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PVA vs Primers

Which should I use for tiling? PVA vs Primers for Tiling on Walls.

A common problem in the tile industry is the old PVA vs Primers one.

People, and certainly plasterers (who are murder for it) tend to think and use PVA glue as a primer when tiling walls. If you’re tiling over plaster or plasterboard and wish to separate the tile adhesive (which may be cement-based) from the plaster (which causes issues; cement and plaster don’t mix) then you can’t use PVA to do that.

Here is the problem. PVA is water-based so will break back down with water, and all tile adhesive will involve water. It’s as simple as that.

A primer will reduce porosity of the substrate you’re tiling to. But you need to use an actual primer, not PVA glue. This then prevents water from being drawn out of the tile adhesive quickly as it cures, which in turn increases adhesion strength of the adhesive, and solidifies your tile to the substrate or surface you’re tiling to.

PVA glue does NOT use acrylic polymers. So the water-based glue should be thrown out rather than using for tiling.

All tile adhesive manufacturers will make a primer that’s compatible with their adhesive ranges. And as much thought should be given to this as you give to the choice of tile adhesive.

You wouldn’t want to spend £1,000 on tiles, £300 on adhesives and grout, and then pay £5 for PVA and your tiles fall off, or £50 on proper primer and they stay on.

It’s not worth the headache of risking your tiles falling off. Especially when you’re in the room you’re always naked in, the bathroom or shower-room. Sharp tile glaze or porcelain tile cut edges will break skin and could chop off your wiggly pale bits.

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How Much Do Tilers Charge?

What’s the going rate for wall and floor tilers? How much do tilers charge? And do they charge per job, charge per day, or charge per square meter?

We asked our forum members on TilersForums.com and found that we had a massive response from actual genuine wall and floor tilers right across the UK.

Do Tilers Charge Different Prices for Walls than Floors? Or Different Tile Sizes?

We found our thread got just over 295 replies when we asked them. We found that a lot of tilers will charge per job if it’s a domestic bathroom or kitchen or floor.

But then if it’s commercial they’ll get paid per meter as that’s what the company employing them will request in most cases.

Then if it’s a small job, perhaps a day rate. And the day rates seem to change massively depending on how busy the tiler is, where they’re based, how much competition there is in the area, and what tiles are being used etc.

How Much Do Tilers Charge?
How Much Do Tilers Charge?

How do I find out how much they charge?

Visit the forum and read the thread here.

How do I get a tiling quote from a tiler?

You can post your job to the forum here. It’s free of charge. We don’t charge you or the tiler anything at all for this service. There’s no commission to be paid like with some ‘rate my builder’ and ‘check my builder’ websites.

You can research the tilers who reply to your request via the forum. You can see their profiles, how much activity they’ve had on the forum, which sort of jobs they’ve done in the past, how knowledgeable they are by reading their tiling advice threads etc.

Recent tilers that have created listings on the forum

  • Dave submitted a new resource: David Howe Tiling, Professional Tiler in Newton Aycliffe / Durham / Darlington – Tiler in County Durham David Howe Tiling covers all areas of County Durham. David has been a professional tiler for 25+ years and prides in installing all tile types to a high standard. Tiling bathrooms / wetrooms […]
  • Protiler 68 submitted a new resource: Tiling solutions – Experienced,quaified tiler Qualified tiler,18 years ,all aspects of tiling undertaken Click to expand… Read more about this resource…
  • J K Tiling Cornwall submitted a new resource: JK Tiling – Bathrooms, kitchens, wetrooms and floors View attachment 109925JK Tiling specialize in all types of tile installation. Including Porcelain, Mosaic and Natural stone. From Slate to Marble all the work is carried out to the highest standard, working with the customer to achieve the personalised […]
  • MissTiler submitted a new resource: VIVA TILING-SHARON TAYLOR – Mosaic specialist Female Tiler specialising in mosaics, steam rooms and Spas etc. Based in North London but works Nationwide. Trained with Bisazza. TTA Tile Fixer of The Year 2017. NVQ Level 2 Click to expand… Read more about this resource…
  • Lou submitted a new resource: Stitson Tiling Specialist Ltd | Tilers in Isle of Wight – Isle of Wight Tilers | Stitson Tiling Specialist Stitson Tiling Specialist Ltd – Isle of Wight Tilers Our Mission at Stitson Tiling Specialists Ltd is to create high end ceramic interiors for both modern & classic lifestyles. Stitson Tiling […]
  • Lou submitted a new resource: Cedar Ceramics – Hertfordshire Tilers – Tilers in Hertfordshire – Cedar Ceramics Cedar Ceramics – Tilers in Hertfordshire Ross Mabbott is a professionally trained, domestic and commercial wall and floor tiling specialist, enthusiastically committed to providing high standards of customer service and workmanship. Many projects have been transformed, including conservatories, […]
  • Lou submitted a new resource: GB Walsh Tiling – Hertfordshire Tilers – Tilers in Herfordshire – GB Walsh Tiling GB Walsh Tiling | Tilers in Hertfordshire GB Walsh is a high quality specialist contractor installing large format and extra large format porcelain panels. We pride ourselves at being recommended by some of London’s finest tile […]
  • Lou submitted a new resource: APS Tile and Design – Tilers in Herefordshire – Herefordshire Tilers – APS Tile and Design APS Tile and Design | Tilers in Herefordshire Professional Tilers in Cheltenham All aspects of wall and floor tiling undertaken. From the design phase to installation we can provide the complete tiling package. Based […]
  • Lou submitted a new resource: CJ Ceramics – Tilers in Herefordshire – Herefordshire Tilers – CJ Ceramics Herefordshire Tilers – CJ Ceramics Your home is your pride and joy and CJ Ceramics will provide you with a realistic and competitive quote, source the best and most appropriate materials to use, advise you on the best […]
  • Lou submitted a new resource: SDH Tiling | Tilers in Hampshire – Hampshire Tilers – SDH Tiling SDH Tiling | Tilers in Hampshire SDH tiling is a company situated in Portsmouth and is run by Steve Holmes. Qualified and Part P Certified registered for the following: CIS registered with Inland Revenue and CSCS Government Construction […]

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Tile Adhesive - Most used tile adhesive brand

Most Used Tile Adhesive Brands from 2007 to 2019

TilersForums.com has hosted an annual ‘most used tile adhesive brand’ poll for each year from 2007 to 2019, bar 2014 for some reason. We’ve seen some brands come and go in that time. Some changed positions massively, some stayed pretty much the same. There’s a table below showing you which tile adhesive brands were most used each year.

Which tile adhesive brand has won the most?

Mapei is the tile adhesive brand that has won the poll the most. They won in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and then 2019.

Is this the most used tile adhesive for both professional tilers and DIY tilers?

Well, the forum mostly has professional wall and floor tilers registered. There are DIY tilers included in the totals but the percentage will always be weighted towards professionals. The names of the professionals over the years have mostly been the same, but the DIY tilers will come and go over time.

Which is the most used tile adhesive for 2020?

We’re yet to run this poll. We’ll no doubt blog about it once it’s up and running, and we’ll let members of the forum know about it.

How do I vote on this years tile adhesive poll?

If you’re not registered, head over to the forum and register for free to get involved in the next adhesive poll. We’ll find out together which is the most used tile adhesive brand of 2020.

Is the ‘most used adhesive brand’ different from the ‘best tile adhesive’ to use when tiling?

It can be. The most used literally means we’ve asked people to tell us which adhesive they used most. NOT which adhesive they would have preferred to have used, or they thought was the best for the type of tiling they did mostly in a said year.

If a tile shop local to them does one brand, and they get a lot of customers from that shop, then that could be different to the brand they prefer to use if they have the choice themselves.

What are the adhesive classifications?

Adhesive classifications help specifiers and tilers specify which adhesive is required for a job, depending on the substrate (surface to be tiled) and the tile type that’s going to be used.
– C; Cementitious – Whether C1 (cementitious) or C2 (improved cementitious) – Both powder adhesives. Both you mix with only water.
– D; Dispersion – Either D1 (dispersion of the ‘standard’ strength) or D2 (improved strength dispersion adhesive) classifications. Both are ready-mixed adhesives in a tub. Both cure / set by the water evaporating out of the adhesive. Not recommended for large wall tiles or floors.
– E; Extended open timeE classification adhesive will not start to cure too quickly when spread with a trowel on the substrate. Handy for slower DIY tilers or perhaps commercial tiling jobs with large areas to tile.
– F; Fast setting – so the opposite of classification E classification, F classification is for fast-setting adhesives. Perfect for tiling jobs that need completing quickly. Or perhaps tiling in low temperatures where C or D classified adhesives wont set quick enough.
– S; Improved flexibility S classification adhesive has additives in it that make it flexible. S1 classification is for standard flexible adhesive, and S2 classification is for ultra-flexible adhesive. These are used when tiling to substrates that expand and retract, like plywood for example, or perhaps when using underfloor heating, whether electric under the tiles, or water under the substrate.
– T; Reduced Slip – T classification is for reduced slip tile adhesives. Large tiles require it, heavy tiles require it. Tiling walls with no tile supports of any type is a lot easier when using T classified adhesive.

Ready-mixed (dispersion) or powder, which one do I need?

In nearly all cases when tiling a complete floor or wall, powder adhesive that cures chemically is favoured by most tilers. Whether DIY or professional. But in some cases, like when a small amount of tiles are being used, or perhaps when DIY aren’t too comfortable mixing their own adhesive, or either pro or DIY wish to work slowly and keep putting the lid back on the adhesive, then dispersion (so ready-mixed) is the way to go.

YearMost Used Tile Adhesive
2007BAL
2008BAL
2009BAL
2010Mapei
2011Mapei
2012Mapei
2013Weber
2014Unknown
2015Mapei
2016Tilemaster
2017Tilemaster
2018Tilemaster
2019Mapei
Most used Tile Adhesive brands from 2007 – 2019 / Source: TilersForums.com

How does the Tile Adhesive poll work?

TilersForums.com has held the adhesive poll each year. As it comes to the end of each year we write down all the adhesive brands mentioned in the forum, then create a poll.

We then email out the poll so that members can come and vote. They tend to vote for the brand they used most that year, rather than the brand they preferred. Which is mostly the same, but not always.

Due to their most local tile shop perhaps stocking a brand that wouldn’t be their first choice, but is fine, they will vote for the one they used most, so the one from their most local tile shop perhaps.

Another similar reason for voting for the most used tile adhesive brand rather than their preferred or most trusted adhesive and grout brand is perhaps due to their customers finding the tiles before the tiler, and then the tile shop that the customer found their tiles in has recommended an adhesive brand and the customer has bought and paid for the adhesives already.

What are the names of some of the adhesive manufacturers?

The names of some of the adhesive manufacturers over the years include (but are not limited to):-

  • Tilemaster Adhesive
  • Mapei Adhesive
  • BAL Adhesive
  • Ultra Adhesive
  • Weber Adhesive
  • Kerakoll Adhesive
  • Ardex Adhesive
  • Rocotex Adhesive
  • Palace Adhesive
  • Granfix Adhesive
  • Sovereign Adhesive
  • Dunlop Adhesive
  • Laticrete Adhesive
  • Bostik Adhesive
  • Norcross Adhesive
  • Nicobond Adhesive
  • Larsen Adhesive
  • Isomat Adhesive
  • Biscem Adhesive
  • Profix Adhesive
  • PCI Adhesive
  • Benfer Adhesive
  • Brit Adhesive
  • Python Adhesive
  • Butech Adhesive

Some of the other names might be related to home-brands in tile shops. So there’s a Topps Adhesive and perhaps even a B&Q home-brand, but they’ll nearly always be manufactured by existing adhesive companies and perhaps even the same as their named brands, but with re-branded packaging.

Which adhesive will I use on a tiling course?

Tiling Courses often use….

What are the common types of adhesives?

Dispersion adhesive cures by evaporation. So this is ready mixed in a tub upto 15kg (10ltr) and you can keep putting the lid back on the adhesive during tiling to slow the setting process down to give you enough time to do a wall a day for example.

Powder adhesive cures chemically once water is added. This will be a powder you mix with water, or powder you mix with an additive (to make it very flexible). Once it’s mixed it starts to cure.

So you tend to need to set out for tiling before mixing, make sure you’re ready to use the whole batch, and don’t ever mix more powder or water into the adhesive. You’ll need to throw a slightly cured adhesive away and mix fresh rather than do that.

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