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20/04/2017 09:52

Stick it: why the right tile adhesive matters

When it comes to decorating with tiles, choosing the right ones may be the hardest decision you have to make, but it isn’t the only one. Adhesives bind your tiles to a surface or setting bed, and are essential to ensuring the success of your DIY project. One tile adhesive is not suitable for all jobs, so if you want your hard work to last, spend time making sure you purchase the correct one. It may seem trivial, you won’t see it right? But, use the wrong one and you may find your tiles crack, warp, or move, leaving you with a costly, time consuming, and probably avoidable mess. 

Which tile adhesive?

With so many different adhesives to choose from, how do you know which one you should be using? The simplest answer is to seek advice, but a bit of research and reading of product descriptions will definitely point you in the right direction. Choosing a high-quality product is a good start, but also consider the type and size of tile, the surface, the location, and the timeframe. Premixed adhesives are common and considered easier to use, but they are not always recommended. They are ideal for laying small ceramic tiles to internal walls not exposed to excessive moisture, but for anything else powdered adhesives should be considered. They need to be mixed before use and can be harder to work with, but the different drying chemistry and stronger bond make them suitable for a wider-range of projects.

Water resaistant and flexible tile adhesives

Water-resistant adhesives are essential in wet environments, whilst flexible adhesives are required in areas where some level of movement is to expected, for example, on timber frameworks or where underfloor heating is used. Tiles are rigid, so the adhesive needs to compensate for the lack of movement in the tiles, otherwise they are likely to crack or delaminate. Flexible adhesives should also be used if working with natural stone or porcelain tiles. In terms of timeframe, rapid set adhesives will speed up the redecoration process, but perhaps consider your tiling skills, as you have less time to work with them before they set.

Travertine Direct offer a range of adhesives suitable for all your tiling projects; see our range here.

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