“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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June 18, 2015. 3:42 PM

NTCA 5 Star Contractors in Canada

MAPEI Americas had the privilege to host close to 30 attendees including NTCA 5 Star Contractors and their guests in Vancouver, Canada for their annual 5 Star meeting. The tile industry's finest contractors braved long flights and incredible lines…

June 12, 2015. 3:12 PM

#MAPEITechTip: What is the difference between a self-leveling topping and a self-leveling underlayment? And how to select the right primer?

Concrete toppings are formulated as 'wear surface floors' with high-compressive strengths to handle residential to commercial applications, eg: mall stores, restaurants, hotels, residential units...including industrial warehouse floors subject to…

June 11, 2015. 3:10 PM

Nothing Boring About Board Meetings!

Last week I attended the Tile Council of North America’s board meeting as I’ve done every year for the last 10 years or so. A comment was made during one of our meetings that got me thinking, something along the lines of ‘although…

June 10, 2015. 9:42 PM

#MAPEITechTip: When installing Large Format Tile (LFT)/Thin Porcelain Tile (TPT)—what are some key factors to keep in mind?

Innovations in lightweight Thin Porcelain Tile (TPT) technology have changed the face of the construction industry—significantly reducing the overall dead load weight of a building without compromising strength and durability. It is important…

June 5, 2015. 6:06 PM

MAPEI Tech Services participates in Regional Sales meetings —emphasis on ‘single-source solutions’

I recently had the privilege to participate in the MAPEI Regional Sales meetings held in; St. Augustine, Florida, Monterey, CA and Austin, Texas.  As part of the Technical Services, Architectural Sales Support team, I was able to discuss with…

June 2, 2015. 5:14 PM

#MAPEITechTip: What makes a mortar thixotropic?

It is a mortar with densely populated nano particles, fibers, lightweight fillers and thickeners.  Typically, when installing tile on a wall, a ledger board is used to minimize slippage issues while the mortar cures.  Using a thixotropic…

May 22, 2015. 9:46 PM

What do you do with a 29’ long wall with a vaulted ceiling? -Install 3' x 10' Panels

It is hard to imagine what my wall looked like just a few days ago, now that I have my Laminam porcelain oxide series ( Nero ) panels up on my wall—what an amazing transformation! First of all I have to thank Jose’ and his crew…

May 18, 2015. 4:57 PM

What do you do with a 29’ long wall with a vaulted ceiling?

When I purchased my new townhome one of the key features that I was excited to have was vaulted ceilings, giving my home a more spacious feel. However, this meant that I had one wall, 29’ long that met the peak of the roof at 17’ with a…

May 12, 2015. 8:01 PM

Thursday's #MAPEITechTip: Can any patching compound or self-leveler be used under the Moisture Control System?

Due to time and budget constraints, project managers are always looking for ways to improve their bottom line—without compromising system performance over the service life of the installation. Moisture Control Systems have offered this edge,…

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