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What tile adhesive should I use for fixing tiles?

By: Mike Lovatt / Last UPDATED: November 4, 2022
What tile adhesive should I use for fixing tiles?


Tile Fixing Adhesive Using the right materials for your tiling project allows for successful tile fixing and installation. There are various processes involved within a tiling project, one of which is what adhesive you should use for fixing tiles.  There are a number of tile adhesives available to use, and choosing the right one can increase the longevity of your tiles, provide ultimate strength and keeping the overall finish looking great.

Standard adhesives are great for walls in dry areas where condensation is unlikely to build up. In areas such as wet rooms, showers, bathrooms and kitchens where condensation is likely to appear then a water resistant adhesive is highly recommended.

Premixed Adhesives If you are fixing standard sized wall tiles to an interior space then premixed adhesives can be used. These types of adhesives contain self-primers. This means that you do not have to prime the wall beforehand, nor do you have to mix the adhesive yourself. Premixed adhesives are suited for use in dry conditions however they can withstand intermittently wet conditions too which allows you to use this type of adhesive with both kitchen tiles and bathroom tiles. Most adhesives also boast non-slip qualities, so the tiles do not drop at the time of fixing, giving the strength and stability needed for effective tile fixing.

Most powder adhesives can be used for fixing wall and floor tiles and you can find specific adhesives suited to different materials such as mosaic tiles, glass tiles, natural stone tiles, ceramic and porcelain tiles. Take a look at the manufacturers instructions before purchasing your adhesive to absolutely make sure you have the correct one for your tiling project. They have many different qualities so you must think about what you need beforehand and match it up with the best product available.

Powder adhesives are available in different colours too – ensuring that you can customise the look and feel of your new tiles. To avoid staining tiles, such as natural stone tiles, it is recommended that white adhesive is used. For substrates like concrete a standard adhesive will suffice, but other surfaces may require a flexible adhesive. Weber.set SPF adhesive is ideal for fixing ceramic or porcelain tiles in both interior and exterior situations. This can also be used alongside underfloor heating and with low porosity tiles and substrates. It can also be used for tiling onto existing tiles.

Natural stone tiles or other tiles with irregular thicknesses can also be catered for with products such as Weber.set thick bed adhesive which can be used on either walls or floors. This powder adhesive is ideal for situations where a thick adhesive bed is required to cater for un-calibrated natural stone.

Before fixing tiles, have a look at our range of adhesives where you can find a number of options to choose from. You can find detailed descriptions of the qualities of each adhesive enabling you to select the very best option for your tiles.


Article by Mike Lovatt

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