Laticrete Thinsets - 255 and 254 with Strata Mat or Ditra
Originally Posted by SH140
What size is the tile you are installing? I love 254 and it is one of our favourites - Schluter wants you to use a non-modifed thin-set over Ditra to play by the book. Over Ditra when we want a modified thin-set we have been specify S14 or X32 from Ardex - these are self curing thin sets. Setting Ditra to plywood 255 is great since it is a top quality modified thin-set.
I set a brick to Ditra with 254 Platinum and the Ditra to the plywood mock up with the same. I hung over 1600 pounds of water from this test. The larger the tile the longer it will take to fully cure underneath. So pick your thin-set based on the time line you are working with - or swap out Ditra for Strata Mat.
Have you seen Laticrete's Strata-Mat? It is perforated and allows for modified thin-sets to be used over it. Strata Mat is an uncoupling membrane.
As for the niche how have you designed the tile layout. We like the tile to wrap into the niche so most times we size the niche a little larger and adjust the size once we tile to this point. We have worked from the niche out before so anyway you tackle this you should be fine.
Where to purchase Laticrete Thin-sets in Vancouver - B.C.
I received an email last night from a couple looking to purchase Laticrete thin-sets. I do not sell Laticrete thin-sets, nor do I sell Mapei, Ardex or any of the others. You can purchase Laticrete thin-sets at Centanni Tile in Burnaby. If you would like to use my account to get a slightly better price email Donny prior to going down to the store. His email is "Donny G. Centanni" <email@example.com>
Centanni Tile - dealer of Laticrete
3737 Napier Street, Burnaby
BC, V5C 3E4
Anytime you purchase a thin-set always double check the production date or best before date. Laticrete has the easiest system to read in the industry and the best bags for packaging. The manufacturing date on Laticrete setting materials is posted on the top of the bag.
You can see that Laticrete uses a plastic bag for their thin-sets. These bags are Italian made and the best in the industry. When transporting thin-set like I do in my truck it is important that you do not place the bag in a puddle or on something wet. I've drop these bags in a puddle before and not had a single drop of water enter the bag. I do not endorse this practice but it's nice to know if you get stuck in a sprinkle of rain you need not freak out.
Laticrete's system of printing the manufacturing date in plan English is so refreshing. No codes. No batch numbers or production months to remember. Just read the best before date. We try and buy product that is only 1-6 months old when possible. Always check these codes since thin-set has a one year shelf life if left unopened in the original bag!
Setting Nu-Heat Pads with Laticrete 254 Thin-set
255 is modified thin-set so it is good between the Ditra and the Plywood subfloor.
Originally Posted by SH140
Here is a peak at some Laticrete 254 thin-set. Set this heating mat from Nu-Heat last night at my buddies place.
Substrate is 5/8" sheathing then 1/4" WonderBoard Lite. Wonderboard lite also set with Laticrete 254 and roofing nails.
I mixed the thin-set loose. To make it loose I added 20% more water than specified on the bag.
This 254 thin-set from Laticrete is one of my favourites!
Later this weekend I'll install some Strata mat over the heating pad and do a little minor levelling