“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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September 16, 2022. 6:07 PM

Waterproofing Membrane Systems

System Components: Mapeguard WP 200 Mapeguard WP ST Mapeguard PIC Mapeguard POC Mapeguard PC Mapeguard VC Mapeguard WP Waterproofing Membrane Systems The modern residential bathroom is trending toward a spa atmosphere containing a single…

September 2, 2022. 4:25 PM

MAPEI’s Advanced Primers for Self-Leveling Underlayments and Primers for Special Applications

When it comes to surface preparations or floor installations, MAPEI offers some advanced primers that extend a little beyond those used for standard plywood or concrete surfaces. Whenever the floor construction, bond strength requirements, or…

August 30, 2022. 8:22 PM

How Green Was my Tack

Flooring Adhesives to Meet Green Building Certification Standards Throughout the construction industry, the pressure is on to build sustainably. With the advent of governmental regulatory frameworks like the State of California’s South Coast Air…

August 29, 2022. 4:03 PM

Cementitious self-leveling overlays: A durable, trendy alternative for concrete floor resurfacing

Ultratop PC (white) used on existing concrete floors in the Calligaris Furniture showroom When it comes to restoring an aged concrete floor, ripping out an existing concrete slab and pouring a new one is costly and very time consuming. This is…

August 22, 2022. 5:04 PM

Science as inspiration for designers and MAPEI alike

Designers are always looking for inspiration. In his public piece Ondes croisées , which was created for the new Université de Montréal MIL campus, artist Alain Paiement found inspiration from the world of science – just like the technologically…

August 19, 2022. 7:41 PM

Large and Heavy Tile Mortar Basics

A few of MAPEI's family of large and heavy tile mortars 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 as the 1980s, 8" x 8" (20 x 20 cm) floor tiles and…

August 19, 2022. 7:07 PM

How to Avoid Shrinkage Cracks in Concrete

Use the Mapecrete System to control concrete shrinkage Mapecrete System is a proven technology by MAPEI for producing shrinkage compensated concrete, where a high degree of dimensional stability is required to prevent shrinkage cracks in concrete…

August 17, 2022. 7:22 PM

A Short Guide to Tennis/Pickleball Courts & Choosing Tennis Court Surface Solutions

Tennis and pickleball are sports with multiple types of acceptable playing surfaces. Even at the highest level of international competition, professional tournaments are held on a variety of different surface types. What Surfaces are Tennis and…

July 8, 2022. 8:00 PM

Sounds of Silence: Achieving Sound-reduced Flooring in Multi-Floor Buildings

Good noise control makes good neighbors, especially for those living or working in multi-floor buildings. In fact, noise is a top complaint among condominium owners. But while most condo associations require the installation of floor soundproofing…

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