“Tech Talk” blog

Updated by MAPEI’s Technical Services team, the Tech Talk blog is devoted to sharing practical advice and cutting-edge knowledge for the flooring and construction industry.

Tech Talk articles

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January 4, 2021. 9:28 PM

Ultrabond ECO GPT: The time-saving GPT mortar

A pre-mixed adhesive for gauged porcelain tile (GPT)? Most installers will scoff and ask, “How can that be?” Well, such a product exists and it is called Ultrabond ECO GPT . Ultrabond ECO GPT is a one-step,…

December 16, 2020. 8:30 PM

Need to waterproof in a hurry? Mapelastic Turbo charge it!

Have you ever been in a situation where you need to waterproof an area and time is working against you? Well, it seems like every job falls into that category. No one wants to wait days to finish a job, especially when you are working in a business…

December 3, 2020. 10:09 PM

What makes a mortar “super?”

Navigating through the sea of mortars nowadays can be a daunting task. Mortars have become extremely specific, compared to when I first started installing tiles over 30 years ago. All I knew about a mortar was that it was made with Portland cement…

November 19, 2020. 8:48 PM

Can I set a shower-pan bed and install tile in one day?

Setting shower pan beds fast and installing tiles quickly have been a concern for contractors who are given a tight installation schedule. With that said, the answer to this blog’s title is yes – a shower pan can be built, set and ready…

August 3, 2020. 5:39 PM

Can mortars be used to patch or level floors?

The title of this blog is a frequently asked question that tile installers have considered when a concrete or plywood substrate has dips or humps in the floor. Because mortar will stick to the concrete slab and the wood subfloor, and mortar will…

July 8, 2020. 8:59 PM

When applying sealers, slow and steady wins the race

In today’s fast-paced, fast-tracked world of construction, homes and buildings are built, erected and completed in record time. Tile floor installations are no different. To accommodate the need for speed, rapid-set mortars, fast-set…

July 1, 2020. 7:51 PM

Treat your feet to Mapeheat

Radiant-heated floors are a great way to stay warm throughout the winter months. Not only are they an efficient way to heat your feet and keep your rooms comfortable, they are easily programmable. Mapeheat Floor-Heating Systems are easy-to-install,…

June 24, 2020. 8:31 PM

Check out the new features on our revamped Website

Tired of looking at old, boring websites? Look no further… MAPEI has revamped our Website to be anything but. MAPEI’s new, polished and modern Website represents our personality and culture. For more than 80 years, construction sites…

March 16, 2020. 4:30 PM

For easy plumb walls, Planitop 330 Fast comes to the rescue

There is one thing you can count on when approaching a wall tile installation: The walls are rarely plumb (out of vertical) and true. MAPEI’s Planitop 330 Fast was designed to fix out-of-plumb walls and more. Here’s a typical jobsite…

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