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Choose the Right Tile Adhesive – The Top 3 Tile Glues

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Choosing tiles is only one of the many steps involved in installing fresh new tiles. All too often, not enough thought is put into choosing the right tile adhesive. While there are dozens of different tile adhesives to choose from, just a handful of tile glues take up the majority of the market share. Below are the three most popular tile adhesives at TFO.

Davco Dustless Powder Mastic

Davco Dustless Powder Mastic is the most popular tile adhesive sold at TFO. This polymer modified cement based tile adhesive contains non slump properties which makes it perfect for installing wall tiles and large format tiles. Smooth trowelling and an extended adjustment time of thirty minutes makes it very easy to use. Its versatility makes Davco Dustless Powder Mastic the go-to product for virtually all types of tile installations including interior and exterior applications, wall and floor tiles, domestic and light commercial projects, flexible and rigid building substrates and it is good for many types of ceramic and natural stone tiles. The affordability of the product further ensures that this is the best seller at TFO.

Davco SMP Evo

Davco SMP Evo has been specifically designed for premium stone, marble and porcelain tiles. This product has an enhanced bonding strength as well as a non-shrink formula which makes it perfect even for large format natural stones. SMP Evo can be used in a variety of areas including interior and exterior, commercial and residential homes, walls and floors and even for swimming pools without requiring an additive. DAVCO SMP EVO is perfect for those who want extra peace of mind to ensure the best outcome for their tiling project.

Davco Tradeflex Two Part Tile Adhesive

Davco Tradeflex Two Part Tile Adhesive is the “top of the range” tile adhesive offered by Davco. This product has the best flexibility in the current market. It is perfect for use over a flexible substrate such as timber floorboards, plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting. The enhanced flexibility of the product absorbs vibration and reduces sound transmission. The product can be used for a wide variety of tiles including ceramic, porcelain, mosaic, terracotta and natural stone tiles. Davco’s Tradeflex Two Part Tile Adhesive is for those who need added flexibility for their tile installation.

Need more assistance? Come visit TFO to find out more about Davco’s adhesives.

16 thoughts on “Choose the Right Tile Adhesive – The Top 3 Tile Glues

  1. Please advise the best tile adhesive for an outdoor water feature. It will trickle all over rock like stacked stone tiles. Similar to the ones you see at the end of swimming pools. The tiled backerboard will always be wet with water running down….Thanks

    1. Hi there, thanks for your enquiry. We do not recommend tiling over vinyl flooring. It would be best to speak to a builder about your requirements.

  2. Hi iam tiling my outdoor stair case with is of concrete. Iam using outdoor tiles 600mmx300mm. I was just wondering what tile adhesive, tile sealer and tile grout would be the best for my diy project?

    1. Hi,
      Thank you for your online enquiry, if you’re tiling directly onto concrete you could use most glues but i suggest using DAVCO SMP EVO, As for the sealer our tiles are factory sealed so there is no need to use a sealer, sealer is only necessary if you are using a natural stone, for the grout it really depends on the colour of the tile you are using i suggest using a grout colour as similar as possible to the tile you have chosen its personal preference at the end of the day.
      I hope this helps, if you have anymore questions don’t hesitate to contact the office on 87287800.

  3. Hi Guys what is the best tile adhesive for penny round marble mosaics going in a shower floor.Should i seal the stone before theY are laid or will this affect the adhesion.Also what type of sealer is the best for the marble mosaics? do i need to seal the tile before grouting and after grouting as well.

    1. Hi,

      Thank you for your online enquiry, whenever using stone DAVCO SMP EVO is the best glue to use, You can seal the stone after it is laid and grouted, 3 coats of a solvent based sealer is ideal for marble,
      I hope this helps, if you have anymore questions don’t hesitate to contact the office on 87287800.

  4. Hi,
    I’m about to lay White Honed Himalayan sandstone tiles 600x400x15mm. Substrate is a compressed sheet external deck floor, waterproofed with Davco also.
    This area runs alongside and will be tiled right up to the pool edge.
    What would be the best adhesive, tile sealer and grout to use for this area.

    1. Hi there, thanks for your enquiry. The best adhesive to use for this kind of application is Davco SMP Evo along with Davco grout and Sure seal impregnating sealer. Please give our office a call on (02) 8728 7800 and speak with Gino or Fred who would be happy to advise the recommended products.

  5. Whats the best adhesive to use for attaching small tiles (150mm diameter and 100mm square)to a timber substrate and stay flexible ? and also withstand a little pot heat.I make a few kitchen and wall items as in a hobby situation.Thanks

    1. Hi, thank you for your inquiry. Novaflex is a great product for that. But the product must be glued to a fibre cement sheet and not directly on to timber.