You’ve selected your new tiles for your remodeling project, but you also need supplies to install those surfaces. At Eco-Depot, we carry Mapei mortars, grouts, and adhesives because of their high-quality results and environmentally friendly ratings.
Use Ceramic Mortars
Mortar holds the tiles firmly in place. When installed correctly, tiles remain flat and do not slip or break loose.
An excellent mortar has the following desirable properties:
•Mixes easily – The powder does not clump in water when prepared
•Long Pot Life – Remains useable throughout a working day
•Retains Form – Cures evenly without distorting
•Adaptable – Useful in different temperatures
•Durable – Resistant to humidity and climate changes
Mapei’s Ceramic Tile mortar is a polymer enriched thin-set mortar. When kept dry, the powders have a lengthy shelf life so you can use them on projects whenever you are ready. Mix it with water to prepare the mortar for application.
It spreads quickly and smoothly over flat surfaces without leaving clumps. When you lay your tiles on combed mortar, the mixture spreads evenly over tile surfaces to create a secure application. It is resistant to slipping and has a shear strength of 200 psi. It cures in about 24 hours and is ready for grouting the next day.
Select the Proper Grout
Grout seals the tiles and protects against moisture damage. It goes down in between the spaces in the tiles and prevents moisture from undermining the floor. Grout also locks the tiles in place.
Mapei has several grout options we like to use:
• Professional Salto Tile Grout – A mix of Portland cement and silica suitable for terracotta ceramics
• Keracolor™ U – premium sanded grout for joints narrower than 1/8th inch
• Keracolor S – Premium sanded grout with polymers suitable for joints wider than 1/8th inch
• Ultracolor® Plus – Premium rapid-set sanded grout
• Ultracolor® Plus FA – All-Purpose rapid setting grout
These high-quality grouts lay evenly between the tiles to seal your floors and protect the sublayers from water damage and erosion.
Finish Up With Caulk
While grout is a robust and brittle surface, caulks are softer and malleable. It’s made entirely of polymers, like rubber or latex, and these adhesives move and stretch. They are easier to apply to corners and areas where joints meet. Mapei has several options suitable for different projects. Keracaulk™ S, Keracaulk ™ U, and Mapesil™ T caulks fully seal against water intrusion in hard to reach areas.
Do you need help selection an installation system for your ceramic tile project? Get into contact with our showroom in Laval or Montreal. Stop by or send us a message online.