Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Protect Your Stone with STONETECH®

Tile, stone and masonry surfaces are under daily assault from regular household stains, however, treated properly, the investment in a natural stone counter top will last a lifetime.
STONETECH® stone, tile and masonry care products are innovative, easy-to-use solutions to protect and preserve stone against the damaging effects of everyday living. With a complete line of products to protect, clean and transform stone surfaces, STONETECH help ensure the beauty of natural stone and tile counter tops, floors, walls and other installations for generations to come.

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Sareen Stone is your local stockist of STONETECH materials. Contact the Sareen Stone team today by calling 02 9666 9222 or email info@sareenstone.com.au

Monday, 30 May 2016

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Water Feature

Late last year we blogged about a project that was underway in ElPaso TX, by Mosaic Artist Julie Richey. The project incorporated a range of LATICRETE materials and is now almost complete - it looks absolutely stunning! Julie gave a little insight to the making of this mosaic mural:

"Our "secret weapon," Richard Garcia, came up with a clever idea to fabricate a 3-D printed drain in white, matching the mosaic andamento pattern. The grids between the "tesserae" are where the water will flow out. In these pics, the paper pattern is placed over the spot where the metal drain would show." 

For more information about Julie Richey and her various projects click here.

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

Friday, 27 May 2016

Pool Renovation at Collaroy

"We are all about Laticrete products and use them exclusively" - 

Nick Clark Poolscapes

A 1970s pebblecrete pool with brick coping and bricks on sand around the pool was in need of a make-over. Seeking a modern look, the client chose silver travertine tiles, and Bisazza mosaic tiles for the waterline. 

Nick Clark from Nick Clark Poolscapes installed the travertine tiles and the mosaic waterline using LATICRETE 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive and PERMACOLOR® Grout, and the results look amazing!

335 Premium Flexible Adhesive is 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.

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. PERMACOLOR Grout is ideal for floors and walls in both interior and exterior installations.

Starting a project? Contact us. Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Book it in - Training at Tilers Express WA

Want to Save on Time and Labour?

LATICRETE and Tilers Express WA will be delighted if you could attend this product training, waterproofing seminar and join us for some free snacks and light refreshments.

Tilers Express Western Australia 
79 Hector Street West, Osborne Park, Perth WA
RSVP: Aaron (08) 6388 8988 or 
a.holdaway@tilersexpresswa.com.au for catering purposes. 

Seminar: Waterproofing 
When: Wednesday 1st June, 2016 
Time: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Content: Australian standards on waterproofing and HYDRO BAN® presentation.

When: Thursday 2nd June, 2016
Time: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Hands-on Demo: 
SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout, is the designers choice in "StainProof" grout. 

This is a great opportunity to chat with the LATICRETE Technical Service Manager, Fred Gray, about LATICRETE products that are designed to increase productivity and profitability, as well as discuss the new Australian standards for waterproofing. See you there!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Project Complete!

Great Results for Cafeteria Renovation!

We recently blogged about a project by AJ Bristow at the MLC Private School in Burwood NSW. We excited to share photos of the completed project. The new cafeteria looks amazing! 380m2 of the project was tiled using penny round, un-glazed mosaics.

LATICRETE materials used for the installation were:
  • HYDRO BAN® - a single component, self curing liquid rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane.
  • 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.
  • 345 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. 345 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.
  • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout - a patented, high performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use.
Can we interest you in FREE samples?

Contact us to discuss your next project, arrange a demo or your free samples. 
Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Wonders of STRATA_MAT™

The Next Generation Underlayment

LATICRETE QLD Technical Sales Rep, Mitchell Haw, got some great project pics of Matt Walsh Tiling and Waterproofing in QLD laying down some STRATA_MAT™ to ensure safe and reliable installation of tile or stone over the substrate. 

Designed to replace traditional underlayment materials, STRATA_MAT™ is a high performance uncoupling mat to be used underneath tile and stone installations. This product is adaptable to both residential and commercial projects.

STRATA_MAT is a lightweight product, fast to install, can be used under moisture sensitive stone and is also a part of the LATICRETE Lifetime System Warranty. 
Click here for more info and to view an installation video.

For more details on this project contact Mitchell - 0432 564 752.

Call 1800 331 012 to find out how STRATA_MAT can help with productivity or contact us here to arrange a demo.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Concept Tiles Toowoomba Now Stock LATICRETE

Exciting News at LATICRETE! 

We are excited to announce Concept Tiles and Surfaces in Toowoomba are your local stockists of LATICRETE tile and stone installation materials, such as LATAFLEX Gold Adhesive!

LATAFLEX Gold Adhesive is a superior performance polymer fortified, rubber reinforced thin-set adhesive for installing ceramic tile and stone, using the thin-bed method of installation.
  • Interior & exterior floor and wall installations.
  • Suitable for ceramic tiles, porcelain tile and stone over a variety of substrates.
  • Smooth creamy formula creates an easy to trowel adhesive.
Head over to Concept Tiles and Surfaces Toowoomba to get your LATICRETE materials - or call the friendly team on (07) 4613 1317.

Concept Tiles and Surfaces Toowoomba

Address: 8 Pechey Street, Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Tel: (07) 4613 1317
Email: enquiries@concepttilestmba.com.au

Friday, 20 May 2016


Nurudeen accepting the Dr H.M Rothberg Award with
Jennifer Keeley - Snr. TAFE Teacher

What an Achievement - What an Award!

On Wednesday 18th May LATICRETE NSW Technical Sales Rep, Craig Hunter, attended the Randwick TAFE Graduation Celebration for 2016 evening at Sydney Randwick TAFE, NSW. LATICRETE is proud to continually be involved with Randwick TAFE and in helping students gain a better understanding of the ceramic tile and stone industry.

As part of the ongoing commitment to educate and train the next generation, LATICRETE was the proud sponsor of the "Dr H.M. Rothberg" trophy which is awarded to the Outstanding Student for Certificate III in Wall & Floor Tiling for 2015.

Craig Hunter awarded the "Dr H.M Rothberg" award and trophy to the Outstanding Student for 2015 to Nurudeen Adeleke - well done Nurudeen!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Throw Back Thursday

LATICRETE National Sales Meeting 1980's

What a Family!

A flash back to the 1980's - Henry B. Rothberg at the LATICRETE National Sales Meeting, presents The Outstanding Award to LATICRETE Sales Rep, Tom McKeon.

"Tom McKeon is still today an important part of the LATICRETE Sales team in the New York city area. He continues to set sales records and win awards." - Henry B, Rothberg.

Recently Tom's son, Connor, joined the LATICRETE team as part of the Technical Services Department at HQ in Bethany.

For 60 years, LATICRETE has been determined and committed to bring improvements and innovation into building materials and products. This tradition lives on today and is evident in the caliber of products LATICRETE continually introduces to the market. 

At LATICRETE, we are all about product innovation. Our dedication to the improvement of building materials is evident in the advancements we’ve been able to achieve in the areas of: tile and stone installation and care systems, concrete restoration and care systems, resinous/decorative finishes, masonry installation and care systems and concrete construction chemicals.  

For information on LATICRETE products, arrange a demo, trade event, technical support or to discuss your next project call 1800 331 012 or contact us here.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Training Seminar at Europe Imports Gets Thumbs Up

Fred Gray, LATICRETE Technical Service Manager

Successful Training Seminar at Europe Imports

Europe Imports recently hosted an informative LATICRETE and Europe Imports Swimming Pool training seminar at its store in Seven Hills, NSW. There was a great mix of pool builders, pool tilers and mosaic tilers in attendance.
Fred Gray, LATICRETE technical service manager, and Joe Tabone, LATICRETE NSW Technical Rep, worked through the LATICRETE and Ezzari JointPoint Glass Mosaic specification for the 15-Year System Warranty, using Ezzari mosaic tiles inside of and around concrete swimming pools.
The training seminar focused on the important factors of using a full LATICRETE tiling system from preparation to final cleaning. Tradies got the opportunity to get their hands dirty by taking part in a hands-on demonstration with SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout.
Carl Yench from Europe Imports chatted about the patented Ezzari dot mount/JointPoint Technology and accuracy regarding the placement of the dot, some easy cutting techniques and installation techniques to improve the aesthetics of the job. 

To continue reading the article as published on Pool+Spa Review, click here.
To register your interest for the next Ezarri/LATICRETE swimming pool training seminar, please contact seminars@laticrete.com.au or call 1800 331 012.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

You Are Invited!

Trend Mosaics Training Day

You are cordially invited to attend a Mosaic application trade day with Trend Tiles and LATICRETE!

Get to watch an installation of a mosaic mural done by SEQ Tilers, using Trend Tiles and LATICRETE materials:
Event Details
Where: 47 Marsupial Drive, Koala Beach Estate, Pottsville NSW.
When: Thursday 26th May, 2016
Time: 9am-3pm

Paul Mills: 0414 018 746 or
Mitchell: 0432 564 752
RSVP by 24 May for catering purposes.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Pool Gets a 25 Yr System Warranty

Great Looking Pool

Check out this beautiful Bisazza glass tile residential pool in Mosman, NSW. 
As Maincorp Constructions were first time users of LATICRETE materials, LATICRETE NSW Technical Sales Rep, Joe Tabone, conducted on-site demos and observed the installation of LATICRETE materials at several points during the installation of the tile work on this project. 
The hot weather also posed a challenge while installing the render. 

The project qualified for a LATICRETE 25 Year System Warranty as a range of LATICRETE products were used as part of the system:

HYDRO BAN® - A thin, load bearing waterproofing/crack isolation membrane that DOES NOT require the use of fabric in the field, coves or corners.
226 Thick Bed Mortar - A factory prepared blend of carefully selected raw materials, Portland cement and graded aggregates. 
3701 Mortar Admix - A specially designed latex admixture for use with thin-set adhesives, cement grouts, cement mortar beds and other cement mixes.
LATAPOXY® 300 Adhesive - A chemical resistant, epoxy adhesive that will bond to most sound, clean surfaces. The adhesive spreads easily and cleans with water while fresh.
LATAPOXY® SP-100 - A stainless, pigment free, colourfast epoxy grout for grouting floor installations of ceramic tile, brick, and stone.
LATASIL™ - A high performance, one component, neutral cure, 100% silicone sealant designed for ceramic tile & stone applications.

Are you getting ready to start a project? 

Contact us to discuss your next project, call on your job site or to arrange free samples. 
Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Friday, 13 May 2016

What we DO!


Training at Tiento Tiles

Erin Fraser, LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep in VIC and Neil Warden, LATICRETE Australia National Sales Manager, were at Tiento Tiles providing an early morning demo for the Tiento Tiles team.

Erin demonstrated SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout - A high performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use.

LATICRETE is committed to educating and providing technical support and advice. We provide customised in-store and job-site training and demos for your team, as well as trade events, samples, and customised specifications for YOUR project! 

For more info on our upcoming LATICRETE Seminars, Trade Events and Demos happening around your area soon, 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 training, a demonstration or for technical advice, call 1800 331 012 or email sales@laticrete.com.au

Thursday, 12 May 2016

PERMACOLOR Select Gets GREAT Reviews!

PERMACOLOR® Select Gets the Thumps Up! 

QLD Tiler Gareth O'Shea from Precision Tile and Stone shared pics of his first-time experience usingPERMACOLOR® Select grout:

"Just tried out the new Laticrete Permacolor Select grout today. Expensive grout, but worth every cent. Easy to work with and easy to clean. Even has a sealer already built into the it. Awesome stuff." - Gareth O'Shea, Precision Tile and Stone. 

PERMACOLOR Select is an advanced high performance cement grout that offers the industry’s first dispersible dry pigment solution. PERMACOLOR Select is designed for virtually all types of residential and commercial installations and offers optimum performance on the most demanding exterior or interior applications. Easy to mix, grout and clean, PERMACOLOR Select is fast setting and is suitable for joints 1.5mm – 12mm wide on floors or walls.

Arrange a demo, trade event, FREE samples or to discuss your next project call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Trade Event and Brekky at Amber Five Dock

Want to Save on Time and Labour?

LATICRETE will be at Amber Five Dock, NSW on Thursday 19th May for a Trade Event and Brekky from 7-10am and we would love you to come join the fun and demo with LATICRETE products!  

This Trade Event will focus on:
125 Sound & Crack Adhesive - A superior crack prevention and sound isolation adhesive.
SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout - The "Stain-Proof" Grout.
PERMACOLOR® Select Grout - High performance cement grout.

This is a great opportunity to chat with your local Technical Sales Rep, Craig Hunter, and find out how LATICRETE Systems and Warranties can turn your project into another globally proven tile and stone installation!

Where: Amber Five Dock
Address: 1 Parramatta Road, Five Dock, NSW 2046
Date: Thursday, 19 May
Time: 7am-10am

Scott: 02 9716 6214 or 
Craig: 0418 761 428

See you there!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Homesglen Trailer Awarded to the Top Apprentice!

Trent Armstrong awarded the trailer

Top Apprentice Awarded a Trailer

LATICRETE is proud to be a co-sponsor for the Holmesglen trailer. This is awarded to the "Apprentice of The Year for Ceramic Tiling." 

The Holmesglen Ceramic Tiling Apprentice of the Year for 2015 winner, Trent Armstrong, was awarded the trailer. Well done Trent!

Holmesglen is the most comprehensive provider of building courses in Victoria. The building and construction courses range from pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships, through to diplomas, advanced diplomas, building degrees and postgraduate studies. Pathways are available to get started at an entry level, whilst many of the higher qualifications allow for direct entry from professionals with prior experience in their industries. For more info on Holmesglen and the available courses, click here.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Upcoming Seminar

Seminar: 12th May 2016
Topic: Masonry Installation System (MVIS™)

The Australian Profit Through Knowledge Technical Seminar is an intensive training program. The seminar focus on the needs of construction professionals in the ceramic tile and stone industry for those who want to improve their profitability and increase productivity with becoming familiar with LATICRETE profitable, time saving products. This seminar includes both classroom instruction and hands-on product demonstrations.

Our seminars cover commercial, residential, industrial tile and stone installation practices and industry standards. 

  • Learn how to select and recommend the most suitable installation materials
  • Gain comprehensive knowledge of LATICRETE products and installations
  • Learn trade definitions, performance requirements and industry standards
  • Participate in hands-on product demonstrations

  • Brisbane: 12th May, 2016:
    • Topic: MVIS™
  • Sydney: 8-9 June, 2016
  • Melbourne: 6-7 July, 2016

All those who attend will receive a LATICRETE 15% Rebate. Be quick to book your seat - spots are limited! 

Click here for more information, call 1800 331 012 or email seminars@laticrete.com.au to book your seat.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Western Australia Welcome LATICRETE

Tilers Express WA
The Wonders of LATICRETE!
From Left to Right: LATICRETE Technical Service Manager, Fred Grey with
Tilers Express WA GM, Aaron Holdway,  Anna and Mike

LATICRETE Now Available at Tilers Express Western Australia

What an exciting week! LATICRETE Technical Service Manager, Fred Gray and Neil Warden, LATICRETE National Sales Manager have spent the week in Western Australia training the Tilers Express Western Australia team on LATICRETE materials, and the available System Warranties.

Just some of the LATICRETE products Tilers Express WA NOW stock is:

SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout - is the designers choice in grout! Easy to use. Stain resistant, easy to maintain, cleanable to the original colour. PLUS a high fashion DAZZLE component. Click here to view an installation video and more info.

HYDRO BAN®a fast drying waterproofing/crack membrane. Tile on the same day. 
Click here for more info and to view and installation video.t

LATICRETE in conjunction with Tilers Express WA have an awesome competition lined up - keep your eyes peeled as details will be announced soon!!

Head over to Tilers Express WA to get your LATICRETE materials - or call Aaron or his friendly team on 08 6388 8988.

Tilers Express WA
79 Hector Street,
Osborne Park,
Perth, WA
Tel: 08 6388 8988