Tiling in Cold Weather
Created: Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:59
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.
- Work during warm periods of the day.
- 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.
- Tent and heat areas that will be subjected to the elements or freezing temperatures during installation and cure periods.
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