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Our annual poll has been requested and is quite late in comparison to when we usually run it.

But here it is, better late than never.

Which tile adhesive did you use the most during 2016?

You can see our old polls here:-
ALL TILE ADHESIVE POLLS - WHICH TILE ADHESIVE BRAND DO YOU USE THE MOST?
Vote for only one. Adhesive reps voting for their own brand will have their votes removed. Votes will be public. Please only vote for the brand you used most during 2016.

If you could let us know where you are buying from and which versions you are buying that'd be cool. Don't mention trade prices though please this is a public thread.
 
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Italy

berner italia
butech
cvr
draco italia
mapei
kerakoll
fassa bortolo
opera
kimia
litokol
tecnokolla
tradimalt
cugini
aedex
cercol
ecc, ecc ecc
I forget at least half.
These are brands of adhesives that are circulating in Italy.
and every month it grows a new one.
now, only the control symbols, s1, s2, ce, etc. .that I find use.

my favorite, remains kerakoll no limits, in normal and rapid semi version.
extreme version, for iron wood and everything else.
 
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I hate to say it but I used a lot of Topps Tiles adhesive (Not on list) last year as they pass a lot of work my way. Its more Tile master this year.
I'm assuming that's made by BAL or Palace or something because they don't make Adhesives...?
 
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Tilemaster lightweight is my standard wall tiling adhesive - imho there is no better grip on the market, but you need to know it cannot be adjusted after a few minutes - that's what makes it exceptional on walls, but if you don't fix accurately first time that could be a problem. I also find it has excellent coverage, as much as 8 sq m on an 8mm towelling.

For floors I tend to go for basic rsf greys. Trade Tilemaster and trade Weber is excellent value as well as more than adequate for rapid floor tiling.

When I need specialist products, I tend to go straight to Mapei (their S2 Quick is best product and excellent value), BAL for green screed (problem floors) and pourable thick bed (natural stone).

During the year I converted to BAL max fibre reinforced leveller, great product for excellent value, and I find 25 kg bags more useful.

I generally prefer to use the Tilemaster tanking kit, I prefer the rubber based solutions, and Tilemaster kits tape is excellent, includes corners, and is great price.

My standard silicone is BAL's Micromax. I get it for an excellent price from Tileflair, it's a great product, and easily colour matches most grouts.

The truth is, I will use most adhesives, Norcross is often a "supplied" adhesive, it's great, and the grout is excellent for natural stone colour matching (who else has an alabaster coloured grout?) Topps own make is apparently made by Palace, it's fine to use in most cases, and bearing in mind how Topps load the prices of BAL adhesives, if I use Topps, I use their own brand adhesive and grout. Tried Bostik, very cheap, but needs using very quickly. Weber adhesives are all excellent but their grouts are atrocious (so much foam you need to change your water very 3 sq m).

So that's my last 12 months of tiling materials. My vote goes to Tilemaster. But there are many other excellent products out there. Much will depend on what you can buy, at what price. But for 2017, several manufacturers have hit us with 10% price increases - so my buying habits may change. Tilemaster may not make the grade if they keep increasing their prices.
 
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I use Larsen because I live near pro tiler tools and this is the adhesive they stock and at a hard to beat cost. They do a grey flexible c2ft which is good for most floors and uncoupling matting. For stone I use their white rapid s1 which is great. I rarely tile small tiles so I mainly use powder for walls so I use their white slow set s1. For me that's 3 things that cover most projects.
 
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Out of interest anyone who uses Bal max flex what price do you get it for? I'll try and get Topps to price match it. TT sell the grey for £x and the white for £x.
 
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It will be interesting to see how the numbers have changed this year, I've uaed ultra for years but there does seem to of been a bit of a buzz around them last year, seem to be strong up and comers
 
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Personally love mapei. Used to be a bal man but I feel as if bal grout really getting difficult to use, then there is the price.

Mapei- great price, sets really quick. Tub or powder. Grout dries fast aswell. Ideal for polishing shortly after grouting.

Price, drying time and quality. Mapei is a straight winner for me.


I have seen a lot of guys raving about tile master, unfortunately I have only used it once as no one near me stocks it. So I can't give an honest opinion or feedback on it. :-(
 
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Tilemaster.
Ive been trying out different adhesives for the last 30 years and not afraid to change !! For a small business fixing stone I get through a fair few pallets per month and with the overhead of employees I need to make a reasonable margin but also give clients a good adhesive at reasonable price .i get all this and good tech back up from Tilemaster and am very happy .i only use setaflex white and rapid 30 latex plus primers /anhyfix and delta boards
 
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