“Tech Talk” blog

Updated by MAPEI’s Technical Services team, the Tech Talk blog is devoted to sharing practical advice and cutting-edge knowledge for the flooring and construction industry.

Tech Talk articles

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July 8, 2021. 9:29 PM

UltraCare, the finishing touch for your tile & stone installation

So, you went the extra mile, installing your gorgeous tile or stone to exacting specifications. You made sure the mortar was the right one for the job. You took pains to ensure flatness and clean lines, with a high-end grout that gives it a…

June 11, 2021. 8:24 PM

Mockups: When it makes sense to use a ‘stunt double’

When the pros in Hollywood are going to make a blockbuster movie, they don’t have their millionaire stars risk life and limb. Instead, they invest a smaller amount in a stunt double who presents far less risk in achieving the final product…

June 7, 2021. 8:44 PM

Does Grout Need to be Sealed

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,…

April 27, 2021. 9:15 PM

Flexcolor 3D - Translucent Grout Makes a Bold Statement

I've been attending  Coverings  for more than 20 years and have never seen a product make a bigger splash right out of the gate than  Flexcolor 3D .  We introduced 3D at our booth this year and I spent most of my time talking…

March 24, 2021. 8:19 PM

Tile Installation: What are those “badges” on your packages?

Today’s discussion will cover a little emblem that installers might have noticed, and would definitely do well to know what it is. With this information in hand, you as a customer will know how to compare the performance of installation…

January 18, 2021. 10:03 PM

Lightweight Mortars, What and Why?

Lightweight mortars are a specialized type of tile mortar, of which MAPEI has an assortment to choose from. Buyers might see these products on the shelves or on our website and wonder why they might venture to use them? Let’s take a look at…

January 7, 2021. 6:29 PM

When winter is coming

Actually, winter is upon us! And I’m not talking about the frigid pale zombies from the  Game of Thrones  TV series either; I’m talking about winter cold, snow, and all of the challenges that the season brings.  Now, if…

November 24, 2020. 5:55 PM

The Grout Really Makes the Tile

In planning Tile & Stone installations, we tend to focus much time and effort poring over which tiles to choose for our walls and floors. Ceramic, porcelain or stone? Large-format or traditional small? As important as that is, the choice of…

October 2, 2020. 5:23 PM

Not all plywood is made the same

There are many types of plywood on the market, but they are not all created equal. According to industry standards, like Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC)’s standards, plywood must be Group 1, CC-type, conforming to APA…

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