Rock-Tite Porcelain Patio, Staffordshire
Norcros Rock-Tite Exterior Porcelain & Stone System was developed specifically to appeal to landscape designers, tilers and DIY users who may lack experience working with 20mm porcelain tiles in exterior locations. One of the latest recommendations from a landscaper Norcros has worked with indicates that the product has certainly made life easier for them!
Landscaper, Brett Corcoran of TC Fencing & Landscaping, has recently used the product on a patio job in Staffordshire and was full of praise once the project was completed: “After using the Rock-Tite range of products throughout a recent project completed I can strongly recommend it,” he said. “I can recommend the Rock-Tite products to not only the building trade but DIY customers too due to their simplicity to use.”
This project was an ideal candidate for Norcros Rock-Tite. The home owner wanted to extend their living space into the garden area with the installation of porcelain tiles to form a new outdoor leisure area, making the transition from internal to external space as seamless as possible.
The tiles used for this project were Johnson Tiles 20mm porcelain tiles, 600 x 600 from their Boundary collection in colour Dune. The end-result is highly attractive and definitely a very worthwhile improvement to the property. The laying of the porcelain tiles was made much easier than it would otherwise have been without the assistance of Norcros Rock-Tite.
The system comprises a Primer, a choice of Mortars (either with or without sand) and a Brush-In Grout. The product provides a high strength mortar for bonding concrete, natural stone and porcelain paving slabs to a hardcore or solid base. The Rock-Tite additives improve performance, workability and freeze/thaw resistance of the finished mortar mix. The choice of mortars allows customers to purchase their sand separately if they wish.
As Brett says: “The mortar used has been a long-existing problem within the building trade with the amount of mess that sand and cement make. This simple solution just to add water throughout the mixture has solved a lot of the issues and the result is excellent. It goes off extremely fast and allows us to complete other tasks very quickly.
“I also found the Rock-Tite Porcelain Primer simple to use. And a must when it comes to porcelain paving, binding the paving to the Rock-Tite Mortar, creating an incredibly solid paving base.
“To finish, the Rock-Tite Brush-In Grout was one of the easiest modern solutions for grouting I have come across, with many old-fashioned ways being very messy and time-consuming. It was very straightforward, once again just applying water, and brushing into the joints of the paving.”
The full system includes Norcros Rock-Tite Porcelain Primer in three 5kg bags, supplied in a 15kg mixing bucket. Part 2a (without sand) is supplied in a 12.5kg bag, while the alternative Part 2 comes in a 25kg bag. The system includes a ready-to-use Brush-In Grout, in three 5kg bags supplied in a 15kg bucket. The grout colours available are Blanched Almond, Steel Grey and Tropical Ebony, matching other grouts from Norcros Adhesives.
All elements of the Rock-Tite system are covered by the Norcros Adhesives lifetime guarantee.