What’s the difference between standard and rapid set tile adhesive?
When it comes to choosing the tile right adhesive for your tiling project, there are a number of things you need to consider.
Firstly, the substrate (that’s the surface onto which you are tiling). Secondly, the type of tile you are using. And, thirdly, the size of the tile that you are using. These will help determine which adhesive is the best one to use.
To help we’ve created this handy advice guide to explain the differences between the main adhesives – ready mixed, standard and rapid set, so you can decide which is the right one for you to use. Read on to find out more.
What are the different tile adhesives?
There are two main types of tile adhesive – ready mixed and powdered adhesives.
The former comes ready mixed and can be applied straight from the tub onto interior walls only. This makes it perfect for small spaces like splashbacks and smaller tiles, generally ceramic tiles no larger than 30c.
Powder adhesives come in a powder format and need to be mixed with cold clean water before they can be applied. However, they do provide a much stronger bond than their ready mixed counterparts, and as a result, can be used to fit ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles among others to almost any type of surface – both inside and outside the home.
When is it best to use standard set tile adhesive?
The term ‘standard set’ refers to the working time you have to use that product on your floors and walls.
While logic would suggest the faster the adhesive sets, the quicker you can start grouting, there are instances, when this isn’t such a great thing, such as when you are laying an intricate tiling pattern, like herringbone, and you need as much setting time as possible to get it right. That’s where standard set comes into its own as it gives you on average a three-hour window with which to work with this product. Always consult the manufacturer’s instructions though before using any product for exact setting times.
When is it best to use ‘rapid set’ tile adhesive?
‘Rapid set’ adhesives are ideal for tiling projects which require a quick turnaround. The average set time is 30 minutes which makes them popular for high traffic areas of the home like the bathroom or kitchen, which you can’t have out of action for too long. The only downside to this is that is gives you a lot less time to adjust your tiles during the installation.
Why do adhesives come in different colours?
Most powdered adhesives come in white or grey. As a rule of thumb, if you are using a light-coloured grout, you’d use a white adhesive, and vice versa.
Make sure to leave your tiles to fully set!
And don’t forget, whether you are using standard or rapid set adhesive, give your tiles enough time to fully set before walking on them. Otherwise, you must find that you end up with an even floor – which nobody wants!
Watch our video
Tile Warehouse has teamed up with hit YouTuber Proper DIY to show you the best way to mix and apply tile adhesive in the home. This short video is packed full of useful tips and advice for DIyers of all levels.
Need more information?
If you have any questions regarding selecting the right tiles for use outdoors, then feel free to contact our Customer Services team.