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AquaBlu works closely with today’s industry-leading professionals and offers the highest-performing products available to ensure a successful installation. Our all-tile pool installation guidelines and product recommendations follow procedures set forth by the TCNA (Tile Council of North America), and can be recommended for both new pools as well as pool remodels. If you are remodeling your pool we advise removing the existing plaster and tile, starting fresh from a clean concrete surface.
It is important to note that not all pool builders or tile installers are experienced in finishing a concrete pool entirely in glass mosaic tile, and it is essential that installation is performed correctly and professionally the first time around.
1) Primary Waterproofing
Apply Basecrete Plus colloidal silicate / concrete densifier. This is an aqueous solution that penetrates the concrete shell, filling micro cracks and crevices to create a waterproof concrete structure when applied to saturation. If using a primary waterproofing product, it is recommended to pressure wash or clean the pool surface again to remove excess oils and silicate.
2) Mortar Bed Bond Coat
Apply a single coat of Basecrete Bond Coat. This layer preps the surface for proper bonding of the mortar bed. Enjoy ease of application as this product may be rolled, sprayed or troweled.
3) Approved Mortar Bed
Apply Litokol Litoplan Smart leveling agent. This is a cement-based leveling layer, also known as brown coat, or float work. Mortar bed is applied to perfect the shell of the pool, making sure that it is level, plumb and ready for tile.
4) Secondary Waterproofing
Apply Basecrete Flexible Waterproofing Bondcoat or Litokol Aquamaster. Application of these products will ensure a leak-proof structure, which is especially important when protecting underlying structures.
5) Tile Bond Coat
We recommend the following two tile adhesive products that may be utilized based on installer preferences and climatic conditions: Litokol K100 High-Performance Cementitious Tile Adhesive and Litokol Litoelastic EVO High-Performance Epoxy Tile Adhesive (preferred). Both products are pure white as to not alter the color of translucent, or semi translucent glass tiles.
They are highly flexible, allowing the tile to expand and contract with climatic changes, and are perfect for high stress areas. Enjoy additional waterproofing benefits, and efflorescence control when using Litoelastic due to its non-porous, water-repellent properties.
6) High-performance Epoxy Grout
Choose from any of the Litokol high-performance, high-fashion epoxy-based grouts. For a more dramatic effect - consider adding lustrous Galaxy, Gold or Spotlight shimmer packs to enhance the overall finish. Benefits of Litokol epoxy grout include high bond and mechanical strength, crack resistance, stain resistance, UV resistance, water repellency, and flexibility.
NOTE: Procedure follows TCNA P602 and should be used in conjunction with EJ171, Movement Joints. These are professional recommendations only; any variations of this guideline may be discussed with your installer.
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