A beautifully designed house wouldn’t last long without the support of a strong foundation. Although mostly invisible, well designed foundations always play a vital role in all types of buildings. This is true for tiling too. Without the proper installation, tiles won’t perform as they are expected to. Finding the right tile adhesive and applying it properly is absolutely critical in ensuring that tiles are installed appropriately. At TFO, we recommend Dustless Powder Mastic, a very versatile glue. Who makes this glue and why is it a good option?

Dustless Powder Mastic is made by ParexDavco. Many tiling experts recommend products from ParexDavco which has 48 operations around the world at the time of this writing. Their extensive knowledge and experience in the field have led them to become one of the leaders in engineering the most effective tile adhesives. They produce a wide range of adhesives, grouts and other materials essential for tiling.

So, how can you choose the right tile glue for your job? As mentioned above, one of the most versatile tile adhesives is Dustless Powder Mastic. In fact, most tiling work can be done by using this product. Below are some of the reasons why it’s so popular.

Reasons Why Dustless Powder Mastic Is Popular

  1. Its excellent adhesion properties makes this adhesive suitable for a wide range of tile types such as porcelain, ceramic, vitrified, mosaic, terracotta, slate, granite and marble.
  2. You can use it on a wide variety of surfaces. Surfaces such as concrete, cement render, screeds, blockwork, rendered brickwork, fibre cement sheet, gyprock and compatible water proofing membranes.
  3. Its non-slump properties makes it an ideal tile glue for wall tiling and large format porcelain tiles.
  4. It has an extended adjustment time of 30 minutes which means you can adjust your tile’s position within that time period without re-applying the glue.
  5. You can use it over a flexible surface

There are however points you need to consider to ensure that Dustless Powder Mastic will perform as it’s expected.

1. Surface Preparation Must Be Done Properly

This includes cleaning the surface, removing contaminating materials such as paint, grease or curing compound. If applying over a newly made concrete surface, it must be cured over an appropriate period of time before applying the adhesive. All surfaces, including porous surfaces, you must prime prior to application.

2. You Must Install Movement Joints

To prevent tiles from becoming drummy or even lifting, the Australian standard (AS3958) requires that movement joints be installed in places such as: over movement joints in the substrates, at a junction between different substrate materials, at internal vertical corners, around the perimeter of the tiling system, at a maximum of 5 metre intervals in a grid pattern. You can fill movement joints up to 6mm with Davco Colourcaulk.

3. Use The Right Notched Trowel

According to the size of the tiles used, a different sized notched trowel must be used to ensure that adequate depth and coverage is achieved.
6mm notched trowel for wall tiles up to 150x150mm
10mm notched trowel for wall / floor tiles larger than 150x150mm
12mm notched trowel for large tiles, 400x400mm or larger
6mm notched trowel for mosaic tiles
For tiles larger than 400x400mm, you need to back butter the tiles to ensure thorough adhesion.

Dustless Powder Mastic is one of the most versatile glues that’s so easy to use. Ask one of our friendly staff for more details. Buy ParexDavco products at the lowest prices in Sydney at Tile Factory Outlet today.