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When it comes to planning your tiling project, we realise that choosing the tiles is just one part of the process - you also need to factor in choosing the right tile adhesive, grouts and tools to achieve a professional finish. That’s why, here at Tiles Direct, we don’t just sell tiles - we’re your one-stop shop for tiles and tiling accessories, which includes our range of Mapei tile adhesive products.

As an industry-recognised brand, Mapei has supplied construction-related products for over 80 years - delivering premium solutions such as tile adhesive across the globe. As a Mapei supplier, you’ll find we boast an extensive range of floor and wall tile adhesive solutions to help you find just the right product for the job.

How to choose the right adhesive

When it comes to choosing the right adhesive for the job, it’s important to consider the demands your adhesive will need to be able to stand up to. Regardless of whether you’re fitting wall tiles or floor tiles, or the specific material the tile is made of, the adhesive you use needs to deliver enduring performance - keeping tiles securely in place for decades.

You also need to factor in some level of movement when it comes to your tiles. While this may be minimal, poorly installed or inefficient tiling can crack over time, causing tiles to become loose or even unstuck entirely. Although it's possible to repair cracked tiles, it's much better to get the installation right from the off to avoid this scenario altogether. This is why many modern adhesives, like the Mapei Rapid Set Flexible Tile Adhesive, contain specific components that prevent them from shrinking or cracking.

In addition to this, your tile adhesive of choice also needs to be easy to work with and pliable, so it can be spread across the surface (also referred to in the trade as ‘substrate’) - ensuring it provides ample coverage of any gaps between the tile and the surface below. If gaps are left, this can cause tiles to sound hollow, which may lead to them coming loose or even cracking if put under extreme pressure.

Finally, you also need to consider how quickly your tile adhesive dries. This is particularly important if you’re on a tight deadline, since you don’t want to have to wait for days for the adhesive to set before you can begin grouting. However, a tile adhesive that dries too quickly could lead to wasted materials, as you simply won’t be able to lay your tiles fast enough.

Thankfully, our range of Mapei adhesives meet all of those demands and are suitable for use with porcelain tiles, as well as ceramic & non-moisture-sensitive natural stone, making this a versatile option when it comes to securely installing tiles in varying shapes, materials and sizes. In addition, the Mapei rapid set wall and floor tile adhesives are designed to dry in two to three hours - leaving you with a surface that can be ready to grout in as little as three hours.

Within this range, you’ll find premixed and standard Mapei adhesives. Standard adhesives require you to mix the solution with water yourself. Perfect for larger areas, mixing yourself can help to keep costs down and ensure you achieve just the right consistency needed for installing tiles. If you’re tiling a small area like a kitchen splashback or bathroom wall, products like the Mapegrip D1 Wall Tile Adhesive could be a more convenient option, as it can be applied right away and will give you plenty of coverage with minimal waste.

No matter whether you plan to use Mapei tile adhesive products on walls or floors, this product is sure to help keep your tiles in place for many years. It can also be used with underfloor heating mats for fuss-free installation of your luxury floors.

Mapei added extras

Whether you’re tackling your first DIY tiling project or you’re a seasoned tiling pro, with Mapei tile adhesive, you know you’re getting a premium product that’s easy to work with and can be put to use on most surfaces.

However, some tiling projects may require you to take additional measures to ensure your tiling project is a complete success, which can include tackling uneven surfaces. This is particularly important when you’re laying floor tiles, as a flat surface not only makes tiles more difficult to lay in terms of achieving a level surface, but it can also affect the adhesive performance.

This is where laying the Mapei Ultraplan Renovation Screed before you tile can work wonders. This self-levelling compound can be applied to uneven surfaces, leaving you with a perfectly flat finish to tile over. Drying in as little as 30 to 90 minutes, this fast-drying screed boasts resistance to heavy loads and can be walked on and tiled over in just 4 to 6 hours, meaning less time wasted waiting for it to dry.

Within this range, we also sell Mapei Latex Plus, which can be added to Mapei floor and wall adhesives to give it extra flexibility on uneven surfaces or when tiling over wood, which can naturally expand and contract over time.

Tiling adhesive you can rely on

With our entire Mapei tile adhesive range, you can rest assured you’ll be purchasing high-quality adhesive that you can rely on. Whether you want quick-drying solutions for speedy renovations or self-levelling screed, we’re sure you’ll find everything you need available to buy online today, and all at great-value prices. We even offer a price match if you find any of our products at a lower price elsewhere - simply send us your quote and we’ll beat it.

For more information on any of our Mapei floor and wall adhesive products, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert sales team - give us a call on 0113 253 0005 or send us an email.