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April 19, 2023. 5:08 PM

Waterproofing Solutions Made Easy with MAPEI

Waterproofing your basement wall, your deck or balcony, or your floor before tiling just got easier with MAPEI’s waterproofing solutions. To protect your basement wall from the hydrostatic pressure coming from the other side of the wall, Planiseal…

April 17, 2023. 8:31 PM

Installing flooring over Mapeheat floor-heating systems

By Denise Troiano and Joseph Smith “Can I turn on the heat before installing my flooring?” We receive many questions regarding the installation of flooring over our Mapeheat floor-heating systems, but the above question is the most common. The…

January 10, 2023. 4:25 PM

Tile Leveling and Lippage Systems

A 12" x 24" (30 x 61 cm) tile is now considered an average size! Over the years, tile sizes have been getting larger and larger. Along with that, the problem of lippage is also becoming an issue. Thus, the invention of tile leveling and lippage…

December 8, 2022. 2:40 PM

Help, I want to tile my shower walls!

By Denise Troiano and Joseph Smith Now that you have successfully created your shower pan pre-slope, it is now time to install the walls. Shower walls are installed typically one of two ways: Sinking them into the mortar bed or terminating them just…

November 17, 2022. 2:43 PM

Installing Resin-Backed Mosaics Using MAPEI’s ECO Prim Grip

What are resin-backed mosaics? They are a sheet of smaller tiles that are arranged in a pattern that are back-mounted to a fiberglass mesh that is coated with an adhesive (typically epoxy-based). Resins form a non-absorbent coating on the back of…

October 5, 2022. 5:40 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…

September 14, 2022. 2:55 PM

Help, I want to tile my shower curb!

By Denise Troiano and Joseph Smith So, you have figured out the shower pan and walls, but what about the curb? Most people step over their curb daily and do not give it a thought; however, the curb is the location for many shower failures. There are…

June 30, 2022. 8:12 PM

Choosing the right grout

Choosing the right grout does not have to be a long and excruciating process. However, there are several factors to consider, besides the color, when deciding on grout before your next project. These factors include: Where the installation is…

April 28, 2022. 8:35 PM

Grout stains: Organic or inorganic?

We typically see two types of grout stains that are classified as either “organic” or “inorganic.” Organic stains include food stains, such as fats, grease, proteins and carbohydrates. Organic stains also can be caused by living matter, such as…

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