Monday, 31 May 2021

Midyear Stocktake Closure 2021


As we are halfway through 2021, LATICRETE Australia will be closing for a midyear stocktake on Friday 18 June 2021. 

Refer to the attached for important dates with regards to No Shipping or Receiving and when LATICRETE Australia will Reopen for business. 

If you have any questions regarding the LATICRETE Australia Midyear Stocktake, please do not hesitate to contact us! 

Call 1800 331 012, email sales@laticrete.com.au or chat with your local LATICRETE Sales Rep! 

Friday, 28 May 2021

Oatlands Private Residence





LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, Craig Hunter, was on-site with the team from CT Tiling while working on a 600m2 cladding project, applying 600x400mm Sandstone at a private residence in Oatlands, NSW, installed using a range of LATICRETE materials. Stone supplied by Marble Plus

LATICRETE installation materials used were: 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • PERMACOLOR® Grout* is a high-performance grout that provides a grout joint that is dense, hard and will resist cracking.

For more information on LATICRETE installation materials, product demos, or technical support, phone LATICRETE - 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au. 

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Next Generation Floor Levelling

 

LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® system featured in 
Construction Engineering Australia Magazine!

The LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® system has not only gained an enviable reputation for its versatility and speed, but it is also being hailed as a massive leap forward in OH&S for floor levelling workers and other trades working in the vicinity. With all product mixing and pumping done in the fully self-contained Mobile Blend Unit (MBU), the LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® system not only eliminates the need for manual handling and unloading of heavy product bags (usually hundreds of bags weighing 20kg each per job), it also prevents exposure to the dangerous silica dust which is an unavoidable consequence of traditional manual mixing inside the building.

"It is no exaggeration to say the LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® technology has forever changed the face of floor levelling operations. It has quite literally redefined what is considered 'world's best practice' for floor levelling operations. And we're extremely proud to be able to offer this technology to the Australian market." - David Kealy, AllPrep Flooring Specialists Pty Ltd. 

If you haven't seen the latest issue of Construction Engineering Australia yet, check out the full digital version here, starting from page 10 to page 14.


Consider using the LATICRETE SUPERCAP Pump Truck on your next project? 

Call: 1300 ALLPREP

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Waterproofing Certification Training Seminar

 




Last week, LATICRETE QLD Technical Sales Reps, Shane Anderson and Corey Downes, held a free Waterproofing and Epoxy Grout Profit Through Knowledge (PTK) Seminar at the LATICRETE Training Centre in QLD.

Attendees were actively involved in discussions around regulations and standards, contractor's responsibilities, waterproofing and epoxy issues, hands-on product demonstrations followed by an assessment and obtaining a contractor's certificate using SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* and HYDRO BAN® Waterproofing Crack Isolation Membrane.

  • SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout is a patented, high-performance epoxy grout that offers excellent colour uniformity, durability, stain protection, and beautiful, full grout joints in an easy-to-use, non-sag formula.
  • 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.

These events are the most effective way of learning about LATICRETE products that can improve your knowledge about our industry or prepare you for your upcoming projects. Interaction on this level is second to none.

For more information on the upcoming events, click here.

Contact us to arrange training for your team, a demo, or for technical support, call 1800 331 012 or email sales@laticrete.com.au.

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

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

PGH Brick Facade in Progress

 



Corey Downes, LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, recently visited the team from TSA Management and their PGH brick facade project in Teneriffe, QLD. The 70m2 facade has been installed using a range of LATICRETE materials, supplied by Beaumont Tiles Woolloongabba.

LATICRETE installation materials being used on the facade are:

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • PERMACOLOR® Grout is a high-performance grout that provides a grout joint that is dense, hard and will resist cracking.
  • LATASIL™ is a high performance, one component, neutral cure, 100% silicone sealant designed for ceramic tile & stone applications.

For more information on LATICRETE installation materials, product demos, or technical support, phone LATICRETE - 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au.

Monday, 24 May 2021

Welcome to Daniel Minos

Daniel Minos

From left to rigth. Daniel Minos and Chris Stenhouse, Technical Sales Reps in Victoria.
Daniel Minos and Chris Stenhouse, 
LATICRETE Technical Sales Reps of Victoria.

LATICRETE Australia Appoints New Technical Sales Representative

LATICRETE Australia is excited to announce Daniel Minos has taken up the position as Technical Sales Representative in Victoria, alongside Chris Stenhouse.

From an early age Daniel enjoyed the concept of building things and sharing knowledge. Starting in sales in retail, Daniel then went on to study and was awarded the 2010 Apprentice of the year in Floor and Wall Tiling. Once qualified, Daniel was self-employed as a tiler and took on the challenge of teaching at TAFE as he enjoys teaching a skill or sharing knowledge. Most recently Daniel worked in Japan at an IB School,  and had the opportunity to teach building and construction skills.

In Daniels spare time he enjoys music as can be reflected in his record collection, he enjoys bushcrafts, learning and practicing some of the “lost arts” trades such as woodcarving, leatherworking, blacksmithing and using/repair vintage tools to build things by hand.

I am extremely fortunate to have had these experiences in life that has given me a global perspective, trade skills, knowledge and teaching that I look forward to bringing with me in my work at LATICRETE. It’s a nice feeling to be able to support the company that supported me in my early years as a tiler. (2010 Apprentice of The Year… I still have the trailer thank you guys!!). It’s a small world after all.”

Welcome to the LATICRETE family Daniel. We wish you all the best in your new position at LATICRETE Australia.

LATICRETE Technical Sales Representatives in Victoria, contact details are:

Phone: 1800 331 012
Daniel can be contacted on:
Mobile: 0432 564 752

Chris can be contacted on:
Mobile: 0431 054 745
Phone: 1800 331 012

Friday, 21 May 2021

Tiling in Cold Weather

 

Can you believe winter is just around the corner!? With temperatures already starting to drop in some parts of Australia, it's time to start preparing for working in colder conditions. We've put together some helpful tips and hints for tiling and grouting in cold weather to ensure your tiling projects look great for many years to come.

Conventional Portland cement tile setting beds, thin-set adhesive mortars, groups, and cement plasters are often permanently damaged when subject to below freezing temperatures immediately after installation. The water content of a mortar turning into ice often results in Portland cement gel structure rupturing with a significant loss in strength, flexibility, and durability. Subsequent repairs to the damaged work and resulting site delays are extremely costly. 

There is a simple rule to follow when the temperature is low during installation: The 10ºC Rule – for every 10ºC below 21ºC, Portland cement, and epoxy based materials take twice as long to cure.

Helpful Hints:
  1. Work during warm periods of the day. 
  2. Ensure that the surface temperature is within the suggested temperature range for the LATICRETE® or LATAPOXY® product being used during the installation and cure period. Consult the individual LATICRETE or LATAPOXY product data sheet and How to Install guide for more information. 
  3. Tent and heat areas that will be subjected to the elements or freezing temperatures during installation and cure periods. 
  4. For multiple story buildings – areas to receive tile and stonework may be heated from below to aid in “warming up” cold concrete slabs and rooms. Simply placing temporary heating units in areas under rooms scheduled to receive tile and stone finishes in multiple story buildings will allow the natural rise of heat to warm up these areas. 
  5. Vent all temporary heating equipment in accord with Occupational Health and Safety regulations and local building code regulations
Continue reading our helpful hints for Cold Weather Tiling and Grouting here.

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

Thursday, 20 May 2021

LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® AllPrep Brochure


Take a look at our system and you'll find benefits that 
go way beyond extremely flat floors!


The LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® System combines our industry leading, patented pump truck technology and innovative products to deliver perfectly flat, dry floors. For over a decade, we have delivered spectacular time-saving, cost-effective solutions that correct uneven concrete, reduce moisture vapour emissions and shorten build times. This system benefits the entire project from design to completion, all backed by the industry leader in globally proven construction solutions.

With our system of premium self-levelling underlayment (SLU) and patented mobile blending unit, we can correct concrete deflection to an extremely flat specification at a blistering rate. Which allows the following trades to maximise their efficiency too. And we do it without tying up lifts or creating harmful dust, making for a safer job site.


Consider using the LATICRETE SUPERCAP Pump Truck on your next project? 

Call: 1300 ALLPREP

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Trade Event - Amber Port Macquarie


Trade Event - Amber Port Macquarie
Wednesday, 26th May 2021 

Craig Hunter, LATICRETE NSW Technical Sales Rep, will be at Amber Port Macquarie for a trade event on Wednesday, 26th May 2021, and we would love you to come past!

This event is a great opportunity to chat withyour local LATICRETE Rep and demonstrate with LATICRETE products. Find out you can increase your productivity and reduce labour, as you become more familiar with HYDRO BAN® and MVIS™ Veneer Mortar. 

Craig will be focusing on:

    • 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. Click here to view/download Product Data Sheet DS-1036. 
    • MVIS™ Veneer Mortar is a patented, versatile polymer fortified mortar designed specifically for the installation of adhered masonry veneer, stone and thin brick. A high performance mix provides maximum non-sag performance for vertical installations and also obtains maximum bond strength to the substrate and selected veneers. Clichere to view/download Product Data Sheet DS-1076.

    Trade Event Details:
    Where: Amber Port Macquarie
    Address: 193 Lake Road, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
    Date: 26th May 2021
    Start: 6.30am 

    We hope to see you there!  

    *If you would like to see more upcoming events near you, go to our Facebook Events page here.

    Tuesday, 18 May 2021

    Completed Streetscape at Loftus Lane





    At the end of last year we shared the beginning of this streetscape project at Loftus Lane in Sydney. Involved in this 800m2 streetscape project for the Sydney City Council are:

    Designer: Aspect Studios
    Installer: Sam The Paving Man

    Materials from the LATICRETE "Extra Heavy Duty" Streetscape Installation Systems Brochure have been used throughout this project. 

    LATICRETE products in the "Extra Heavy Duty" Streetscape Installations brochure are recommended for the installation of ceramic tile, concrete paver and natural stone where an “Extra Heavy Duty” installation that is required normally associated with transit ways, roads, footpaths, and streetscapes.

    These systems are particularly suited to roads and areas required to handle heavy vehicular traffic. Provided that tile or stone are installed in accordance with applicable industry standards and written LATICRETE installation instructions, projects utilising LATICRETE products can qualify for a comprehensive LATICRETE System Warranty. 

    Click here to view/download the LATICRETE "Extra Heavy Duty" Streetscape Installations Systems Brochure.


    Contact LATICRETE to discuss your next project, or for more information call 1800 3310 12 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au.
     

    Monday, 17 May 2021

    Mooloolaba Penthouse Renovation Continues

     



    In December we shared the beginning of a penthouse project in Mooloolaba, QLD "Mooloolaba Penthouse Renovation" from the team at Skorpil Tiling, which includes a lap pool and 3x spas. We are excited to share updated photos of the completed lap pool -  it looks absolutely tempting! 

    LATICRETE installation materials used:
    • 254 - 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. 254 provides long open time with unsurpassed adhesion and workability. 
    • 3701 Mortar Admix - 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.
    • 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. HYDRO BAN is a single component, self-curing liquid rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane. 
    • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* - a high-performance epoxy grout that offers colour uniformity, durability, and stain resistance with extraordinary ease of use.
    • LATASIL™ - a high performance, one component, neutral cure, 100% silicone sealant designed for ceramic tile and stone applications. 


    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)

    Friday, 14 May 2021

    LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® System Benefits


    The LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® System

    The LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® System is a time-saving, cost-effective method in finishing new concrete or capping existing slabs. This proven LEAN Construction tool provides benefits right from the start of concrete placement in division 3 and flows through division 9.
    The System combines LEED contributing, GREENGUARD certified, low alkali, self-leveling cement-based technology with a computer controlled mobile blending unit (the pump truck).
    You'll see very tangible benefits:
    • Time Savings: When it comes to construction, time is money - and the LATICRETE SUPERCAP system saves a lot of both. The underlayment goes down at least 50% quicker, the cure is fast and following trades can be back working on a perfectly flat floor in 24 hours. That adds up to real time savings and you know what that means
    • Cost Effective: The volume and efficiencies that SUPERCAP® offers lead to fewer man hours and lower costs. Because of the mobile blending unit, we can complete a floor more economically. And that doesn’t even factor in the lower costs for following trades doing their jobs faster.
    • Jobsite Safety: No more loading the building, staging thousands of small bags and creating dust. A small crew manning a hose is the only thing you’ll see in the building.
    • Pumps 13.5 ton per hour, equivalent to 675 small bags an hour: That’s some serious volume never before achieved. Just think how much labour and equipment you would need to match that. Along with tying up the loading dock and building lift.
    • SUPERCAP Warranty: SUPERCAP will perform for years to come. Our products have a 10 year limited warranty and come with the option of a  15 Year SUPERCAP System Warranty – covering product, labour & materials. Contact LATICRETE SUPERCAP to discuss the System Warranty options.

    This revolutionary System benefits the entire project from design to completion by providing predictable results that can shave weeks off a project schedule while delivering a perfectly flat floor for following trades to build out on.


    We call it Perfectly Flat Floors. Delivered. Click here to download the LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® Allprep brochure for more information.

    Consider using the LATICRETE SUPERCAP Pump Truck on your next project? 

    Call: 1300 ALLPREP 

    Thursday, 13 May 2021

    Trade Morning at Tile Power Gregory Hills


     Book it in - Join us at Tilepower Gregory Hills!

    Want to learn more about HYDRO BAN® SLURRY and PERMACOLOR® Select? Join LATICRETE at Tilepower Gregory Hills, NSW, on Friday 21st May for some hands-on training and a FREE brekky! 

    This is a great opportunity to chat with your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, Glenn Mannix, and learn more about how HYDRO BAN® SLURRY and PERMACOLOR® Select can turn your project into another globally proven tile and stone installation. 

    See Glenn on the day to receive your FREE PERMACOLOR Select Shaker*!

    Product of focus:
    • HYDRO BAN SLURRY is a cement-based one component, polymer fortified, waterproofing material that mixes with water and easily apples with brush, roller, or trowel. This product can be used on retaining walls, water features, slabs on ground, and immersed installations. 
    • PERMACOLOR Select is an advanced high performance cement grout that offers the industry’s first dispensable 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 1.5 mm – 12 mm wide on floors or walls.

    Trade Event Details:
    Where: Tile Power Gregory Hills
    Address: Unit 3/79 Lasso Road, Gregory Hills, NSW 2557
    Date: Friday 21st May 2021
    Start: 7:30am  

    RSVP: 
    Tilepower, Tel: (02) 4623 1747 OR
    Glenn Mannix - Mobile: 0434 781 227

    We hope to see you there! 
    *While stock last

    Wednesday, 12 May 2021

    Showroom Grouted Display

     


    Corey Downes, LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, recently shared these photos of this display for the new showroom at Amber North Lakes, QLD. SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout* was used for the installation and it looks amazing!

    SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium 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, SPECTALOCK PRO Grout is perfect for swimming pools, fountains, and other wet area applications. 

    Add that little extra touch, with the DAZZLE™ component - a design element that compliments tile and stone; metallic accents, mother of pearl and glow-in-the-dark, just to name a few, bring grout to the forefront; designers can now specify grout as part of the overall tile and stone design instead of minimizing the grout joints; DAZZLE component offers up to 220 colour combinations when mixed with SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout.

    Click here to view/download the LATICRETE Grout and Sealant Colour Charts.

    For more information on LATICRETE installation materials, product demos, or technical support, phone LATICRETE on 1800 331 012 or email: sales@laticrete.com.au.
     
    *United States Invention Patent No.: 6881768 (and other Patents)

    Tuesday, 11 May 2021

    Upcoming Training Event at Amber Albion


    Training Event at Amber Albion
    Friday, 21st May 2021 

    Corey Downes, LATICRETE QLD Technical Sales Rep, will be at Amber Albion for a short, concise, intensive training program specifically developed for industry installation contractors, distributors, dealers and other industry professionals who want to improve their knowledge and increase their productivity as they become familiar with SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout*. 

    SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium 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, SPECTALOCK PRO Grout is perfect for swimming pools, fountains, and other wet area applications. 

    Training Event Details:
    Where: Amber Albion
    Address: 15 Crosby Road, Albion, QLD 4010
    Date: Friday 21st May 2021
    Start: 7.30am - 9.00am

    RSVP:
    Amber Albion
    Phone: 07 3256 2933

    We hope to see you there!  

    *If you would like to see more upcoming events near you, go to our Facebook Events page here.

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

    Monday, 10 May 2021

    Product Feature: LEVEL


    LEVEL is a cement-based underlayment for use in levelling interior substrates. LEVEL produces a flat, smooth, and hard surface for the installation of finished flooring. LEVEL can be placed from 3mm - 76mm in a single lift.

    Features & Benefits of LEVEL:
    • Can be used on a wide range of substrates
    • Rapid drying - walkable in 2-3 hours after pouring at 21ºC
    • Fast installation - pourable and pumpable
    • Versatile - suitable surface for most finished floor goods
    • Inorganic - will not contribute to mould/mildew growth

    Click here to view or download the Product Data Sheet.

    Use PRIMER with every application of LEVEL. See DS-1236 and TDS-1230 LATICRETE Substrate Preparation and Primer Guide for more details on dilution, approximate coverage , and application instructions.

    For more information or to arrange a demonstration, chat with your local LATICRETE Technical Sales Rep, call 1800 331 012, or contact us here