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April 28, 2022. 8:35 PM

Grout stains: Organic or inorganic?

We typically see two types of grout stains that are classified as either “organic” or “inorganic.” Organic stains include food stains, such as fats, grease, proteins and carbohydrates. Organic stains also can be caused by living matter, such as…

July 28, 2021. 5:37 PM

Environmental transparency and EPDs

Newer versions of LEED (v4 and v4.1) have pioneered the use of verified life cycle assessment (LCA) data in an attempt to provide a more holistic approach to assessing environmental impacts across the entire life cycle of a product. The trend is…

July 19, 2021. 5:08 PM

Five things to know about “high-performance” mortars

As tiles get larger and installations get trickier, all setting-materials manufacturers have developed a category of “high-performance” mortars. If you are setting tile in a freeze/thaw environment, on above-grade areas with deflection, in submerged…

July 16, 2021. 5:35 PM

Waterproofing membranes versus moisture-reduction membranes

With all the products on the market today that offer moisture control in some way, selecting the correct product for the job is not always an obvious choice. When choosing these types of products, certain questions arise: What exactly are…

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, moisture-cured, hybrid-polymer-based…

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 for tiles in…

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…

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