capour that transmits through the concrete within the plastic dome. The results of a calcium chloride test measures the amount of moisture absorbed and results are stated in pounds per 92.9 m2 in a 24-hour period. Please note that the ASTM F1860 test should only be conducted in interior conditions when the building is completely enclosed and the air conditioning or heating system is turned on, unless otherwise instructed by the test kit manufacturer. This is not a rest recommended for exterior use. 

2. Relative Humidity ( ASTM F2170 – Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs using In-situ Probes)

The Relative Humidity (RH) test involves placing probes in the concrete and taking readings with a hygrometer. A relative humidity reading of 75% or below is acceptable for most tile applications. Please note that the ASTM F1860 test should only be conducted  in interior conditions when the building is completely enclosed and the air conditioning or heating system is turned on, unless otherwise instructed by the probe manufacturer. This test is not recommended for exterior use. 

To continue reading Technical Data Sheet TDS-1166 click here

Contact us on 1800 331 012 to discuss your next project, arrange a demo, request FREE samples or for technical support or contact us here.

Friday, 3 May 2019

STONETECH BulletProof® Sealer


STONETECH BulletProof® Sealer delivers maximum protection against the toughest stains while preserving the natural look of natural stone surfaces. A water-based formula for interior and exterior use.
  • Advanced penetrating micro-bond protection
  • Natural looking - does not alter the look of stone or tile
  • Maximum protection against oil and water-based stains
  • Interior and exterior applications
  • Water-based, low VOC, low odour, environmentally friendly

STONETECH BulletProof Sealer is suitable for natural stone surfaces such as granite, limestone, travertine, sandstone, basalt/bluestone, as well as concrete and masonry. Click here for more info.

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If you have any questions regarding the use, installation or maintenance of STONETECH  contact  LATICRETE 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Canberra Residential Pool




The team at Prestige Pools is currently working on this 139m2 pool for a residential home in Canberra, ACT. The project features Bisazza mosaic tiles, which has been installed using a range of LATICRETE materials, including LATAPOXY® SP-100 as a grout and coloured epoxy adhesive.  

Products used:
  • 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 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.
  • LATAPOXY® SP-100 is a stainless, pigment free, colourfast epoxy grout for grouting floor installations of ceramic tile, brick, and stone.

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 or FREE samples. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.