Monday, 31 August 2020

One Happy Winner


Throughout the months of March-July, LATICRETE Australia held a competition in celebrating the launch of our non-sanded grout, PERMACOLOR® NS. One lucky winner would receive a branded LATICRETE GoPro camera to showcase their future projects. 

Well, that lucky winner was Andrew Lewis from 2ezytiling in VIC! Andrew recently shared the above photo of him receiving the prize.

Once again, congratulations Andrew, we hope you enjoy your prize and look forward to seeing your projects being shared using your new GoPro camera!

For your chance to win future LATICRETE competitions, make sure you're following us on Instagram, @laticreteaustralia, and Facebook, LATICRETE Australia - the next competition might just be around the corner! 

Friday, 28 August 2020

New Stockist on the Sunshine Coast


Welcome to the LatiFamily


We are excited to announce Phil's Tile Warehouse in Noosaville, QLD now stock LATICRETE tile & stone installation materials. Head in-store and chat with the friendly team about LATICRETE products.

Address: 8 Eenie Creek Rd, Noosaville, QLD
Phone: 07 5470 2434

LATICRETE is proud of its commitment to supply tilers with the most up-to-date information and products available in the ceramic tile and stone installation industry today.  We engineer our products to be fast and productive for the tiler to install. Interior, Exterior, Commercial, Residential, Industrial—at LATICRETE, we cover it all!

Our dedication to the improvement of building materials is evident in the advancements we’ve been able to achieve in the areas of waterproofing, soundproofing, floor warming, adhesives, mortars, grouts, and more. Our focus and commitment to solving common problems and never settling for “good enough” has allowed us to make significant advancements that are enjoyed worldwide.

Our focus has always been multi-faceted—develop products which answer problems that have plagued people for years, and engineer these solutions to be cost-effective, easy to install, and provide years of trouble-free enjoyment. From do-it-yourself to contractor, we develop building products that save time, save money, are easy to install, and deliver consistent and effective results.

Contact LATICRETE to discuss your next project or for technical support - Call 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au

Thursday, 27 August 2020

STONETECH® Restore™ Acidic Cleaner



STONETECH® Restore™ Acidic Cleaner is a heavy-duty acidic cleaner that renews the look of tile and grout.

Features & Benefits
  • Makes tile and grout look new 
  • Professional strength 
  • Acidic water-based formula 
  • Ready-to-use and concentrate formula
  • Removes hard water deposits, grout haze, efflorescence, and soap scum 
Click here for more product information.

View/download:
STONETECH Surface Care Product Selection Guide
STONETECH Stone & Tile Care Guide

Have questions regarding the use, installation, or maintenance of STONETECH or sealed stone? Contact LATICRETE Technical Services on 1800 331 012.

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Zanzibar Esplanade Revamp






Another project for Skorpil Tiling 


It's great to see where our products end up - but also, to see the before and after pics.

Skorpil Tiling, QLD shared their latest project with us, which consisted of tiling approximately 350m2 of the Zanzibar Mooloolaba esplanade floors and stairs, working with Marstone Construction.

LATICRETE installation materials used on the project were: 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed to screed the stairs; 335 and 335 RAPID the selected adhesives; and grouted using SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* in the colour "Antique White" and LATASIL™ sealant.

Want to know more about LATICRETE tile & stone installation materials, or require technical support - Call 1800 3310 12 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au

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

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

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
  • Rapid version is available; 5-8 minute set up 
  • Approved by the following building code bodies for exterior installations: ICC, IBC

For more product information click here.

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.

Monday, 24 August 2020

Back breaking tiling project

   





Talk about a back-breaking project! 


Shane Anderson, LATICRETE QLD Technical Sales Rep shared these photos of a project which Murray Heazlewood and this team from SEQ Tiling and Cladding have been working on in Clayfield, QLD.

The floor features tessellated tiles and the walls feature 75x150mm ceramic tiles installed using the below LATICRETE installation materials:

3701 Fortified Mortar Bed is a polymer fortified blend of carefully selected polymers, portland cement, and graded aggregates.

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.

335 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.

The project will be grout with PERMACOLOR® NS - is an ultra-premium, factory prepared, polymer fortified, non-sanded cement-based grout designed for grout joints up to 6mm. 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. Click here for more information.

Keep your eyes peeled for the completed project photos.

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

Friday, 21 August 2020

Peace of mind with a LATICRETE System Warranty!


Consider the extra value and peace of mind a LATICRETE Warranty can bring when selecting the installation system for your project. 

LATICRETE provides comprehensive warranties for commercial, residential, and industrial projects worldwide. However, our best guarantee is our 60+ years of experience with industrial, commercial and residential installations in every imaginable climate. LATICRETE Australia warrants that LATICRETE products will be free from manufacturing defects and will not break down or deteriorate when installed in accordance with LATICRETE written specification and guidelines. 

Let our global experience, product quality and technical support assist you on your next project – no matter where it is.


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

Thursday, 20 August 2020

The Shields Street Heart Mosaic Project






Cairns is the most northern regional commercial centre on the Australian eastern seaboard and is the closest mainland city for Australia’s neighbors in the Coral Sea. Artists Philomena Yeatman, Edna Ambrym, and Valmai Pollard from the nearby Indigenous community of Yarrabah were selected by the Cairns Council to produce artworks for a $700,000 public art mosaic project to be featured on eight walls around landscaped gardens in the main mall in Cairns, QLD. 

Don Macdonald and his team from The Orchid Group were appointed as the installing contractors due to their extensive mosaic experience and Artistic Solutions Group as the Creative Consultants to ensure artistic integrity was maintained as the canvas paintings were translated into mosaics and adapted to the vast expanse of the eight walls.

“It was the one thing I didn’t have to think about. All the products; 254 Platinum, 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed, 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive, HYDRO BAN®, LATAPOXY® SP-100 and SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout, performed exceptionally well individually and as a complete system. Equally as important to use the right products, is the technical support. The team at LATICRETE provided me with all of the essential background and technical understanding for each of the products which allowed me to execute the installation with confidence knowing I was using the very best products and industry best practice with our methodology”, said Don Macdonald, The Orchid Group.

The project was a huge success for the entire team and the project was a significant undertaking with all of its complexities and challenges. LATICRETE remained the undeniable constant throughout the whole process for the reliability, dependability, and superior performance of system approach.

Click here to read the full Project Spotlight.


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

*The Orchid Group is also known as Symmetry Mosaics.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Product Feature: HYDRO BAN®



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 that bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates. HYDRO BAN is a certified low VOC emitting product. HYDRO BAN is an extensible Class 3 membrane suitable for immersed installations, internal wet areas, and external above-ground use.
HYDRO BAN features rapid drying time for a faster time to tile and changes colour from a light sage to an olive green when cured. 

Key Features
  • Meets and exceeds the requirements of AS4858 and AS4654.1 
  • Thin; only 0.5 mm - 0.8 mm thick when cured
  • Anti-fracture protection of up to 3 mm over shrinkage and other non-structural cracks
  • "Extra Heavy Service" rating per TCNA performance levels (RE: ASTM C627 Robinson Floor Test)
  • IAPMO approved
  • Contains antimicrobial product protection
  • Safe - no solvents and non-flammable

Click here for more product information or see Product Data Sheet DS-1036

Are you getting ready to start a project? Contact us about your next project - Call 1800 331 012 or email us here.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Specified Installation Materials





Glenn Mannix, LATICRETE NSW Technical Sales Rep shared with us how PGH  Bricks, Pavers and Concrete specify LATICRETE products to install their range of 290x45x18 slim bricks.

The slim bricks were installed by Luke from LCoozeetiling using 254 Platinum adhesive and grouted with PERMACOLOR® Select in Silver Shadow. 

254 is the ultimate one-step, polymer fortified, thin-set adhesive for interior and exterior installation of ceramic tile, reduced thickness porcelain, stone, quarry tile, pavers and brick. 254 adhesive, designed to just mix with water, has a long open time with unsurpassed adhesion and workability. May be mixed with PERMACOLOR Select pigment packs for a coloured adhesive. Click here for more product information. 

Contact LATICRETE to discuss your project - Call 1800 331 012 - or email: sales@laticrete.com.au 

Monday, 17 August 2020

SPECTRALOCK Onsite Training







Chris Stenhouse, LATICRETE VIC Technical Sales Rep was with Ian and the team from A and I Tiling, providing onsite training using SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* in Port Melbourne on external tiling.

SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout is 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.  Available in 40 colours. Click here for more info.

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

Friday, 14 August 2020

Bonding Tile and Stone to Steel Substrates


More and more frequently, unusual substrates including steel, metal, and aluminium are being used in tile or stone installations. Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, elevator cabs, and cooler floors and walls frequently have a steel surface on which to bond tile. Below are methods to properly install tile to these substrates. 

The preferred method for installation over steel is; 

  • Steel, metal or aluminium substrate must be rigid and meet the maximum allowable standard for deflection of L/360 for ceramic tile or L/480 for stone tile 
  • Tack weld or mechanically fasten 1.8kg/m2 galvanized or otherwise suitable diamond metal lath over the steel surface in accord with good trade practice to provide an adequate structural connection for this installation and sufficient space for adequate mortar thickness behind. 
  • After the mortar hardens, HYDRO BAN® may be installed where specified. 
  • Steel or aluminium must be rigid, meet the maximum allowable standard for deflection of L/360 for ceramic tile or L/480 for stone tile, and be free of rust, dirt, paint, manufacturing oils, or other surface contamination. 
  • The steel manufacturer/contractor must inspect steel for any signs of rust or corrosion. Clean, remove, passivate steel in accord with steel manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure that rust/corrosion is completely removed prior to tiling. 
  • Wash steel surface with strong detergent to ensure that all manufacturing oils are removed, rinse completely, and allow to dry. Refer to steel manufacturer’s guidelines for steel surface preparation when cladding with tile or stone if any. 
  • Install tile or stone with LATAPOXY 300 Adhesive by following instructions outlined in DS-1047. 
  • Grout tile or stone with SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout; or, PERMACOLOR Grout. For areas subjected to food acids, harsh chemicals or extreme heat use SPECTRALOCK 2000 IG.


Or, the alternative method for installation over steel is; 

For more information read Technical Data Sheet TDS-1146.

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

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

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Not just a Bathroom


Photographer - Armelle Habib  |  www.armellehabib.com

Photographer - Armelle Habib  |  www.armellehabib.com 

 Richmond Private Residence Project Spotlight

A family home with an extremely busy bath-time routine had outgrown their small bathroom which consisted of a shower and bath. The client, working in the cosmetics industry had an abundance of samples and required additional suitable storage.

The owner looked to the designer, Angela Harry, for ideas to maximise the bathroom which were to include a double shower head, a steam room, and additional storage space.

"The brief was to create a functional ensuite, that was flexible and spacious enough for use by multiple family members, including two young children, and felt sophisticated and joyful to be in" ~ Angela Harry.

The bathroom was on the third floor and had no balcony access, therefore it required multiple trips going up and down flights of stairs. The tiling contractor, Idyllic Tiling, had to set up on the rooftop terrace to cut tiles and mix the adhesives. Plates for lights, the steam room shelf, and bench were cut and polished by hand, which would span across the length of the room.

The new design layout had the shower on the opposite end of the room, and was to include a double shower head, in addition to a steam room. Click here to continue reading the project spotlight.

Contact LATICRETE to discuss your next project - call 1800 331 012 or email sales@laticrete.com.au.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Cloud 9 Pool







With a view like that you really would think you are on Cloud 9...but back in the real world,
Cloud 9 Pools recommends LATICRETE for tough jobs. 

Glenn Mannix, NSW Technical Sales Rep shared the above photo's on this 8m2 pool project in Shellharbour, where a number of LATICRETE products are being used to install Bisazza tiles:

  • LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield is a 2 component, roller applied epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in the 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® Fillet & Sealant is a one component, fast curing, hybrid elastomeric adhesive and sealant.
  • 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed is a polymer fortified blend of carefully selected polymers, portland cement and graded aggregates.
  • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* - high-performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability, and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use.


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.

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

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Residential Herringbone Bathroom






Skorpil Tiling in QLD have completed the tiling on this residential bathroom featuring white herringbone walls and we think it looks fantastic! The team used Ultra X8 Adhesive for the installation. 

Ultra X8 Adhesive is suitable for use on cement sheet, suitable waterproof membranes, renders, screeds, and masonry surfaces, both internally and externally. Also suitable for plasterboard in internal areas. ULTRA X8 adhesive can be fortified with LATICRETE Latex Additives for a wide range of installations. Exceeds the requirements of AS ISO 13007.1&2 as a C1TES1 classification.

For more information on using LATICRETE in your projects, product demos, or technical support please contact LATICRETE on 1800 331 012 or email sales@laticrete.com.au.

Monday, 10 August 2020

335 Spotted!


Isaac and the team from Regal Tiling in NSW spotted by LATICRETE NSW Sales Rep, Glenn Mannix, working on their latest project and using 335 adhesive on the installation! 

335 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 ISO1307.1&2 classification C2TES1. Excellent for exterior and underwater applications, superior bond to masonry. For more product information and to view the PDS, click here.

For colder weather applications and where quicker times to traffic is required in just 4 hours - select 335 RAPID.

Contact your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep for more information or request a FREE sample by calling 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au 

Friday, 7 August 2020

Fully Stocked at Amber Gregory Hills!


Fully stocked and ready to help with all your LATICRETE needs! Head to Amber Gregory Hills and chat with the friendly team about the wide range of LATICRETE products they have in stock today! 

Address: 7/72 Lasso Road, Gregory Hills NSW 2557
Phone: 02 9135 6550

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, or technical support, call LATICRETE on 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

STONETECH® Restore™ Acidic Cleaner


 

STONETECH® Restore™ Acidic Cleaner is a heavy-duty acidic cleaner that renews the look of tile and grout.

Features & Benefits
  • Makes tile and grout look new 
  • Professional strength 
  • Acidic water-based formula 
  • Ready-to-use and concentrate formula
  • Removes hard water deposits, grout haze, efflorescence, and soap scum 
Click here for more product information.

View/download:

Have questions regarding the use, installation, or maintenance of STONETECH or sealed stone? Contact LATICRETE Technical Services on 1800 331 012.