Top Five Tips for Rapid Setting Tile Installations

Learn how to save time and money by installing tile with rapid setting, fast curing levelers, membranes, mortar and grout. Fast track commercial tile installations like restaurant and retail remodels will benefit by opening to traffic earlier when a rapid setting tile installation system is used.

Early high-strength, rapid-setting installation systems are specially formulated for these situations.

Make sure you have sufficient installation products on hand by using a tool like the Material Calculator on the CUSTOM website.

Tile surfaces can trap grout particles with disastrous results, so test the grout on the tile to see if a grout release or sealer will be needed. If so, consider pre-sealing the tile to save time during the installation.

Regardless of schedule, the substrate must be properly prepared before installing tile. Only a stable, flat surface will allow rapid – and durable – installation of tile.

The easiest way to achieve flatness is to use an underlayment such as CUSTOM’s LevelQuik® RS Self-Leveling Underlayment. Rapid-setting LevelQuik can be poured and ready for tiling within just a few hours.

When crack isolation is part of the installation assembly, there are several options that allow very short wait times prior to tiling.

To achieve extra heavy service levels and protect against cracks up to 3/8”, install self-bonding CrackBuster Pro Crack Prevention Mat Underlayment.

For crack suppression plus waterproofing, RedGard® Uncoupling Mat bonds to the substrate with thin-set mortar so tile can be installed immediately.

Or choose RedGard Waterproofing and Crack Prevention Membrane, a versatile liquid option. Apply one coat for crack isolation, two coats for waterproofing. Allow about 45 minutes for each coat to dry, depending on temperature and humidity.

Not all rapid setting mortars are created equal. Some are based on simple acceleration of the Portland cement hydration process and they dry quickly, but don’t really develop enough strength to allow early traffic.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requires dry-set tile installation mortars to achieve shear bond strength greater than 50 psi in 4 hours to accommodate foot traffic and allow for grouting.

Always choose an advanced polymer-modified mortar that promotes faster hydration and builds strength quickly.

ProLite® Rapid Setting Large Format Tile and Stone Mortar is formulated for fast-paced installation of large and heavy tile and meets the requirements of ANSI A118.15F. ProLite offers superior workability, will not slump or sag, and provides high bond strength and flexibility.

The most demanding conditions may call for MegaLite Rapid Setting Crack Prevention Mortar, which offers the ultimate support for large format tile and stone.

Ensuring full mortar coverage on large tiles can be time consuming, so consider setting tile with a flowable mortar like Complete Contact-LFT Rapid Setting Large Format Tile & Stone Mortar. Complete Contact saves time by helping to fill the gaps between trowel ridges and can eliminate the need to back butter the tile. It also exceeds the requirements of ANSI A118.4F, A118.11 and A118.15F.

Standard cement-based grouts are ready for traffic the next day but can cure very slowly when the weather is cold or damp. Choose a grout that will not delay your critical project. Fast-setting Prism® Color Consistent Grout cures quickly allowing foot traffic in just a few hours.

Prism produces dense grout joints without mottling, shading or efflorescence, regardless of temperature or humidity.

For installations requiring very high chemical and heat resistance, CEG-IG™ Industrial Grade Epoxy Grout is rapid curing to both set and grout tiles. CEG-IG cleans up quickly with just water and holds up to the harsh conditions found in commercial kitchens, which often require fast track installations.


peter stapleton says:

self leveler doesn’t always flatten properly…no matter how much prep you do… your going to have to correct areas with thin set as you install tile,,,

Dmitrik Guajardo says:

all this bullshit is so manufactures get out of paying for any floor failures. i install wood and carpet and vinyl and carpet and i read the directions that come in the cartons and its like reading the funny papers. 1/8 of an inch in like 12 foot is pretty tight tolerances. i know things need to be right but come on if my thinset is an 8th inch thicker in a couple of spots i dont think the frigerator will break a hole in it.

Me Me says:

Ho Mr. Smart
Thank you so much for teaching us how to do the best way of this technical skill. Ha ha I made the mess of this in the pass

Shotgun Matt says:

Thinset doesn’t bond well with plywood subfloors. Not a good idea to apply redgaurd mat to wood subfloors with thinset.

George S says:

no sound

Nick Schieder says:

I know this is a little late but for those saying no sound, there’s sound but it’s only on the left channel (or left earpiece/left speaker).

simone garza says:

no sound

Busyboy 42 says:

So, in order to ‘save time and money’ to speed up the tiling process, you have to spend time and money on expensive levelling compounds, that dont really level.. So how exactly has time and money been saved?

George Penrod says:

no sound

Marisa Basso says:

I had some guys tile my floor which is cement foundation. 8 tiles popped up in 600 square ft space. When pulled up I noticed air pockets around hollowed parts of tile. They walked on it hours after putting down not fronted yet. There excuse….the foundation soaked up moisture. I say its from them rushing the job breaking the seal and mushing the mortar around creating air pockets. I asked them…should it be 72 hours. They said don’t worry bout it walked on within 4 hours. Please advice. This was a lot if money. Fearful of more tiles popping up.

Dmitrik Guajardo says:

customers usually cant afford self level so i am guilty of leveling with thinset. I’ve built thinset beds as thick as an inch. ill knock on it next day and sounds solid. ive actually used medium coarse gravel mixed in thinset. works really good

Jason Paden says:

Great video. If you’re going to step up to the next level as a tile/marble setter then these are all musts. RedGuard is a great product, Custom Pro-Lite, again great product. Don’t mix more than a half bucket of Rapid ThinSet unless you are experienced with the product. And if you’re going to use CEG IG make sure that not only the pro doing the grouting alone but the grouting helper is experienced with cleaning rapid setting grout or risk a lot of waste, headaches, and extra work.

EcoPlanet Construction says:

I have sound guess some ppl need to wear their ear protection

Amarbat Batsaikhan says:

Thank you. Great video!

alex Bartolo says:

Fancy show room and fuc* ed up audio

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