Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SPARTACOTE™ Helps Bring Smiles to Students Through Project CareTT, Trinidad


May 19, 2017
It’s a terrible thought to think that young children believe they don’t matter, but that’s what some of the students of the Cocorite Government Primary School in Trinidad thought when they entered their outdated and overcrowded school every day. 
That’s where Project CareTT stepped in. The non-profit organization gathers volunteers from construction workers, suppliers, friends and clients to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in Trinidad, especially the youth.
The project they selected to undertake in 2017 was the Cocorite Government Primary School. LATICRETE® was fortunate to get involved in this project through our longtime friend and LATICRETE customer, Ryan Ali Managing Director of Sanitation Solutions in Trinidad. 

Ryan Ali with Leslie Warner, Chairperson, Project CareTT

When he told Wayne Hoerning, LATICRETE International Regional Manager for the Caribbean and local rep, Alejandro Luna, Technical Sales Representative about the project, they knew we had to get involved. The $1m project included a complete renovation and expansion of their assembly hall, library, restrooms and hallways.

 Classroom Before

Auditorium Classroom Before

Bathroom Before

Hallway Before

With limited time to get the project done, we knew that they needed a durable and quick solution to re-do all of the 4,500 ft2 (418 m2) of flooring. Our SPARTACOTE™ Chip multi-coat (flake) broadcast concrete coating system was just what they needed. It’s the only system that can be done in this short time period besides carpet (and who wants carpet in a school)! 
On May 19th in just 7 short hours, Ryan Ali and his team prepped and primed the old cement terrazzo floors in the school and then applied the SPARTACOTE™ Chip concrete coating system.

Sanitation Solutions Crew

Bathroom Prep

Prepping Assembly Hall

Primer Coat - Hallway

Primer Coat - Sand Beige in Assembly Hall

The concrete floor coating will provide:
  • Supreme durability against heavy foot traffic
  • Excellent chemical and stain resistance
  • Reduce maintenance costs by not requiring periodic waxing
  • An attractive concrete coating finish that the kids can be proud to walk on
See the new SPARTACOTE Chip floors at the 3-minute mark in this project video shot by Project CareTT. 

Hallway After

Library After

Hallway Final

Bathroom Final - SPARTACOTE Chip in Midnight Blue

Auditorium Final

Bathroom Final

The dedication of Project CareTT, Ryan Ali, companies like LATICRETE who donate materials, and friends make projects like this possible. We all come together as a team to put smiling faces on the youth of Trinidad. See how priceless the student’s reactions are in this quick video.
“It’s always a great feeling when you can help make the world a better place.” – Alejandro Luna, LATICRETE

Products Used: SPARTACOTE™ Chip in Copper Mountain (assembly hall), Midnight Blue (bathrooms) and Granite (hallways/library) and SPARTACOTE™ FLEX SB™ CLEAR.


SPARTACOTE Chip - Copper Mountain in Assembly Hall

SPARTACOTE Chip - Midnight Blue in Hallway

SPARTACOTE Chip - Granite in Hallway

SPARACOTE FLEX SB Clear


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Friday, November 11, 2016

See How Maverick Contracting Restored a Cracking, Leaking Porch with the SPARTACOTE Quartz System

THE PROBLEM:
- The homeowner had ceramic tile on her porch / patio and it was cracking and peeling off.
- She was getting water in her basement under her porch.
- After removing the tiles, the contractor, Maverick Contracting, found lots of cracks and some holes around a few of the pillars.

Before

Tile removal

THE SOLUTION:
The Maverick Contracting crew patched and filled concrete spalls and cracks with SPARTACOTE® FAST FIX™. They prepared the surface to an ICRI CSP 2 and then applied a double broadcast of SPARTACOTE Quartz system which is perfect for outdoor use. 

Grinding and patching

SPARTACOTE Coat 1

THE RESULT:
The homeowner although skeptical at first, was extremely happy after the project was finished and loved her new decorative concrete patio!

SPARTACOTE Quartz System

About Maverick Contracting
Maverick Contracting, LLC is a concrete coating company in North Central West Virginia who has been in business over 30 years. They specialize in decorative, slip, chemical and salt resistant, concrete coatings and overlays such as LATICRETE SPARTACOTE®

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See How Maverick Contracting Restored This Cracking, Leaking Porch with the SPARTACOTE Quartz System

THE PROBLEM:

- The homeowner had ceramic tile on her porch / patio and it was cracking and peeling off.
- She was getting water in her basement under her porch.
- After removing the tiles, the contractor, Maverick Contracting, found lots of cracks and some holes around a few of the pillars.

Before

Tile removal

THE SOLUTION:


The Maverick Contracting crew patched and filled concrete spalls and cracks with SPARTACOTE® FAST FIX™. They prepared the surface to an ICRI CSP 2 and then applied a double broadcast of SPARTACOTE Quartz system which is perfect for outdoor use. 

Grinding and patching

SPARTACOTE Coat 1

THE RESULT:

The homeowner although skeptical at first, was extremely happy after the project was finished and loved her new decorative concrete patio!

SPARTACOTE Quartz System

About Maverick Contracting


Maverick Contracting, LLC is a concrete coating company in North Central West Virginia who has been in business over 30 years. They specialize in decorative, slip, chemical and salt resistant, concrete coatings and overlays such as LATICRETE SPARTACOTE®. 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Freeze, Thaw, Gale Force Winds, Driving Rains and Blazing Hot Sun are No Match for this Tile Mural Project

This is a guest post by Bill Vincent, Owner, Creative Ceramic & Marble


Mural installed on exterior wall, Casco Bay, South Portland, Maine


I was hired to install a unique, one-of-a-kind mural on the exterior wall of Casco Bay home in South Portland, Maine.  The exterior wall was a blank canvas. 







1. First the opening was made and waterproofed with Grace Ice and Water Shield®. Then USG DUROCK® was installed, and waterproofed, including the edges with 9235 Waterproofing Membrane by LATICRETE.

2. Then the tile pieces were installed one at a time with 254 Platinum polymer fortified thin-set mortar. Note that each piece was double notched-- thinset was notch troweled onto the surface, and notch troweled onto the back of the tile to try and create a suction between the two, almost like setting a ceiling with normal thinset.

3. Some of these pieces being installed where as much as 6 inches thick and STILL hung! 

4. The final step was to grout with PERMACOLOR® Select high performance cement grout. I chose the Twilight Blue color kit which was the perfect color match for this project. The PERMACOLOR Select base was easy to mix with the color kit and it required no sealing! 

If I wasn't already convinced about the superiority of LATICRETE® products, this project would have been all it took. This next picture shows you the wall where the mural went, prior to the start of the project, as well as showing you how completely open to the bay, and the elements it is. 

This was installed a year ago, went thru all the seasons, freeze / thaw, gale force winds, driving rains coming in from the ocean, blazing hot sun, and no problems what-so-ever.

Thanks to LATICRETE Matt Bunzell, Technical Sales Representative and Art Mintie, Senior Director of Technical Services for helping me put together a winning system for this installation!

Bill Vincent, Owner of Creative Ceramic & Marble from Bridgton, ME is a custom ceramic and stone installation company. Bill has been in setting tile as a trade since 1980 but developed his interest in tile and stone work at the early age of 10 while helping his father build his family’s home. His work takes him all over New England from small shops and restaurants to malls, corporate office buildings and multi-million dollar mansions.
For more information visit: http://www.creativeceramicandmarble.com/












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Friday, October 21, 2016

Save Time and Labor by Broadcasting Chip and Quartz into a Moisture Mitigating Primer

LATICRETE® is pleased to announce the ability to broadcast chip and quartz media into wet DRYTEK™ Moisture Vapor Barrier (MVB) material used as a base coat or primer coat for SPARTACOTE® coating systems. As you may know, DRYTEK MVB is a single-coat, 100% solids, liquid applied, 2-part epoxy coating specifically designed for controlling the moisture vapor emission rate from new or existing concrete slabs.

The installer may add pigments to the DRYTEK MVB during installation in a variety of colors including: black, white, tile red, light grey, medium grey, dark grey, light beige, dark beige and sand beige. 

Contractors who apply the DRYTEK MVB as a base coat in their SPARTACOTE® coating systems not only save a step in the coatings process, but they also offer floor owners additional protection against moisture, something many applicators run into on a daily basis in the field. Applicators may use DRYTEK MVB as a base color for clear SPARTACOTE top coats in addition to the quartz or chip broadcasts. Any questions - Contact LATICRETE.




Watch this quick video to learn how to apply DRYTEK Moisture Vapor Barrier.


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Friday, October 07, 2016

Braman BMW in Miami, Florida Saves $800k with SPARTACOTE® Installation

Braman BMW completed garage floor

Braman BMW in Florida is a high volume exotic car dealer in Miami Florida. When their second floor parking garage (where they washed all the cars prior to being sold) had issues leaking into their bottom floor they knew they needed to do something fast!

Nucrete Surgeons of Florida came to their rescue. They removed the existing epoxy floor, waterproofed, and put a durable SPARTACOTE® Quartz™ concrete coating on top of it. The highly durable, colored quartz aggregates are layered between SPARTACOTE FLEX coatings to create an attractive textured floor perfect for this high-end dealership. The prep took some time, about 7 days to get it removed and waterproofed but SPARTACOTE was installed in just 1 day!


The General Manager said this carwash area generates $160k/day - so LATICRETE® products turned what would have been a 4 day epoxy quartz installation plus 2 day cure into just a 1 day SPARTACOTE® Quartz™ installation with next day return to service. This saved approximately $800k in down time!


First broadcast of SPARTACOTE Quartz in Blue Moon color

Second broadcast

First topcoat



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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Team LATICRETE® – helping to make the world a better place

The LATICRETE® Southeast Asia team volunteered at the Albert Schweitzer Familienwerk Foundation Philippines, Inc. (ASFFPI) orphanage during a team building trip to Cebu, Philippines on September 11, 2016.

Albert Schweitzer Familienwerk Foundation Philippines, Inc. (ASFFPI) also known as “Children’s Haven” is a non-stock, non-profit and non-government organization that focuses on helping abandoned, neglected and exploited children, needy women, families, older and disabled people by providing shelter and other basic needs for survival, protection, development and participation.

The LATICRETE team was divided into three groups to help care for three different age groups of children and teenagers.

Group 1: Children 7 yrs old & below
  • Each child was provided with a coloring book and crayons for a coloring session
  • Children were broken up into small groups along with 2 LATICRETE team members to act out stories from books they were reading. One person was the reader, while the other acted the storyline out.
Group 2: Children between 8-12 yrs old
  • Mentors asked the children to visualize what they want to be when they grow up and had them draw and color a representation of this on a board.
  • The children taught their mentors how to sing and dance a specific Filipino song
  • Taught the children proper good grooming (brushing teeth, washing hands/feet, cutting nails)
Group 3: Teenagers 13 yrs old & above
  • The LATICRETE team and teens prepared and cooked 3-4 lunch dishes for 100 children and administrative staff.
“Everything about the experience was amazing. The best part was teaching and spending time with the children as it was very rewarding. We also donated rice, diapers, milk powders, school bags, books, stationeries, etc. to the orphanage.” – LATICRETE South East Asia Team

Learn more about ASFFPI: www.asffpi.webs.com



Coloring with the children

Preparing lunch


LATICRETE donations