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December 31, 2020. 6:59 AM

Tips for installing large format and thin tiles

What is considered as Large format and slim tile? Large format tiles are those with at least one side greater than 60cm in length.  They come in various sizes and thicknesses, with some formats reaching dimensions of up to 3.2m x 1.6m.…

November 9, 2020. 2:20 AM

How to fix cracked epoxy flooring | Mapei Singapore

Epoxy floors are durable, easy to clean and maintain. Moreover, it looks great with the seamless appearance and ability to customize in various colours. However, issues such as chipping or cracking may occur. The extent of repair will depend on…

October 28, 2020. 2:19 AM

Understanding tile grouts and its standards for tile and stone works

Similar to adhesives, tile grouts have specific requirements as defined by EN 13888 and ISO 13007-3 standards. Types of tile grout for tile and stone works Tile grout products are classified into two types: CG – Cementitious grouts RG…

September 11, 2020. 8:59 AM

Understanding tile adhesives and its related standards | Mapei Singapore

When choosing the most appropriate installation system, a good knowledge of the materials to be installed is essential.  Installing tiles with adhesives by the thin-bed method shall meet specific requirements defined by European Standards EN…

August 26, 2020. 11:04 AM

Types of waterproofing membranes for roof gardens | Mapei Singapore

In cities, we are seeing more roofs being transformed into multi-functional spaces to accommodate roof gardens and urban farming. This could possibly be attributed to the increasingly widespread attention given to eco-sustainable buildings, along…

August 7, 2020. 4:57 AM

Tips to prevent efflorescence during tile and stone installation

What is Efflorescence? Have you ever noticed white deposits on the wall and floor surfaces of your tile or stone installations?  This white residue is the result of efflorescence.  Efflorescence is a natural occurrence in Portland cement…

July 21, 2020. 6:13 AM

Tiling guide: Tips to overcome moisture mark stains on marble and granite floors

Stones (marble and granite), being natural products, can be porous and moisture sensitive.  To identify how porous a tile or stone is, drop a small amount of water on the surface and you can see that water slowly gets absorbed by the surface.…

June 29, 2020. 10:36 AM

Selecting Sealants for Joints

Most concrete structures have joints as part of their design. Joints are necessary to accommodate movements in the concrete units caused by thermal contractions and expansions as well as exposure to loading conditions.  

June 17, 2020. 6:44 AM

Factors affecting tile adhesion during tile installation

There are various scenarios of improper installation that could result in the debonding of tiles. Below are some factors that can affect adhesion during tile and stone installation.

May 28, 2020. 11:29 AM

How to Avoid Blistering in Resin Flooring | Mapei Singapore

The use of resin-based flooring systems have become a consolidated practice in construction. Not only are they adopted in the industrial (e.g. factory, warehouse) sectors, they are also used in commercial and residential settings (e.g. offices,…

March 3, 2020. 10:51 AM

Reasons why tiles buckle | Mapei Singapore

Tile flooring is common and can be found in many residential and commercial settings due to its aesthetic appeal, easy maintenance and wide range of attractive designs and tile types available in the market. Every tile finish would require proper…

January 22, 2020. 2:55 AM

Spalling concrete | Mapei Singapore

Spalling concrete is a common issue especially for old buildings. What happens when concrete spalls?  Spalling results when two elements are present in the concrete, air and moisture. The penetration of carbon dioxide in the concrete, also…

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