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MAPEI Tech Talk is a blog devoted to the flooring and construction industry. It is updated on a regular basis by the social media team at MAPEI Americas, and it will feature guest bloggers occasionally as we provide you with viewpoints from across the industry.
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Large and Heavy Tile Mortar Basics
by Dan Marvin
Does Grout Need to be Sealed
by Denise Troiano
Moisture Barriers vs. Waterproofing Membranes
by Holden Wheeler
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December 4, 2018 - 14.55
Large and Heavy Tile Mortar Basics
by Dan Marvin
For thousands of years , tiles were a few inches across because those sizes were easiest to make and fire in a traditional kiln. As recently at the 1980's, 8"x8" floor tiles and 4"x4" wall tiles were typical. The introduction of the roller-hearth kiln changed all of that. There was no longer a size restriction on how large a tile could be and manufacturers raced to make tiles larger to meet changing ...
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November 19, 2018 - 15.11
Does Grout Need to be Sealed
by Denise Troiano
As a Product Support team member, I get asked this question often. The answer is simple, no, it does not need to be sealed. The better question would be, “Should I seal my grout?” Grout is a cement-based product mixed with chemicals, water, and in many cases sand. Portland cement based grouts are particularly porous. Porous grouts attract water, dirt, oils, etc. While the tile industry does ...
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October 26, 2018 - 16.59
Moisture Barriers vs. Waterproofing Membranes
by Holden Wheeler
With all of the products on the market today that offer moisture control in some way, selecting the correct product for the job is not always an obvious choice. When choosing these types of products, certain questions arise: What exactly are waterproofing membranes and moisture-reduction barriers? What is each made of? Why would I pick one over another? The short of it is that it will vary a bit from ...
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October 9, 2018 - 14.29
Time-Saving options for moisture-resistant installations
by Audrey Chapman
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October 2, 2018 - 16.31
Crack Isolation Basics
by Dan Marvin
We've all seen them - unsightly cracks running through tile floors. While ceramic and stone flooring is durable, it can't overcome the laws of physics. When cracks open up in the substrate below, they often will telegraph up through the tile (and grout). Anyone who has chipped out several tiles to replace them can tell you - it is not fun project. The answer for most installations is the use of a crack ...
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