“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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August 3, 2020. 5:39 PM

Can mortars be used to patch or level floors?

The title of this blog is a frequently asked question that tile installers have considered when a concrete or plywood substrate has dips or humps in the floor. Because mortar will stick to the concrete slab and the wood subfloor, and mortar will…

July 8, 2020. 8:59 PM

When applying sealers, slow and steady wins the race

In today’s fast-paced, fast-tracked world of construction, homes and buildings are built, erected and completed in record time. Tile floor installations are no different. To accommodate the need for speed, rapid-set mortars, fast-set…

July 1, 2020. 7:51 PM

Treat your feet to Mapeheat

Radiant-heated floors are a great way to stay warm throughout the winter months. Not only are they an efficient way to heat your feet and keep your rooms comfortable, they are easily programmable. Mapeheat Floor-Heating Systems are easy-to-install,…

June 24, 2020. 8:31 PM

Check out the new features on our revamped Website

Tired of looking at old, boring websites? Look no further… MAPEI has revamped our Website to be anything but. MAPEI’s new, polished and modern Website represents our personality and culture. For more than 80 years, construction sites…

March 16, 2020. 4:30 PM

For easy plumb walls, Planitop 330 Fast comes to the rescue

There is one thing you can count on when approaching a wall tile installation: The walls are rarely plumb (out of vertical) and true. MAPEI’s Planitop 330 Fast was designed to fix out-of-plumb walls and more. Here’s a typical jobsite…

March 11, 2020. 2:53 PM

Tips for using repair mortars in cold weather

Cold temperatures can significantly impact the performance of repair mortars. As a result, one needs to be acutely familiar with how lower ambient and substrate temperatures (like cold weather) can negatively affect product performance. As…

December 10, 2019. 7:34 PM

Total Solutions Plus unites the tile industry

As I attempted to navigate around the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, I began to reflect on the name of the event – Total Solutions Plus – that I was attending for the first time. It seemed like a…

May 1, 2019. 4:45 PM

Too much or too little water can sabotage cement mixtures

“How much water do I need to use in mixing cement-based products?” That is not such a simple question. To answer it, we need to look at the chemistry of cement and how water plays such an important role.   What many in the industry…

March 14, 2019. 3:32 PM

Mapecontact MRT: Simplifying how resilient flooring is installed over concrete

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 jobsite and find out that you are to…

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