“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 17, 2018. 4:45 PM

Does Grout Need to be Sealed

As a Product Support team member, I get asked this question often. The answer is simple, no, it does not need to be sealed. The better question would be, “Should I seal my grout?” Grout is a cement-based product mixed with chemicals, water, and in…

September 12, 2018. 10:01 PM

Large and Heavy Tile Mortar Basics

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 at the 1980's, 8"x8" floor tiles and 4"x4" wall tiles were typical. The introduction of the roller-hearth…

September 7, 2018. 11:18 PM

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. When it comes to restoring an aged concrete floor, ripping out an existing slab and pouring a new one is costly…

August 28, 2018. 10:40 PM

Damp Slab and Wood flooring - Mitigating Moisture

With my 23 years of experience in the construction industry, I have seen what high moisture issues can do to any flooring, especially hardwood floors. As a Northern transplant to South Florida, I feel confident installing hardwood flooring in my…

August 20, 2018. 9:14 PM

Crack-isolation basics

We have all seen them — unsightly cracks running through tile floors. While ceramic tile and stone flooring are durable, they cannot overcome the laws of physics. When cracks open up in the substrate below, they often will telegraph up through the…

July 23, 2018. 9:41 PM

Time-Saving options for moisture-resistant installations

Have you ever been asked to complete a 48-hour LVP job in a 12-hour window? When and how did project weather delays become YOUR problem? Flooring Subcontractor to MAPEI Sales Rep.: Hey MAPEI! I got this LVP job. It’s just two ground floor offices…

July 12, 2018. 1:10 AM

Beachfront Water Repellents and Sealers

There is nothing like summertime walks on the beach, the smell of the salty ocean breeze, and enjoying a good meal with a great beachfront view. Summer is the busiest time of the year for most beachfront restaurants. However, one of the biggest…

July 2, 2018. 5:32 PM

Tile Installation Basics

You research Pinterest and Houzz looking for the renovation project of your dreams. You plan to do the work yourself; there are enough how-to videos out there, why not? You purchase tile, setting materials, and grout and get to work!  Many…

May 22, 2018. 7:15 PM

Encaustic Cement Tiles - No Cause for Alarm!

Watch any home improvement show these days and you're likely to see the throwback looks of encaustic cement tiles . These tiles often feature mono-chromatic gray, white, and black backgrounds with geometric designs but can also include colors from…

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