Tile adhesive is one of those products where the better it is, the less it will be noticed. It is hidden once the tiling is complete and the client generally isn’t going to be too picky about having a particular brand of tile adhesive. However, using the right tile adhesive is critical for ensuring the tiles are attached properly and remain so throughout their life. Such is life that using a good quality tile adhesive won’t earn the fixer any ‘brownie points’, but using a poor one would quickly result in a dissatisfied client.
Considerations When Buying Tile Adhesive
- Normal v Rapidset – rapidset tile adhesive usually sets within 1-3 hours and grouting can be completed within the same day. Standard setting tile adhesives generally take 24 hours to set and during this time the tiles will not be securely fixed. Rapidset can allow you to finish the job more quickly, however may result in wastage if it sets before use; if in doubt the standard setting allows more time to work with the product. A good tip when using rapidset is to mix small batches at a time and to have your tiles pre-cut and placed near where they will be laid.
- Non-Flexible v Flexible – this will depend on the surface you are planning to tile. Very solid concrete surfaces generally do not move and are suitable for non-flexible tile adhesive. However, surfaces where there is likely to be movement, such as floor boards, require a flexible tile adhesive. Each product will differ on the type of flexibility (e.g. single part, two part) and you should refer to the specific product for recommendations on which surfaces it is applicable for use on.
- Powder v Pre-Mixed – pre-mixed tubs can be used on tiles up to 300 x 300mm and typically take 24 hours to dry. They can be useful for situations in which you are using small ceramic tiles or mosaics on a flat wall where grouting doesn’t need to be completed on the same day. Otherwise powdered tile adhesive is a cost-effective solution which isn’t restricted by the size of tile, generally has a quicker drying time, and is usable in a wider variety of settings than pre-mixed.
Leading Tile Adhesive Manufacturers
Bostik Tile Adhesive
With a history stretching as far back as 1889, Bostik has long been regarded as a quality adhesives manufacturer. Tile Fix stocks a great range of Bostik tile adhesive, including Bostik Vitri-Flex, Bostik Rapidset and Bostik Stoneflex.
Norcros Tile Adhesive
After originally selling their UK and Australian tile adhesive businesses to Ardex in 2001, Norcros re-entered the UK tile adhesive market in 2005 and produces a range of quality products. You can purchase Norcros tile adhesive from Tile Fix Direct, including: Norcros Rapid Adhesive, Norcros Thick Bed Adhesive and Norcros Flexible Adhesive.
BAL Tile Adhesive
BAL was founded in 1962 as a development centre for the UK ceramic tile industry and has served the UK market ever since. You can find an extensive range of BAL tile adhesive on Tile Fix Direct, including BAL White Star, BAL Single Part Flexible adhesive and BAL Rapidset Flexible. Many of our BAL tile adhesive can also be purchased by the pallet for the lowest possible prices – check the individual product for quantities and rates.
Ardex Tile Adhesive
With over 60 years of experience providing products to the wall and floor tiling industries, Ardex has developed a reputation for quality tile adhesives. The great range stocked by Tile Fix Direct includes Ardex X7, Ardex X77 and Ardex AF200 tile adhesive.
Buy Tile Adhesive Online
Whichever tile adhesive you require you can buy it online from Tile Fix Direct. We stock a great range of tile adhesive from Bostik, Norcros, BAL and Ardex at great online-only prices.