Thinset mortar is an adhesive made from cement, fine sand and other chemicals. It is used to attach ceramic tile, glass tiles, metal tiles, stone tile, and cement tiles to all kinds of substrates like concrete, plywood, vinyl flooring, durarock or wonder board and old adhesives. There are many types of thinset mortars, each designed for a specific application.
Knowing which thinset mortar to use for your ceramic tile installation will help ease the tile installation and help ensure years of service from your new floor. There are so many brands and types of thinset mortar that it can make your head swim when choosing a thinset mortar. So if you are asking yourself "what is thinset?" this article discusses the types of thinset mortar available and tips on how to choose the proper one for your specific tile job as well as how to use thinset mortar to attach your tile to floors or walls.
In this article, you will find information about:
Custom Building Products makes all types of thinset mortars. This is a list of their products and how they recommend they are used. (refer to the manufactures data for specific uses, substrates and other product uses)
Standard Thinset Mortar:
Polymer Modified Mortars: There are several types of modified thinset mortars. Each one has specific qualities that need to be matched up with the type of tile and substrate you are using. This is a general idea of what is possible. Check the product packaging for specific uses. With a Polymer Modified Mortar you can:
There are several different manufactures and each one has many modified thinsets with names like multi flex, flex bond, Versa bond, Pro Lite, full flex and super flex.
Powdered thinset mortar must be mixed with water or a special laytex liquid that can be purchased where you purchase the thinset mortar. Most home tile projects only require mixing small amounts of thinset mortar for each batch. Use a 5 gallon bucket to mix in.
Determining the amount of thinset mortar you need depends on the size of the notched trowel. The size of the notched trowel to be used is determined by the size of the tiles installed.
Different tile sizes require the use of different sized notched trowels to ensure that the proper amount of thinset mortar is applied to bed the tiles.
step 4 Applying Thinset Mortar To Tile and Subfloor
Allow 16 to 24 hours to let the ceramic tile to set before you walk on it, depending on the temperature of the room, warmer temperatures will cause faster set times. Walking on tile floors before the thinset fully sets up will cause the bond between the tile and the substrate to break. the tiles that have been stepped on will eventually break out.
step 6 Colors Of Thinset Mortar
The color of the thinset mortar does not affect the performance characteristics of the product. The color simply helps keep the finished tile job looking like you expected it to look. Use white thinset mortar for white colored and glass tiles. Use gray thinset mortar for all other tiles.
step 7 Microban® antimicrobial protection
Many thinset mortars include Microban antimicrobial protection. This is a chemical compound that prevents mold from growing on the thinset.
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