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Easter Holidays

We will be closed over the Easter Holidays from Friday 30th March through to Monday 2nd April.  Normal hours will resume Tuesday 3rd.

Installation Materials That Protect Your Reputation

An extract taken from LATICRETE.

Tile and stone installation applications can be affected by moisture before and after the installation and curing phases.  LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield is specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in concrete and other substrates.  Use HYDRO BAN® waterproofing membrane in conjunction with LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield to produce a waterproof substrate for your tile and stone applications.

  • LATAPOXY Moisture Shield is a 2 component epoxy coating specifically designed to reduce moisture vapour emissions in concrete and other substrates.  Easy to use - rolls on like paint.  Cures in 24 hours.  Can be applied over green concrete (Minimum 7 days old).  Use over dry and damp concrete and other masonry substrates to reduce the moisture vapour emission to facilitate the correct installation of membranes, tiles, vinyl, timber, adhesives or other floor coverings that require protection from moisture.  Click here for more information.
  • 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.  HYRDO BAN is a single component,self curing liquid rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane that bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates.  HYRDO BAN features rapid drying time for a faster time to tile, and changes colour from a light sage to an olive green with cured.  Click here for more information. 

 

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Christmas Trading Hours

Thursday 21st - 6am - 5.30pm - Normal Trading Hours

Friday 22nd - Closed for Stocktake

Saturday 23rd - Closed

Monday 25th - Christmas Day Holiday

Tuesday 26th - Boxing Day Holiday

Wednesday 27th - Closed

Thursday 28th - Closed

Friday 29th - Closed

Saturday 30th - Closed

Monday 1st January - New Years Day Holiday

Tuesday 2nd - 6am - 5.30pm - Normal Trading Hours

Management and Staff of Tilers & Trade Shop would like to thank you for your continued support.  Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

 

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

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