Katherine & West tiles installed using rapid-setting adhesive system

by Tania Wannenburg
Katherine west

The 10 000m² of porcelain tiles at Katherine & West was installed using local TAL adhesives and additives.


TAL supplied adhesives and ancillary products for the installation of 10 000m² of porcelain tiles at the eight-storey triangular Katherine & West, an office development in the Sandton Gate precinct.

Designed by LYT Architecture and developed by Barrow Properties, the building has a modern design that includes a striking glass facade. The corner facing the intersection of Katherine and West Streets contains a prominent black tiled feature wall to which its signage is secured.

TAL Goldstar 6, a rapid-setting tile adhesive and TAL Bond, a latex additive, were used for the installation of tiles to the exterior facade, interior lobby, lift shaft walls, reception area and bathrooms.

“This fast-track tile installation called for an adhesive system that is not only rapid-setting to enable trafficking after only a few hours, but also flexible to withstand building and thermal movement and exposure to the elements,” says the technical representative at TAL, Schalk Pelzer.

TAL Goldstar 6 is a high-strength, grey powder adhesive suitable for fixing porcelain, ceramic and dark-coloured granite and marble tiles to walls and floors in interior and exterior installations. It is shrinkage-compensated and sets to allow traffic after only six hours, depending on site and ambient conditions.

The water in the adhesive mix was replaced with TAL Bond, a modified latex additive, to enhance the bond strength, flexibility and water resistance of the tile installation. Manufactured locally, TAL products are developed to suit South African climate conditions.

Black matt porcelain tiles in a 600 x 600mm format were installed on the exterior walls of the building, and mechanical supports were installed at 1,8m intervals. To allow for movement, tile panel movement joints were created at 1,8m x 3m intervals and TAL Goldstar Sealmaster 1000, a single component, permanently flexible polyurethane joint sealant, was used to seal the tile panel movement joints.

The lobby features 400 x 800mm matt porcelain tiles in light grey on the floor and the lift shaft walls were tiled with a 600 x 600mm grey matt porcelain tile, and mechanical supports were installed every three metres. The reception area has light grey 400 x 800mm gloss tiles on the floor, while the bathrooms were tiled with 300 x 600mm charcoal-coloured matt porcelain tiles.

In addition, the external balconies were tiled with 300 x 600mm matt porcelain tiles using TAL Goldstar 12, a quick-setting, high-strength adhesive mixed with TAL Bond to improve the flexibility and water resistance of the tile adhesive.

TAL is ISO 9001:2008 quality management system certified and all TAL products used on this project conform to the VOC requirements stipulated by the Green Building Council of South Africa.

Tel: 0860 000 (TAL) 825
Website: www.tal.co.za

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