“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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April 8, 2020. 2:05 AM

Cementitious self-leveling overlays: A durable, trendy alternative

Concrete is known as one of the most durable, functional and reliable building materials. However, it’s not always the most attractive. Ultratop ® PC (white) used in the Calligaris Furniture showroom When it comes to restoring an…

April 8, 2020. 1:58 AM

Back-buttering and mortar contact: Two distinct processes

Ceramic tile installation requires careful attention to tile bonding. We tend to judge a given job on the final appearance, but the most vital part of the installation is below the tile. It is very important to complete an adequate surface…

April 8, 2020. 1:55 AM

Mapecontact MRT: Simplifying how resilient flooring is installed over concrete

Who has time to wait? Many installations are fast-track, so you can get in and get out as quickly as possible. But no matter how well you plan an installation, issues come up and these delays can cost money. What if you get to the job-site and find…

April 8, 2020. 1:52 AM

This self-leveler eliminates the need to prime

What if you could clean and prepare a substrate quickly for a self-leveler, skipping straight to the mixing and pouring of the leveling product? No paint rollers. No scrubbing. No messy, wasted  paint roller covers, brushes or sponges. No…

April 8, 2020. 1:48 AM

Installing over worn vinyl sheet flooring

“How do I install tile over my tired old floor?” This is one of the most common upgrades, and maybe one of the most frequent recurring questions, that I receive. Luckily, there are many easy avenues by which a person can update his/her…

April 8, 2020. 1:38 AM

Water is not the enemy: Monolithic systems for wet environments

Why is water always considered to be the enemy in wet environments? Well, how often do we see premature deterioration of walls and floors due to water infiltration? We know that water infiltration happens when joints and cove areas have insufficient…

April 8, 2020. 12:43 AM

MAPEI’s Advanced Primers for Self-Leveling And Primers For Special Applications

MAPEI offers some advanced primers that extend a little beyond those used for everyday plywood or concrete surfaces. Whenever the floor construction, bond strength requirements, or substrate material is something out of the ordinary, it’s a…

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