What is a ready mixed tile adhesive?
Ready mix tile adhesive is a type of tile adhesive which comes in a plastic container or tub and is immediately ready for use. This main strength of the ready mix tile adhesive is in fixing ceramic wall tiles; it doesn’t perform quite as well when it comes to tiling with natural stone or porcelain.
What are the benefits of using ready mixed tile adhesive?
The most obvious benefit of using ready mix tile adhesive instead of powdered tile adhesive is the fact that it’s ready to use from the tub and doesn’t require any preparation time. Not only does this mean using ready mix adhesive requires less effort, but also that the whole process of fixing tiles is a lot less messy, since you don’t need to mix it with water.
With longer drying time than powered adhesives, ready mix tile adhesives are ideal for tiling jobs where more time for corrections can be of use, like when you’re laying the tiles in a more complicated pattern, or want to ensure perfection.
How to choose the right adhesive?
With the many different types of tile adhesives available, it can be hard to choose. But rest assured, we have the right type of tile adhesive for every surface type, whether you’re doing tiling works outdoors or indoors, or on your floors or your walls.
The main determining factor in choosing which tile adhesive you need to use is the type of tiles you are fixing. Ready mix tile adhesive is great for glazed ceramic tiles smaller than 300x300mm. For any ceramics bigger than this, as well as for all porcelain tiles, opt for a powdered tile adhesive. If you are using natural stone, choose a fast setting, flexible tile adhesive.
The other aspect you need to consider is what material you are fixing the tiles to. Both ready mix tile adhesives and powdered adhesives can be used on plaster and cement boards. For cement screed, concrete and sand, tiles should be fixed with powdered adhesives, which should also be flexible if underfloor heating is also being installed. Ideally, you would also use powdered adhesive on timber, but a flexible ready mix tile adhesives such as the SikaCeram Non-Slip Showerproof Tile Adhesive also gets the job done.
If you are tiling inside your house, you have a choice of tile adhesives to pick from. Depending on the type of tiles you are using, you can opt for either ready mix tile adhesive or powder based adhesive. Powdered tile adhesive, on the other hand, is the type widely used for internal floors.
When to use ready mixed tile adhesive?
When you are fixing small ceramic tiles into a splashback or even an entire wall, using a ready mix tile adhesive is a suitable choice. A great choice of ready mixed adhesive paste for your bathroom, shower and kitchen walls is the SikaCeram Waterproof Wall Tile Adhesive. If you are planning to tile the floors of your kitchen or bathroom and shower area using a ready mix tile adhesive, choose a non-slip showerproof tile adhesive such as the SikaCeram.