Tile adhesives are commonly used to fix tiles to floors and walls. There’s a variety of different substrates(floor and wall surfaces) and types of tiles out there. It’s of great significance to choose the right tile that will endure for a longer time. It’s recommended to seek a professional tiler’s advice before making your choice.If you have to do it yourself, this article guides you to make the correct choice.
Tile adhesives are of two types; powdered adhesives and ready mixed pastes. The difference is, powdered adhesives require to be mixed with water until it is slurry which will take some of your time and effort while ready mixed pastes are used directly from the tub making them really easy to use. Powdered adhesives provide a stronger bond, however, and are used to place natural stone tiles, ceramic and porcelain to nearly any substrate.
When installing underfloor heating, which can either be wet or electric, it’s important to choose a flexible tile adhesive. A flexible tile adhesive can absorb the huge amounts of pressure created by the cooling and heating processes. This reduces the possibility of your tiles cracking any time. WarmFloors Ltd is the right choice for your domestic or commercial heating solution.
In water underfloor heating, the systems generate heat from another source to the electric systems. In these systems, water is heated compared to electric where metal wires are heated instead, which makes the former larger and more spacious than the latter. With electric underfloor heating, the systems contain small cables that are laid on top of the sub-floor and are then tiled over. It’s recommended, however, to use a self-leveling compound for covering the cables so as to offer a perfect flat surface that can be tiled onto. There’re a few things to remember when deciding what adhesive to use when installing underfloor heating;
– Understand the coding/labeling of the adhesives.
– Ensure that the adhesives are accepted in the market.
– Must be a highly flexible adhesive to deal with sub-floor movement.
– Polymer level of the adhesive must be more than average in order to cope with temperature changes.
If you’re planning to buy the best quality radiant heating system, you’ll also require the best quality flexible tile adhesive to accompany this. A cheap adhesive that’s below or on top of a high quality heating system can’t affect the floor heating system’s performance, hence, waste of money.
On the other hand, if you’re purchasing a low-priced, entry level floor heating system, whether it’s warm water or electric, you’ll still require a flexible tile adhesive that has the above mentioned qualifications(well-recognized and high polymer level).