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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Historic Home on National Register Receives a Ceramic Tile Install of a Lifetime

This is a guest post by Robert Davis, Owner, Davis Solutions


In April 2016, I was contacted by the owner of a historic Oregon residence. The home, listed on the National Register, was built in 1910.  The homeowner was in possession of a custom printed ceramic panel and was referred to Davis Solutions for its installation.  The panel, a world map with historic relevance to the home's builder, was to be set over the home's original concrete hearth. 

The concrete substrate had several in-plane cracks, as well as something like a dozen coats of various colors of paint. After grinding to remove paint, flatten the slab, and scarify, the homeowner and I discussed and decided upon a layout.

I gave the concrete a drink and installed STRATA_MAT™ uncoupling membrane with TRI-LITE™ light weight mortar. My company had been included in the field trials for TRI-LITE, and I was glad of its availability for this ceramic installation. A fun and rewarding occupation is enhanced by the availability of excellent tile installation materials.  TRI-LITE offers excellent workability and pot life, and performs very well as a non-sag LFT (large format tile) mortar.

Pot life came into play as the neighbor arrived and initiated a debate over the wall tile layout. Thank goodness I hadn't made any cuts yet! After a settlement was reached, I gave my mud a turn and had no problem with open time as I set the hearth.  The grab of this mortar at full coverage is impressive even on 6" soft-body.  I was a bit worried I'd damage an irreplaceable piece by pulling it up for adjustment.

Three days later, I returned to grout using PERMACOLOR® Select unsanded cement grout. Knocking on the tile was like knocking on bedrock.  I know that TRI-LITE over/under STRATA_MAT will be my workhorse installation for many years to come. It is easily the most forgiving 118.15 mortar I have ever used. 


Stay tuned for additional pictures of this project once the hearth has been trimmed.

Robert Davis of Davis Solutions (541-905-5228) specializes in custom tile and stone installations. He is a general contractor doing business in Lebanon, Albany, and Corvallis, Oregon. He began as a helper for Von Ruden Construction in '07, and immediately knew he’d found a career. After installing for several local shops over the years, he went out on his own as Davis Solutions in 2015.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Nemo Tile - Laticrete NYC





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Monday, March 07, 2016

ISO Renewal

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tile Geeks' Mortar Training Event


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OK, We are doing it !

Many have suggested we do a mud-training event over the last few years. After speaking with the folks at LATICRETE, it is here. The first Tile Geeks mudcourse. If you would like to attend, please find the sign up form at the bottom of this post. This can be emailed to Jeffrey Carder jtcarder@laticrete.com or faxed to 951 277-4975. I will be there along with Shaun Haley doing some hands on instruction. While mud is definitely "old school" in the midst of many new products, it is still a time tested viable method and a great skill to have.Mud combined with new products opens many new options as well. Come join us for a couple days. OK, We are doing it ! The program is underway !
 
Jack Hamilton


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Friday, February 12, 2016

Laticrete China Sales Meeting

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

HydroBan Sheet Membrane



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HydroBan Sheet Membrane installation in progress

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Vendor Appreciation Award

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LATICRETE has received a vendor appreciation award from Floor and Decor. 
Thank you to the Laticrete Sales, Technical Support and Customer Service Teams for outstanding support of the Floor and Decor business. The business cooperation has been smooth and relationships continue to grow. Special thanks to @Marcella Prado @@Ken Madisonand @@Diane Phelan at Team Laticrete for the hard work, commitment and dedication.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Streetscape Chinatown Sydney Australia

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Haymaket Streetscape Chinatown Sydney Australia 4237/315 Slurry Bond Coat
3701/226 Screed
3701 Mortar Bed for Pointing / Grout Joint

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Friday, January 08, 2016

Sound & Crack Isolation in Dubai



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LATICRETE CEO David Rothberg is seen here in Dubai at the Jumeirah Naseem Hotel construction site where 450 luxury hotel rooms are having marble installed with LATICRETE 125 Sound & Crack Isolation to control cracks transmitting through the expensive stone and minimize the amount of impact noise heard in the rooms below.

In the background is the world famous 7 star Burj al Arab Hotel - Rothberg and LATICRETE were on that project too back in 1999!

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