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January 2013
Product Selector

TILE ADHESIVES

TILE GROUTS

FLOOR
LEVELLING
AND SCREEDS

TILING RENDER

WATERPROOF
COATINGS

NATURAL STONE

PRODUCT
SELECTOR
GUIDE

TILING SYSTEM
DIAGRAMS

PREMIUM PERFORMANCE
FOR OVER 50 YEARS ARDEX has been

synonymous with the development and

manufacture of premium quality specialist

construction materials to the tiling and flooring

industries. Through gold standard technical

and specification support, and reliable, high

performance products, ARDEX consistently

meets the modern demands of contractors,

specifiers and distributors.

This brochure will guide you through the range

of ARDEX High Performance Tiling Products,

and allow you to make an informed

specification choice, through the provision of

technical product information and tiling system

diagrams, for your tiling projects.


ARDEX tiling products are designed to work together for
peace of mind. Each product is the result of research
and development with the help f contractors and
specifiers to ensure product compatibility and market
leading performance.

We call this SYSTEMARDEX –


A system of high quality, compatible products,
matched to unparalleled technical and field support.

PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Tile Adhesive Selector Chart 4


Tile Fixing and Grouting Techniques 5-6
Movement Joints 7
Natural Stone 8
ARDEX Product Case Studies 9 - 11
Tile Adhesives 12 - 18
Tile Grouts 19 - 22
Renders 22
Waterproof Coatings 23
Smoothing and Levelling Compounds 24
Concrete Resurfacer, Patch & Repair Mortar 25
Fast Track Floor Screeds 26 - 27
Schlüter Ditra Matting Adhesive 28
Admixes 28
Primers 29
Floor Tiling Systems 30 - 47
Wall Tiling Systems 48 - 66
Grout Selector and Coverage Table 67
Grout Colours Guide 68 - 69
The ARDEX Pool System 70 - 71
The ARDEX Wet Room System 72 - 73
British Standards 74
ARDEX Technical Services, ARDEX Online 75
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Tile Adhesive Selector Chart

SELECTING THE CORRECT ARDEX TILE ADHESIVE

ARDEX S 16 / E 90 or S 16 W/E 90
ARDEX X 7 G / E 90 or X 7 W/E 90

ARDEX X 7001 / X 7001 W


ARDEX X 78 S / X 78 W S

ARDEX X 77 S / X 77 W S
ARDEX S 16 or S 16 W
ARDEX X 7 R / X 7 R W
ARDEX X 7 G or X 7 W

ARDEX S 20 / S 20 W
ARDEX X 77 / X 77 W
ARDEX X 7 G PLUS
ARDEX ADHESIVES

ARDEX S 21/E 90

ARDEX EG 8
ARDEX D 20
ARDEX D 30

ARDEX S 21

ARDEX X 78

ARDEX X 32
TILE TYPE
Ceramic/Porous Bodied ✓5 ✓5 ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Vitrified ✓4 ✓4 ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
5 5

Fully Vitrified/Porcelain
✓4 ✓4 ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
5 5
Internal

Fully Vitrified/Porcelain
External ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

Large Format Floor Tile


(Fluid Bed) ✓ ✓ ✓

Slate 3 ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Quarry Tile ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Terracotta 1 ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Vitrified Mosaic ✓4 ✓4 ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Glass Mosaic 2 ✓4 ✓ 4 ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Marble and Natural ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Stone Tiles 1 2

Brick Slips (External) ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

1 Check for moisture staining – consider use of Rapidry Formula adhesive or ARDEX EG 8
For a full explanation on the benefits of the Rapidry Formula see page 8
2 White adhesive recommended for light coloured and translucent mosaics, marble and natural stone tiles
3 Must be suitable for fixing with tile adhesive
4 On absorbent substrates only
5 Maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm

Further advice on the fixing of natural stone or marble is described in the ‘Natural Stone Fixing Guide’

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Tile Fixing and Grouting Techniques

Tile Fixing Techniques

The adhesive is applied to the prepared


surface with a trowel and then combed
through with a suitably sized notched
trowel in straight ribs to give a ribbed
mortar bed. The tiles should be fixed
within the open time of the applied
adhesive and pressed into place with a
twisting and sliding action to achieve the When fixing floor tiles, a pourable
required contact. adhesive can be used if preferred to
enable solid bedding of the tiles without
For tiling to walls in dry internal locations the need to butter the backs of the tiles.
the adhesive contact should be at least
50% of the back of the tile. For Natural Stone fixing - see page 9.

When tiling to floors and all external


locations, or in wet areas such as showers
The size of notched trowel chosen
and swimming pools, solid bed fixing
depends on the tile size, the surface
should be achieved. To achieve a solid
being tiled, the profile on the back of the
bed usually requires the tiles to be
tile and the degree of coverage required.
buttered immediately prior to placing into
the ribbed bed so no voids are left
beneath the tiles.

Tile Grouting Technique with


Cement-Based Grout

Using a rubber squeegee work the


cement-based mortar into the tile joints
ensuring they are completely filled, deep
joints can usually be filled in one
operation without the grout sagging in the
joints. When the mortar firms up in the
joints this allows for washing down to
produce a virtually flush finish, with a If an area is left with dried residue on the Any dry film remaining on the tile face
smooth surface by using just a wet tile face prior to cleaning, the grout after cleaning down can be easily
sponge. residues may, within the working time of removed by using a damp sponge once
the grout mortar, require moistening in the mortar has hardened in the joints.
order to make washing off easier.

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Tile Fixing and Grouting Techniques
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ARDEX EG 8
Cement/Epoxy Hybrid Grout and Adhesive
ARDEX EG 8 is a cement/epoxy hybrid grout and adhesive with
excellent resistance to most chemicals but, unlike traditional epoxy
grouts, ARDEX EG 8 is easy to apply, requires no special tools, and
can be cleaned off the tile surface up to 45 minutes after application.

ARDEX EG 8 has been formulated to resist chemical attack and to provide a durable, abrasion resistant waterproof finish that is hygienic and
impervious, making it ideal for use in:
• Swimming Pools
• Hydrotherapy and spa baths
• Domestic and commercial food preparation areas where chemical resistance and hygienic joints are required
• Hospitals
• Bathrooms & showers
Once hardened, ARDEX EG 8 can withstand full loads after 2 days curing, and after 7 days is resistant to aqueous salt solutions, chlorine water,
commercial cleaning agents, alkalis and a wide range of dilute mineral acids.

ARDEX EG 8 can also be used as a floor tile adhesive or a mosaic wall tile adhesive in areas where a chemically resistant adhesive bed is required.

APPLICATION

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Tools required Apply ARDEX EG 8 with a standard Remove excess ARDEX EG 8 from
squeegee the surface

Step 4 Step 5 Step 6

Emulsify ARDEX EG 8 residue with an Clean down the tile surface, to remove Finished application
ARDEX sponge and water emulsified residues
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Movement Joints

Movement Joints Note: Stresses occur in the tiled installation as a result of 6.8.1.3 – Other movement joints
movement due to such factors as drying shrinkage and Flexible joints should be inserted over supporting walls and
The incorporation of movement joints is an important part of a
moisture, thermal changes and creep. These stresses can beams at intermediate positions to accommodate deflection of
ceramic floor or wall tiling project and should be detailed at the
cause loss of adhesion, bulging or cracking of the tiling but the base and movements in the flooring.
commencement of work. Movement joints are incorporated to
they can be localised by incorporating movement joints.
accommodate moisture or thermal movement and drying
Flexible joints should be used at floor perimeters and to divide
shrinkage of the background or substrate to be tiled. Detailed
10.2 – Location the floor into bays at the intervals recommended in 7.1.6.4.
advice is given in the relevant sections of BS 5385 parts 1, 2
Movement joints should be located in the tiled installation to Wherever possible they should coincide with structural features,
and 3, extracts of which are given here.
coincide and be continuous with all existing structural e.g. columns and door openings, or they can be planned to
movement joints, although they are isolated by suitable provide a decorative panelled effect.
Internal Wall Tiling thicknesses of back-up material.
BS 5385-1 : 2009 Where tiles are fixed to an intermediate substrate, the Where high temperatures are expected, for instance around
boilers, over heating installations or from strong sunlight, an
6.5 Movement Joints movement joint should extend through the intermediate
assessment of the likely temperature range and corresponding
substrate.
6.5.1 – General linear changes in the flooring should be made to determine
Consideration should be given at the design stage to the Where backgrounds are mature and stable, the movement whether and where any additional allowance for movement is
provision of movement joints; the type and location of joints in the tiling, which are not to be confused with structural necessary.
movement joints involve considerations of construction movement joints, should extend only through the tiling and its
materials, bedding systems, anticipated temperature and bed, and should be a minimum of 6mm wide. In floors that have to withstand hard-rimmed wheel traffic or
humidity conditions, areas concerned and the setting out of the the dragging of heavy loads, the position of movement joints
tiling. 10.3 – Disposition and Forming should, where possible, be planned so that they do not occur in
When detailing the disposition of movement joints, the designer the traffic area. Where this is not practicable the joints should
Note: Stresses occur in the tiled installation as a result of
should consider the following locations in relation to their effect be of types having their edges reinforced with metal or rigid
background movement due to such factors as drying shrinkage
on the setting out of the tiling: plastic sections.
and moisture and thermal changes. These stresses can
a) Over existing and/or structural movement joints;
sometimes cause loss of adhesion, bulging or cracking of the
b) Where tiling abuts other materials; Joints other than those protected by metal or rigid plastics
tiling, but can be localised by incorporating movement joints.
c) Junctions between different background materials, where edging, subject to traffic heavier than light pedestrian, should
Where the background is mature and stable, e.g. existing tiling is continuous across them; not be wider than 10mm. Information on the permissible
rendering or plaster, the movement joints in the tiling, which d) Storey heights horizontally and approximately 3m to 4.5m maximum and minimum joint widths should be obtained from
are not to be confused with structural movement joints, might apart vertically; ideally, they should be located over the manufacturer of the particular joint filling selected.
need to extend only through the tiling and its bed, and should movement joints in the structural background and at
be a minimum of 6mm wide. structural material changes; for example, horizontal joint at
Materials for movement joints should conform to 5.9. top and bottom of floor slab, vertical joint at internal 7.1.6 – Movement joints
corners and at junctions with columns; 7.1.6.1 – General
6.5.2 – Location e) External angles, vertically between 0.25m and 1m from Care should be taken to ensure that levelling screeds or tile
Movement joints should be located in the tiled installation to the angle and symmetrically wherever possible. beds adjacent to movement joints are fully compacted.
coincide and be continuous with all existing structural Where movement joints in tiling occur over movement joints in
movement joints, although they are actually formed as separate the background, they should coincide and be continuous with Movement joint cavities should extend through the tiling, tile
joints isolated by suitable thicknesses of back-up material. these joints and should be of a suitable width to permit the bed and levelling screed and should be completely filled and
sealant to accommodate the expected movement. sealed after the grouting of the normal joints. Where separating
The movement joints should be able to accommodate expected
layers are incorporated, however, the movement joint should
movement and when detailing the location of movement joints
extend to this layer but should not penetrate it. Prior to the
in tiling, the designer normally specifies that they are Interior and Exterior Floor Tiling filling and sealing operation, the joints should be thoroughly
positioned in the following locations. BS 5385-3 : 2007 cleaned of all extraneous matter, excess grout, dust, etc.
a) Over existing and/or structural movement joints;
b) Where tiling abuts other materials;
6.8 Movement Joints
6.8.1 – Types of movement joints 7.1.6.2 – Structural movement joints
c) Where tiling is continuous across junctions of
6.8.1.1 – General Movement joints should be inserted in the bed and tiles over
different background materials;
Stresses can result from factors such as drying shrinkage, movement joints and/or contraction joints in the base. They
d) In large tiled areas, at internal vertical corners
deflection and moisture movements in the base and thermal should be continuous with the base joints and should be of
and at 3m to 4.5m centres horizontally and
and moisture changes affecting the flooring. These stresses sufficient width to permit the joint filling to accommodate the
vertically;
can sometimes cause loss of adhesion and bulging or cracking expected movement. In the event of the base joints not being
e) Where stresses are likely to be concentrated, for
of the flooring. To counteract this, movement joints extending true, e.g. not straight and parallel, or their layout not coinciding
example at changes of alignment.
through the tiling and its bed should be incorporated in the with that of the tiles, the siting of the movement joints in the
Where large degrees of thermal movement or vibration are finish as stated might not be acceptable and a decision as to
installation.
expected, the frequency of movement joints should be any alternative procedure should be obtained from the building
increased to accommodate the movement. The building designer should assess the magnitude of any designer or engineer or their agent.
stresses and decide where movement joints should be located,
Movement joints in the tiling should be of a suitable width to
having regard to all the relevant factors including the type of 7.1.6.3 – Perimeter joints
permit the sealant to accommodate the expected structural
flooring and bed. Movement joints should be inserted where the tiling abuts
movement.
restraining surfaces such as perimeter walls, columns, curbs,
Conversely, in small tiled areas in normal conditions,
Movement joints for the floor tiling are as follows: steps and plant fixed to the base. In floors with dimensions of
intermediate joints should not be necessary on walls up to 6m
a) Flexible joints aligned to structural movement joints; 2m or less between restraining surfaces, perimeter joints are
long provided the background is strong and dimensionally
b) Flexible joints to accommodate smaller movements than not necessary unless the conditions that can generate stresses
stable, there is adequate compressible joint width around each
structural joints. are likely to be extreme, for example, violent temperature
tile and movement joints are included at internal angles.
changes or prolonged immersion in liquid.
Note: For movement joints in special conditions refer to
External Wall Tiling BS 5385-4. 7.1.6.4 – Intermediate joints
BS 5385-2 : 2006 The need for intermediate joints between perimeter joints
10 Movement Joints 6.8.1.2 – Structural movement joints depends on the dimensions of the floor; for example, with the
Structural movement joints in the bed and tiling should be sited exception of those on suspended construction, in floors with
10.1 – General
immediately over and be continuous with structural movement less than 10m between perimeter joints no intermediate joints
Consideration should be given at the design stage to the
joints in the base. This procedure might not be acceptable if are necessary but in larger floors should be employed to divide
provision of movement joints. The type and location of
the base joints are not straight and parallel, or if their layout the area into bays of size not greater than 10m x 10m.
movement joints are influenced by considerations of
does not coincide with that of the floor tiles; in these
construction, materials, bedding systems, anticipated
circumstances, guidance should be sought from the building On suspended floors, stress-relieving joints should be inserted
temperature and humidity conditions, areas involved and the
designer or engineer. where flexing is likely to occur, e.g. over supporting walls or
setting out of the tiling.
beams.
Sealants and back-up materials for movement joints should be
For floors which might be subjected to significant thermal
in accordance with 5.9.
changes, i.e. direct sunlight in atria, or underfloor heating, etc.,
the floor area should be divided up by movement joints into
bays of size not greater than 40m2 with an edge length not
greater than 8m.
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Natural Stone

Fixing Natural Stone Tiles


When fixing and grouting natural stone The 'Rapidry Formula' system binds the
wall or floor tiles that are prone to water mix water within the adhesive or grout
staining, reference should be made to the virtually eliminating the risk of water
use of the 'Rapidry Formula' range of staining and guaranteeing the best Moisture sensitive natural stone tiles grouted
products as described in the table below. possible finish to all natural stone tile with a traditional cement-based grout, resulting
applications. The added benefits of rapid in unsightly water staining at the tile edges.
The ARDEX natural stone range is drying and rapid hardening make the full
designed to work together as an range of products ideal for the demands
integrated system solution for total of working environments when downtime
peace of mind. Each ARDEX natural needs to be minimised.
stone product is the result of continuous
research and development, with the ARDEX Rapidry Plus has all the benefits
help of natural stone tile manufacturers of Rapidry but can also be used for
Moisture sensitive natural stone tiles grouted
and fixers, to ensure product compatibility external applications. with ARDEX MG Rapid Drying Marble and
and market leading performance, Natural Stone Grout. ARDEX ‘Rapidry Formula’
courtesy of the innovative technology locks the mix water into the grout,
ARDEX Rapidry Formula technology. eliminating water staining at the tile edges.

ARDEX Natural Stone Systems with ‘Rapidry Formula’ technology for the complete solution:

FLOOR PREPARATION
ARDEX K 15-HB Pump or hand applied levelling mortar which can be tiled on in 3-4 hours.

ARDEX A 35/ Rapid hardening and drying cement for floor screeds, which can be tiled on 24 hours after application.
ARDEX A 35 MIX

ARDEX A 38 Rapid Hardening and Drying Cement for floor screeds in internal and external locations.
Can be tiled on 4 hours after application.

ADHESIVES
ARDEX S16 Grey rapid hardening and drying wall and floor natural stone tile adhesive for internal use in dry
or intermittently damp locations. Can be trafficked and grouted 2-3 hours after fixing.

ARDEX S16 W White rapid hardening and drying wall and floor natural stone tile adhesive for internal use in dry
or intermittently damp locations. Ideal for fixing translucent marble, glass mosaics and light
coloured natural stone tiles. Can be trafficked and grouted 2-3 hours after fixing.

ARDEX X 7001/X 7001 W Grey or white rapid hardening and drying, flexible floor tile adhesive for fixing natural stone tiles to most surfaces
GREY or WHITE including wood-based sheets and boards. Natural stone tiles can be grouted and trafficked 2 hours after fixing.

ARDEX S 20/S 20 W Rapid drying and hardening natural stone tile adhesive for bed thickness between 5mm and 20mm.
GREY or WHITE Can be trafficked and grouted 3 hours after fixing, ideal for uncalibrated natural stone tiles.

ARDEX X 32 Rapid hardening and drying white natural stone adhesive. Use for uncalibrated stone for internal and external
areas. Adhesive bed between 3-30mm. Ideal for moisture sensitive stone. Grout after 3 hours.

GROUT
ARDEX MG Rapid drying marble and natural stone tile grout. Ideal for grouting natural stone tiles, virtually eliminates
the risk of water staining to the tile edges. Walkable after only 90 minutes.

For more information please refer to the ARDEX Natural Stone Installation Brochure
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ARDEX Product Case Studies

Olympic Park Aquatics Centre


London, UK Contractor: W B Simpson Limited Products used: ARDEX X 77, ARDEX-FLEX FL, ARDEX S 7, ARDEX S 21, ARDEX WPC

Lark Hill Village Tonbridge School Centre for Sports & Media
Nottingham, UK Contractor: Telling (Finishings) Ltd of Mansfield Tonbridge, Kent, UK Contractor: Cerface Limited
Products used: ARDEX K301, ARDEX X 7 R, ARDEX-FLEX FL Products used: ARDEX X 7 R, ARDEX WPC, ARDEX-FLEX FL, ARDEX X 7 G PLUS, ARDEX WA

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ARDEX Product Case Studies

The Savoy
London, UK Contractor: Mega Marble Ltd Products Used: ARDEX A 35, ARDEX X 7001, ARDEX S 16, ARDEX E 90

McDonalds
Products used: ARDEX DGR Degreaser, ARDEX ARDURAPID A 45, ARDEX P 4, ARDEX X 77, ARDEX X 78 S

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ARDEX Product Case Studies

Kings Cross
London, UK Contractor: DMC Rail Ltd ARDEX A 35, ARDEX S 21, ARDEX E 90, ARDEX-FLEX FL

Guess Store BBC SCOTLAND


Regent Street, London, UK Contractor: Collards Floors & Walls Ltd, Bristol Glasgow, Scotland, UK Contractor: Watson Stonecraft Products used: ARDEX S 20
Products used: ARDEX X 78 S, ARDEX-FLEX FL

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Ready Mixed Wall Tile Adhesives

ARDEX D 15 ARDEX D 20 ARDEX D 30


Ready Mixed Wall Ready Mixed Wall Commercial and Domestic
Tile Adhesive Tile Adhesive Ready Mixed Wall Tile Adhesive

D1
T
D1
T
DT2E

ARDEX D 15 is a ready mixed adhesive for ARDEX D 20 is a ready mixed adhesive for ARDEX D 30 is a water resistant, non-slip
fixing ceramic tiles and mosaics to gypsum fixing ceramic tiles and mosaics to all ready mixed wall tile adhesive ideal for use
plaster, paper-faced plasterboards, internal walls in dry or intermittently wet in commercial and domestic showers,
concrete, cement and sand renders, as well locations, e.g. domestic showers, kitchens kitchens and bathrooms. Suitable for
as fixing porous bodied tiles to existing and bathrooms. No primer required, easy virtually all substrates and tile types,
ceramic tiling. No primer required, easy to to apply with excellent slump resistance including porcelain, ARDEX D 30 does not
apply with excellent slump resistance and and offers up to 20 minutes open time and need a primer and is easy to use with
offers up to 20 minutes open time. 40 minutes tile adjustability. Tremendous excellent application properties.
adhesion strength and reliability.

Fix porcelain: Yes, if background Fix porcelain: Yes, if background Fix porcelain: Yes, if background
absorbent absorbent absorbent
Grout after (walls): 24 hours Grout after (walls): 24 hours Grout after (walls): 24 hours
External use: No External use: No External use: No
Bed thickness: 1 - 3mm Bed thickness: 1 - 3mm Bed thickness: 1 - 3mm
Open time: 20 minutes Adjustment time: 40 minutes Adjustment time: 20 minutes
Colour: Off White Open time: 20 minutes Open time: 20 minutes
Pack size: 10ltr plastic tub Colour: Off White Colour: Off White
Coverage: A 10 litre tub will Pack size: 10ltr, 5ltr or 2.5ltr Pack size: 10ltr plastic tub
cover approximately plastic tubs Coverage: A 10 litre tub will
10m2 at 1mm thick Coverage: A 10 litre tub will cover approximately
Storage: Store out of direct cover approximately 10m2 at 1mm thick
sunlight. Protect 10m2 at 1mm thick Storage: Store out of direct
from frost. Storage Storage: Store out of direct sunlight. Protect
life not less than 12 sunlight. Protect from frost. Storage
months in unopened from frost. Storage life not less than 12
containers life not less than 12 months if stored in
months in unopened original unopened
containers containers.

NOTES: For tile sizes above 300mm x 300mm we recommend the use of the appropriate ARDEX cement-based tile adhesive.
Porcelain tiles should be no larger than 150mm x 150mm

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Floor and Wall Tile Adhesives

ARDEX X 7 G / ARDEX X 7 W ARDEX S 16 / ARDEX S 16 W


Tile Adhesive Rapid Hardening and Rapid Drying Tile
and Natural Stone Adhesive

CT2E
Grey

CT2E CF2T
White

Versatile, multipurpose adhesives for internal/external White or grey rapid hardening and drying wall and floor adhesive
applications, swimming pools etc., suitable for floors and walls. for fixing ceramic and natural stone tiles, glass mosaics,
Now fixes porcelain and fully vitrified tiles without the need of an porcelain and fully vitrified tiles in internal dry or intermittently
admix. damp locations. Can be grouted or trafficked 2-3 hours after
fixing. ARDEX S 16 W is ideal for fixing translucent marble and
glass mosaics.

Fix porcelain: Yes Fix porcelain: Yes


External use: Yes* Grout after (walls): 2 - 3 hours
Grout after (walls): 24 hours Grout after/
Grout after/ walk on (floors): 2-3 hours
walk on (floors): 24 hours External use: No
Bed thickness: 1 - 6mm Bed thickness: 1 - 6mm
Working time: 5 hours Working time: 30 minutes
Adjustment time: 10 minutes Adjustment time: 10 minutes
Open time: 30 minutes Open time: 10 minutes
Colour: Grey or White Colour: Grey or White
Pack size: 20kg Pack size: 20kg bags
Coverage: 1.3kg/m2/mm of bed thickness. Coverage: 1.35kg/m2/mm of bed thickness.
A 20kg bag will yield approximately A 20kg bag will yield approximately
Coverage 15.3 litres of mortar i.e. 14.7 litres of mortar i.e. 4.9m2 at
5.1m2 at 3mm thick 3mm thick
Underfloor heating: Yes Underfloor heating: Yes, with the addition of ARDEX E 90
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on Storage: 12 months from the date shown on
the packaging. the packaging.

NOTES: * External or other wet areas such as commercial showers, swimming pools etc. use with ARDEX E 90 Tile Adhesive Improver.

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Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesives with Built-In Admix

ARDEX X 7 G PLUS ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W


Flexible Adhesive with Built-In Admix Rapid Setting and Hardening Flexible
for Floor and Wall Tiling in Internal/ Tile Adhesive with Built-In Admix
External Locations

CTE2S1 C2
T

Grey White

Specifically formulated to have a very high yield per bag (Ceram Use with all tile types including fully vitrified, porcelain and
Research has confirmed approximately 20% more coverage per mosaics. For internal and external applications including
kg compared to traditional tile adhesives) along with enhanced swimming pools, etc. Suitable for walls and floors, built-in admix.
properties of adhesion and flexibility. Ideal for fixing fully vitrified Tiles can be grouted and trafficked only 2 hours after fixing.
or porcelain tiles (internal areas only) and other tiles with low
porosity as well as glass and porcelain mosaics without the need
for an admixture.
Fix porcelain: Yes, internal only Fix porcelain: Yes
Grout after (walls): 8 hours External use: Yes*
Grout after/ Grout after (walls): 2 hours
walk on (floors): 24 hours Grout after/
External use: Yes*, except for porcelain walk on (floors): 2 hours
Bed thickness: 1 - 6mm Bed thickness: 1 - 6mm (3mm on timber)
Working time: 5 hours Adjustment time: 10 minutes
Adjustment time: 20 minutes Working time: 30 minutes
Open time: 10 minutes Open time: 10 minutes
Colour: Grey Colour: Grey or White
Pack size: 18kg bag Pack size: 20kg bag grey / 20kg bag white
Coverage: 1kg/m2/mm of bed thickness. An 18kg Coverage: (Grey). 1.4kg/m2/mm of bed thickness.
bag will yield approximately 18 litres of A 20kg bag will yield approximately 14.3
mortar i.e. 6m2 at 3mm thick litres of mortar i.e. 4.7m2 at 3mm thick
Underfloor heating: Yes (White). 1.2kg/m2/mm of bed thickness.
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on A 20kg bag will yield approximately 16.7
the packaging. litres of mortar i.e. 5.6m2 at 3mm thick
Underfloor heating: Yes
Storage: (Grey) 12 months, (White) 6 months
from the date shown on the packaging.

NOTES: * External or other wet areas such as commercial showers, swimming pools etc.

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Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesives with Built-In Admix

ARDEX S 20 / ARDEX S 20 W ARDEX X 32


Flexible Rapid Hardening and Rapid Drying White Rapid Hardening and Rapid Drying
Natural Stone Tile Adhesive Natural Stone Tile Adhesive

C1
F C2
F
CFT2E1
S

Grey White

Reduced risk of water staining. Apply from 5mm to 20mm thick, Internal or external floor or wall tile stone adhesive. Reduced risk
ideal for uncalibrated natural stone tiles. Can be grouted and of water staining. Apply from 3mm to 30mm thick, ideal for
trafficked 3 hours after fixing. ARDEX S 20 W white is ideal for uncalibrated natural stone tiles. Can be grouted and trafficked 3
fixing translucent marble and other types of translucent natural hours after fixing. ARDEX X 32 white is ideal for fixing translucent
stones. Internal areas. marble and other types of translucent natural stones.

Fix porcelain: No Fix porcelain: Yes


Grout after (walls): 3 hours Grout after (walls): 3 hours
Grout after/ Grout after/
walk on (floors): 3 hours walk on (floors): 3 hours
External use: No External use: Yes
Bed thickness: 5-20mm Bed thickness: 3-30mm
Working time: 45 minutes Working time: 60 minutes
Adjustment time: 10 minutes Adjustment time: 30 minutes
Open time: 10 minutes Open time: 20 minutes
Colour: Grey or White Colour: White
Pack size: 22kg bag Pack size: 20kg bag
Coverage: 1.2kg/m2/mm of bed thickness. A 22kg Coverage: 1.2kg/m2/mm of bed thickness. A 20kg
bag will yield approximately 18.3 litres of bag will yield approximately 16.5 litres of
mortar i.e. 3.6m2 at 5mm thick mortar i.e. 5.5m2 at 3mm thick
Underfloor heating: Yes Underfloor heating: Yes
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on Storage: 12 months from the date shown on
the packaging. the packaging.

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Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesives with Built-In Admix

ARDEX X 77 / ARDEX X 77 W ARDEX X 77 S / ARDEX X 77 W S


MICROTEC® Flexible Wall and Floor MICROTEC® Ultra Rapid Setting Flexible
Tile Adhesive Wall and Floor Tile Adhesive

Exceptionally long open time. Heavier, larger tiles can be used Fibre reinforced rapid setting adhesive. Tiles can be grouted and
without slipping. Fibre reinforced, flexible tile adhesive for trafficked only 90 minutes after fixing. Use with all tile types
internal/external use, swimming pools, etc., use with all tile types including fully vitrified, porcelain and mosaics. For internal and
including fully vitrified, porcelain and mosaics. Suitable for walls external applications including swimming pools, etc. Suitable for
and floors, built-in admix. walls and floors, built-in admix.

Fix porcelain: Yes Fix porcelain: Yes


External use: Yes* External use: Yes*
Grout after (walls): 8 hours Grout after (walls): 90 minutes
Grout after/ Grout after/
walk on (floors): 24 hours walk on (floors): 90 minutes
Bed thickness: 1 - 6mm Bed thickness: 1 - 6mm
Adjustment time: 30 minutes Adjustment time: 15 minutes
Working time: 3 hours Working time: 30 minutes
Open time: 60 minutes Open time: 20 minutes
Colour: Grey or White Colour: Grey or White
Pack size: 20kg bag Pack size: 20kg bag
Coverage: 1kg/m2/mm of bed thickness. A 20kg Coverage: 1.2kg/m2/mm of bed thickness. A 20kg
bag will yield approximately 19 litres of bag will yield approximately 16.7 litres
mortar i.e. 6.3m2 at 3mm thick of mortar i.e. 5.5m2 at 3mm thick
Underfloor heating: Yes Underfloor heating: Yes
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on Storage: 6 months from the date shown on
the packaging. the packaging.

NOTES: * External or other wet areas such as commercial showers, swimming pools etc.

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Floor Tile Bedding Mortar and Flexible Floor Tile Bedding Mortar

ARDEX X 78 ARDEX X 78 S / ARDEX X 78 W S


MICROTEC Flexible Semi-Pourable MICROTEC® Ultra Rapid Setting Flexible
Floor Tile Adhesive Floor Tile Adhesive

CT 2S1

Fibre Reinforced standard setting floor tile adhesive. For fixing all Fibre reinforced rapid setting floor tile adhesive. Tiles can be
types of ceramic floor tiles, mosaics etc. Semi-pourable grouted and trafficked 11⁄2 hours after fixing. For fixing all types of
consistency makes it ideal for solid bed fixing large format floor ceramic floor tiles, mosaics, etc. Its enhanced adhesion
tiles. Achieves an open time of up to 60 minutes, double that of properties and easily workable consistency make it ideal for solid
‘E’ classified adhesives. For internal/external applications. bedding fully vitrified and porcelain large format tiles.
For internal/external applications.

Fix porcelain: Yes Fix porcelain: Yes


External use: Yes* External use: Yes*
Grout after/walk on: 24 hours Grout after/walk on: 90 mins
Bed thickness: 1 - 6mm Bed thickness: 1 - 6mm
Working time: 3 hours Working time: 30 minutes
Adjustment time: 30 minutes Adjustment time: 15 minutes
Open time: 60 minutes Open time: 20 minutes
Colour: Grey Colour: Grey or White
Pack size: 20kg bag Pack size: 20kg bag
Coverage: 1.2kg/m2/mm of bed thickness. Coverage: 1.2kg/m2/mm of bed thickness. A 20kg
A 20kg bag will yield approximately bag will yield approximately 16.5 litres of
16.65 litres of mortar mortar i.e. 5.5m2 at 3mm thick
i.e. 5.6m2 @ 3mm thick Underfloor heating: Yes
Underfloor heating: Yes Storage: 6 months from the date shown on
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on the packaging.
the packaging.

NOTES: * External or other wet areas such as commercial showers, swimming pools etc.

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Fast Track Flexible Tile Adhesive, Epoxy Adhesive and Grout

ARDEX X 7001 / X 7001 W ARDEX S 21


MICROTEC® Rapid Drying Pourable Floor Rapid Hardening Floor Tile Bedding Mortar
Tile Adhesive

C1

CF2E

Fibre reinforced pourable adhesive. Specifically designed for fixing For large format tiles. Pourable consistency. May be used to
all types of floor tiles, including porcelain, to various surfaces smooth rough bases and make up screed levels.
including wood-based sheets and boards. Tiles can be grouted For internal/external applications including swimming pools.
and trafficked 2 hours after fixing. ARDEX X 7001 W white is ideal Tiles can be grouted and trafficked 3 hours after fixing.
for fixing light and translucent marble and limestone.

Fix porcelain: Yes Fix porcelain: Yes, with addition of ARDEX E90
External use: No External use: Yes*
Grout after/walk on: 2 hours Grout after/walk on: 3 hours
Bed thickness: 1 - 6mm (1 - 4mm to timber) Screed bed thickness: 1 - 10mm/10 - 30mm with sand
Working time: 60 minutes Adhesive bed thickness: 3 - 6mm
Adjustment time: 15 minutes Working time: 30 minutes
Open time: 15 minutes Adjustment time: Approximately 20 minutes
Colour: Grey or White Open time: 10 minutes
Pack size: 20kg bag Colour: Grey
Coverage: 1.4kg/m2/mm of bed thickness. A 20kg Pack size: 22kg bag
bag will yield approximately 14.4 litres of Coverage: 1.8kg/m2/mm of bed thickness.
mortar i.e. 4.8m2 at 3mm thick A 22kg bag will yield approximately
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on 12.3 litres of mortar i.e. 4.1m2 at
the packaging. 3mm thick
Underfloor heating: Yes, with addition of ARDEX E90
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on
the packaging.

NOTES: * External or other wet areas such as commercial showers, swimming pools etc.

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Tile Grouts

ARDEX-FLEX FL ARDEX-FLEX FS
Rapid Setting and Hardening, Flexible Flexible Tile Grout with Built-In Admix
Tile Grout with Built-In Admix

WIDE NARROTW
JOINTS JOIN S

CG2 CG2

Water-repellent and dirt resistant, flexible, rapid hardening tile Water-repellent and dirt resistant, flexible tile grout for wall and
grout for wall and floor joints from 3-15mm wide. Suitable for floor joints up to 4mm wide. Suitable for internal and external
internal and external locations, including swimming pools. Can locations, including swimming pools. Easy to apply and clean off
receive foot traffic after 90 minutes, and is easy to apply and the surface of the tile. Available in 32 colours.
clean off the surface of the tile. Available in 32 colours.

Joint width: 3 - 15mm Joint width: Up to 4mm


Grout porcelain: Yes Grout porcelain: Yes
Workable: 30 minutes Workable: 21⁄2 hours
Walkability: 90 minutes Walkability: 5 hours
External use: Yes External use: Yes
Colours: 32 colours available Colours: 32 colours available
refer to colour chart on page 68 refer to colour chart on page 68
Pack size: 2.5kg or 10kg bags Pack size: 2.5kg or 10kg bags
Coverage: Refer to grout coverage table (page 67) Coverage: Refer to grout coverage table (page 67)
Underfloor heating: Yes Underfloor heating: Yes
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on Storage: 12 months from the date shown on
the packaging. the packaging.

ARDEX ST
Elastic Silicone Sealant
Easy to apply with excellent resistance to weather, UV radiation and commonly used cleaning chemicals and
disinfectants, ARDEX ST contains fungicide that does not support the growth of fungus or moulds. Suitable for
internal and external use, ARDEX ST minimises discolouration and is also suitable for joints in natural stone.
ARDEX ST is available in 6 colours that closely match the most popular ARDEX-FLEX grout colours – Brilliant White,
Spring Jasmine, Floating Driftwood, Dove Grey, Stormy Mist and Innocent Black

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Tile Grouts

ARDEX F 4 ARDEX C 2
Fine Wall Tile Grout Wall and Floor Tile Grout

CG1 CG1

Use for wall tiling and in swimming pools, etc., for joints up to Available in grey, white, limestone, sandstone, beige or anthracite
4mm wide. Both easy to apply and clean off. – for joint widths from 2mm upwards, suitable for wall and floor
tiling in internal/external locations, swimming pools, etc.

Joint width: Up to 4mm Joint width: 2 - 20mm


Grout porcelain: Yes, with addition of ARDEX E101 Grout porcelain: Yes, with addition of ARDEX E101
Workable: 2 - 3 hours Workable: 2 - 3 hours
External use: Yes Walkability: 24 hours
Colours: Polar White, Beige, Light Grey External use: Yes
Pack size: 11kg bag Colours: Anthracite, Beige, Grey, Limestone,
Coverage: Refer to grout coverage table (page 67) White, Sandstone

Storage: 12 months from the date shown on Pack size: 11kg or 5kg (Beige, Grey or White
the packaging. only) bags
Coverage: Refer to grout coverage table (page 67)
Underfloor heating: Yes, with the addition of ARDEX E 101
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on
the packaging.

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Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Grouts with Built-In Admix

ARDEX GK ARDEX MG
Rapid Setting and Hardening Grout Rapid Drying Marble and Natural Stone
Tile Grout

CG2A1

CG2

For tile joint widths from 3mm upwards. Suitable for Virtually eliminates the risk of water staining of the edges of
internal/external use on floors and walls. moisture sensitive natural stone tiles. For joint widths up to 8mm,
suitable for wall and floor tiling. Walk on and traffic only 90
minutes after application.

Joint width: 3 - 20mm Joint width: Up to 8mm


Grout porcelain: Yes, with addition of ARDEX E101 Workable: 30 minutes
Workable: 30 minutes Walkability: 90 minutes
Walkability: 3 hours External use: No
External use: Yes Colours: Light Grey, Dark Grey, White,
Colours: Anthracite or Grey Limestone, Sandstone

Pack size: 11kg bags Pack size: 11kg bags

Coverage: Refer to grout coverage table (page 67) Coverage: Refer to grout coverage table (page 67)

Underfloor heating: Yes, with the addition of ARDEX E 101 Underfloor heating: Yes

Storage: 12 months from the date shown on Storage: 12 months from the date shown on
the packaging. the packaging.

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Cement/Epoxy Hybrid Grout , Fast Track Tiling Render

ARDEX EG 8 ARDEX AM 100


Cement/Epoxy Hybrid Grout and Adhesive Fast Track Tiling Render

R2
T RG
Adhesive Grout

ARDEX EG 8 is ideal for use in areas where high standards of Specially formulated pre-blended cement/sand render, requiring
hygiene and cleanliness are required. ARDEX EG 8 has excellent only the addition of water to produce a slump free mortar which
resistance to most chemicals but, unlike traditional epoxy grouts, can be applied 2-20mm and is ready to receive wall tiling only 2
is easy to apply, requires no special tools, and can be cleaned off hours after application.
the tile surface up to 45 minutes after application.

Joint width: 2 - 12mm Application thickness: 2 - 20mm


Grout porcelain: Yes Working time: 30 minutes
Workable: 45 minutes Fix ceramics: 2 hours
External use: Yes 28 day strength
Colours: Grey and White (N/mm2): 11

Pack size: 4kg plastic tub Final set: 90 minutes

Coverage: Refer to grout coverage table (page 67) External use: Yes*

Underfloor heating: Yes Pack size: 25kg bags

Storage: 12 months from the date shown on Coverage: 1.3kg/m2/mm. A 25kg bag will yield
the packaging. approximately 19 litres of mortar i.e.
3.2m2 at 6mm thick
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on
the packaging.

NOTES: * External or other wet areas such as commercial showers, swimming pools etc.

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Waterproof Coatings

ARDEX WPC ARDEX S 7


Flexible Rapid Drying and Setting Flexible Waterproof Coating for Floors
Waterproof Coating and Walls

ARDEX WPC creates a waterproof protective coating that ARDEX S 7 can be used to waterproof swimming pools prior to fixing
guarantees the prevention of water damage to floors and walls. ceramic tiles. Tiles can be fixed after just 4 hours in interior and
Use prior to tiling in commercial and domestic wet rooms, power exterior locations, and resists water pressure up to 3 Bar.
showers, bathrooms and kitchens. ARDEX WPC is quick and
easy to apply and tiling can commence after just 90 minutes.

Pot life: Approximately 45 minutes Pot life: Approximately 60 minutes


Curing time: 30 minutes for the first coat, Curing time: 4 hours
60 minutes for the second coat Fix tiles after: 4 hours
Fix tiles after: 60 minutes after application of Colour: Brown
second coat Pack size: 15kg
Colour: Brown Coverage: 6.25 m2 (2 coats applied)
Pack size: 5kg plastic bottle (liquid) Storage: 6 months from the date shown on
5kg bag (powder) the packaging.
Coverage: 6.6m per unit to give a 0.8mm thick
2

coating (2 coats)
Underfloor heating: Yes
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on
the packaging.

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Smoothing and Levelling Compounds

ARDITEX NA ARDEX K 15-HB


Ultra Rapid Setting Latex Sub-Floor High Build Rapid Drying
Levelling and Smoothing Compound Sub-Floor Smoothing Compound

ARDITEX NA is a self-smoothing, protein free, low odour latex levelling Rapid hardening and drying pump or hand applied levelling
compound. It is used for the preparation of cement/sand and concrete screeds, mortar which can be tiled on 4 hours after application. Ideal for
metal, quarry tiles, asphalt flooring (grade 1), granolithic or terrazzo floors, prior
interior, fast track tiling.
to applying the floor tiles. May also be used for pre-smoothing timber floors prior
to oversheeting with plywood and can be used under a damp proof membrane,
such as ARDEX DPM. Also used to encapsulate under-tile heating cables to
concrete, screeds and thermal tilebacking boards.

Application thickness total: 0 - 30mm Application thickness: 5 - 35mm


Application thickness neat: 0 - 12mm Application thickness
Application thickness with aggregate: 20 - 35mm use from half to equal
with aggregate: 8 - 30mm use from half to volumes of ARDEX COARSE
equal volumes of ARDEX COARSE Aggregate to the ARDEX K 15-HB mix
Aggregate to ARDITEX NA mix
Working time: 30 mins at 20°C
Working time: 20 mins at 20°C
Walkable: 2 hours at 20°C
Walkable: 2 hours at 20°C
Fix ceramics: After 4 hours at 20°C
Fix ceramics: 4 - 6 hours at 20°C
Final set: 2 hours at 20°C
28 Day compressive strength: 16.5 N/mm2
External use: No
Final set: 11⁄2 hours at 20°C
Under DPM: No
External use: Consult ARDEX Technical Services
Coverage: Depending on flatness of surface
Under DPM: Yes
a 25kg bag will cover approximately
Coverage: Depending on flatness and texture
2.7m2 at 5mm thick
of surface one unit will cover
approximately 5m2 at 3mm thick Pack size: 25kg bag

Material requirement: 1.6kg of mortar/m2/mm Material Requirement: 1.84kg of powder/m2/mm

Underfloor heating: Yes Underfloor heating: Yes

Pack size: 20kg bags with 4.85kg latex liquid Storage: 12 months from the date shown on
Storage: ARDITEX NA powder has a storage the packaging.
life of 12 months from the date Mix Water Requirement: 4 - 4.25 litres per 25kg bag.
shown on the packaging. ARDITEX NA
latex has a storage life of not less
than 6 months from the date
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shown on the packaging.
Fast Track Concrete Resurfacer, External Patch and Repair Mortar

ARDEX K 301 ARDEX A 46


Fast Setting Resurfacing and Rapid Setting and Hardening External
Levelling Compound Patch and Repair Mortar

A fast setting cost effective solution for smoothing rough or Rapid setting and hardening, slump free repair and patch mortar
damaged concrete or cement/sand screeds and is suitable for which is ideal for external use or for internal repairs and
internal and external applications prior to tiling. ARDEX K 301 is smoothing, prior to the application of ceramic tile finishes.
walkable after 2-3 hours and can be tiled onto after 24 hours. Can be used to repair concrete and cement/sand screeds,
Use to level uneven surfaces, such as paths and patios. repair steps or create ramps and falls.

Application Thickness Total: 2 - 20mm Application Thickness Total: 2 - 30mm


Application Thickness Neat: 2 - 20mm Application Thickness Neat: 2 - 30mm
Working Time: Approx. 30 mins at 20°C Working Time: 15 mins at 20°C
Walkable: 2 - 3 hours at 20°C Walkable: 2 - 3 hours at 20°C
28 Day Compressive Strength: 28 N/mm2 Fix Ceramics: 2 - 3 hours at 20°C
External Use: Yes 28 Day Compressive Strength: 20 N/mm2
Under DPM: Yes Apply Floorcoverings: 24 hours at 20°C
Underfloor Heating: No External Use: Yes
Coverage: Depending on flatness of Under DPM: Yes
surface a 25kg bag will Underfloor Heating: Yes
cover approximately 7.8m2
Coverage: Depending on flatness of
at 2mm thick.
surface an 11kg bag will
Material Requirement: 1.6kg powder/m2/mm cover approximately 4m2 at
Packaging: 25kg bag 2mm thick (8 litres of
Storage: 12 months from the date mortar).
shown on the packaging. Packaging: 11kg bag
Mix Water Requirement: 5.25 litres per 25kg bag. Storage: 6 months from the date
shown on the packaging.
Mix Water Requirement: 2.7 - 3 litres per 11kg bag.

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Fast Track Floor Screeds

ARDEX A 38 ARDEX A 35
Rapid Hardening and Drying Cement for Floor Rapid Setting and Ultra Rapid Hardening Cement
Screeds in Internal or External Locations for Floor Screeds in Internal Locations

Traditional sand/cement screeds can take months to dry, but an Traditional sand/cement screeds can take months to dry, but an
ARDEX A 38 screed can receive tiling after 4 hours for bonded, ARDEX A 35 screed can receive tiling after 24 hours, regardless of
unbonded and floating screeds, regardless of thickness. ARDEX thickness. After 1 day the compressive and tensile strengths of an
A 38 can be walked on after 3 hours and is suitable for internal ARDEX A 35 screed exceed the acceptable minimum attained by a
and external use, including wet and submerged areas. conventional screed after 28 days.

Thickness bonded screed: 15 - 50mm Thickness bonded screed: 15 - 50mm


Thickness unbonded screed: 50mm+ Thickness unbonded screed: 50mm+
Thickness floating screed: 65/75mm+ (65mm for Thickness floating screed: 65/75mm+ (65mm for
domestic locations only) domestic locations only)
Working time: 60 mins at 20°C Working time: 1 hour at 20°C
Walkable: 3 hours at 20°C Walkable: 3 hours at 20°C
Fix ceramics - bonded screed: 4 hours Fix ceramics - bonded screed: 24 hours at 20°C
Fix ceramics - unbonded screed: 4 hours Fix ceramics - unbonded screed: 24 hours at 20°C
Fix ceramics - floating screed: 4 hours External use: No
External use: Yes Under DPM: No
Under DPM: Yes Coverage: Depending on flatness of
Coverage: Depending on flatness of surface a 25kg bag of
surface approximately 1.6m2 ARDEX A 35 mixed with
per 25kg bag for 50mm 125kg (1:5 mix) of screeding
1:5 screed sand will cover approximately
1.6m2 at 50mm thick
Pack size: 25kg bags
Pack size: 25kg bags
Storage: 12 months from the date
shown on the packaging. Underfloor heating: Yes

Material Requirement: 1:5 mix = 0.31kg/m2/mm Storage: 12 months from the date
shown on the packaging.
Material Requirement: 1:4 mix = 0.37kg/m2/mm
1:5 mix = 0.31kg/m2/mm

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Fast Track Floor Screeds

ARDEX A 35 MIX
Rapid Drying Pre-Blended Screeding and
Screed Repair Mortar

Ready-for-use, rapid drying, pre-blended, screeding and screed


repair mortar that just requires water to produce a screeding
mortar. Rapid strength development, can receive tiling after
24 hours, regardless of thickness. Can also be used for rapid
screed repairs.

Thickness bonded screed: 15 - 50mm


Thickness unbonded screed: 40mm+
Thickness floating screed: 65/75mm+ (65mm for
domestic locations only)
Working time: 1 hour at 20°C
Walkable: 3 hours at 20°C
Fix ceramics - bonded screed: 24 hours at 20°C
Fix ceramics - unbonded screed: 24 hours at 20°C
28 day compressive strength: 40 N/mm2
External Use: No
Under DPM: No
Coverage: Depending on flatness of
surface approximately 0.83m2
at 15mm thick per 25kg bag
Pack size: 25kg bags
Underfloor heating: Yes
Storage: 12 months from the date
shown on the packaging.
Material Requirement: 1.85kg of powder/m2/mm

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Schlüter Ditra Matting Adhesive, Admixes

ARDEX AF 200 ARDEX E 90


Schlüter Ditra Matting Bonding Adhesive Tile Adhesive Improver

ARDEX AF 200 is a water-based, low odour, solvent free, high Mortar admix for use with ARDEX cement-based adhesives.
quality dispersion adhesive for adhering Schlüter Ditra matting to Gives elastic and water repellent properties plus enhanced
timber floors. adhesive strength if fixing to smooth or glazed surfaces.

Coverage: Notch size (mm) m2/litre Colour: White


2x6 3 approximately Pack size: 2kg or 3.6kg plastic containers
Open/working time: Up to 1 hour depending on room Coverage: 3.6kg per 20kg bag of ARDEX X 7/S 16
temperature/humidity and absorbency (2kg for ARDEX S 21)
of the sub floor
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on
Colour: Cream
the packaging.
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on
the packaging if stored in good
conditions between 5°C and 30°C in
original unopened containers.
ARDEX E 101
Tile Grout Improver
Packaging: Available in 5 litre and 15 litre tubs.

Grout admix for ARDEX C 2, F 4 and GK cement-based grouts and


normal cement/sand grout mortars. For elastic and water
repellent tile joints.

Colour: White
Pack size: 1kg or 5kg plastic containers
Coverage: 1kg per 11kg bag of ARDEX C 2, F 4
or GK grout
Storage: 12 months from the date shown on
the packaging.

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Primers

ARDEX P 4 ARDEX P 51
Ready Mixed Rapid Drying Primer and Bonding Agent
Multi-Purpose Primer

Solvent free primer for internal/external application to walls,


floors and ceilings. Used prior to the application of ARDEX
Primer for anhydrite screeds and gypsum plaster prior to applying
ceramic tile adhesives and levelling compounds. Produces
ARDEX cement-based tile adhesives as well as porous sub-floors to
textured surface and dries in one hour. Virtually drip free.
improve adhesion of ARDEX sub-floor smoothing compounds, helps
Particularly useful for tile on tile applications. Applied to
prevent air bubbles/pin holes and prolong the flow life.
concrete, cement/sand screeds, ceramic tiles, terrazzo.
Use as part of the bonding slurry for ARDEX A 35 Screed and for
Coverage: use with ARDEX X 7001 adhesive to timber floors.
Dependant on the surface to be primed - usually 40m2
Coverage:
per 8kg tub
Determined by dilution: e.g for porous screeds, dry, sound anhydrite
Pack size: screeds and gypsum plaster - 5kg diluted with 3
8kg tub volumes of water is sufficient for priming approximately 100m2
Storage: e.g for power float concrete - 5kg diluted with 2 volumes of
12 months in the original unopened container. water is sufficient for priming approximately 60m2 e.g for rough
concrete - 5kg diluted with an equal volume of water is sufficient for
priming approximately 35m2. Undiluted a 1kg bottle will cover
ARDEX P 82 approximately 5m2.

Water Dispersed Epoxy Primer Pack size:


25kg, 5kg or 1kg containers
Storage:
12 months from the date shown on the packaging.

ARDEX E 100
Additive to Improve Screeding,
Solvent free, non-flammable, two part, water dispersed epoxy
Rendering and Repair Mortars,
primer and bonding agent for use on all dense impervious
surfaces, including hard flooring grade asphalt, ceramic and and for Bonding/Slurry Grouts
quarry tiles and rigid metal sub-floors, prior to applying ARDEX
cement-based tile adhesives. ARDEX E 100 is an acrylic-based dispersion for use with screeds in
internal and external locations.
Coverage: • Improves the elasticity and the compressive and tensile strengths
Depending on the surface to be primed and method of of the modified mortar
application 10 - 20m2 per 2kg unit, 30 - 60m2 per 6kg unit • Improves the workability and plastic properties of the mortar,
Material requirement: without increasing the water content
5-10m2 per kg of mixed primer • Reduces early age crack formation and surface dusting of
screeds, while increasing their abrasion resistance
Pack size:
2kg or 6kg units • Use with ARDEX A 38 Rapid Hardening and Drying Cement for
Floor Screeds as a bonding slurry/grout
Storage:
12 months from the date shown on the packaging.
Protect from frost.
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Floor Tiling System Selector

These overviews show some of the systems that can be used for various FLOOR AND WALL TILING, SOLID BED FIXING IS REQUIRED (NO VOIDS
circumstances. These should only be used in conjunction with the BEHIND TILES) IN EXTERNAL LOCATIONS.
guidance given in the current ARDEX data sheets for the individual FLOOR TILING IN EXTERNAL LOCATIONS SHOULD PREFERABLY BE
products shown. LAID TO FREE DRAINING FALLS.
Detailed design data sheets are available for some of the key systems N.B. All ARDEX products should be mixed and applied in accordance
and site specific guidance can be provided by contacting your local with the relevant product data sheet.
ARDEX Area Manager or the ARDEX Technical Services Department. The use of ARDEX AM 100 Rapid Hardening One Coat Tiling Render
Other combinations of adhesives and grouts may be suitable, please allows tiles to be fixed only 2 hours after application.
consult the individual product data sheets for further information. A bonded ARDEX EB 2 screed will allow tiles to be fixed only 3 hours
after application.

INTERNAL FLOORS
SUBSTRATE TO BE TILED SITE CONDITIONS ARDEX SYSTEM

CONCRETE OR CEMENT/SAND SCREED DRY AREAS FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 1 - P32


WET AREAS FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 2 - P33

ANHYDRITE SCREED DRY AREAS FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 3 - P34

FLOORING GRADE ASPHALT DRY AREAS FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 4 - P35


WET AREAS FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 5 - P36

EXISTING CERAMIC FLOOR TILING/TERRAZZO DRY AREAS FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 6 - P37
WET AREAS FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 7 - P38

TIMBER FLOORS DRY AREAS FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 8 - P39


WET AREAS FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 9 - P40

HEATED TIMBER FLOORS FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 10 - P41

HEATED CONCRETE OR CEMENT/SAND SCREED FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 11 - P42

TILEBACKER BOARDS FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 12 - P43

INDUSTRIAL AREAS, CHEMICALLY RESISTANT JOINTS OR HYGIENIC JOINTS FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 13 - P44

DAMP CONCRETE/CEMENT AND SAND SCREED REQUIRING DPM FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 14 - P45

EXTERNAL FLOORS

CONCRETE OR CEMENT/SAND SCREED FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 15 - P46


EXISTING GLAZED/UNGLAZED TILES, TERRAZZO FLOOR TILING SYSTEM 16 - P47
N.B. All ARDEX products should be mixed and applied in accordance with the relevant product data sheet.

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Floor Tiling - Background/Substrate Preparation

Internal Floors Background/Substrate Preparation


CEMENT/SAND SCREED All backgrounds must be rigid, clean, stable and free from any barriers to
New cement and sand screeds require at least 3 weeks drying time prior adhesion such as dust, plaster droppings, grease, polish and any water
to fixing tiles.* softenable or loosely adhered materials. Good adhesion to a stable background
is very important to guarantee the successful application of tiling.
ANHYDRITE SCREED 1

Ensure that the surface has been prepared in accordance with the Surfaces to be tiled must be flat and when checked with a 2m straight edge,
manufacturers instructions and is free of dust, is hard and the anhydrite any gap under the straight edge between points of contact with the surface
screed is fully dry. Use ARDEX P 51 primer diluted 1:3 by volume with should not exceed 3mm (Surface Regularity 1). Any small scale irregularities
water. should be pre-smoothed before tiling.

HARD FLOORING GRADE ASPHALT SANDED 2


* With an unbonded ARDEX A 35 cement/sand screed tiles can be fixed after
With well adhered sand key no primer is required. If sand key
only 24 hours, with an ARDEX A 38 cement/sand screed tiles can be fixed after
is poor or worn off, proceed as for smooth asphalt.
only 4 hours.
HARD FLOORING GRADE ASPHALT SMOOTH 2

Use ARDEX P 82 primer. If thinner layers need to be made up, consideration should be given to the use
of the appropriate ARDEX smoothing compound.
EXISTING CERAMIC TILING
Ensure existing tiling is well adhered. Thorough cleaning and rinsing off
essential. Primers
TERRAZZO ARDEX P 4 - Solvent free primer for internal/external
Ensure existing terrazzo is well adhered. Thorough cleaning and rinsing off application to walls, floors and ceilings. Used prior to the
essential; mechanical preparation may be required. application of ARDEX ceramic tile adhesives and levelling
compounds. Produces textured surface and dries in one
CONCRETE hour. Virtually drip free. Particularly useful for tile on tile
Ensure that new concrete is at least 6 weeks old prior to tiling.
applications. Applied to concrete, cement/sand screeds,
Check that surface curing agents are removed.
ceramic tiles, terrazzo.

WET LOCATIONS 3

Backgrounds should be water resistant and suitable for direct fixing. Tiles
ARDEX P 51 - For use with ARDEX X 7001.
should be solid bed fixed.
Also for use on porous and absorbent anhydrite screeds.

TIMBER FLOORS
Use undiluted ARDEX P 51 only with ARDEX X 7001/ARDEX X 7001 W.
ARDEX P 82 - Non-flammable, water dispersed epoxy
Use ARDEX P82 or ARDEX P 51 with ARDEX S16/ARDEX E90.
primer for bonding to smooth impervious surfaces
including existing ceramic tiling, internal asphalt, terrazzo,
sound and well adhered paint coatings and old adhesive
External Floors residues, prior to the use of cement-based adhesives.

CEMENT/SAND RENDER AND SCREED


Wood float finish and prevent rapid drying out. Allow to air dry for at least 2
weeks (renders) or at least 3 weeks (screeds) prior to tiling.* 1 Bed thickness maximum 3mm unless using ARDEX S 20.

CONCRETE 2 Adhesive bed thickness not greater than 6mm.


Allow at least 6 weeks drying time prior to fixing tiles onto new concrete.
Ensure all formwork release agents are removed. 3 ARDEX WPC can be used to protect moisture sensitive
backgrounds in wet locations, prior to fixing tiles using the
EXISTING CERAMIC TILING
appropriate ARDEX cement-based adhesive.
Ensure existing tiling is well adhered and can support the new tile bed.
Thorough cleaning and rinsing off essential.

BRICKWORK
Allow new walls to dry for at least 6 weeks prior to direct fixing or rendering.

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Floor Tiling System 1

• Tiling to concrete or cement/sand screed - dry areas


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78 Floor tiles

Concrete or
cement/sand
sand screed

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

Wide joints: WIDE


If smoothing or levelling of the sub-floor is JOINTS
ARDEX-FLEX FL
required prior to tiling the use of the
appropriate ARDEX smoothing or levelling Narrow joints: NARROTW
compound should be considered. ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

See notes on Page 31 regarding suitability


and preparation of concrete and
cement/sand screeds prior to tiling.

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Floor Tiling System 2

• Tiling to concrete or cement/sand screed - wet areas


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78 Floor tiles

Concrete or
cement/sand
screed or ARDEX
A 35 rapid drying
screed
ARDEX WPC

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

Wide joints: WIDE


If smoothing or falls are required prior to JOINTS
ARDEX-FLEX FL
applying the waterproof coatings the use of
the appropriate ARDEX smoothing Narrow joints: NARROTW
compound or screeding mortar should be ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S
considered.

See notes on Page 31 regarding suitability


and preparation of concrete and
cement/sand screeds prior to tiling.

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Floor Tiling System 3

• Tiling to anhydrite screed - dry areas


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78

Floor tiles ARDEX P 51


(Diluted 1:3)

Anhydrite screed

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

Wide joints: WIDE


See notes on Page 31 regarding suitability JOINTS
ARDEX-FLEX FL
and preparation of concrete and
cement/sand screeds prior to tiling. Narrow joints: NARROTW
ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

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Floor Tiling System 4

• Tiling to flooring grade asphalt - dry areas


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78 Floor tiles

Sand keyed
asphalt
ARDEX P 82

Smooth asphalt

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

Wide joints: WIDE


See notes on Page 31 regarding suitability JOINTS
ARDEX-FLEX FL
and preparation of concrete and
cement/sand screeds prior to tiling. Narrow joints: NARROTW
ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

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Floor Tiling System 5

• Tiling to flooring grade asphalt - wet areas


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78

Floor tiles ARDITEX NA


3-6mm thick

Sand keyed asphalt

Smooth asphalt

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

Wide joints: WIDE


See notes on Page 31 regarding suitability JOINTS
ARDEX-FLEX FL
and preparation of asphalt floors prior to
tiling. Narrow joints: NARROTW
ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

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Floor Tiling System 6

• Tiling to existing ceramic floor tiling/terrazzo - dry areas


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78 New floor
tiles

Existing
floor tiles
ARDEX P 82 or ARDEX P 4

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

Wide joints: WIDE


See notes on Page 31 regarding suitability JOINTS
ARDEX-FLEX FL
and preparation of existing ceramic floor
tiles and terrazzo prior to tiling. Narrow joints: NARROTW
ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

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Floor Tiling System 7

• Tiling to existing ceramic floor tiling/terrazzo - wet areas


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78

New floor ARDITEX NA


tiles 3-6mm

Existing floor tiles

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.
ARDEX WPC
Wide joints: WIDE
See notes on Page 31 regarding suitability JOINTS
ARDEX-FLEX FL
and preparation of existing ceramic floor
tiles and terrazzo prior to tiling. Narrow joints: NARROTW
ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

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Floor Tiling System 8

• Tiling to timber floors - dry areas


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

ARDEX X 7001

Floor tiles

Existing
floorboards
ARDEX P 51
(Undiluted)

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

Wide joints: WIDE


Further guidance on the fixing of ceramic JOINTS
ARDEX-FLEX FL
floor tiles to wood-based boards is
described in the ‘Fixing Ceramic Tiles Narrow joints: NARROTW
to existing suitable Tongued and Grooved ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S
Floorboards’ leaflet.

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Floor Tiling System 9

• Tiling to timber floors - wet areas


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78

Floor tiles

Existing floorboards Pre-smooth with


selected tile adhesive

Schlüter Ditra matting


www.schluter.co.uk

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

ARDEX AF 200
Schlüter Ditra Matting
Bonding Adhesive
Size of adhesive ribbing shown
for illustrative purposes only

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Floor Tiling System 10

• Tiling to heated timber floors


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78 Floor tiles

Pre smoothing layer


of ARDITEX NA or
ARDEX adhesive
shown above
Heating cables
Existing
floorboards

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

Wide joints: WIDE


Further guidance on the fixing of specific JOINTS
Proprietary ARDEX-FLEX FL
proprietary insulating tile backing board is
insulating tile
described in the relevant ARDEX/Wedi, Narrow joints: NARROTW
backing board JOIN S
ARDEX/Marmox or ARDEX/Kerdi ARDEX-FLEX FS
application leaflets.

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Floor Tiling System 11

• Tiling to heated concrete or cement/sand screeds


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78

Floor tiles

Heated concrete or
cement/sand screed
(thermally cycled)

WET AREAS DRY AREAS

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’. ARDEX WPC

Wide joints: WIDE


See notes on Page 31 regarding suitability JOINTS
ARDEX-FLEX FL
and preparation of heated concrete or
cement/sand screeds prior to tiling. Narrow joints: NARROTW
Reference should be made to IGN 7. ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

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Floor Tiling System 12

• Tiling to proprietary tile backing boards


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78
Floor tiles

Proprietary tile
backing board

Wide joints: WIDE


NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.


Narrow joints: NARROTW
ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S
Further guidance on the fixing of specific
proprietary tile backing boards is described
in the relevant ARDEX/Wedi,
ARDEX/Marmox or ARDEX/Kerdi
application leaflets.

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Floor Tiling System 13

• Tiling of industrial areas, chemically resistant or hygienic joints


• Internal floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78

Floor tiles

Concrete or
cement/sand screed

Chemical/hygienic joints Full chemical resistance

In industrial areas where heavy impacts and


loads occur or where corrosive liquid lies on the
tiles, bed and grout in ARDEX EG 8.

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’. ARDEX EG 8 Cement/Epoxy
Hybrid Grout
If smoothing or falls are required prior to tiling
the use of ARDEX S 21 or ARDEX EB 2 should
be considered.

See notes on Page 31 regarding suitability and


preparation cement/sand screeds prior to tiling.

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Floor Tiling System 14

• Tiling to damp concrete or cement/sand screed to


include surface damp proof membrane PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

• Internal floors

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78

New Floor tiles

Existing damp concrete


ARDEX DPM
or cement/sand screed
(2 coat coloured system)

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

Wide joints: WIDE


See notes on Page 31 regarding suitability JOINTS
ARDEX-FLEX FL
and preparation of concrete or
cement/sand screeds prior to tiling. Narrow joints: NARROTW ARDEX P 82
ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

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Floor Tiling System 15

• Tiling to concrete or cement/sand screed


• External floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose flexible:
ARDEX X 7
Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,
all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78
Floor tiles

Concrete or
cement/sand screed

*NOTE: When fixing fully vitrified or porcelain


tiles in external situations use either ARDEX X 77,
ARDEX X 7 R, ARDEX X 78/ARDEX X 78 S.
Wide joints: WIDE
ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS
NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the
‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’. Narrow joints: NARROTW
ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S
If smoothing or screeding of the sub-floor is
required prior to tiling the use of ARDEX K 301,
A 46, S 21 or ARDEX A 38 should be considered.

See notes on page 31 regarding suitability and


preparation of concrete or cement/sand screeds
prior to tiling.

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Floor Tiling System 16

• Tiling to existing glazed/unglazed floor tiles


• External floors PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

ARDEX X 7 + ARDEX E 90

ARDEX S 21 + ARDEX E 90

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7

Floor tiles Multi-purpose, rapidset flexible,


all tile types:
ARDEX X 7 R
Existing MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-
tiles Pourable Floor Tile Adhesive
- Large format tiles:
ARDEX X 78

*NOTE: When fixing fully vitrified or


porcelain tiles in external situations use ARDEX P 4
either ARDEX X 77, ARDEX X 7 R,
ARDEX X 78/ARDEX X 78 S.

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.
Wide joints: WIDE
ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS
See notes on Page 31 regarding suitability
and preparation of existing ceramic tiles Narrow joints: NARROTW
prior to tiling. ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

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Wall Tiling System Selector

These overviews show some of the systems that can be used for various FLOOR AND WALL TILING, SOLID BED FIXING IS REQUIRED (NO VOIDS
circumstances. These should only be used in conjunction with the BEHIND TILES) IN EXTERNAL LOCATIONS.
guidance given in the current ARDEX data sheets for the individual FLOOR TILING IN EXTERNAL LOCATIONS SHOULD PREFERABLY BE
products shown. LAID TO FREE DRAINING FALLS.
Detailed design data sheets are available for some of the key systems N.B. All ARDEX products should be mixed and applied in accordance
and site specific guidance can be provided by contacting your local with the relevant product data sheet.
ARDEX Area Manager or the ARDEX Technical Services Department. The use of ARDEX AM 100 Rapid Hardening One Coat Tiling Render
Other combinations of adhesives and grouts may be suitable, please allows tiles to be fixed only 2 hours after application.
consult the individual product data sheets for further information. A bonded ARDEX EB 2 screed will allow tiles to be fixed only 3 hours
after application.

INTERNAL WALLS
SUBSTRATE TO BE TILED SITE CONDITIONS ARDEX SYSTEM

CONCRETE OR CEMENT/SAND RENDER DRY AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 1 - P50


WET AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 2 - P51

GYPSUM PLASTER DRY AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 3 - P52


WET AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 4 - P53

PLASTERBOARD DRY AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 5 - P54


WET AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 6 - P55

AERATED CONCRETE BLOCK DRY AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 7 - P56


WET AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 8 - P57

GLAZED/UNGLAZED TILES DRY AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 9 - P58


WET AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 10 - P59

WOOD-BASED SHEETS AND BOARDS DRY AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 11 - P60
WET AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 12 - P61

BRICKWORK/CONCRETE BLOCKWORK DRY AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 13 - P62


WET AREAS WALL TILING SYSTEM 14 - P63

BRICKWORK/CONCRETE BLOCKWORK WALL TILING SYSTEM 15 - P64

EXTERNAL WALLS

CONCRETE OR CEMENT/SAND RENDER, BRICKWORK/BLOCKWORK WALLS WALL TILING SYSTEM 16 - P65


EXISTING GLAZED/UNGLAZED TILES, GLAZED BRICKS WALL TILING SYSTEM 17 - P66

48 N.B. All ARDEX products should be mixed and applied in accordance with the relevant product data sheet.
Wall Tiling - Background/Substrate Preparation

Internal Walls External Walls


CONCRETE CEMENT/SAND RENDER AND SCREED
Allow at least 6 weeks drying time prior to fixing new tiles onto new Wood float finish and prevent rapid drying out. Allow to air dry for at least 2
concrete. Ensure mould oil and curing agents are removed. weeks (renders) or at least 3 weeks (screeds) prior to tiling.*

CEMENT/SAND RENDER CONCRETE


Allow at least 6 weeks drying time prior to fixing tiles onto new concrete.
Wood float finish and prevent rapid drying of the surface for 1 to 2 days.
Ensure all formwork release agents are removed.
Allow to air dry for at least two weeks prior to tiling.*
EXISTING CERAMIC TILING
GYPSUM PLASTER 1 3
Ensure existing tiling is well adhered and can support the new tile bed.
Do not use in wet or damp conditions, must be dry and at least 4 weeks Thorough cleaning and rinsing off essential.
old. Brush down surface prior to tiling. Where required use ARDEX P 51
primer. BRICKWORK
Allow new walls to dry for at least 6 weeks prior to direct fixing or rendering.
PLASTERBOARD 2 3

Ensure boards are rigidly braced and adequately supported; fix directly to
the paper facing. Do not skim with plaster. Background/Substrate Preparation
AERATED CONCRETE 3 All backgrounds must be rigid, clean, stable and free from any barriers to
Allow at least 6 weeks drying time for new walls before tiling or rendering. adhesion such as dust, plaster droppings, grease, polish and any water
Render should not exceed 13mm in thickness. softenable or loosely adhered materials. Good adhesion to a stable background
is very important to guarantee the successful application of tiling.
EXISTING CERAMIC TILING 3

Ensure existing tiling is well adhered and can support the new tile bed. Surfaces to be tiled must be flat and when checked with a 2m straight edge,
Thorough cleaning and rinsing off essential. In dry locations where any gap under the straight edge between points of contact with the surface
required use ARDEX P 82 / ARDEX P 4 primer. should not exceed 3mm (Surface Regularity 1). Any small scale irregularities
should be pre-smoothed before tiling.
WOOD-BASED BOARDS 3

Avoid if possible, refer to BS 5385:Part 1. If installed, the boards must be * With ARDEX AM 100 Rapid Hardening One Coat Tiling Render tiles can be
dry and conditioned to the correct moisture content and their backs and fixed only 2 hours after application.
edges suitably sealed prior to being rigidly fixed. Where required use
ARDEX P 82 primer. For tiling in dry locations the adhesive coverage should be at least 50%. For
tiling in wet locations solid bed fixing is required (No voids behind tiles).
COMPOSITE BOARDS 3

Check with manufacturer for guidance on dimensional stability. Primers


Priming or surface preparation may be required.
ARDEX P 4 - Solvent free primer for internal/external
BRICKWORK application to walls, floors and ceilings. Used prior to the
Allow new walls to dry for at least 6 weeks prior to direct fixing or application of ARDEX ceramic tile adhesives and levelling
rendering. compounds. Produces textured surface and dries in one
hour. Applied to concrete, cement/sand screeds,
CONCRETE BLOCKWORK
ceramic tiles, terrazzo.
New walls should be built with dry blocks. Allow 6 weeks drying time
before direct fixing or rendering. ARDEX P 51 - For use on plaster before fixing with ARDEX
or ARDEX-FLEX cement-based adhesives.
WET LOCATIONS 4
Backgrounds should be water-resistant and suitable for direct fixing. Tiles ARDEX P 82 - Non-flammable, water dispersed epoxy
should be solid bed fixed. primer for bonding to wood-based surfaces and existing
ceramic tiling prior to the use of cement-based adhesives.

1 Maximum weight of tiling per square metre is 20kg.


2 Maximum weight of tiling per square metre is 32kg.
3 Bed thickness maximum 3mm.

4 ARDEX WPC Flexible Rapid Drying and Setting Waterproof Coating


Can be used to protect moisture sensitive backgrounds in
domestic/commercial wet locations, prior to fixing tiles using 49
ARDEX D30 or the appropriate ARDEX cement-based adhesive.
Wall Tiling System 1

• Tiling to concrete or cement/sand render - dry areas


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Concrete or
cement/sand render

Multi-purpose, ready mixed:


ARDEX D 20 - maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm
Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:
ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles

Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability


and preparation of concrete or
cement/sand renders to receive ceramic
wall tiling.

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Wall Tiling System 2

• Tiling to concrete or cement/sand render - wet areas


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Concrete or
cement/sand render

ARDEX WPC

Multi-purpose, ready mixed for commercial wet areas:


ARDEX D 30 (absorbent tiles only on ARDEX WPC
maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm)
Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:
ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles

Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

Commercial or domestic location

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability


and preparation of concrete or
cement/sand renders to receive ceramic
wall tiling.

NOTE: The use of the ARDEX waterproof


coatings will only prevent moisture ingress
from the tiled side of the background.

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Wall Tiling System 3

• Tiling to gypsum plaster - dry areas


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Multi-purpose, ready mixed:


Plaster ARDEX D 20 - maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm

ARDEX P 51 (Dilute 1:3)

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles

Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability


and preparation of plaster to receive
ceramic wall tiling.

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Wall Tiling System 4

• Tiling to gypsum plaster - areas prone to intermittent splashing


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Note: if at all possible avoid


gypsum plaster in wet areas

ARDEX WPC
Plaster

Multi-purpose, ready mixed for commercial wet areas:


ARDEX D 30 (absorbent tiles only, maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm)
Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:
ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles

Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

Commercial or domestic location

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability


and preparation of plaster to receive
ceramic wall tiling.

NOTE: The use of the ARDEX waterproof


coatings will only prevent moisture ingress
from the tiled side of the background.

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Wall Tiling System 5

• Tiling to plasterboard - dry areas


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Plasterboard

Multi-purpose, ready mixed:


ARDEX D 20 - maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm
Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:
ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability


and preparation of plasterboard to receive
ceramic wall tiling.

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Wall Tiling System 6

• Tiling to moisture resistant plasterboard - wet areas (showers)


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Plasterboard
ARDEX WPC

Multi-purpose, ready mixed for commercial


wet areas:
ARDEX D 30 (absorbent tiles only, maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm)
Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:
ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles

Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

Commercial or domestic location

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the ‘ARDEX Natural


Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability and preparation of


plasterboard to receive ceramic wall tiling.

NOTE: The use of the ARDEX waterproof coatings will only


prevent moisture ingress from the tiled side of the background.

NOTE: The adhesives below, including ARDEX D 30 can be


applied directly to moisture resistant plasterboard in domestic
showers, omitting the use of a waterproof coating.

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Wall Tiling System 7

• Tiling to aerated concrete blocks - dry areas


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Aerated concrete
blockwork

Multi-purpose, ready mixed:


ARDEX D 20 - maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm
Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:
ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability and


preparation of aerated concrete blocks to
receive ceramic wall tiling.

NOTE: If the aerated concrete blockwork is not


suitably flat to receive ceramic tiling, the use of
ARDEX AM 100 Rapid Hardening One Coat
Tiling Render should be considered.

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Wall Tiling System 8

• Tiling to aerated concrete blocks - wet areas


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Aerated concrete ARDEX WPC


blockwork

Multi-purpose, ready mixed for commercial wet areas:


ARDEX D 30 (absorbent tiles only, maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm)
Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:
ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

Commercial or domestic location

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability and


preparation of aerated concrete blocks to
receive ceramic wall tiling.

NOTE: If the aerated concrete blockwork is not


suitably flat to receive ceramic tiling, the use of
ARDEX AM 100 Rapid Hardening One Coat
Tiling Render should be considered.

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Wall Tiling System 9

• Tiling to glazed/unglazed tiles - dry areas


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

ARDEX P 4

Existing tiles

B
A Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:
ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Multi-purpose,
ready mixed:
ARDEX D 20
(absorbent tiles only,
maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm)

Wall tiles

Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability


and preparation of existing ceramic wall
tiling to receive new tiles.

Option A or B can be used depending if


fixing directly or if priming is preferred.

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Wall Tiling System 10

• Tiling to glazed/unglazed tiles - wet areas


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Existing tiles

Multi-purpose, ready mixed for commercial wet


areas not submerged i.e. swimming pools:
ARDEX D 30 (absorbent tiles only, maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm)

ARDEX X 7 + ARDEX E 90
(can be used in swimming pool refurbishment)

Wall tiles Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability


and preparation of existing ceramic wall
tiles to receive new tiles.

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Wall Tiling System 11

• Tiling to wood-based sheets and boards - dry areas


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

ARDEX P 82

Wood-based board

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W
Multi-purpose,
ready mixed:
ARDEX D 20
(absorbent tiles only,
maximum size
300mm x 300mm)
Wall tiles

Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability


and preparation of wood-based boards to
receive ceramic wall tiling.

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Wall Tiling System 12

• Tiling to wood-based sheets and boards - wet areas


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Note: wood-based sheets and boards should not be used in wet locations, if they cannot be removed
oversheet with moisture resistant plasterboard and treat as System 6. If not possible consider this system in domestic locations only.

Wood-based board

ARDEX WPC

Multi-purpose, ready mixed for commercial


wet areas:
ARDEX D 30(absorbent tiles only, maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm)
Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:
ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles

Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

Heavy use domestic location

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability and


preparation of wood-based boards to receive
ceramic wall tiling.

NOTE: The use of the ARDEX waterproof


coatings will only prevent moisture ingress from
the tiled side of the background.

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Wall Tiling System 13

• Tiling to brickwork/concrete blockwork - dry areas


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Brickwork/concrete
blockwork

Multi-purpose, ready mixed:


ARDEX D 20 - maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm
Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:
ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability and


preparation of brickwork and concrete
blockwork to receive ceramic wall tiling.

NOTE: If the concrete blockwork is not suitably


flat to receive ceramic tiling, the use of ARDEX
AM 100 Rapid Hardening One Coat Tiling
Render should be considered.

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Wall Tiling System 14

• Tiling to brickwork/concrete blockwork - wet areas (showers)


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Brickwork/concrete
blockwork

ARDEX WPC

Multi-purpose, ready mixed for commercial wet areas:


ARDEX D 30 (absorbent tiles only, maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm)
Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:
ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

Heavy use domestic/commercial location

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability and


preparation of brickwork and concrete
blockwork to receive ceramic wall tiling.

NOTE: If the concrete blockwork is not suitably


flat to receive ceramic tiling, the use of ARDEX
AM 100 Rapid Hardening One Coat Tiling
Render should be considered.

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Wall Tiling System 15

• Tiling to proprietary tile backing boards


• Internal walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Proprietary tile
backing board

Multi-purpose, ready mixed for commercial wet areas:


ARDEX D 30 (absorbent tiles only, maximum tile size 300mm x 300mm)
Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:
ARDEX X 7
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

Further guidance on the fixing of specific


proprietary tile backing board is described
in the relevant ARDEX/Wedi, ARDEX/Marmox,
or ARDEX/Kerdi application leaflet.

NOTE: Some proprietary tile backing boards are


not impervious to water, hence in wet areas
ARDEX WPC may need to be used.

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Wall Tiling System 16

• Tiling to concrete or cement/sand render,


brickwork/blockwork walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

• External walls

Concrete/cement and sand


render/brickwork/blockwork

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7 *
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the ‘ARDEX Natural


Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability and preparation of


brickwork and concrete, cement/sand render, brickwork and
blockwork to receive ceramic wall tiling.

NOTE: If the backgrounds are not suitably flat to receive


ceramic tiling, the use of ARDEX AM 100 Rapid Hardening
One Coat Tiling Render should be considered.

*NOTE: When fixing fully vitrified or porcelain tiles in external


situations use ARDEX X 77.

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Wall Tiling System 17

• Tiling to existing glazed/unglazed tiles, glazed bricks


• External walls PREMIUM PERFORMANCE

Existing tiles/glazed bricks


ARDEX X 7
+ ARDEX E 90

ARDEX P 4

Multi-purpose flexible, all tile types:


ARDEX X 7 *
MICROTEC® Flexible Floor and Wall Tile Adhesive:
ARDEX X 77 W
Rapid set flexible:
ARDEX X 7 R / ARDEX X 7 R W

Wall tiles Wide joints: WIDE


ARDEX-FLEX FL JOINTS

Narrow joints: NARROTW


ARDEX-FLEX FS JOIN S

NOTE: For natural stone tiling refer to the


‘ARDEX Natural Stone Tiling Guide’.

See notes on Page 49 regarding suitability


and preparation of existing tiling or glazed
bricks to receive ceramic wall tiling.

*NOTE: When fixing fully vitrified or


porcelain tiles in external situations use
ARDEX X 77.

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Grout Selector and Coverage Table

GROUT SELECTOR TABLE


SITUATION

High Hygiene Areas (Food preparation)


Swimming Pools (Aggressive water)
Swimming Pools (Balanced water)
KEY:

Heavy Pedestrian Traffic


Recommended

Wet Internal Locations

Grout Coverage Figure


Aggressive Spillages

Abrasive Conditions
Addition of ARDEX E 101 for water

External Locations
Internal Locations

Heavy Industrial
repellent joints

Early Traffic
Floor Tiling
Wall Tiling

Abattoirs
Dairies
PRODUCTS
ARDEX C2 1.7

ARDEX F4 1.5

ARDEX GK 1.8

ARDEX MG* 1.45

ARDEX-FLEX FS 1.5

ARDEX-FLEX FL 1.75

ARDEX EG 8 1.7

* If the tiles/slabs to be grouted are prone to moisture absorption and have been fixed with either ARDEX S 16/S 16 W, ARDEX X 7001/X 7001 W or ARDEX S 20/S 20 W
rapid drying adhesives, we advise grouting is also carried out using ARDEX MG Rapid Drying Marble and Natural Stone Grout to minimise the risk of moisture staining to the tile edges.

COVERAGE SUMMARY
This will depend upon tile size, joint width, depth and the Material required is:-
Grout Coverage Figure (G.C.F.). Use the following to estimate
(length + breadth) x width x depth
the approximate grout requirements for square or rectangular x G.C.F. = kg/m2
tiles (all dimensions in mm): length x breadth
Stage 1. ADD length and breadth of tile together. EXAMPLE Using ARDEX-FLEX FL
2. MULTIPLY result by joint width. Tiles 300mm x 300mm x 10mm; joints of 10mm:-
3. MULTIPLY result by joint depth. (300 + 300) x 10 x 10
4. MULTIPLY result by the Grout Coverage Figure (G.C.F). x 1.75 = 1.16kg/m2
5. DIVIDE result by length of tile. 300 x 300
6. DIVIDE result by breadth of tile. Thus one 10kg bag of ARDEX-FLEX FL will grout up to 8.6m2 of tiling.
The result is the material requirement in kg per sq metre.

Quick and easy grout coverage can be calculated using the


cement and epoxy based grout calculator at ARDEX online:
www.ardex.co.uk/service/DatasheetsandCalculators.aspx

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Grout Colours Guide

ARDEX-FLEX GROUT AND SILICONE COLOUR GUIDE


ARDEX-FLEX cement-based grouts are designed for use where the highest levels of protection are required for cement-based grouts.

ARDEX-FLEX FL
Rapid setting, flexible, water repellent cement-based grout for floor and wall tile joints from 3-15mm wide in internal and external locations including swimming pools.

ARDEX-FLEX FS
Water repellent and dirt resistant, flexible grout. Easy to apply and to clean off, suitable for use in internal and external locations, swimming pools, etc. For wall and floor tile
joints up to 4mm wide.

01 09 17 25
Available in ARDEX ST Available in ARDEX ST Available in ARDEX ST

Brilliant White Fresh Snowdrop Dove Grey Innocent Black

02 10 18 26

Blossom White Gentle Blush Silver Shimmer Coffee Bean

03 11 19 27

Antique Ivory Stone Beach Ocean Grey Ground Cocoa

04 12 20 28
Available in ARDEX ST

Spring Jasmine Barley Sugar Slate Grey Burnt Orange

05 13 21 29

Gentle Dawn Fresh Magnolia Pebble Drift Winter White

06 14 22 30

Natural Almond Wild Mushroom Grey Dusk Spring Green

07 15 23 31
Available in ARDEX ST

Classic Vanilla Oyster Pink Stormy Mist Summer Yellow

08 16 24 32
Available in ARDEX ST

Floating Driftwood Organic Earth Cast Iron Autumn Red

Due to printing processes, colours shown are approximate. Grout colours may vary when dry, depending on type of tile installed, substrate and installation conditions.

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Grout Colours Guide

ARDEX TILING GROUTS COLOUR GUIDE


ARDEX cement-based grouts have a proven record for being versatile and reliably meeting all manner of 'everyday' tiling requirements.

ARDEX C 2 - For joint widths from 2mm upwards, suitable for wall and floor tiling in internal and external situations, swimming pools, etc.

Grey White Limestone Beige

Sandstone Anthracite

ARDEX F 4 - Fine grout for internal and external use, including swimming pools etc., for joints up to 4mm wide. Easy to apply and clean off. Walls only.

Polar White Light Grey Beige

ARDEX GK - Rapid setting and hardening grout for internal and external use, for joint widths from 3mm upwards. Suitable for floor and wall tile joints.

Grey Anthracite

ARDEX MG - Rapid drying grout suitable for natural stone or marble wall or floor tile joints up to 8mm wide, with reduced risk of water staining to the tile edge.
When mixed with water, it produces a soft, creamy, easily worked mortar with good filling properties, enabling deep joints to be filled in one operation.

Light Grey Dark Grey White Limestone

Sandstone

ARDEX Cement/Epoxy Hybrid Grout is used for applications where high standards of hygiene and cleanliness are required.

ARDEX EG 8 - Cement/Epoxy Hybrid Grout and Adhesive for wall and floor tile joints from 2-12mm wide. Formulated to resist chemical attack, no special tools required and
can be cleaned off tile surface up to 45 minutes after application

White Grey

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The ARDEX Pool System

Walls - Preparation
ARDEX AM 100 is recommended for use as a wall render prior to tiling. ARDEX AM 100 can be applied from 2-20mm thick, and tiling can commence after 2 hours at 20°C.

Walls and Floors - Waterproofing


Use ARDEX S 7 waterproof coating to ensure your swimming pool is water tight and free from leaks. Apply to walls and floors prior to tiling. Ensure you use the
correct joint tapes required.

Walls - Tile Fixing


Fix mosaics or wall tiles with ARDEX X 77 MICROTEC adhesive ensuring solid bedding is achieved.

Floors - Preparation
Depending on the thickness of base required, there are three options for floor preparation prior to tiling.

1 Apply ARDEX S 21 neat to the floor at a 0-10mm thickness


2 Apply ARDEX S 21 and the incorporation of screeding sand to produce a 10-30mm base. This can also be used to form
ramps and falls.

3 Apply an ARDEX A 38 screed to make up a concrete base for a 15-50mm bonded screed.
Floors - Tile Fixing
Ensure solid bedding of the tiles is achieved when fixing mosaics or floor tiles using
ARDEX X 77 MICROTEC adhesive or for a rapid setting adhesive use ARDEX X 77 S
MICROTEC adhesive. If you are fixing large format tiles and require a semi-pourable adhesive,
use ARDEX X 78 S MICROTEC Adhesive.

Grouting Walls and Floors


1 ARDEX-FLEX FS and FL grouts are available in 32 colours to colour match any tile choice.
2 For areas where chemical resistance and hygienic joints are required use ARDEX EG 8
cement/epoxy hybrid grout and adhesive.

Always refer to the product data sheet or call the ARDEX Technical Services Department
for advice on 01440 714939. You can also refer to BS 5385-4:2009 regarding
timescales for stages of work and pool filling times.

ARDEX AM 100 ARDEX S 7


Rapid Hardening Flexible Waterproof Coating
One Coat Tiling Render for Floors and Walls

Concrete

OPTION 1 OPTION 2
Standard Set Adhesive Semi-Pourable Adhesive
or

ARDEX X 78
ARDEX X 77 MICROTEC Flexible
Concrete base
MICROTEC® Flexible Semi-Pourable Floor
Floor and Wall Tile Tile Adhesive – Large
Adhesive format tiles

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or

ARDEX-FLEX FS* ARDEX-FLEX FL*


Flexible Tile Grout Rapid Setting Flexible
with Built-In Admix Cement- Based
1 - 4mm joints Grouting Compound
3 - 15mm joints

ARDEX EG 8
Cement/Epoxy Hybrid
Grout and Adhesive

OPTION 3: 15 - 50MM

ARDEX A 38
3 Rapid Hardening
B Cement for Floor
Screeds
Cement/Sand
Screed, 15 - 50mm

A OPTION 2: 10 - 30MM
ARDEX S 21 ARDEX E 100
Bonding/Slurry Grout
Rapid Hardening Floor
B Bonding Cement
Tile Bedding Mortar
1 System
with Sand,
10 - 30mm and
A Bonding Coat
(neat ARDEX S 21)
OPTION 1: 0 - 10MM

ARDEX S 21
Rapid Hardening
The information supplied in our literature or given by our employees is based upon extensive experience and,
Floor Tile Bedding together with that supplied by our agents or distributors, is given in good faith in order to help you.
Mortar We guarantee the consistent high quality of our products; however, as we have no control over site conditions or
Neat, 0 - 10mm the execution of the work, we accept no liability for any loss or damage which may arise as a result thereof.

For detailed information and advice please visit www.ardex.co.uk or call our
Technical Services Department on 01440 714939

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The ARDEX Wet Room System

Walls - Preparation
ARDEX AM 100 is recommended for use as a wall render prior to tiling. ARDEX AM 100 can be applied from 2-20mm thick, and tiling can commence after 2 hours at 20°C.

Walls and Floors - Waterproofing


Use ARDEX WPC Waterproof Protection System to ensure your wet room is water tight and free from leaks. Apply to walls and floors prior to tiling.

Walls - Tile Fixing


Fix mosaics or wall tiles with ARDEX X 77 MICROTEC adhesive ensuring solid bedding is achieved.

Floors - Preparation
Depending on the thickness of base required, there are three options for floor preparation prior to tiling.

1 Apply ARDEX S 21 neat to the floor at a 0-10mm thickness


2 Apply ARDEX S 21 and the incorporation of screeding sand to produce a 10-30mm base. This can also be used to form ramps and falls.
3 Apply an ARDEX A 38 screed to make up a concrete base for a 15-50mm bonded screed.
Floors - Tile Fixing
Ensure solid bedding of the tiles is achieved when fixing mosaics or floor tiles using ARDEX X 77 MICROTEC
adhesive or for a rapid setting adhesive use ARDEX X 77 S MICROTEC adhesive. If you are fixing large format
tiles and require a semi-pourable adhesive, use ARDEX X 78 S MICROTEC Adhesive.

Grouting Walls and Floors


1 ARDEX-FLEX FS and FL grouts are available in 32 colours to colour match
any tile choice.

2 For areas where chemical resistance and hygienic joints are required use
ARDEX EG 8 cement/epoxy hybrid grout and adhesive.

Always refer to the product data sheet or call the ARDEX Technical Services Department
for advice on 01440 714939. You can also refer to BS 5385-4:2009 regarding
timescales for stages of work and pool filling times.

Concrete

ARDEX AM 100 ARDEX WPC


Rapid Hardening Waterproof Protection
One Coat Tiling System
Render
For Timber Floors
Refer to the ARDEX Schlüter Timber Floor
System or Wedi/Marmox data sheet

Concrete base

OPTION 1 OPTION 2
Standard Set Adhesive Semi-Pourable Adhesive
or

ARDEX X 78
ARDEX X 77 MICROTEC Flexible
MICROTEC Flexible
® Semi-Pourable Floor
Floor and Wall Tile Tile Adhesive – Large
Adhesive format tiles

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MOVEMENT JOINTS

or

ARDEX-FLEX FS* ARDEX-FLEX FL*


Flexible Tile Grout Rapid Setting Flexible
with Built-In Admix Cement- Based
1 - 4mm joints Grouting Compound
3 - 15mm joints

ARDEX EG 8
Cement/Epoxy Hybrid
Grout and Adhesive

OPTION 3: 15 - 50MM

ARDEX A 38
3 Rapid Hardening
B Cement for Floor
Screeds
Cement/Sand
Screed, 15 - 50mm

2
A OPTION 2: 10 - 30MM
ARDEX S 21 ARDEX E 100
Bonding/Slurry Grout
Rapid Hardening Floor
B Bonding Cement
Tile Bedding Mortar
1 System
with Sand,
10 - 30mm and
A Bonding Coat
(neat ARDEX S 21)
OPTION 1: 0 - 10MM

ARDEX S 21
Rapid Hardening
The information supplied in our literature or given by our employees is based upon extensive experience and,
Floor Tile Bedding together with that supplied by our agents or distributors, is given in good faith in order to help you.
Mortar We guarantee the consistent high quality of our products; however, as we have no control over site conditions or
Neat, 0 - 10mm the execution of the work, we accept no liability for any loss or damage which may arise as a result thereof.

For detailed information and advice please visit www.ardex.co.uk or call our
Technical Services Department on 01440 714939

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British Standards

British Standards
The advice given in this publication is based on the following British
CLASSIFICATION OF TILE ADHESIVES
Standard Codes of Practice and should be referred to if further guidance EUROPEAN STANDARDS
is required.
EN12004
BS 5385-1:2009 SYMBOL DESCRIPTION
TYPE CLASS
Wall and floor tiling
C 1 Normal cementitious adhesive
Part 1: Design and installation of ceramic natural stone and mosaic wall
C 1F Fast-setting cementitious adhesive
tiling in normal conditions - Code of practice.
C 1T Normal cementitious adhesive with reduced slip
C 1FT Fast setting adhesive with reduced slip
BS 5385-2:2006
C 2 Improved cementitious adhesive with additional characteristics
Wall and floor tiling
C 2E Improved cementitious adhesive with extended open time and
Part 2: Design and installation of external ceramic and mosaic wall tiling
additional characteristics
in normal conditions - Code of practice.
C 2F Improved fast-setting cementitious adhesive with additional
characteristics
BS 5385-3:2007
C 2T Improved cementitious adhesive with additional characteristics
Wall and floor tiling
and reduced slip
Part 3: Design and installation of internal and external ceramic and
C 2TE Improved cementitious adhesive with additional characteristics,
mosaic floor tiling in normal conditions - Code of practice.
reduced slip and extended open time
C 2FT Improved fast-setting cementitious adhesive with additional
BS 5385-4:2009 characteristics and reduced slip
Wall and floor tiling D 1 Normal dispersion adhesive
Part 4: Design and installation of ceramic and mosaic tiling in special D 1T Normal dispersion adhesive with reduced slip
conditions - Code of practice. D 2 Improved dispersion adhesive with additional characteristics
D 2T Improved dispersion adhesive with additional characteristics and
BS 5385-5:2009 reduced slip
Wall and floor tiling D 2TE Improved dispersion adhesive with additional characteristics,
Part 5: Design and installation of terrazzo, natural stone and reduced slip and extended open time
agglomerated stone tile and slab flooring - Code of practice. R 1 Normal reaction resin adhesive
R 1T Normal reaction resin adhesive with reduced slip
BS 8000 R 2 Improved reaction resin adhesive with additional characteristics
Workmanship on building sites R 2T Improved reaction resin adhesive with additional characteristics
Part 11: Code of practice for wall and floor tiling. and reduced slip
Section 11.1:1989
Part 11.1: Ceramic tiles, terrazzo tiles and mosaics. EN12002
BS EN 12004:2007 SYMBOL DESCRIPTION
Adhesives for tiles - Requirements, evaluation of conformity, classification TYPE CLASS
and designation. C S1 Deformable adhesive
C S2 Highly deformable adhesive
BS EN 14411:2006
Ceramic tiles BS EN13888:2009
Definitions, classifications, characteristics and marking. SYMBOL DESCRIPTION
TYPE CLASS
BS EN 13914-1:2005 CG 1 Normal cementitious grout
Design, preparation and application of external rendering and internal CG 2W Improved cementitious grout with additional characteristic of
plastering. reduced water absorption
CG 2A Improved cementitious grout with additional characteristic of
BS 6925:1988 high abrasion resistance
Mastic asphalt for building and civil engineering (limestone aggregate) CG 2WA Improved cementitious grout with additional characteristic of
reduced water absorption and high abrasion resistance
BS 8204-1:2003 + A1 2009 RG Reaction resin grout
Screeds, bases and in situ floorings.
Concrete bases and cementitious levelling screeds to receive floorings -
Code of practice.

BS EN 13888:2009
Grout for tiles - Requirements, evaluation of conformity, classification and
designation.

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ARDEX Technical Services, ARDEX Customer Services, ARDEX Online

ARDEX online: www.ardex.co.uk


For the latest and most up to date information and advice, visit the ARDEX CPD ACADEMY at:

www.ardexcpdacademy.com
The academy allows you to earn CPD points by taking one of our RIBA approved CPD seminars online. Technical
guidance, product information and project case studies are available to download, making the ARDEX CPD Academy
an essential tool in the specification process.

ARDEX Technical Services ARDEX Customer Services


The ARDEX Technical Services department is available to The ARDEX Customer Services department is available to
answer any technical queries between 08.30 and 17.00 answer any queries between 08.30 and 17.00 GMT Monday
GMT Monday to Friday. to Friday.

Call on 01440 714939 for an answer to your technical problem. Call on 01440 714939 for an answer to your query.
You can also forward your queries by fax on 01440 716663. You can also forward your queries by fax on 01440 716640.
Or by email: technical.services@ardex.co.uk. Or by email: info@ardex.co.uk.
Or by post: Or by post:

Technical Services Department Customer Services Department


ARDEX UK Limited ARDEX UK Limited
Homefield Road Homefield Road
Haverhill Haverhill
Suffolk CB9 8QP Suffolk CB9 8QP
United Kingdom United Kingdom

NOTE: The information supplied in our literature or given by our employees is based upon extensive experience and together with that supplied by our agents or distributors, is given in good faith in order to help
you. Our Company policy is one of continuous Research and Development; we therefore reserve the right to update this information at any time without prior notice. We also guarantee the consistent high quality
of our products; however, as we have no control over site conditions or the execution of the work, we accept no liability for any loss or damage which may arise as a result thereof.
The colours shown in this catalogue are as faithful as printing processes allow however there may be some variation, please check at point of purchase.

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Tile Adhesives

Tile Grouts

Waterproof Coatings

ARDEX UK LIMITED

Homefield Road Haverhill


Levelling Compounds

Suffolk CB9 8QP England

Telephone: 01440 714939

Fax: 01440 716640

Technical Services Fax:


01440 716643

Email: info@ardex.co.uk
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ARDEX online: www.ardex.co.uk

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