We'll take you on a short product tour of different types and brands of floor tile adhesive. But first, what are some of the basics you should know?
Q: Self-adhesive tiles seem like they would be better. Are there any advantages to using tiles that require floor tile adhesive?Yes. Self-adhesive tiles are good in some instances, but there is a very good reason why they haven't taken over the entire tile-laying industry:
- Self-adhesive tiles are very sticky. You need to get your placement right, because they are difficult to shift around. "Difficult" is putting it nicely; usually they are impossible to move.
- By contrast, floor tile adhesive has a long working time that allows for repositioning.
- Tiles adhered with floor tile adhesive usually will not come up by themselves. But self-adhesive tiles have a bad habit of coming later on down the road.
- Using separate adhesive allows you to stick tiles on surfaces that are less than perfect. For self-adhesive tiles, you pretty much need smooth, dry floors or you will have problems.