Friday, 29 August 2014

We Do Stone Façades

Masonry Veneer Installation System (MVIS)

LATICRETE has a complete solution for adhered manufactured stone masonry veneers, providing a permanent, high strength installation that is freeze thaw stable and protects from water intrusion – backed by a LATICRETE® 25 Year System Warranty*.

*Contact LATICRETE UK for complete warranty information.

For more information, call us on 0151 486 6101 or email

Thursday, 28 August 2014

PTK (Passport to Knowledge) Testimonial

"There isn't enough space for me to explain how much I took away from PTK. One very important thing worth mentioning though is that ever since we went there last year, my bottom line has increased. There were so many things that LATICRETE offers in terms of support that I didn't even know existed and I utilise them now. A great, simple example is the Lifetime Tile and Stone System Warranty, which has closed more jobs than I can count and justifies my pricing."  Jim Picarazzi

Jack Splash's Backsplashes and Floors
Rochester, NY

Click here for more information regarding LATICRETE PTK Educational & Training Programs.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Danny the Dragon!

UK mosaic artist Martin Cheek created this installation (a mosaic dragon called "Danny") in the USA and LATICRETE Europe very kindly provided LATAPOXY® 300 Adhesive and SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout for the project.

A short message from the artist:
"I am writing to say that 'Danny' went up like a dream with the Latapoxy 300."

Check out Martin's work on his website or Facebook page.

For more information, call us on 0151 486 6101 or email

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A+D Design Challenge, China

October 19th 2013 was a fruitful day with beautiful winds brings us so much charm and cool moments. During this wonderful autumn day, "2013 A + D Designer Challenge" was held in Shanghai Lifestyle Centre which was organized by GIGA.

Over 70 architects and designers from world famous architectural firms such as: 

Arc8x, A00 Architecture, B+H, BAKH Architecture, BDP, Buchan, CCTN, Callison, CannonDesign, Gensler, Inter Ikea, MMoser, NBBJ, Neri&Hu, RED Design, RTKL, Tishman Speryer have participated in this great event.

LATICRETE International hand in hand with tile partner Daltile, has designed a challenging and interesting game for the designers: LATAPOXY® 310 Stone Adhesive has been used to stick the surface materials including a variety of ceramic tile, mosaic, stainless steel, acrylic material, and wood material in a 400 mm x 300 mm frame to create a building relative art work.

The designers’ outstanding and prominent performance has really been eye-opening to all the participants on site. In only 30 minutes as required by the game, the designers have created so many beautiful arts that make everybody amazed.

The challenge fully demonstrated the superiority performance of LATICRETE adhesive and the charm of a perfect combination with ceramic tiles and other surface materials. LATICRETE has left deep impression and wonderful memories for designers, which laid a good foundation for future cooperation between the company and the designers.

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Monday, 25 August 2014

The Crown Jewel at Miami International Airport!

I like to think of this as the Crown Jewel at Miami International Airport! The chiller building now is crowned with CrossColors B180 Lapis 12x12 polished tile. The sprucing up of the 20 year old chiller building was facilitated by D&B Tile's Carole Schafmeister and Eneas Acuna. LATICRETE International was instrumental in defining the setting materials for this project, highly exposed to the punishing elements of a busy airport in tropical South Florida.

- Robert Sutnick, Crossville Inc Tile

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Applying Epoxy Grout - Fine Homebuilding Video

Produced By: Colin Russell and Justin Fink
Nothing Like SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout

In this YouTube episode, tile setter Tom Meehan demonstrates how to mix and install SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout for a durable finish in a high-traffic area. Tom shares many tips, including how to clean out the thin-set before grouting, how to angle the float for uniform grout joints, and how to stay on top of cleaning this sticky and time-sensitive material. 

Check out the video by clicking here.

Can we interest you in a FREE sample of SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout?

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

COUNTDOWN to Cersaie

We Have Tickets!

LATICRETE will be there! Will you?

22 - 26 September

Let us know if you going and we will send you complimentary tickets!
Click here to email us your details for your FREE tickets.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Gorgeous Colours - Amazing Artwork

A Glass/Mosaic Hobbyist - Linden Bird

An email we received from Linden Bird a glass/mosaic hobbyist. Read what Linden says about LATICRETE adhesives and grouts:

"This was the first time that I had used LATICRETE on a large piece. I used the ‘normal’ grout in midnight on the attached kingfisher 30cm by 15cm indoor piece I made last year. I ‘discovered’ LATICRETE with this piece as everyone I asked said that LATICRETE  produced the best colours in their grout range. And I might add they were right. I used the midnight black on the kingfisher piece and it held the black really well. A lot of black grout from other makers seem to go grey once they cure but not this one.

I used the LATICRETE 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive and SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout for the first time on the panel as it is an outdoor piece. I found the 335 was lovely and smooth and buttery. I could just as easily butter each piece or put it on larger areas. It also worked really well with the fibreglass mesh I put on some of the larger pieces. Though once it set that was it, there was no changing the location of the piece - it wasn’t going to go anywhere!

The SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout was really easy to use and the instructions were easy to follow. I found the clean up with this grout a lot easier than ‘normal’ grout and it did not need to be sealed. I felt that the clean up of the grout seemed to clean and add an extra sheen to the glass as well so that was an added bonus.

I have since used the 335 on another piece I made for a friend and this time I added black cement oxide to it. I used it to adhere the little fused square of glass that I fused a frog in glass onto a 15cm square marmox board as well as making the 335 the textured border. This is also attached so you can see what I am talking about.

Thanks, Linden."

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Free DuPont StoneTech Products

Ask us how you can get FREE* DuPont StoneTech Products:
  • StoneTech® Daily Stone & Tile Benchtop Cleaner
  • StoneTech® Granite & Marble Benchtop Cleaner + Protector
  • StoneTech® Stone & Tile Cleaner Concentrate
For more information, call us on 0151 486 6101 or email 

* Conditions apply.

Friday, 15 August 2014

LATICRETE in Istanbul

A lovely email and photo from mosaic artist Sonia King from a recent workshop in Istanbul:

I wanted to make sure you got the pic below in case you want to use it in your blog. Many many thanks for making the workshop such a good experience with LATICRETE 255 MULTIMAXKind regards, Sonia

Here's the official class pic from the 2014 Istanbul Intensive Mosaic Workshop with Sonia King. Participants came from Sweden, Turkey, Tunisia and the US and were able to use 255 MULTIMAX, the best adhesive ever!

Left to right:
Lesley Kingston, Australia
Chloe Harlow, US
Apryl Begay, US
Leila Zahmoul, Tunisia
Emelie Solklippa, Sweden
Sonia King, US
Hanna Westin Skog, Sweden
Gülay Yilmaz, Turkey
Lynne Timm, US
Resa McCreary, US
Noel Hensley, US
Ann Andrus, US

Many many thanks for sending the BEST adhesive for us to use, Sonia

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Prevent Cracks in Tile and Stone

LATICRETE crack suppression products and kits offer unparalleled performance and ease of use. The development team at LATICRETE has delivered a stunning array of products and has allowed LATICRETE to proudly lead the tile industry for over fifty years. LATICRETE offers a line of anti-fracture and crack-suppression products which are another example of unmatched product development and industry-leading technology. Cracked tile is an eyesore and typically becomes the focal point of an otherwise flawless flooring application. Proper floor preparation is essential to avoiding cracked tile. A level and flat subfloor is one of the most important elements in creating a quality finished floor regardless of final floor covering. Cracks or damage in a subfloor or substrate are easily transmitted to the final floor covering—especially ceramic tile.

The experts at LATICRETE have developed a quick and effective solution to crack transmission from damaged or non-pristine substrates. Unlike competitor’s products that mask traditional, non-flexible cement thin-sets as crack suppression mortars, only LATICRETE anti-fracture and crack-suppression products offer proven, time-tested performance.

Only LATICRETE anti-fracture and crack-suppression products allow you to lower labor costs and reduce installation time. LATICRETE anti-fracture and crack-suppression products boast highly sought features including; are easy to install, have no odors, clean up with water, and meet ANSI A118.12. What’s more, most LATICRETE anti-fracture and crack-suppression products are GREEENGUARD Certified so you can breathe easy knowing that they meet appropriate indoor air quality standards for volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Whether your installation calls for the spot treatment of substrate cracks or damage, or a need for a highly-flexible, full-coverage membrane to reduce crack transmission from the substrate to finished floor, LATICRETE has the right product for you. Adding anti-fracture protection to your floors has never been so fast, easy, and economical.

Click here to view LATICRETE anti-fracture and crack-suppression products.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Evergreen Wings and Waves Water Park

LATICRETE Helps Put ‘Seal’ of Approval on Water Park

"Tile was a major part of this project. Basically, the entire inside of the building is a big swimming pool. There is water and tile everywhere – in the pool, in the bathroom, along the walls. Chlorine can be very corrosive. So we had to figure out a way to keep the building from rusting from the inside out. We had to manage the chlorinated water. We spent a lot of time working on keeping the water safe for the visitors and the employees." 

Hoffman worked closely with Paragon Tile of Tigard, OR, which had successfully bid on the project. As Paragon began to map out the project, they knew what the needed. That’s when Paul Luttrell, VP of sales for Paragon Tile, called LATICRETE sales representative Mike Werner. Paragon ended up selecting and delivering a number of high-performance LATICRETE products for the job, including SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout^, 4-XLT, 254 Platinum, 255 MultiMax™* and LATASIL™. 

"In particular, we used LATICRETE Latasil because we needed something that would not crack or deteriorate in the wet coved areas and corners for the life of the installation," Luttrell says. And with the amount of tiling prevalent throughout the facility, Luttrell used SpectraLOCK PRO Grout, a product designed to be used for swimming pools, fountains and other wet area applications. 

Paragon used the products in the entryway, in each of the restrooms, in the water lines in the pool, in the mezzanine and on a lot of the wainscoting throughout the building. "Everything needed to be waterproofed or have crack isolation. So we chose HYDRO BAN® to use behind all our tile." HYDRO BAN is a thin, load bearing waterproofing/crack isolation membrane that DOES NOT require the use of fabric in the field, coves or corners. 

"In the pools," continued Luttrell, "we used 4-XLT, on the water lines we used 254 Platinum, and for the floors, etc., we used the 255 MultiMax. Everything was grouted with SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout. It's a such a strong, high performance product; we couldn't use anything else." 

Continue reading this project spotlight by clicking here.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A Unique Water Feature Down Under!

A WOW 9m2 Feature

Can you believe this unique structure is a water feature in Gladstone, Australia? 

This project was commission by the Gladstone Council for the foreshore upgrade. AS Signs built the structure out of steel. Mark McKenna did the mosaicing and had said this was a delicate project. The Pool Tile Co supplied the mosaics.

LATICRETE products used on this feature were purchased from Industry Supplies

LATAPOXY® SP-100 as a coloured adhesive - click here for more information.
SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout was used as the grout - click here for more information.

Can we interest you in a FREE sample of these products? 

Contact us on 0151 486 6101 for more information, arrange a demo, request technical support or contact us here.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Marina Bay Sands Pool in the Sky

In concert with the need for a lightweight roof deck material, the LATICRETE specification for the 254,000 stone and mosaic glass tiles took a slightly different path to achieve the same high-performance results. Safdie’s elaborate, already famous pool that connects all three towers ultimately would rely on the pioneering epoxy adhesive technology developed by LATICRETE. 

The elevated swimming pool construction project on the cantilevered boat-shaped, 360-degree view observation deck faced the additional challenges that being suspended 200 metres above ground, across three separate structures will provide. For most typical pools, the LATICRETE specification would have included one of two innovative anti-fracture and waterproofing membranes with either LATICRETE® 9235 Waterproofing Membrane or the most advanced membrane on the market today, LATICRETE HYDRO BAN. Due to the unique structural design, weight and stresses placed on the three buildings by the Sands SkyPark, it was necessary to bond the tile directly to the stainless steel pool shell. To accomplish this task, LATAPOXY® 300 Adhesive, a high-strength 100% solids epoxy adhesive was chosen based on its ability to tenaciously bond to stainless steel.

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Friday, 8 August 2014

Pan Mass Challenge

Peter M. and Matt S. of LATICRETE Participate in Pan Mass Challenge

Two of our own, Peter M. and Matt S., participated in the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC): a 300km bike ride across the state of Massachusetts to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Peter had this to say on his ride:

"My overall goal is to raise $15,000 or more for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I will be riding in memory of Frank and in honor of Whitney and many other friends. My efforts and your support will help to ease the burden of the families that have to endure this hardship and will get us closer to reaching our goal: a world without cancer."

Their goal was easily met, and then exceeded. In all, the LATICRETE team raised over $52,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, contributing to a record-setting $37 million check for DFCI. Our most sincere thanks go out to all who participated.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Faster Time to Tile

HYDRO BAN Waterproofing Membrane

  • Flood test or tile in just 2 hours**
  • No fabric required**
  • Bond directly to metal and pvc plumbing fixtures**

Click here for more information on this product. 

* See Data Sheet DS-663.0 for complete product information. ** After final cure, at 21°C, 50% relative humidity

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The River of Life - Mosaic Masterpiece

In a story told through elegant andamento, the River of Life takes an insightful and reminding look at the inherent alliance between nature and man, river and city, through the refreshing lens of new perspective in a mosaic art masterpiece installed with premium materials manufactured by LATICRETE.

Drostle’s spectacular, 3.6m x 14.3m creation is a testament to the enduring beauty of mosaic fine art, met in full for the final act by the spirit of LATICRETE people and the performance of LATICRETE products. And in so many ways the River of Life commission, from concept to grouting, peeks in at the evolution of the centuries old craft and by nature shines a light on how LATICRETE materials and methods have earned a loyal following among the world’s most-skilled mosaic artisans.

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Game Changing Technology

Throughout history there’s always been a big game changer.

See how the proven game changing technology from LATICRETE® SUPERCAP® can benefit your next project. Visit us at

Monday, 4 August 2014

When your tiles are begging for something more!

SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout has unmatched consistency in colour, strength and is extraordinarily easy to use. With its superior workability it offers fast, problem-free installations providing lasting beauty. Available in 40 Colours and THOUSANDS of Dazzle options, SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium provides design flexibility for glass tiles with vibrant, consistent colour. To ensure an enhanced look of glass mosaics, glass tile, and most any translucent tile or stone, be sure to use Glass Tile Adhesive Mortar.

  • SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout^
  • Glass Tile Adhesive Mortar
  • Dazzle™

^United States Patent No.: 6,881,768 (and other Patents).
†Based on 2013 Clear Seas Research-Epoxy Grout Preference.
*See Data Sheet 230.99 for complete warranty information.
^^StainProof (residential installation only) to common household cleaners, liquids and other goods. Clean all spills immediately.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Reduced Thickness Porcelain Tiles

When installing reduced thickness porcelain tiles trust the leader. With successful installations completed worldwide, LATICRETE has earned the reputation for technical expertise and proven installation materials, backed by a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty* to ensure your next installation will last a lifetime!

*See Data Sheet 230.99 for complete warranty information.