Why did our local tile store sell me a latex additive to mix into the
adhesive before I adhere my ceramic tiles to the walls/floor? It's
all ceramic tile with a pretty 2" border tile (in netting) made of
marble. The adhesive is standard thin-set dry mix mortar... just add
Thanks for your help!
The latex additive gives it a bit more flex. This can prevent cracking
in the long run.
Why did you buy it if you were unsure of the need? The tile guy could
probably have explained it.
Have fun with your project. Let us know how it goes.
The guy basically convinced me to get it, and it was only maybe $13 so
I figured I'd return it if you folks said it was a waste of time and
money. I've mixed thin-set mortar plenty of times but never added
latex to it. Typically, on the floors, I screw down 3/4" ply, then
spread flexbond and lay 1/2" cement backerboard. Then, I just lay tile
on regular thin-set. This guy told me to add laytex, especially when
I use the same 12x12 tiles on the walls (yes, my wife wants 12x12 on
the walls...) even though my wall installation is done by screwing
cement backerboard onto the studs then either using ready mixed mastic
or, in this case, thinset again. Still think I should mix the latex,
or am I just thinking about this crap too much -- just do it?
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