TILEMASTER Adhesives says it offers a full range of professional adhesives for tiling with ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles, and the Tilemaster Eco-3000 range, which is composed of two adhesives for the resilient flooring industry.
The company says: ‘Tilemaster Eco-3000 HT is a universal high-temperature, solvent-free adhesive suitable for use with a wide variety of floorcoverings such as LVT, PVC, sheet vinyl, and PVC-backed carpet onto many different substrates.
‘Tilemaster Eco-3000 HT is ideal for use with underfloor heating and in glass-fronted buildings, conservatories etc where the floor is exposed to direct sunlight. It has a high shear bond strength and dries to a hard final set. It’s a wet-set product, and its 40 minute working time is ample to install floorcoverings.’
The company continues: ‘Tilemaster Eco-3000 PS is the newly launched pressure-sensitive adhesive, making it suitable for installing LVT floorcoverings. It’s been specially formulated with a short open time to give it excellent initial grab, making it suitable for intricate designs where it’s important there’s no movement within the installed LVT. Eco-3000 PS has an excellent final bond strength ensuring a firm hold between the floorcovering and the substrate.’
Tilemaster adds: ‘Tilemaster Eco-3000 PS has a fast-tacking off time meaning that installation can begin after as little as 10 minutes. It’s suitable for use on various substrates including cement-based smoothing compounds, calcium sulphate based smoothing compounds and flooring grade plywood.
The tiling range includes a large variety of adhesives suitable for all substrates, tiling materials, and site conditions. The company also offers a selection of rapid setting products, but here we take a closer look at adhesives for sites where speed isn’t the over-riding priority.
‘Where a flexible adhesive is required, Tilemaster Adhesives has a choice of standard and semi-rapid setting products in the Setaflex range, a polymer modified, flexible cement-based wall and floor tile adhesive. Setaflex Standard Set and Semi-Rapid Setaflex have been specially developed to give an extended pot-life, making them suitable for working with larger, difficult to manoeuvre tiles. They can be used internally and externally on almost all substrates, including timber, and are excellent for use in areas exposed to prolonged wet conditions. Tilemaster Standard Setaflex has a pot-life of between 3-4 hours and can be grouted after 24 hours.’
The Semi-Rapid version offers a great compromise between extended workability, with a pot-life of 90-120 minutes, and a fast-setting time, as it will accept light foot traffic and grouting after six hours, says the company. It points out that where no flexibility from the product is required, Tilemaster Standard Set Extrabond has been specially formulated with increased adhesion and non-slip properties.
‘It has the same 3-4 hour pot life as Standard Setaflex and is suitable for fixing a wide variety of tiles to solid substrates.’
After fixing, tiles should be grouted with Tilemaster Grout 3000, a flexible, fast-setting wall and floor grout which can be used for joints between 1mm and 20mm.
Contact Tilemaster Adhesives for more information and technical advice on the products for your particular project.