“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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September 28, 2016. 5:30 PM

Standardizing the World

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an organization that develops standards for the world. While the US market tends to focus on our homegrown standards organizations ( ANSI and ASTM ), the European Union and Asia focus on…

September 8, 2016. 6:45 PM

MAPEI Providing Sustainable Tile Solutions for the Built Environment

–A Guest Post Provided by SCS Global Services On August 15, 2016, the USGBC recognized the Green Squared for Tile Flooring and Accessories certification as an approved Multi-attribute Products and Materials certificate under its LEED v4 pilot…

August 18, 2016. 9:27 PM

TCNA Green Squared Certification Grows Up!

On August 15 th , the USGBC recognized the tile industry’s Green Squared mark for tile and installation products in the LEED v4 construction program.  USGBC LEED BD+C: New Construction LEED v4: Certified Multi-attribute Products and…

August 15, 2016. 4:57 PM

MAPEI hosts Crossville for Thin Porcelain Panel Training

If you've attended any of my Thin Tile presentations at Coverings or Surfaces or Total Solutions Plus or as a CTDA Webinar or an NTCA Webinar or if you've read any of my articles on the topic in Construction Specifier or Tile Letter , you know that…

August 5, 2016. 8:28 PM

#MAPEITechTip: Flooring Industry—how to attract Millennials to ‘blue collar’ jobs?

There’s a stigma that Millennials associate with ‘blue-collar’ workers as relics of an aging American workforce in a dead-end field.  We seem to forget that great cities like New York and Chicago were built with blood, sweat,…

July 19, 2016. 3:35 PM

MAPEI offers a “Single Source” Solution for Tiled Decks and Balconies over Occupied Space

One of the most challenging installations for tile is as a deck or patio over occupied space.  The installation must have the characteristics of both a floor and roof.  As a result, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) developed…

July 11, 2016. 8:51 PM

TCNA Handbook Committee—what do we accomplish?

Last month MAPEI attended the TCNA (Tile Council of North America) Handbook Committee meeting in Atlanta. MAPEI is the voting representative for Membrane Manufacturers on the 40 person committee and also provides technical expertise to the…

July 1, 2016. 7:48 PM

#MAPEITechTip: Weekend project – Tiling an outdoor kitchen and BBQ

If your weekend plans include tiling an outdoor kitchen, MAPEI has you covered from start to finish with our exterior-installation products! Probably one of the single most important points to keep in mind is what type of installation products can…

June 23, 2016. 3:37 PM

#MAPEITechTip: Soaring Summer Temperatures—Installing Tile or Stone in Hot Weather

It’s 10am in South Florida and the temperature is already pushing 85°F with 75% humidity. Meanwhile inside on the project, you’ve been busy prepping the concrete substrate for the 24” x 24” porcelain tiles you will be…

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