“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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May 19, 2017. 5:31 PM

#MAPEITechTip: Construction Installation Products -balancing ‘Performance’ with ‘Sustainability’

In this highly competitive marketplace, an installer’s reputation is ‘King’, a few jobs that go south can quickly ruin a seasoned installer’s years of hard work.  That is why you will find such fierce loyalty on the part…

May 10, 2017. 9:30 PM

Is your wood floor ready for the next Hurricane Season?

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to November 30th and MAPEI’s USA headquarters are located less than 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean . So, preparing ourselves for storm season is just something that we do every year. People…

May 1, 2017. 9:40 PM

The Tile Industry Looks To Answer The Question "Why Tile?"

Why Tile? For the last year or so, those of us that sit on the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) board have known about an effort by the tile industry to answer that question. We all know 'Got Milk?' and 'The Incredible, Edible Egg' but until…

April 17, 2017. 5:05 PM

Flexcolor 3D - Translucent Grout Makes a Bold Statement

I've been attending Coverings for more than 20 years and have never seen a product make a bigger splash right out of the gate than  Flexcolor 3D .  We introduced 3D at our booth last year and I spent most of my time talking about it, both…

December 22, 2016. 5:31 PM

Tile is thinner and larger than ever-Standards to govern quality & installation

In the last few years, there has been a concerted effort by tile manufacturers to produce larger format porcelain tiles that use less natural resources by reducing the thickness ( For example: 1/8”x 5’ x 10’ ) . Due to this…

December 8, 2016. 4:44 PM

#MAPEITechTip: LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) & LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank): Sound-reduction in multi-unit residential high-rises and hotels

So we think vinyl is vinyl — sheet, tiles or in planks, however this couldn’t be farther from the truth, since vinyl tile & planks have taken very different paths, particularly in the last few years.  The demand for floors that…

November 22, 2016. 9:21 PM

#MAPEITechTip: STACK—methodology to determine 1.) Surface preparation 2.) Product selection 3.) Acceptable installation environment & Knowledge

Have you ever wished there was a better way to ensure that you captured all of the layers required for your installation? What about the surface preparation—is it in line with the floor covering manufacturer and installation requirements?…

October 26, 2016. 4:03 PM

#MAPEITechTip: Perm Rating-why it is important to consider in a steam room/shower?

While steam rooms are found mostly in commercial health spas, fitness clubs, hotels and cruise ships-many homeowners are installing combination steam showers in their homes to a create spa-like bathroom en suite. While this new trend can add value…

October 7, 2016. 3:39 PM

Tile/Stone/Grout Care and Maintenance Problem Solver #2: What is the purpose of a Grout Release?

What is a Grout Release? Grout releases are removable, water soluble, pre-grout surface treatments that are applied to difficult to grout floor and wall tiles before grouting to help protect against potential staining and cleaning issues caused by…

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