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    What is the best adhesive for new floor tiles?

    Flooring Specialists

    Hi All, I have a ply lined bathroom floor and would like to know which adhesive would be best for porcelain floor tiles (600mm x 600mm). Does anyone have any suggestions? Currently, I have some leftover unibond ave a 20kg bag of unibond rapid set ceramic floor tile adhesive cement based left over from another.

    Asked by Simon on 7th Mar 2019
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    amb flooring

    "It depends on what kind of floor tiles they are, as you can get carpet floor tiles, vinyl floor tiles e.t.c
    However, if you call a flooring company to come and fit the floor tiles and tell them what tiles they are, they will bring the correct adhesive or you. You can also go to a flooring shop or call one and find out what adhesive you need."

    Answered on 21st Jun 2019 - Member since Jun 2019 - report
    Fab Flooring

    "Hello, You will need elasticated/flexible floor tile adhesive for floor tiles, ideally rapid-set if possible. For porcelain tiles specifically, do seek adhesives which are made to bond with porcelain – using terms like; “porcel-bond” or “porcel-plus”. Many would recommend Mapei rapid-set adhesive for porcelain specifically, as it ticks all these boxes. Generally, 20kg bag equates to 5m squared. Additionally, for grouting, you should seek grouting with similar properties – I believe Unibond does a version that may fit the bill. Be aware of the grouting colour choices before purchase, to ensure you have a suitable match for your tiles.
    Microban typically offers a range of different grouting colours. Before laying the tiles with adhesive, the floorboards must be secured correctly. Ply boarding must be screwed in (with a minimum of 9mm thickness) for every 150mm in each direction – this ensures that British legal standards are being met. Afterwards, the boarding can be sealed with PVA. Following this, the adhesive can begin to be applied, ready for the laying the tiles and for grouting afterwards."

    Answered on 7th Mar 2019 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
    HML Painting & Decorating

    "tile Mastic. Sometimes called "organic" mastic or adhesive, tile mastic is a sticky tile adhesive that comes in premixed tubs. It is best for applications in dry areas, such as walls in kitchens and living areas. Mastic is a water-based acrylic glue that is not moisture-resistant or heat-resistant."

    Answered on 3rd Apr 2019 - Member since Oct 2018 - report

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