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Product Feature: Kerakoll Green-Pro Matting

At Tile Fix Direct we choose the very best products to suit your every tiling need, so you can be sure your tiling is second to none. Introducing the Kerakoll Green-Pro Matting. This product is an uncoupling and anti-cracking waterproof membrane with high adhesion for balconies, terraces and horizontal surfaces before laying ceramic tiles or natural stone. The Kerakoll Green-Pro Matting creates a waterproof surface even when overlaid on substrates that are cracked, have not been perfectly cured or might contain vapour pressure due to residual substrate moisture content.

The Unique Features of Kerakoll Green-Pro Matting

Green-Pro is a highly innovative Kerakoll creation. The membrane is a high-technology, multi-layer composite polymer system comprising:

  • PA – hydrophobic PA fibres with high tensile strength to guarantee a superior and more evenly distributed available contact surface.
  • HDPE – waterproof and variable geometry HDPE structure to guarantee physical separation between the substrate and the flooring.
  • TNT – highly breathable sheet to guarantee passage of the vapour from uncured screeds or screeds with high residual humidity and to guarantee high levels of adhesion to the substrates.

The Benefits of Using Kerakoll Green-Pro Matting

We all know the benefits of using a decoupling layer, but Kerakoll Green-Pro has a range of additional advantages:

  • Waterproofs any surface, old or new, damp or dry, cracked or subject to dimensional variations.
  • Compensates for hygrometric shrinkage and thermal deformation stress.
  • Reduces on-site working times: waterproofing and laying of the coating without waiting, withstands foot traffic immediately.
  • Solves the problem of respecting substrate joints in staggered or diagonal laying (cuts in doorways).

Where to Use Kerakoll Green-Pro Matting

Kerakoll Green-Pro Matting can be used both externally and internally. It can be used to waterproof, separate and compensate for vapour pressure prior to laying of ceramic tile and natural stone coatings for domestic, commercial, industrial uses (like industrial kitchens, food industries, warehouses) and for street furniture (check that the size and thickness of the material to be laid is suitable).

  • Screeds, including any that are cracked and not completely cured of with possible vapour pressure caused by residual humidity.
  • Existing ceramic, marble floor tiles, natural stone floorings anchored to the substrate.
  • Cured concrete.
  • Fibre-cement and plaster-board panels anchored to the substrate.

Do not use on anhydrite-based substrates without the use of Primer A Eco professional, concentrated, water-based surface insulation, on bituminous sheeting, on exposed surfaces, on inverted roofs made with insulation panels or low-density screeds, and on roofs of residential spaces built without vapour barrier and insulation layers.

How to Install Kerakoll Green-Pro Matting

  1. Clean the substrates of dust, oil and grease, loose debris or flaky parts, residues of cement, lime, plaster/render, or paint coatings.
  2. Do not apply to substrates at a temperature > +35 °C (temperature of the substrate).
  3. Unroll the sheets and cut them to size, considering a space of approximately 5 mm between the sheets and the perimeter walls, stringcourses, protrusions, columns, pillars, architectural elements, drains, etc., and between one sheet and the next.
  4. Apply Biogel No Limits adhesive using a suitable toothed spreader; lay a thin layer with the smooth side, pressing down heavily to achieve maximum adhesion to the substrate and regulate water absorption.
  5. Regulate the thickness by the tilt of the spreader, using the toothed part. Apply the adhesive to a surface area that will allow laying of the sheets within the open time indicated (check the state of the adhesive frequently). Avoid any build-up of adhesive, that might compromise the flatness of the matting.
  6. Position the sheets or unroll them onto the fresh adhesive, taking care they are flat and avoiding the formation of creases or bubbles.
  7. Create joints approximately 5 mm in width between the sheets and the perimeter walls, stringcourses, etc., and between one sheet and the next.
  8. Immediately press the sheets down onto the fresh adhesive using Aquaform R mixed with a bag of adhesive.
  9. Check that the whole of the white unwoven fabric on the back of the membrane has been dampened; if necessary increase the amount of adhesive and press more carefully. Press properly to ensure that the membranes are taut.
  10. Avoid getting fresh adhesive onto the roller, as this might compromise the surface of the sheets.
  11. Lay the next sheet, aligning it with the preceding one and leaving a gap of approximately 5 mm between one sheet and the next; press immediately, paying particular attention to passage of the roller along the edges of the sheets.

Protect the rolls from direct sunlight, heat sources and rain, both during storage in the warehouse and on site. When laying the matting, protect it from sunshine until shortly before application. For further installation instructions click here.

Green-Pro revolutionises the world of underlying waterproofing, re-writing performance standards to allow applications that are impossible for mineral products. This top of the range standard is why we have chosen Kerakoll Green-Pro Matting, and why you should too.

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Finishing Outdoor Tile Edges PorcelQuick External Tile Trims

Porcelain paving is a great choice for a patio because the tiles are not only hard-wearing and long-lasting, but they are also stylish with an impressive range of colours and patterns. All these benefits make porcelain paving tiles well-suited to any property. However, when it comes to edging your patio, the cut edge on porcelain tiles isn’t quite as attractive as it is on natural stone and the rectified tile means that the edge can also become quite sharp. One way to edge a paving slab is by profiling it. Profiling does have its disadvantages, so PorcelQuick have created a range of stainless steel profiles designed precisely for use with porcelain paving.

Profiling your porcelain tiles can look great, but there are some downsides to this edging method. In the manufacturing of porcelain tiles, the powder is pressed in the shape of the desired tile and then fired at very high temperatures. This process is called vitrification and it removes almost all of the moisture, transforming the powder into an extremely hard material. Whilst this is necessary to make the tiles hard-wearing and well-suited to high traffic areas, it also makes porcelain tiles extremely difficult to cut on site. This means that for the tiles to be profiled or cut, to avoid those sharp edges, they usually have to be sent away to specialist companies with the machinery that can handle this tough material. This can take up to 6 weeks to fully cut and edge your tiles – so be prepared to wait. It’s also a costly process since specialist machinery is needed to cut and profile porcelain.

Luckily for us PorcelQuick have launched their latest range of 316 marine grade stainless steel trims which provide a low maintenance, aesthetically pleasing and simple solution. The trims are easy to look after, to clean simply wipe down with a wet warm cloth or sponge once or twice a month. If the trim is scratched or showing minor rust stains, use a mild abrasive cleaner such as Cif and follow up by wiping with a damp warm cloth or sponge. If the metal is contaminated with oil or grease clean with acetone (nail polish remover) and follow up with a warm water wipe.

PorcelQuick Stainless Steel Double Pencil Profile

The double pencil trim has a square look with rounded edges, it creates a bold and durable look on steps, edges and swimming pool surrounds:

  • Ideal for straight steps with or without overhang of up to 10mm.
  • Available with pre-formed external corners and end pieces.
  • Can be used on pool surrounds and steps.

PorcelQuick Stainless Steel Round Edge Profile

The round edge trim has a curved shape designed to look like a traditional bull-nose finish:

  • Ideal for edging copings or straight steps.
  • Available with pre-formed external corners and end pieces to create a neat finish easily.
  • Can be used on pool surrounds and steps.

PorcelQuick Stainless Steel Straight Edge Profile

A simple stainless steel profile that creates a subtle, contemporary look – perfect for patio edges on tiles up to 20mm thick:

  • Minimalist look.
  • Ideal for edging copings or straight steps.
  • Available with pre-formed external corners.

PorcelQuick Stainless Steel Straight Edge Formable Profile

This trim has the same subtle finish as the above, but can be bent to finish curved edges such as on patio edges, steps and swimming pool surrounds. The formable trim can be bent up to a maximum radius of 85cm:

  • Suitable for use on curved steps.
  • Can be used within curved patterns as a transition piece.

Tile Fix Direct is stocking the full range of PorcelQuick trims so click here for more information or to order online.

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Product Feature: Ardex WPC Tanking System White

Ardex WPC White Tanking Kit

We’ve Switched Our WPC Tanking System and Here’s Why You Should Too

At Tile Fix Direct we only stock the products which we believe are the best choices on the market for you, our customer. That’s why we have switched from the old grey WPC waterproofing to the new ARDEX WPC White Tanking System. ARDEX have over 60 years of experience and are one of the leaders in their field, so we know we can trust their product to do the job.

What are our reasons for switching? Well the new white colour has several great benefits that it’s grey predecessor did not:

  • The white colour means it is easy to see the marks you make in pencil or pen on walls for the tiles, pipes or whatever it is you are fixing in or up.
  • The new lighter colour makes it a great choice for installing glass or light coloured tiles, especially mosaics.
  • The new white WPC tanking system will make the whole room brighter while you are working in it. This makes the new colour especially useful in small bathrooms or enclosed wet rooms with no little to no light or windows.

Besides these great new benefits to the new white tanking system, it still also has all the previous benefits the original WPC kit had.

Why Waterproofing is Important

It is vital to waterproof the area being used before doing any work – as well as sealing the tiles afterwards if required. By taking the time to do this waterproofing you will help protect your bathroom, wet room or any internal and external wet area, from mould. The application of the WPC will also help protect the background from any unwanted water damage and leaks and, ultimately, give you some well-deserved peace of mind. Not only that but It will also make the finished tiled surface more hard-wearing and durable.

Why WPC is Good & What You Get

ARDEX WPC White Waterproof Tanking System is used as a waterproof protection coat on backgrounds such as cement, gypsum plaster, plasterboard, or wood-based materials. It is quick and easy to use. After applying the coating, tiles can be fixed to the background. The protective coat can be used to seal internal corners between walls, filling in holes, joints and gaps around pipes, and to seal baths and showers before tiling.

The kit consists of two components; a solvent-free acrylic dispersion and a reactive cement-based powder. In each box there is a free roller and scrim tape to help you with the application of the product. The pack size is 5kg/Powder and 5kg/Liquid and with consistent and even painting the product should provide a coverage of up to 6.6m2.

How to Use the Ardex WPC Kit

Ardex WPC Tanking is quick and easy to apply, here’s our guide to help you apply the WPC kit properly:

  1. Ensure that you have the appropriate tools and sufficient ARDEX WPC to cover the intended area. Make sure the surface to be tiled is dry, rigid, of sufficient strength and free from dust, grease, dirt, etc. Make sure to wear suitable gloves and eye/face protection and apply at temperatures above 5°C.
  2. Mix a small amount of ARDEX WPC to a slump free consistency for filling holes, gaps, joints etc. For application by spatula, pallet knife or towel, mix approximately 1.75kg ARDEX WPC liquid with 2.5kg ARDEX WPC powder per m2 at 3mm thickness, i.e 4.25kg of Mix No.1 per m2 at 3mm. The working time is approximately 45 minutes at 20°C.
  3. Apply the mixed ARDEX WPC (MIX No.1) with a spatula, pallet knife or trowel to seal joints in corners and fill holes and gaps around pipes, etc.
  4. Mix approximately 0.75kg ARDEX WPC liquid with 0.75kg ARDEX WPC powder per m2 at 0.8mm thickness to obtain a flowing consistency. Apply this Mix No.2 evenly with a brush or paint roller to cover the surface with a uniform coat. Leave 1 hour between each coat application to allow the WPC to fully dry.
  5. Ceramic tiles etc. can be fixed onto the second coat of ARDEX WPC after approximately 2 hours.

You should now be all set to use the new ARDEX WPC White Tanking System, happy tiling from all of us at Tile Fix Direct.

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Refresh Your Faded Black Limestone Patio with LTP Blackstone Sealer & Restorer

Has your limestone patio faded from black to grey in the years since it was first installed? Do you dream of that freshly paved look again? Well you’re in luck! Introducing LTP’s Blackstone Sealer and Restorer which will make your limestone patio look good as new. LTP are experts when it comes to sealing, cleaning and maintenance products for a range of tile and stone materials, so you can trust that Blackstone will do the job.

LTP has launched a new outdoor sealer and restorer designed for use on external dark natural stone and artificial stone surfaces. This new formula restores the appearance of faded limestone, marble, slate and concrete whilst also creating a permanent finish which provides the stone with protection from the elements. It is quick and easy to use and can be applied in multiple coats until the desired colour effect is achieved ranging from grey to ebony.

LTP Blackstone Sealer & Restorer is ideal for patios, paths, terraces and even external cladding, transforming tired grey into bold black. This before and after image from a satisfied customer really shows the difference LTP Blackstone can make to faded limestone paving.

When applying the restorer wear gloves and ensure that any surfaces that aren’t being treated are covered and protected. For honed surfaces use a soft cloth or sealant applicator, for rough cut or textured surfaces apply with a foam roller or paint brush, make sure to apply the product evenly. Allow the sealer and restorer time to absorb and dry between each application. Once the final coat has been applied do not walk on the treated surface for at least four hours. The surface can be treated as normal after a full 24 hours have passed.

It’s important to remember that this product is a permanent staining solution that will darken the surface of the stone and the grout joints making it very difficult to remove once applied. Test on an inconspicuous area before general application and do not walk on treated surfaces until the solution has completely dried.

A couple of coats and a day to cure is all it takes to give your patio a new lease of life. From faded grey to shining black, give your patio a little TLC this summer. LTP Blackstone is available in 1L bottles at Tile Fix Direct, which should give you approximately 30m2 coverage in a single coat.

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Electric Underfloor Heating Pros and Cons

Underfloor heating used to be seen as a luxury used only in extravagant homes and high-end hotels, but those days are gone and most of us know that it’s now a really affordable option. It’s also really practical, particularly in small spaces where it can be used as a replacement for bulky radiators. As with everything, electric underfloor heating has its pros and cons so we’re going to spell them out for you to help you decide whether it’s right for you or the job you are working on.

Pros of Electric Underfloor Heating

  • Easy to install – compared to other heating systems, electric underfloor heating is relatively easy to install. The mats often have a self-adhesive coating on the underside to fix them to the floor, and they are then covered in a self-levelling compound or tile adhesive. A certified electrician will need to connect the system and ensure it is all working correctly before tiles can be installed.
  • Makes the most of space – in smaller spaces underfloor heating can be used as the sole heating system, freeing up wall space where bulky radiators would usually sit.
  • Ideal for wet rooms – underfloor heating is suitable for use in wet areas, which makes it ideal for use in bathrooms and wet rooms. It helps to evaporate water on tiled floors, minimising the risk of slipping and making the floor safer.
  • Flexible heating option – electric underfloor heating can be installed on any level of the house and because the mats are very slim it is perfect for use in renovation projects.
  • Luxurious experience – there’s no denying that underfloor heating provides a luxurious feeling underfoot – whether you use it in your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or living areas.

Cons of Electric Underfloor Heating

  • Expert installation – you will need to make sure you hire qualified tradesmen to install the system and keep hold of all information regarding installation in case of any problems in the future.
  • Insulation – to make the most of your electric underfloor heating you may need to install additional insulation beneath the mats. Tile backer boards will help your UFH system work most efficiently.
  • Longer heat up times – electric underfloor heating can take a little longer to heat up than other options, however if you use your thermostat to create a custom heating schedule that suits you it’s unlikely you will notice.
  • Running costs – if you use electric underfloor heating as the only source of heating in your home it may be an expensive choice, however it’s more likely that it will be used for one or two rooms or as an additional heating method – for this it is a cost effective option.
  • Faults – if there are any faults with the system you may need to rip up the floor to fix or replace the electric underfloor heating which will be expensive and disruptive.

At Tile Fix Direct we have three options when it comes to choosing a brand:

DEVI

DEVI are celebrating their 75th birthday in 2019! They are market leaders in Europe aiming to provide “high quality electrical heating solutions with long-lasting effects.” They are confident in their range of underfloor heating products, including mats, cables and thermostats, even offering the DEVIwarranty™ that not only covers cable or mat replacement, but also the cost of installation and floor materials – up to 20 years! Shop DEVImat underfloor heating online.

Orbry

Orbry provide a range of wet room products at affordable prices. Their range of electric underfloor heating products includes, 100W & 150W self-adhesive mats, thermostats and insulating tile backer boards to help you get the most out of your system. Shop Orbry underfloor heating online.

Schlüter

Schlüter’s DITRA-HEAT underfloor heating system combines a decoupling mat with electric heating cables. The innovative DUO system also provides other benefits including soundproofing, waterproofing and an insulating thermal break layer. They also have a range of thermostats including a wifi controlled option that links to a smartphone app. Shop Schlüter underfloor heating online.

Our staff have many years experience and are familiar with all the systems we sell so get in touch if you have any questions. Alternatively use our electric underfloor heating selector to help you work out what you need.

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