Which adhesive should I use?

After purchasing your tiles, you’re no doubt wondering what type of adhesive will be best suited for the material of your tiles and the type of surface you’re looking to attach it to. At Northern Ceramics, we use Arc Building Products for our Adhesive. There are a few different types of Arc which you may be interested in. It is important to know that if your floor is not level, it may take an extra 20kg bag of Adhesive to properly cover the floor.

Rapid Set is the most common type of adhesive that you may be interested in. This adhesive covers around 4-5m squared. This product has an open time of around 30-40 minutes, and a set time of between 2 and 3 hours. The normal Rapid-Set is made for Ceramic Tiles and Mosaics and supports Sand/Cement Screeds, Concrete, Render, Blockwork and Brickwork substrates.

Brick work effect tiles with modern furniture in a lounge

Rapid-Flex has a similar coverage of 4-5m squared, with the same open time of 30-40 minutes and the same set time of 2-3 hours. This adhesive supports Ceramic, Porcelain, Marble, Travertine, Natural Stone, Glass, Slate and Fully Vitrified Tiles. This adhesive supports Timber Panels, Plywood, Concrete, Sand/Cement Screeds, composite Boards, Underfloor Heating, Swimming Pools, Plaster and Tile on Tile. This adhesive also comes in Grey.

T-20 White Regular is a slow setting adhesive. This adhesive covers 4-5 m squared per bag, but has a longer open time, of 40-60 minutes. Regular set adhesive has a much longer set time than its rapid counterparts, requiring a full 24 hours to completely set. Regular set supports Ceramic, Porcelain, Marble, Travertine, Natural Stone, Glass, Slate and Fully Vitrified Tiles. Regular set adhesive can be applied to Vertical Timber Panels, Plywood, Concrete, Sand/Cement Screeds, Composite Boards, Underfloor Heating, Swimming Pools, Plaster and Tile on Tile.

Open rain shower with brick style grey tiles on the back wall

Ultra-Flex is a high specification, highly flexible and rapid setting cement based wall and floor tile adhesive. Ultra-Flex is ideal when fixing to surfaces subject to limited movement and/or vibration. Its rapid setting capability allows for light foot traffic and grouting after 3 hours. Ultra-Flex is ideal for areas subject to prolonged or permanent wet conditions such as swimming pools.

ARC-FIX is an off-white ready mixed acrylic-based paste, suitable for use as a thin-bed ceramic tile adhesive. ARC-FIX can be applied to gypsum plaster, plasterboards, cement fibreboard, existing tiles, cement render, concrete blockwork, timber panels and plywood composite boards. ARC-FIX acrylic based formula also gives outstanding non-slip properties even when fixing the heaviest and largest types of wall tile.