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Laticrete Tips for Working in Hot Weather

Things are about to heat up here in Australia, so make sure you are prepared by reading these helpful hints and tips for tiling in hot weather.

You want to ensure the best installation of your projects over the hotter months, and there is a simple rule to follow when an installation is subjected to high temperatures: The 8ºC Rule – for every 8ºC above 21ºC, Portland cement and epoxy based materials take half as long to cure.

General tips for working in Hot Temperatures:

  1. For best results, always ship and store installation materials at 5ºC - 32ºC to extend the shelf life and working time. Do not store products in direct sunlight. If installation materials are too warm, they should be cooled to the specified temperature range for that specific product.
  2. Dampen or wet down substrate surfaces to not only clean the area, but to lower the temperature and lower the absorption rate of the substrate. Sweep off excess water just before mortar is applied. This step will extend the working time of the installation materials.
  3. Stir latex additives thoroughly before mixing with thin-sets, grouts, plasters, stuccos and other Portland cement mortars.
  4. Due to the rapid rate of moisture loss and Portland cement dehydration at temperatures >32ºC, cover installations with polyethylene sheeting for 1-2 days to allow curing at a more normal rate.
  5. Low humidity also accelerates the curing process.
  6. Tent off or provide shade when working in direct sunlight.
  7. Work during cooler periods of the day (e.g. early morning)

Tips for Grouting in Hot Temperatures:

  1. Store grouting materials at 5ºC - 32ºC to extend the shelf life, pot life and working time. Do not store products in direct sunlight. If installation materials are too warm, they should be cooled to the specified temperature range for that specific product 24 hours prior to the start of grouting.
  2. Dampen or wet down substrate surfaces to not only clean the area, but to lower the temperature and lower the absorption rate of the substrate.
  3. Always clean the mixing pail before mixing a fresh batch of grout. Left over grout in the pail (on bottom and sides) can accelerate the setting of freshly mixed grout.
  4. Mix cement grouts with clean cool water. This step will extend the pot life and open time of cement grouts.
  5. Remix cement grouts after ~15 to 20 minutes (after initial mixing, 5 minutes of slaking / remix and use) to an even consistency to prolong pot life.
  6. Tent off areas of work to provide shade when working in direct sunlight.
  7. Work during cooler periods of the day (e.g. early morning).

Laticrete Tips for Hot Weather Tiling and Grouting

Tiling in Cold Weather

Tips for Tiling and Grouting in Cooler Temperatures 

Winter has well and truly set in for Australia, but despite the colder temperatures projects still need to go ahead. Below is some helpful tips for tiling and grouting in cold weather.

An extract taken from the LATICRETE Technical Data Sheet on Cold Weather Tiling and Grouting, TDS-1002  

Conventional portland cement tile setting beds, thin-set mortars, grouts and cement plasters are often permanently damaged when subject to below freezing temperatures immediately after installation. The water content of a mortar turning into ice often results in portland cement gel structure rupturing with significant loss in strength, flexibility and durability. Subsequent repairs to the damaged work and resulting site delays are extremely costly. 

There is a simple rule to follow when the temperature is low during installation: The 8°C Rule - for every 8°C below 21°C, portland cement and epoxy based materials take twice as long to cure.

Helpful Hints:

  1. Work during warm periods of the day.
  2. Ensure that the surface temperature is within the suggested temperature range for the LATICRETE product being used during the installation and cure period. Consult the individual LATICRETE product data sheet and "How to Install" guide for more informaiton.
  3. Tent and heat areas that will be subjected to the elements or freezing temperatures during installation and cure periods.

Click on the link to continue reading the Cold Weather Tiling and Grouting TDS http://laticrete.com.au/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=DUsVmw8bdpw%3d&tabid=186

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