Thursday, 31 July 2014

A Unique Water Feature

Awesome job Mark McKenna (on the left)

A WOW 9m2 Feature

Can you believe this unique structure is a water feature? 

This project was commission by the Gladstone Council for the foreshore upgrade.
AS Signs built the structure out of steel. Mark McKenna did the mosaicing and had said this was a delicate project. The Pool Tile Co supplied the mosaics.

LATICRETE products used on this feature were purchased from Industry Supplies
  • LATAPOXY SP-100 as a coloured adhesive - click here for more information.
  • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout was used as the grout - click here for more information.
We can't wait to see and also share with you, the completed water feature.

Can we interest you in a FREE sample of these products? 

Contact us on 1800 331 012 for more information, arrange a demo, request technical support or contact us here.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Architectural Guidebook

Tile and stone should last forever - The Specification Process should NOT!

  • A revolutionary resource tool designed to be your one stop source for all tile and stone project specification requirements
  • Complete customisable specifications and details for a successful tile and stone installation system in seconds
  • Click here to access the site

Looking instead for LEED project certification information? We've got you covered! Please see our LATICRETE® LEED Project Certification Assistant tool.

LATICRETE International, Inc., the world leader in tile and stone installation systems, provides a revolutionary resource tool that is sure to change the way design and specification professionals specify tile and stone installation systems.

The web-based LATICRETE® Architectural Guidebook empowers design and specification professionals to create custom specifications based on industry standards for over 100 types of installations with just a few clicks of a mouse.

The result is a complete installation specification along with an applicable detail drawing. Both are fully editable to fit the user’s exact project requirements. Specifications are also printable or exportable in a variety of electronic and hardcopy formats.

The LATICRETE Architectural Guidebook site also includes an industry reference section that allows users to reference appropriate codes and national standards for virtually all tile and stone applications.

Design and industry professionals can rely on LATICRETE proven performance and know how for all of their tile and stone specification needs.

For more information contact your local LATICRETE Architectural Rep by calling 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

"Face Lift" Continues at the Sebel Hotel

Looking Great and Taking Shape!

The projects continue at The Sebel Hotel in Manly. You may recall, we recently blogged about the balconies which Adam Barr from Adam's Tiling Services and his team had done. Troy from TMBC is now doing the grouting around the pool.

Troy chose SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout - SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout is a patented, high performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use.

SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout is designed for use on ceramic tile, glass tile and stone applications, both residential and commercial. It wan be used both inter and exterior on floors and walls. Ideal for re-grouting applications, SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout is prefect for swimming pools, fountains and other wet applications. Click here for more information and view a installation video!

Can we interest you in FREE samples?

Contact your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep for more information, FREE samples, arrange a demo by calling 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Adam's Tiling Services
Mobile: 0418 161 354

Mobile0416 158 098

Monday, 28 July 2014

High End Bathroom Underway

Can't Wait to See the End Result

LATICRETE products being used on this high-end bathroom in QLD are:
335 Premium Flexible Adhesive - click here for more information.
HYDRO BAN® - click here for more information and view an installation video.
SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout - click here for more information and to view an installation video. 

Can we interest you in FREE samples?

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

Friday, 25 July 2014

The Morepork Owl

Vicky Fletcher's "Morepork" Owl

Wouldn't you agree, His Eyes Seem So Real?!

Vicky Fletcher is a stained glass artist,  who lives 3 kms from the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand.

Vicky used PERMACOLOR Grout and Glass Tile Adhesive (GTA) on the above mural and was very impressed with both. Vicky was especially impressed with the GTA "as a good adhesive was required to create an evenly white surface between the glass and substrate so to not detract from the clarity of the glass." Vicky said "GTA did this perfectly and I was really pleased with the final result."

Vickys' statement: "Size 15 x 23 cm - 6 x 9" Stained, painted and fused glass. This wee native owl is much loved in NZ, his call is the essence of the NZ bush at night. I was inspired to make a mosaic of this lovely raptor by a photograph from Rob Suisted who kindly gave me permission to use it - his website is well worth a look :- 
The eyes and the native Red Beech stump are painted and fused as is the foliage of the ferns and Five Finger tree. The Southern Cross sits above the Morepork's left shoulder, that and the flora place my Owl firmly in Westland, NZ. The frame is made from 120 yr old native Rimu which is a Southern Conifer/Podocarp. I've long loved Moreporks, sometimes I go outside last thing at night to listen for them - on one memorable night last summer I counted 7 calling back and forth across the face of the mountains, such a magical evening.

I bought my Laticrete products from Kent Sanderson of Global Tile in Auckland, Kent was wonderful in giving advice and his input was much appreciated by me.  

Several American mosaic artists and a good friend in Coffs Harbour, Australia sang the praises of Laticrete to me plus I watched several YouTube clips on same ... also many members in the Contemporary Mosaic Artists website highly recommend your products so word is spreading, not just in the building sector, artists have cottoned onto what great products you have."

Vicky's Morepork has been entered into the LATICRETE Mosaic Art Instagram Competition. 

Click here to view our competition & get your entry in! Competition closes 29 August 2014!

Vicky Fletcher

Global Tile
Tel: 09 634 0712

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Our Very Own Famous Rugby Player

Mitchell Frei, LATICRETE Australia Team Member

What an Achievement!

Congratulations to LATICRETE Australia team member, Mitchell Frei, who was selected to play for the QLD Residents 2014 team, and took on the VB NSW Cup Representative Side earlier this month.

Representing Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Mitchell was one of the 17 players selected from 13 teams across the Intrust Super Cup to represent QLD in the annual clash versus NSW. Click here to read more about the selection.

Fittingly, Queensland wrested back Residents interstate Rugby League bragging rights, holding off a second half comeback by NSW to prevail 24-16 in a worthy curtain raiser at State of Origin III held at Suncorp Stadium. 

Well done Mitch for being selected - this is a WOW of an achievement!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Free Goodies at Upcoming Trade Event

Your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep - Nick Collett

Join LATICRETE at Brims Twin Towns Sand and Gravel

Join your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, Nick Collett for an educational trade event morning at Brims Twin Towns Sand and Gravel on Tuesday 5 Aug from 7-9am.

Get to see Nick demonstrating HYDRO BAN® waterproofing membrane, STRATA_MAT™ and 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed. 

Nick will discuss how these products can save you time and money buy earning you more $$$ through increased productivity and reducing job site problems.

Chat to Nick about your upcoming projects and find out how LATICRETE will support your next project.

Details of Trade Event
Where: Brims Twin Towns Sand and Gravel
Date: Tuesday, 5 August
Time: 7-9am
Address: 23 Rivendale Crt, South Tweed Heads
Contact: Andrew
Tel: 07 5523 6004

Make sure you see Nick on the day to get your *FREE give away. 
*Conditions apply

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

2014 SPLASH! Expo

Laurie from The Pool Tile Company and LATICRETE
Technical Sales Rep, Nick Collett

Fred Gray, LATICRETE Technical Service Manager, Ivan Cunningham and
Alice Richards from Pool+SPA 

SPLASH! Expo at Jupiters Casino, QLD

LATICRETE Australia team members from Sales, Technical Service and Marketing caught up with, The Pool Tile Company, the team from the Pool+SPA magazine and Karen Jacques, from SPLASH! recently while at the SPLASH! Expo at Jupiters Casino.

LATICRETE provides customised written tile and stone installation methods specifications for your specific requirements as well as a library of standard tile and stone installations details. Free technical and service support is available to you and your team, which includes job site assistance - contact us on 1800 331 012 for more information or email us here.
Keep your eyes peeled for our advert in the Aug/Sept issue of SPLASH! to be released 20 August!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Exciting Announcement

DuPont™ StoneTech® Range

Did You Know?

"DuPont and LATICRETE Reach Agreement on Sale of DuPont Surface Care Business
Surface Care Business Offers Solutions for Protection of Stone & Tile Surfaces Under the DuPont™ StoneTech® Professional, DuPont™ Stone Care, and DuPont™ Paver Armor Pro Brands.

BETHANY, Conn. and WILMINGTON, Del., June 4, 2014 – LATICRETE and DuPont announced today that they have reached a definitive agreement for LATICRETE to purchase the DuPont Surface Care business. The transaction is expected to close later this month, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals."

These innovative products are designed to protect, clean and transform tile and stone surfaces. Click here to read the full announcement. 

You can also view the line of DuPont StoneTech® products here.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Little Boy Knows, Do You?!

The Ultimate Testament! 

This little boy only wants the best!

At LATICRETE we have manufactured and marketed materials, methods and solutions for installing ceramic tile and stone for over 50 years. LATICRETE materials are maintenance free and are guaranteed to perform in all conditions. The LATICRETE range includes ceramic tile adhesives, stone adhesives, waterproofing membranes, stainless grouts and tile cleaners. 

Over 50 years of LATICRETE history is shaped by numerous industry firsts. Among the many pioneering achievements, LATICRETE is the first in the tile and stone installation industry to:
  • Create thin-set adhesives
  • Create thin, load-bearing waterproofing membranes
  • Develop sound & anti-fracture one step adhesive
  • Offer warranties inclusive of material and labour
  • Industry leading technical services & support
  • Include antimicrobial protection in products
  • GREENGUARD and low VOC certification
LATICRETE offers a dedication to quality that results in globally proven solutions for virtually every application.
Call us on 1800 331 012 for more information, request on site technical support, samples or email us here.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

CERSAIE in 2014

See LATICRETE at the most important ceramic tile exposition in the world.  Italy - CERSAIE 2014: Stand AREA 45 – STAND 36.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Testimonial on LATICRETE Training

"There isn't enough space for me to explain how much I took away from PTK. One very important thing worth mentioning though is that ever since we went there last year, my bottom line has increased. There were so many things that Laticrete offers in terms of support that I didn't even know existed and I utilise them now. A great, simple example is the Lifetime Tile and Stone System Warranty, which has closed more jobs than I can count and justifies my pricing."

Jim Picarazzi
Jack Splash's Backsplashes and Floors
Rochester, NY

Click here for more information regarding LATICRETE PTK Training.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A Tribute Done In Mosaics

Dr Henry M. Rothberg

Mosaic artist, Mark Kennedy, is a very well known mosaic artist from Manchester, in the UK. Mark did the above mosaic mural on the late Dr Henry M. Rothberg (LATICRETE Founder), This beautiful mosaic mural is proudly displayed at the LATICRETE Int. Bethany office.

Mark used 254 Platinum in the colour Grey and PERMACOLOR® Grout, in the colour Silver Sterling.

For more information on Mark Kennedy and to view his gallery, visit his website by clicking here.

Have you seen our MOSAIC COMPETITION? Click here if you are a mosaic artist or installer for all the details! Competition closes 29 August 2014.

Monday, 14 July 2014


We Need - Technical Sales Representatives

We seek additional experienced people to fill the role of Technical Sales Representative to promote our comprehensive system approach and product range to Architects, Engineers, General Contractors, Consultants & Associations and organisations.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate:-

Strong results in Specification Sales
An understanding of Construction Materials and Methods
Strong presentation skills
Experience in the Construction Industry
Develop, Plan, Co-ordinate and Execute major Architectural, Engineering & Contractor presentations.
Intrastate & International Travel involved
We are looking for someone with at least 5 years sales experience in a similar role within the Construction Industry.

We offer a salary package commensurate with experience, including excellent base salary + commission + vehicle.

Please submit cover letter and resume to the email address below:-

Friday, 11 July 2014

Breathtaking Projects from The Orchid Group

Nick Collett providing Technical Support
The Orchid Group proudly uses LATAPOXY SP-100
Henry B. Rothberg with Don Macdonald and The Orchid Group Team on the
Sunshine Coast of QLD.

Don Macdonald and his team from The Orchid Group have done some breathtaking projects - from bathrooms to swimming pools to mosaic murals.


Thanks for taking the time to come and meet me and my guys.  

As you well know I have been a long time supporter of the Laticrete brand and am looking forward to partnering with you in the future as we take our project onto the world stage.

Don Macdonald

LATAPOXY SP-100 is a stainless, pigment free, colourfast epoxy grout for grouting floor installations of ceramic tile, brick, and stone. Cleans with water while fresh. Can be used for interior and exterior applications. Ideal for kitchen floors, counter tops, bathroom floors, malls, cafeterias, and laboratories. Click here for more information.

The Orchid Group
Tel: 07 5449 9663

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The NeXT Evolution

Innovative Range of Self Levelling Underlayments

Ensure your substrate is ready to accept tile, stone or other floor finishes with LATICRETE® NXT™ surface preparation products. Preparing your surface for stone, tile or porcelain finish materials helps to guarantee a long-lasting, durable installation. 

Click here for more info on the LATICRETE Self Levelling Underlayments available to you! 

LATICRETE Stockists - have you put in your order to secure this promo? 
NXT Level Plus & NXT Primer is part of the FREE promo offering! Click here for all the details.

Tile contractors - we also have a great offering for you - view your promo here.

For questions or for more information, call your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep on 1800 331 012 or contact us here.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Sebel Hotel, Manly NSW

Adam Barr from Adam's Tiling Services 

Tiling of Balcony

What a project! 

Joe Tabone, LATICRETE NSW Technical Sales Rep was at the job site offering technical support and advice while LATICRETE products were used to tile the balcony at The Sebel Hotel in Manly. The project was carried out by Adam's Tiling Services, TrueLine Tiling and grouting by T.M Constructions and it looks absolutely amazing.  

Stacked stone tiles were used for the walls and vitrified tiles, for the floor. 

LATICRETE products used to tile this project were:
  • MULTIFLEX Adhesive - click here for more information.
  • Ultra X8  Polymer Fortified Flexible Adhesive - click here for more information.
The tiles were grouted with SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout - click here to view an installation video and for more information. 

Can we interest you in FREE samples?

Call us on 1800 331 012 or contact us here for your free samples, demos, arrange a trade event or for technical support.

Adam's Tiling Services
Mobile: 0418 161 354

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Have You Seen Our Published Advert?

HYDRO BAN® advert in the July/Aug Issue of Pool+Spa Mag

The Wonders HYDRO BAN®

Allow for flood testing in 2 hours at 21°C or higher*

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. 

Click here to watch an installation video, more product information and to view/download the *Data Sheet.

For more information or to request your FREE pail of HYDRO BAN, call 1800 331 012 or contact us here.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Grand Opening TODAY!

LATICRETE Adhesive - Buy 5 Get 1 FREE!
Tilers Express is having a FANTASTIC opening special on LATICRETE Adhesives at their new Superstore, in Woolloongabba, QLD. 

Take up Tilers Express' offer and when you visit the new store - Claim your FREE bag of LATICRETE adhesive. "ADHESIVES - Buy FIVE get ONE FREE." *Conditions apply.

Address: 84 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba
Tel: 07 3397 0099 / 07 3881 3255

*Opening Special Expires 31st July 2014. Limited one per customer.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Exciting News - Extended Mosaic Competition

Competition Extended to 31 August

Due to popular demand we have extended our Mosaic Art Instagram Competition! 
And its simple, just about anyone can enter - its also open to INTERNATIONAL Mosaic Artists and Installers!

Ok - so what do you need to do? 

To enter the Mosaic Art Instagram Competition:
  1. Your mosaic project must be created/installed with LATICRETE® products.
  2. Follow us on Facebook -
  3. Follow us on Instagram - @laticreteaustralia
  4. Hashtag your photo on Instagram - #laticreteausmosaic
If you working on a mosaic project - the good news is, you have until 4pm, 29 August 2014 to submit your photos!

Questions? Contact us on 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Thursday, 3 July 2014


Messages from apprentices in Boston, USA

Appreciation Messages from 15 Men and Women

"We were doing a training seminar today in the conference room at the union hall in downtown Boston.

As I walked out to the 'work/training area' I came upon this stall. Totally unprovoked and they didn't even bring me to that area to show me. (Zoom in and see what it says)

To be clear, and some facts -  this is the local 3 union apprentice training school in Boston MA
This year, 15 men and women were trained for five weeks with little or no pay to ultimately join the tile and brick layers union.
Laticrete has partnered with the union to provide all the installation materials & tools necessary for this training. We have consistently done this for over 10 years!"

Peter McKeon
Laticrete Regional Sales Manager CT-N

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Awesome New Brochure - Trend Terrazzo Tiles

Trend Terrazzo Tile Brochure

Use LATICRETE® when Installing Trend Terrazzo Tiles

Trend Terrazzo Tile is a series of terrazzo-like engineered stone tiles and slabs that include numerous colours with recycled glass content. The material is composed of approximately 93% “grit”, or chips, and 7% pigmented polyester resin. The grit, which is comprised of either quartz, porcelain, granite, glass, or mosaic, is crushed into nine different granule sizes.
These granules are mixed with the pigmented polyester resin and spread onto a large sheet mold where the slab takes its shape, is reinforced with a polyester mesh and finally the limestone backing is added. A slab is then calibrated and ready for the finishing that can be Polish, Matte or Honed. Available in slabs or cut to size tiles...
The LATICRETE products in this brochure are recommended for installing Trend Terrazzo Tiles. An overview of each recommended product is provided as a general guide to facilitate the selection of the appropriate LATICRETE product for the specific application. Refer to for long form Architectural Specifications, Architectural Details and comprehensive technical support.
Provided that Trend Terrazzo Tiles are installed in accordance with applicable industry standards and written LATICRETE installation instructions, projects utilising Trend Terrazzo Tiles can qualify for a LATICRETE System Warranty.^
Click here to continue reading and download the brochure for FREE.
Visit the Trend-Group website here for more information and contact details!
For more information on LATICRETE products, technical support or FREE samples contact us here or call 1800 331 012.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

New Month = Exciting NEW Promo!

LATICRETE Stockists - July Promo

Tile Contractors - July Promo

Our July Promo- An Offer Not to be Missed!

335 Premium Flexible Adhesive - a high performance thin-bed adhesive for installing a wide range of types of tiles and stone including low absorption ceramic tile, porcelain tile, natural and manufactured stone using thin-set method of installation. Click here for more info.

NXT™ LEVEL PLUS - a high performance, cement-based, free-flowing Self Leveling Underlayment. Engineered to provide plumb, true and level interior substrates. Rapid setting formula produces a flat, smooth and hard surface for the installation of finished flooring. NXT LEVEL PLUS can be placed from 3-32mm in a single lift (consult LATICRETE Technical Services for pea gravel extension installation guidelines). Click here for more info.

NXT™ Primer - a concentrated premium quality, water-based primer designed to be applied prior to the installation of NXT Self Leveling Underlayment. NXT PRIMER penetrates deeply into substrates and maximises bond strength. Click here for more info.

Contact your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep for more information, arrange a demo or a FREE sample by calling 1800 331 012 or email us here.