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Flooring & Tiling


suffer discolouration in a wet room environment. Glazed or unglazed porcelain or fully vitrified ceramic tiles can also be used, provided they conform to the relevant British Standard.


Norcros provides a number of options when it comes to tile adhesives suitable for wetrooms. Norcros Rapid Porcelain Grey Adhesive is a cement- based thin bed adhesive designed for fixing fully vitrified porcelain, ceramic and stone tiles to a variety of surfaces. Being water-resistant, it is suitable for wetroom installations.


One Part Flexible Grey is a slow setting, highly polymer-fortified adhesive mortar for use on walls and floors. It requires only the addition of water as it is specially formulated with Rock-Tite™ polymeric binders to impart flexibility, water resistance and increased strength. It is ideal for tiling in heavy duty areas, including commercial showers and locations where thermal variation may occur.


When it comes to grouting the tiled surfaces of a new wetroom, Norcros Stop Mould Flexible Wall Grout is a fine textured smooth finish grouting material for joints up to 5mm wide.


current tile trends, in particular the escalating popularity of wood effect tiles. Norcros Adhesives has added four new colours to the 4 into 1 Grouts range. These are specifically designed to complement the new generation of modern tiles. The colours have been formulated so that they now match the existing successful Norcros Flexible Wide Joint grout range…


Norcros Adhesives Relaunches its 4 into 1 Grout Range with New Formulations and Colours Norcros Adhesives is relaunching its successful 4 into 1 grout range with new improved formulations, new colours, packaging and marketing support. The Norcros 4 into 1 Grouts & Sealants range has established itself in recent years as one of the leading ranges on the market, known for technical excellence and ease of use, so the relaunch will be of considerable interest both to fixers and distributors. The new products have been reformulated to be both efflorescence-resistant and water-repellant. Efflorescence is the movement of salts towards the surface of a porous material, generally the grout lines, where it can leave an unsightly deposit. In some tiling installations this can be a real problem which negatively affects the aesthetic appearance of a tiled surface.


Norcros Stop Mould Flexible Grout is now available in a range of new colours to match the full range of Norcros 4 into 1 silicone sealants and floor & wall grouts. The colours include Arctic White, Blanched Almond, Coffee Bean, Cornish Cream, Golden Jasmine, Midnight Coal, Oxford Stone, Sandy Beach, Silver Grey, Slate Grey and Steel Grey. The inclusion of Rock-Tite™ polymeric binders makes the product suitable for use with all types of tiles, including glass and mosaics, where it has excellent adhesion characteristics. Its high flexibility and strength make it ideal for dry-lined walls and surfaces subject to repeated vibration, such as would be found in power showers.


The inclusion of Stop Mould Anti-Bacterial protects against the build-up of mould and unattractive discolouration, which can be found in areas of frequent wetting, high humidity and condensation. Being anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, it is particularly suitable for hygiene sensitive areas. To assist installers and specifiers, Norcros has a CPD seminar - Avoiding Common Failures when Specifying Wall and Floor Tiling – will be helpful to anyone considering new a tiling installation in a wetroom. The areas covered by the new CPDs reflect the queries most frequently received by the Norcros technical department, due to a general lack of readily available information. The CPDs can be viewed online via YouTube or the company’s website.


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The formulation also contains Norcros Stop Mould Antibacterial additives to protect against mould and discolouration, which can occur in areas which will be subject to moisture or high humidity. The grouts can be used either internally or externally and in permanently immersed locations such as swimming pools. They are suitable for use with all types of wall and floor tiles, including natural stone, especially where a narrow fine-textured joint is required. The new grouts have a high flexural strength, meaning they are suitable for use in areas where limited background movement or vibration can occur, such as in heated floors or where tiling has been applied to wooden flooring. They are also suitable for use in wider joint applications of up to 12mm. The new range has been considerably expanded and now includes a total of 15 colours, reflecting


To assist specifiers and architects at the design stage, the colours of the new range can also now be quoted as RAL numbers. Autumn Chestnut, Forest Acorn, Tropical Ebony and Rustic Cedar are the new colours joining the range. The remaining colours which formed part of the previous range have all been reformulated, repackaged and mostly renamed. The new names are Arctic White, Oxford Stone, Golden Jasmine, Cornish Cream, Blanched Almond, Sandy Beach, Silver Grey, Steel Grey, Slate Grey, Midnight Coal and Coffee Bean. “With this exciting new range, we have sought to address two key issues,” says Mandy Searle, technical services manager at Norcros Adhesives. “Firstly the issue of efflorescence, which can be an unsightly problem for fixers, for which we believe we have provided a solution by implementing a technical enhancement of the product. Secondly we have addressed the need to match our grouts to the latest fashion trends in the tiling market..” The new 4 into 1 grouts are available in 5kg or 10kg bags and are covered by the usual Norcros lifetime guarantee.


They are also supported by a new A4 Colour Samples folder. This comes on a durable heavy duty folding card. It includes product and application guidance on all Norcros grouts and sealants, including the 4 into 1 range. It also features sample sticks which can be used to test against actual tiles, providing a real benefit for fixers who are looking to coordinate grout lines with their tiling selections. More detail on the entire Norcros Adhesives product range, including the new grouts, is available on the company’s new website.


01782 524140 www.norcros-adhesives.com


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