Kerakoll overcomes Calacatta pool challenge

Kerakoll overcomes Calacatta pool challenge

November 2018

Eco-friendly installation products from Kerakoll proved the ideal solution when Marble and Ceramic City Ltd was appointed tiling contractor for a prestigious spa in the basement of a private London residence.  

The spa was entirely done out in book-matched Calacatta Oro marble to stunning effect in a project that features a main pool, three separate mini pools with jets, a steam room, shower, and seating area.  The stairs leading out of the basement were also tiled in Calacatta Oro.

The size of the slabs proved challenging as they measured up to 1,000 by 2,500mm and some were 30mm thick.  Specialised lifting equipment was needed to raise the slabs to the desired height.

Kerakoll adhesives were specified.  “We chose Kerakoll because we are keen supporters of eco-friendly materials and we always have access to excellent technical support from Kerakoll,” explains the project manager at MCC.

Biogel No Limits was used for the majority of the tiling, with Biogel Extreme used in areas where it was necessary to fix directly on to metal.  Both of these are from the revolutionary Biogel range that won the TTA Award for Best Innovation in 2018.  

Biogel No Limits is a C2 TE S1 standard set powder form adhesive.  The Shock White version was chosen for the white marble.  Kerakoll’s white adhesives contain recycled Carrara marble which makes them a pure white not seen with other manufacturers’ products and this is particularly true of Shock White.

Biogel Extreme is an R2 hybrid gel that bonds anything.  It is very fast bonding, easy to spread and stress resistant as it is 10 times more deformable than a class S2 (>50mm) cement-based adhesive.

Biogel adhesives offer simplicity of choice as the same adhesives can be used for all tiling materials and all substrates, no matter how deformable.  They are perfect for use with large size tiles as they are easy to spread, hold their shape and wet the whole area, creating a structural bond between the substrate and the tile.  

In addition, H40 Eco Marmorex with added latex was used in areas, such as the pool surround and stairs, that required a rapid-setting adhesive so that other trades could get in quickly allowing the project to progress.  Adding latex to H40 Eco Marmorex gives a pure white rapid set adhesive specially designed for use with delicate marbles and natural stone.  

Kerakoll UK Ltd is more than happy to advise on products at the specification stage, as well as offering technical support both on and off site.  
Project Details
Tiling Contractor: Marble & Ceramic City Ltd
Tiling materials: Kerakoll UK Ltd.
T: 01527 578000

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