View More Filters. View Less Filters. Ultimate 6 Plus is a high-performance, polymer-modified, full coverage mortar with a unique combination of features that allow grouting in 6 hours while providing an extended open time.
Unfortunately, there many ways that a tile installation can fail from the wrong setting materials to inadequate back-buttering of large format tiles. One thing that can always help an installation go more smoothly, however, is using the right underlayment. One of the first questions that many people before installation is whether to use plywood or cement board under tile.
When installing tile, having a solid and tight substrate that will not shift, expand, or contract is all-important. The most skillfully laid tile floor or wall can be ruined with a base that is not dimensionally stable. Many other types of floor coverings such as laminate or luxury vinyl tile have more flex and are more forgiving.
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Canalside Heating and Energy Services. Professional tile adhesive manufacturers, BAL, Mapei, Weber etc technical departments all explicitly warn against the use of PVA, and provide specific instructions on preparing plywood surfaces prior to tiling with their products. Plywood requires the application of a latex based bonding solution to the plywood to seal it and then the use of a flexible cement based adhesive, not pre-mixed tub adhesive.
Tile requires a structurally-sound, sturdy foundation, and plywood alone is unsuitable. Cement-based backer board stabilizes the plywood substrate and provides a flat, even surface for tile. For best results, especially on floors, concrete board should be installed at least one day prior to installing tile.
If you are installing ceramic tile over another surface, it is important to follow specific recommendations and steps to make sure there will be proper bonding. Ceramic tile over wood, tile, concrete, or vinyl should be installed by using appropriate products that will allow the right adhesion between surfaces. Always be sure the existing surface has been cleaned and leveled.
Data Sheets. Substrates: The Plywood to be covered with ceramic tile shall be of exterior grade, clean and free of dirt, oil, grease, and paint. Note: Plywood is not a suitable substrate for exterior tile installation or interior areas subject to constant water exposure The joints between two Plywood sheets should be continued through to the top of the tile.
Literature from Noble Company and others in the tile industry contains references to mortar bed and thin-bed methods. Following are descriptions of those methods with a focus on shower waterproofing applications. Mortar bed methods have been used for centuries and have proven to be dependable.
Thinset mortar is a blend of cement, very finely graded sand, and a water retention compound that allows the cement to properly hydrate. Tile set by the thinset method is adhered to the substrate with a thin layer of "thinset" cement. The terms thinset cement, thinset mortar, dryset mortar, and drybond mortar are synonymous. While very minor adjustments in height can be made, this method is not appropriate for adjusting the level or flatness of a surface - rather the tile will follow the plane of the substrate.