How to choose the right adhesive for a long-lasting facade?
Every building has a personality. Some appear rugged and well-built while others appear cosmopolitan, chic and exude confidence. The fact is that you judge a building by its façade. Some of the best landmark buildings are known so because their façade is built to last and reflect the personality of the residents dwelling inside it. Be it a commercial building or a residential one.
Gone are those days when constructing a building meant putting up a structure fit enough for a dwelling. In an evolving world where energy-efficiency and minimizing carbon footprint is the need of the hour, you need Buildings that are sustainable, green and can withstand the vagaries of Nature. That includes having a long-lasting façade to the building as well.
Evolution of efficient building and construction materials coupled with innovation in modern construction practices have turned Cities into Smart Cities. Smart Cities inherently require innovative applications and the use of tiles or stone slabs for the cladding of facades aligns perfectly with the intricacies of a Smart City.
Façade tiles are of vital importance when considering issues of green building and sustainable design. It becomes imperative for an architect or builder to understand the importance of improving and supporting the performance and sustainability of the building.
A façade cladding, when properly installed with tiles, becomes an excellent heat insulator in cold climates and keeps the building cool in warm climates. However, an improper installation leads to debonding and/or chipping of the tiles or stones and if there are gaps between the tile and the substrate, the gap breeds pests/fungi and allows seepage of water.
Tiles debonding and falling off the substrate is an obvious violation of HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) guidelines and coupled with the aforementioned problems, can lead to expensive repairs both on the exteriors and interiors depending on the severity of the problem.
This is why MYK LATICRETE has created a set of adhesives which helps in the perfect adhesion of façade tiles. The LATICRETE® 111 + LATICRETE® 73 RAPID CRETE ADMIX and the LATICRETE® 335 are high-performance adhesives which give you superior performance.
The LATICRETE® 111 Crete Filler Powder is a factory prepared blend of carefully selected raw materials, Portland cement and graded aggregates. Designed for use with LATICRETE® 73 Crete Admix to produce high strength adhesive for fixing all varieties of small to large format tiles and stones.
The LATICRETE® 73 is a specially designed Latex Crete Admix for use with LATICRETE® 111 Crete Filler Powder to make high strength, rapid setting latex fortified thin-set adhesives and is suitable for installation of all types of ceramic tile, industrial tile, natural stones and agglomerates.
Tile setting adhesives made with LATICRETE® 111 + LATICRETE® 73 provide increased flexibility, stronger bond and compression strength when compared to conventional Portland cement mortars. This increased bond strength is especially vital when installing semi and fully vitrified tiles, quarry tiles, pavers and other ceramic floor and wall tiles used in highly critical areas such as external facades and heavy traffic areas.
Apart from this, the LATICRETE® 335 is the ultimate one-step, polymer fortified thin-set adhesive for external facade installation of ceramic tiles, vitrified tiles, stone quarry tiles, pavers and brick of various sizes. Superior strength, flexibility to handle structural movements, non-sag property and taking on extreme weather conditions, are among its best features.
Mixed with water, it has a long open time with unsurpassed adhesion and workability.A Single component adhesive, it exceeds EN 1348 for C2TES1 and exceeds ANSI A 118.4.
MYK LATICRETE’s tile façade adhesives have created a union between natural tradition and state-of-the-art technology. The high strength and tested safety standards make it suitable for homes, offices and public buildings- therefore façade tiles installed with MYK LATICRETE adhesivesretains its aesthetic appeal and immense durability throughout the years.