Your Complete Guide to Unmodified Thinset
Ready to be the envy of the neighborhood with your next tiling project?
Whether you’re looking to keep up with the season’s tiling trends or moving to a new place, you can use the right adhesive to transform your tiling project into a beautiful design.
In your planning, explore unmodified thinset as your next best adhesive. Using thinset is a great solution for tile projects that require sturdier applications.
Read on for your complete guide to using unmodified thinset.
1. Know the Different Types
Thinset is a thin type of mortar used for adhering tile.
Compared to other types of mortar and grout, it is designed to resist water and often contains sand or cement. In general, the higher to cement content the more sturdy and water-resistant the thinset will be.
It’s important to know the difference between the various types of unmodified thinsets. These include non-mixed or pre-mixed thinsets.
In general, non-mixed thinsets will arrive without latex added. It is cost-effective but often more difficult to manage.
Pre-mixed thinsets are easier to handle, making them ideal for DIY projects. Keep in mind that they are more expensive because they already have latex mixed in, and arrive in larger quantities.
2. Make Sure Thinset Is Right for Your Tile Needs
Choosing the right adhesive for your tiling project can be tough.
In general, thinset is best for projects that absolutely have to keep water retention to a minimum. Thinset mortars with high concentrations of cement are suited for projects that need sturdy and effective application.
Explore other adhesive options, including modified thinset, mortars, and grout, to make sure that thinset is best for your tile needs.
3. Research Leading Brands
If you intend to DIY your tiling project and use unmodified thinset, it’s important to choose a brand of thinset that is credible and of high-quality.
Pay attention to material concentrations as you research, particularly latex quantities and cement content.
You can tell the difference between modified and unmodified thinsets by the ANSI number on the container of the thinset. In general, you will see A118.1 on products that are unmodified.
4. Consult a Professional for Application
At the end of the day, professional help can streamline your tiling project.
Professionals will offer expertise and knowledge in using thinset.
If they are utilizing non-mixed thinset, they’ll have the tools and products necessary to prepare this adhesive and to do so in a safe and efficient manner.
Using Unmodified Thinset
For people new to tiling and for those who’ve done it a long time, it’s important to know the ins and outs of using various types of tiling adhesives.
When it comes to using thinset, begin by getting a good grasp on the different types of thinsets available. Choose a high-quality thinset that suits your tiling needs. In general, thinset is best for you if you are looking for an adhesive that is robust and great at repelling water.
It’s best to consult a professional if you are looking to use thinset for a tiling project. At Build More Materials, we are the ultimate experts in tile adhesives and application.
Let us know what we can do to help with your next tiling project today!