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Extreme Conditions Grouting

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Is every tile project installed in ideal weather conditions?  Probably not.  For the best results, grout should be installed when the temperature is between 50°F and 100°F with controlled humidity and wind, after the bonding mortar has properly cured. 

Read our technical bulletin on Extreme Weather Grouting for tips and things to consider when conditions are less than ideal.

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White Paper: Extreme Weather Tiling

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Setting tile in adverse or even severe weather conditions presents unique challenges.  The key to a successful project is preparation.

CUSTOM's Technical Services team provides guidance for setting tile when the weather does not cooperate. While these extreme conditions are usually experienced on exterior installation projects, the recommendations also apply to work inside buildings  that lack climate control.

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Top 5 Tips Video: Exterior Tiling



Exterior tile installation presents unique challenges for tile contractors and design professionals.  Tile selection, mortar selection and waterproofing membrane selection is critical to a projects success.

As part of CUSTOM's Top 5 Tips educational video series, Sr. Director of Technical Services Mike Micalizzi discusses the most critical things you need to consider.

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Large Format Tile Requires Specialized Mortars

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Today’s tile is larger than ever.  For ceramic or porcelain tile greater than 15” (38 cm) on one or more sides and for all natural stone, the new industry standard calls for the use of a specialized mortar.

These modified dry-set mortars (large format tile mortars) are specifically formulated for large and heavy tile.  They resist slumping to support the increased weight, promoting smoother tile installations with reduced lippage or unevenness between tiles.  Uneven tiles detract from the smooth, monolithic look of the floor, create challenging grout joints and can even present a trip and fall hazard.

CUSTOM’s unmatched family of large format tile (LFT) mortars ranges from everyday performance to high-performance options with attributes engineered to address specific jobsite issues such as crack isolation, the need for 10-year or lifetime warranties, a fast return to service or tile installation weight considerations.

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