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- What is tile adhesive?
So you’ve finally found the perfect tiles for your renovation project, but before installation begins, it’s important to choose your tile adhesive. An essential part of the tiling process, tile adhesive is essentially the glue that ensures your new tiles will stay in place.
- What’s the difference between tile adhesive and grout?
The main difference between tile adhesive and grout is in their purpose, although they are essentially two separate steps within the one tiling process. Tile adhesive is the compound used to stock the tiles to your wall or floor, whilst grout is the mortar used to fill in the gaps between tiles for a uniform look, as well as to protect the surface.
- How do I apply tile adhesive?
When it comes to applying powder-based tile adhesive, begin by spreading the adhesive with a suitable noted trowel to cover approximately 1m². For floor tiling, wet areas and exterior surfaces, a solid-bed trowel must be used. Press the dry tiles firmly into the adhesive, frequently checking that good contact is maintained with the backs of the tiles. Tiles should be fixed within 15-20 minutes of adhesive being applied, depending on the porosity of the surface and the conditions. Tiles can be adjusted up to 10 minutes after initial positioning. Ensure you leave 1-2mm joints between wall tiles and minimum 3mm joints between floor tiles. Remove all extra adhesive with a damp cloth before it sets. If you are in any way unsure how to apple tiling adhesive, we always advise that you reach out to a professional tradesperson.
- What tiling adhesive should I use for sealing movement joints or corners?
We stock the natural cure elastic silicone sealant, Ardex ST, which can be used for the sealing of movement, corner and connecting joints in internal and external locations including areas prone to wetness like bathrooms and showers.
- Are tile adhesives able to be used for tiles that are outside?
Yes, our range of tile adhesives is suitable for both interior and exterior usage as they are frost and water-resistant once set. If you are unsure whether or not you can use a certain adhesive, reach out to a member of staff and they will be happy to assist.