Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Contest - Mystery Image

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Mystery image contest - where is this image located ?  Click here to submit your answer.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Racing - Start Young

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Message from a tile contractor / Joey's Mother:

"2011 Racing Season is officially over.  Joey had a FANTASTIC season.  Here are some stats:

7 - 1st Place Wins
3 - 2nd Place Wins
4 - 3rd Place Wins
Rest:  Top 5 every race

National Points:  Joey is 22nd out of 146 Drivers in his Division across America.  Joey just missed the Championship at his race track due to missing two races while on a family vacation (my fault - as they tell me ).

Thank you, Laticrete, for your wonderful sponsorship this year.  We couldn't of done it without you.

Joey will now be moving into a bigger/faster race car for the 2012 season.  Hopefully you will be on board for next year.  This winter we will be taking Joey down to Charlotte, NC, for training."

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas to All!

To all of our Customers, Colleagues and Friends.

The entire LATICRETE Team wishes you a
very Merry Christmas, may it be a day filled with fun, food, family and friends!

Friday, 23 December 2011


Amazing stone veneer by Kevin, using LATICRETE LATAPOXY 310 Stone Adhesive and LATAPOXY Cordless Mixer (as seen in the first photo).

LATAPOXY 310 Stone Adhesive is a two component, high strength epoxy adhesive, which is formulated for spot bonding fixing method of tile and stone installations on vertical surfaces. LATAPOXY 310 Stone Adhesive maintains its non-sag consistency at high working temperatures up to 35°C.

The LATAPOXY 310 Cordless Mixer is an exclusive dual component cordless mixer that quickly and easily dispenses LATAPOXY 310 Stone Adhesive onto ceramic tile, porcelain and stone veneers. Hundreds of metres can be installed per day with less effort and greater success with this system. 

The adhesive and the cordless mixer are IN STOCK, please contact us if you would like more information; 1800 331 012.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

A Beautiful Shower Using SpectraLOCK Pro Grout

Created by Jon from JD Tile

What a beautiful example of a shower using the Chestnut Brown colour in the SpectraLOCK Pro Grout range. 

LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Grout is a patented, high performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use.
LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO 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, LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Grout is perfect for swimming pools, fountains and other wet area applications.
Click here if you would like more information.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Laticrete Performance

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A tile & stone installer decided to test the performance of Laticrete products for installing Stacked Stone type materials.
His words:
"See the aggregate failure on the concrete block , That was a smooth face block, now its splitface from the tenacious bond of HydroBan."

Friday, 16 December 2011

Welcome to John... New NSW Technical Sales Rep

John Knezevic - NSW Technical Sales Rep

LATICRETE, a world leader in the manufacturing of innovative systems for the installation of ceramic tile and stone, has appointed John Knezevic as a Technical Sales Representative for the New South Wales region.

John will be based at the new LATICRETE NSW Warehouse and Training Facility and will have ready access to LATICRETE Global and Australia with sales, marketing & technical support resources.  He has an extensive history in the ceramic tile and stone industry. John has worked with Tile Shops, Builders and Developers as well as Tilers.

As a LATICRETE Technical Sales Representative, John's job will be to develop distribution, review job specifications and plans, assist in project detail planning and review, and provide answers to questions concerning the installation of ceramic tile, pavers, brick, marble and stone.

John can be contacted via email: jknezevic@laticrete.com.au or mobile: 0412 358 944 

Thursday, 15 December 2011

LATICRETE Pty Ltd Holiday Schedule

If you have any questions regarding the LATICRETE Pty Ltd 2011 Holiday Schedule, please don't hesitate to contact us. Either call 1800 331 012 or email info@laticrete.com.au

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

LATICRETE 335 Rapid Premium Adhesive - First Field Trial

Brisbane Domestic Airport
Carport Lift Lobby

First field trial with 335 Rapid Premium Adhesive at Brisbane Domestic Airport lift lobbies, by Rob Kutija of R&T Tiling.

When asked what he thought, Rob commented "Works great, just like 335 Premium Adhesive, only faster!"

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

LATICRETE Architectural Tile and Stone Installation Materials Reference Manual

We are a Green organisation. Our entire Architectural Folder, catalogue, binder and library of architectural specifications, detail drawings and information is online on our website.

This architectural resource is regularly updated with additional design professional oriented information.

A printed copy of the LATICRETE Tile and Stone Installation Materials System Architectural Brochure is available. Click here to request one.

To access the online LATICRETE Architectural Reference Information, click here.

Monday, 12 December 2011

NSW Team in Action

John, Glenn and Fred from the LATICRETE NSW Team

The LATICRETE NSW Team - John Knezevic, Glenn Mannix and Fred Gray spend time working together on LATICRETE 125 demonstration and training discussions.

LATICRETE 125 Sound & Crack Adhesive is a superior crack prevention and sound isolation adhesive mortar. Independently tested to ANSI A118.12 specification for crack isolation for ceramic tile and stone installations and independently tested to ASTM E2179 and ASTM E492 for sound protection. LATICRETE 125 Sound & Crack Adhesive is a single component adhesive mortar which takes the place of costly time consuming membrane or mat systems by allowing for faster, more effective tile or stone installations.

Click here for more information. 

Friday, 9 December 2011

LATICRETE Makes Beautiful and Functional Stone Installation Possible...

Angel Place, Sydney CBD

New NSW Technical Sales Rep, John, visits a LATICRETE stone installation at Angel Place in Sydney CBD. The products used were LATICRETE 3701 Grout & Mortar Additive and slurry bond coat. 

LATICRETE makes beautiful and functional stone installation possible... Ask us about your next project: info@laticrete.com.au 

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Expansion Joints - Why?

Why are Expansion Joints needed
in Tile and Stone Installations?

The basic answer is that in the construction world everything moves. Therefore, accommodation for this movement is required to prevent materials from falling apart and causing destructive failure.

This principle is no different when it comes to ceramic tile and stone installations. Movement is a natural part of these installations and must be accounted for and accommodated. There have been many industry related articles written on this topic that can be consulted for additional information. In addition, the Australian Standard AS3958.1 & 2 and Tile Council of North America (TCNA) have a very detailed explanation of the requirements and necessity for expansion joint construct, design and placement. Consult these documents for this vital information.

It is the Project Designer/Project Architect/Project Engineer’s responsibility to detail and outline the requirements for each specific project. Design Professionals have available to them tables that outline the expansion rates (coefficient of expansion) of most building materials. In their calculations, they can predict how much movement will take place on a given project over a specific substrate using a specific type of adhesive and installation method. As you can imagine, there are countless combinations. There is no way that an tiler can know which combination is applicable before they walk onto a project.

In the absence of a design professional, guidance can be sought from: AS3958.2 Section 4.5 Detailing of Movement Joints; AS3958.1 Section 5.4.5 Movement Joints; and the TCNA suggestions outlined in detail EJ-171 in the Handbook for Ceramic Tile installation. It is interesting to note that the Stone Industry also refers to these details. The ASAA Natural Stone Design Manual references the Australian Standards AS3958 and the TCNA for expansion joint requirements in stone installations. 

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

"It took 15 minutes to convert me"

Allan Findley - Mornington Tile and Stone
Kody (Technical Sales Rep for VIC) demonstrated LATICRETE SpectraLOCK Pro Grout at Mornington Tile and Stone.

"After 45 years in the tile and stone industry, it took 15 minutes to convert me to epoxy grouts" quote from Allan Findley after seeing Kody's demo and trying SpectraLOCK Pro Grout for himself.

Would you like a LATICRETE SpectraLOCK Pro Grout demonstration or another LATICRETE product demonstrated? Call us 1800 331 012 or email info@laticrete.com.au

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Our Mission...

At LATICRETE here in Australia, and all over the World, we are committed... We follow a simple but very powerful Mission Statement, as outlined above.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Welcome Alex - New LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep

Alex - New Technical Sales Representative

Although Alex started a couple of weeks ago, we wanted to officially announce Alex Kralefski as Technical Sales Representative for the Victoria region. Alex will help support existing LATICRETE distribution partners and customers while seeking out new opportunities in Victoria as well as Tasmania.

Alex joins LATICRETE with a decade of experience as a Director for Auswall Pty Ltd. In his position there, Alex managed many different types of clients, quoted and estimated and also had a hands-on role. Alex's diverse experience has put him in an advanced position to "hit the ground running" and is ready to meet, discuss, assist and visit all current LATICRETE customers and potential customers. 

For sales enquiries, Alex and Kody are the LATICRETE Technical Sales Representatives for Victoria and Tasmania. 

Alex can be contacted on his mobile: 0422 774 323 or email: akralefski@laticrete.com.au

Friday, 2 December 2011

Tile Today Advert - SpectraLOCK PRO Premium Grout

A SpectraLOCK PRO Premium Grout advertisement in the current edition of Tile Today magazine.

New LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Premium Grout has all the great features of LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO grout – colour uniformity, durability and ease of installation – with enhanced performance. LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Premium Grout is Stainproof†, so it’s even easier to maintain. The improved "non sag" formula is even easier to install while providing attractive, full grout joints.

† Stainproof (residential installations only) to common household cleaners, liquids and other goods. Clean all spills immediately.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

LATICRETE System Warranty

A comprehensive warranty covering materials and labour is available for premium grade LATICRETE and LATAPOXY products when used together as a complete LATICRETE System. Please refer to Data Sheet 230.13 for full details and limitations.