Strict timeframe demands quality adhesive

by Tania Wannenburg
TAL Jnl 5 14

An adhesive that had to perform to tight deadlines while responding to the needs of high-traffic areas.

Adhesives and ancillary products for the fast-track installation of porcelain and ceramic tiles were recently supplied by TAL for Checkers Cradlestone Mall, a new multi-million Rand shopping centre in Krugersdorp. It required the installation of 4 500m² of tiling to the main trading floor, feature walls, back-of-house areas, offices and staff rooms.

TAL products are manufactured locally and developed to suit the South African climate, and were specified by the in-house Shoprite Store Development Team. TAL Goldstar, TAL Professional, TAL Keycoat, TAL Bond, TAL Quarry Grout and TAL Industrial Fine Epoxy Grout were all supplied for this installation.

“The TAL Goldstar range of rapid-setting tile adhesives was specifically developed for fast-track floor installations such as stores, shopping centres, hotels and office blocks, both new installations and refurbishments, where quick access to the tiled area is required,” says Schalk Pelzer, Technical Representative for TAL.

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

The adhesive used for the floor tiling was mixed with TAL Bond, a modified latex additive, as a total water replacement in the mix to enhance bond strength and flexibility of the tile installation.

A 10-year warranty for this installation was issued by TAL. The same 10-year warranty is offered on any tiling installation, provided a Materials and Methods specification is issued by TAL for the project; TAL products are used in strict accordance with the specification; and the installation is undertaken by a TAL Registered Tiler and monitored by TAL.

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