Polymers provide mortar breakthrough

Summary

The fixing of ceramic floor tiles and stone to a concrete base has always caused problems because the concrete cracks as it cures. For successful crack-free application, contractors must protect the tiles and stone against the natural shrinking and cracking of the substrate by means of crack-isolation systems. TEC Specialty Products, a US company, has developed a new technology which involves strengthening the cement with large amounts of flexible polymers. The one-step crack-isolation mortars, such as 1Flex, deliver a much improved performance while simplifying  application and reducing installation costs and time.

Primary author(s): Schad G

                            TEC Specialty Products

Source: Tile Decorative Surf.

            53,No.2,2003,p.74-76

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