Thursday, 30 April 2020

Competition Time...


Have you used our NEW product - PERMACOLOR® NS Grout as yet?! 
We are running an awesome competition!

In celebrating the launch of our new product, we are GIVING away 1x GoPro to a lucky installer on Instagram!

Entering on Instagram is easy! 
  • Follow @laticreteaustralia 
  • Take a photo of PERMACOLOR NS on your project/job-site
  • Use the tags #laticreteauwin and #permacolorns 

Entries are open and close 31st July 2020. Multiple projects are allowed. Winner will be picked at random and will be announced on Tuesday 4th August 2020, at 10.00am AEST.

Good luck to everyone!

T&C’s apply: Competition only open in Australia and on Instagram. By submitting your project you provide consent to LATICRETE to use the project details and photos for further promotion. Photos must include PERMACOLOR NS in it to be entered into the competition. 

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Dynamic Tiling Pool Project


Check out the tiling of this pool surround project in Williamstown, VIC by Bobby and the team at Dynamic S’Tiling. The 50m2 job features 900x450mm porcelain tiles installed using 335 adhesive, purchased from Tilers Warehouse.

335 adhesive is a premium, flexible, 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. Exceeds the requirements of AS IS)1307.1&2 classification C2TES1. Excellent for exterior and underwater applications, superior bond to masonry. For more product information and to view the PDS, click here.

Contact your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep for more information or request a FREE sample on 1800 331 012. 

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Join us Live Webinar Today: 3D Construction Printing


Live Webinar, Today, 28th April @ 4pm AEST

Topic: 3D Construction Printing


3D Construction Printing (3DCP) is used to digitally construct simple and complex pre-design building components in a completely innovative, faster, and cost-effective way.

Join LATICRETE for an interactive live webinar where Edouard Baaklini, CEO 3DVinci Creations, and Matt Carli, Director, LATICRETE International, will discuss the foundations of 3DCP, current and future trends and how it can change the way buildings are designed and constructed.

Click here to register for the live webinar today @ 4pm AEST.

Monday, 27 April 2020

Outdoor Terrace New Look




Terrace & Travertine Tiles


Corey Downes, LATICRETE VIC Technical Sales Rep was onsite in Naree Warren a couple of weeks ago at this project with Probuild Tiling providing technical support.

The team laid approximately 200m2 of 400 x 600mm travertine tiles on this outdoor terrace using LATICRETE 335 Adhesive and PERMACOLOR® Grout. 

335 Adhesive is a premium, flexible, 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. Exceeds the requirements of AS IS)1307.1&2 classification C2TES1. Excellent for exterior and underwater applications, superior bond to masonry. For more product information and to view the PDS, click here.

PERMACOLOR Grout is a high-performance grout that provides a grout joint that is dense, hard and will resist cracking. Proving consistent colour, and anti-microbial protection to resistant stain-causing mould and mildew. PERMACOLOR grout is easy to install - just mix with water. Ideal for floors and walls, in both interior and exterior applications. Meets and exceeds the requirements of AS IS) 13007.3 & 4 as a CG2WAF classification. Click here for more product information. 

Contact your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep for more information, request a FREE sample or call 1800 331 012.

Friday, 24 April 2020

Point Piper Pool Filled




Burcher Pools Project Completed and Filled

We have been following and sharing the progress of this incredible pool project in Point Piper, NSW, by Burcher Pools and are excited to share the finished result! 

The amazing project features 180m2 of pool tiling and coping, using a full LATICRETE pool tiling installation system, which qualifies for a 25 Year Swimming Pool System Warranty. 

Products used: 
  • 226 Thick Bed Mortar - a factory prepared blend of carefully selected raw materials, portland cement and graded aggregates for use with 3701 Mortar Admix.
  • 3701 Mortar Admix - a specially designed latex admixture for use with thin-set mortars, cement grouts, cement mortar beds, and other cement mixes.
  • 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.
  • 254 Adhesive - the ultimate one-step, polymer fortified, thin-set mortar for interior and exterior installation of ceramic tile, stone, quarry tile, pavers and brick.
  • LATAPOXY® SP-100 - a stainless, pigment-free, colorfast epoxy grout for grouting floor installations of ceramic tile, brick, and stone.

Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Pool, Spa 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, 23 April 2020

3701 Mortar Admix Packaging Now Available!

3701 Mortar Admix New Packaging 


As we continue to build the LATICRETE brand, we are excited to announce we have updated our 3701 Mortar Admix packaging. This has been rolled out to the market - so keep your eyes peeled! 

3701 Mortar Admix is a specially designed latex admixture for use with thin-set mortars, cement grouts, cement mortar beds, and other cement mixes. Used in place of water, 3701 Mortar Admix improves the working and physical properties of any cement mix and provides an economical and easy way to make permanent, trouble-free installations of ceramic tile, brick and natural stone.

Key Features
  • Interior and exterior installations
  • Shock, chemical and frost resistant
  • Increased bond and compressive strength
  • Water-resistant; suitable for submerged applications
  • Superior flexibility "Extra Heavy Service" rating per TCNA performance levels (RE: ASTM C627 Robinson Floor Test)

    For more information contact your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep on 1800 331 012 or email us here.

    Wednesday, 22 April 2020

    Earth Day 2020


    Happy Earth Day 2020! 

    Earth Day is April 22 of every year, and this year will mark 50 years of Earth Day. Earth Day was a unified response to an environment in crisis — oil spills, smog, rivers so polluted they literally caught fire.

    This year the theme of Earth Day is climate change, which represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. If you would like more info about online events you can join to learn how you can help make a difference, click here. 

    Tuesday, 21 April 2020

    LATICRETE Australia - Open for Business


    From the Desk of Emma Tschannen, GM. LATICRETE Australia


    "Dear LATICRETE Customers, Colleagues, Family, and Friends,
    LATICRETE locations throughout the world have taken action to mitigate the immediate risks of the COVID-19 virus. Together, as a company, we’ve taken effective, timely and preventative actions to protect our employees, families, and communities.

    Contingency plans are in place covering a wide range of potential scenarios and our plans are updated regularly as more information on the virus becomes available.

    We are in constant communication with our suppliers and building up inventory as needed to support our customers.

    Our commitment to your needs remains a top priority, and we will continue to do so however we can. We will continue to support you as we all work through this difficult situation together - for the team at LATICRETE Australia, it is business as usual - we remain OPEN for business.

    LATICRETE CEO/Chairman, David Rothberg, shared the attached video with our internal global team to help ease minds and understand how LATICRETE is here, stronger than ever, to support the team and our extended families. We’re also sharing it publicly with you, our partners and friends, to give you an inside peek at the culture we live and breathe on a daily basis.

    Please watch the video as it provides a genuine and heartfelt message for us all.
    We will get through this difficult situation...together."

    Monday, 20 April 2020

    Wow, Thats an "Amazing Pool"





    That's really an Amazing Pool


    We love seeing and sharing projects where our tile and stone installation materials have been used.


    Werner Roth from Amazing Pools submitted these photos of their 60m2 pool tiling project using 'Sea Grey" Ezaari tile in Kiama, to Glenn Mannix, LATICRETE NSW Technical Sales Rep.

    LATICRETE tile and stone installation materials used on this amazing project were:

    • 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.
    • LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield is a 2 component, roller applied epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in concrete and other substrates.
    • 254 Adhesive is the ultimate one-step, polymer fortified, thin-set mortar for interior and exterior installation of ceramic tile, stone, quarry tile, pavers and brick.
    • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* has all the great features of SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout - colour uniformity, durability and ease of installation - with enhanced performance.
    Check out our Pool, Spa and Fountain Tiling Systems brochure which includes a 10, 15 and 25 Year Residential Swimming Pool Warranty.

    For more information on LATICRETE tile and stone installation systems and warranties, contact your LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, call 1800 3310 12 or contact us here.

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

    Friday, 17 April 2020

    Multi-award Winning Company uses LATICRETE




    Photography Credits: Real Images


    Wahroonga Project - Finalist in 2019 HIA CSR Housing Award


    A residential home in Wahroonga, NSW Australia, required a renovation of 2764.5m2. The renovation touched every part of this site from the front gate through to the rear fence. It included the addition of a brand new section housing a five-room guest house, as well as extension and refurbishment of the existing deck, the pool area, and extensive additions of new retaining walls and landscaping. 

    Brindabella Renovations, with over 25 years of experience within the industry and a multi-award winning company, was the perfect fit for the client’s project. John Spiteri and the team from Brindabella Renovations worked closely with the Interior Designer, Robyn Cote from Inspired Interiors, and LATICRETE to meet the client’s needs as per their detailed specifications for the interior and exterior tiling, for the new build, the extension, colours and finishes.

    This amazing space was a finalist in the 2019 HIA CSR Housing Award in two categories - Renovation/Addition and Bathroom Design of the Year.

    "We worked closely with Joe Tabone our LATICRETE Representative, to make sure we specified the correct solution for this job. Given the scale of the job, it was really important we made sure the site was properly prepared and the correct additives, adhesives, and grouts were used to ensure the quality result we required. LATICRETE provided all that we needed from one company, ensuring a complete proven system and ordering process. Delivery was co-ordinated for when needed, Joe visited the site on numerous occasions and was always available on the phone to provide assistance or answer questions." ~ John Spiteri, Brindabella Renovations.

    There are always challenges, and then there is always a LATICRETE solution!

    Click here to read how LATICRETE worked with Brindabella Renovations and the teams involved, in providing the solutions!

    Thursday, 16 April 2020

    Pool Surrounds Makeover with LATICRETE





    Another Quality Project from SEQ Tiling


    LATICRETE QLD Technical Sales Rep, Shane Anderson shared these photos of another quality tiling project by Murray Heazelwood and his team at SEQ Tiling and Cladding.

    This private residence in New Beith, QLD had the pool surrounds of approx 95m2 retiled with 600x600x20 porcelain tiles, using LATICRETE 335 Adhesive. 

    335 Adhesive is a premium, flexible, 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. Exceeds the requirements of AS IS)1307.1&2 classification C2TES1. Excellent for exterior and underwater applications, superior bond to masonry. For more product information and to view the PDS, click here.

    Contact your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep for more information, request a FREE sample to try or call 1800 331 012.

    Wednesday, 15 April 2020

    Mechanical Project Update









    Working Smarter not Harder


    We are excited to share an update on this project with you. In February we shared the beginning of the project, "On-site with Stanmor Ceramics" and we have no doubt you will agree, it has come a long way!

    Roger and the team at Stanor Ceramics have used LATAPOXY® 310 Stone Adhesive in combination with mechanical fixing on an engineered block wall for the interior and exterior facade in Melbourne Central.

    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 while maintaining its non-sag consistency at high working temperatures up to 35°C. Click here for more product info.

    Contact your LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep for more info, call 1800 331 012 or contact us here.

    Tuesday, 14 April 2020

    PERMACOLOR NS Spotted

    Nathan from Progressive Tiling


    Spotted - Latest Product in Aussie Market


    Our newest and latest Australian manufactured product - PERMACOLOR® NS Grout spotted out and about with Nathan from Progressive Tiling in VIC.

    PERMACOLOR NS Grout is a non-sanded, cement-based grout for grout joints up to 6mm that is dense, hard, and durable. Use on ceramic tile and stone applications, interior and exterior; floors and walls; and excellent for dry and wet areas. Available in 12 lifestyle colours in 5kg bags. For more product information, click here.

    Don't forget to enter our PERMACOLOR NS, GoPro competition - click here for all the details!

    Contact your local LATICRETE stockist to get yours today! Call 1800 331 012 for Technical Support, arrange a FREE sample or contact us here.

    Thursday, 9 April 2020

    Re-grouting Bathroom using SPECTRALOCK®



    LATICRETE was on-site at a project in Mt Eliza, VIC, with Ron from The Grey Army. The project was re-grouting a bathroom using SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* in 'Desert Khaki', supplied by Bayside Tiles, Seaford

    SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout is a patented high performance epoxy grout which offers 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, and is perfect for swimming pools, fountains and other wet area applications. Click here for more product information.

    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.

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

    Wednesday, 8 April 2020

    Is Your Stone Sealed?



    Determining if a stone is sealed is an important question that 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: 
    A 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® SealerSTONETECH Heavy Duty SealerSTONETECH Impregnator Pro® Sealer, etc) is strongly recommended. Continue reading Technical Data Sheet TDS-1261.

    View/download:

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

    Tuesday, 7 April 2020

    Bathroom Project Complete




    Wow – PERMACOLOR® NS & SPECTRALOCK® Grout


    The team from STileS has been working on this bathroom project in Glen Waverly, VIC. The project has been installed using a range of LATICRETE materials including SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* and PERMACOLOR® NS grout. 

    • PERMACOLOR NS - an ultra-premium, polymer fortified, non-sanded cement-based grout designed for highly delicate surfaces such as polished marble, soft glass and metals. Mix PERMACOLOR NS with water. It provides a grout joint that is dense, hard and durable for joints up to 6mm.
    • SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout - a patented, high-performance epoxy grout which offers excellent colour uniformity, durability, stain protection, and beautiful, full grout joints in an easy-to-use, non-sag formula.

    Contact us to discuss your next project. Do you require technical support, or want FREE product samples? Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

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

    Monday, 6 April 2020

    PERMACOLOR® NS Grout



    Great Reviews - NEW Non-sanded Grout


    PERMACOLOR® NS is an ultra-premium, factory prepared, polymer fortified, non-sanded cement-based grout designed for grout joints up to 6 mm, for use on highly delicate surfaces such as polished marble, soft glass, and metals. Excellent for wet and dry areas, for interior and exterior installation.

    Features & Benefits
    • No blotchiness and resists efflorescence (compared to other Portland cement-based grout)
    • Contains anti-microbial technology
    • Easy to install, no additive required just mix with water
    • Easy to clean, dense and non-shrinking
    • Available in 12 colours 

    Click here for more product information.

    Can we interest you in a FREE sample?! Chat with your LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, call 1800 331 012 or contact us here

    Don't forget to enter our Instagram GoPro competition

    Friday, 3 April 2020

    Balmain Pool with Sunning View!


    Check out this beautiful view and pool project recently completed by the team from DTR Tiling in Balmain NSW for Combined Services. The pool features 60m2 of Bisazza glass mosaic tiles, which have been installed using a range of LATICRETE materials.

    • 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.
    • 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 - a stainless, pigment-free, colorfast epoxy grout for grouting floor installations of ceramic tile, brick, and stone.

    Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Pool, Spa 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, 2 April 2020

    Stunning Bathroom Renovation


    What a stunning bathroom! 

    Glenn Mannix LATICRETE NSW Technical Sales Rep was on the job-site for this 20m2 residential bathroom renovation which features white tiled walls with 200x75mm travertine floors installed with a wide range of LATICRETE materials:

    • LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield - 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.
    • 254 Platinum the ultimate one-step, polymer fortified, thin-set mortar for interior and exterior installation of ceramic tile, stone, quarry tile, pavers, and brick.
    • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* - a patented, high-performance epoxy grout which offers excellent colour uniformity, durability, stain protection, and beautiful, full grout joints in an easy-to-use, non-sag formula.

    Do you need help in selecting the appropriate adhesives, mortars, and grouts for your specific residential applications? The LATICRETE Residential Tile & Stone Installation Systems brochure provides information on products that are engineered for residential tile and stone installations. Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Residential Tile & Stone Brochure.

    Call us on 1800 331 012 to find out more about our products, arrange a demo, request FREE samples or email us here

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

    Wednesday, 1 April 2020

    Why Are Expansion Joints Important?



    Why are expansion joints needed in tile and stone applications? 

    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.

    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 installer can know which combination is applicable before they walk onto a project. 

    Some of the factors that affect the movement of tile installations are as follows. All of these factors cause the tile and stone installation to move. If this movement is not accommodated for, the restriction in movement can allow the grout to crack or powder out or the tile to pop up or “tent” up: 
    • Physical Building Movement
    • Shrinkage of Concrete
    • Thermal Movement
    • Moisture Expansion
    • Encroachment of Dissimilar Building Materials
    • Changes of Plane
    • Treatment of Existing Movement Joints

    All buildings will move. Therefore, accommodation for this movement is necessary. To properly review and place expansion joints, the best time to discuss and deal with the issue is before the installation takes place. This will help to avoid problems and finger-pointing after the installation is completed. Continue reading/download
     TDS-1252 Why Are Expansion Joints Needed in Tile and Stone Installations?

    For more information on LATICRETE permanent trouble-free installation products, training, or technical advice, contact your local LATICRETE representative on 1800 331 012 - or email: sales@laticrete.com.au.