Laticrete Strata_Mat is a new generation of uncoupling membrane that can be used for ceramic tile, natural stone installations in both commercial and residential settings. The unique patent pending Strata_Mat product is meant to replace the traditional underlayment materials used underneath tile and stone. The Laticrete Strata_Mat provides an enhanced mechanical bond of the adhesive mortar being used and provides for faster drying of the mortar which essentially allows for a faster time to grout. Any time that our contractors can use a reliable product that will not only produce a great result such as the Strata-Mat but also save time on the back-end in terms of thinset drying faster and faster drying grout it creates a great help for everyday use out on the field.
The advantages of the Laticrete Strata-Mat are that the mortar hydration vents create mechanical bonds between not only the Mat but also the adhesive mortar being used. The mortar that is used will cure faster and provide a stronger bond to the tile than when traditional methods are used. The Laticrete Strata-Mat provides exceptional uncoupling along with vapor management which makes it an ideal solution for many exterior decks or any new home construction. The new Laticrete Strata-Mat eliminates the transmission of in-plate substrate cracks for up to 1/8” which is huge. The clear Strata-Mat allows for an instant view of the coverage allotted to your tiles and allows for the contractors to see just how much coverage they have achieved without having to lift every tile to see it specifically. Since the Strata-Mat essentially offers grid-marks within their mat, using the Strata-Mat will essentially eliminate the use of any messy chalk layout lines on the floor.
The Laticrete Strata-Mat should not be used to bond to any particle board, hardwood surfaces, or sponge backed vinyl flooring. The Strata-Mat should only be used as an uncoupling membrane and not for any water-proofing. If waterproofing is to be used in conjunction, Laticrete offers the ability to use their waterproofing materials underneath the Strata-Mat to achieve this result. One of the great advantages of the Strata-Mat from Laticrete is that you are able to use both Modified and Un-Modified thinsets with this product. The rolls are available in two different formats, a 323sf roll which is 45” by 86feet or a 150sf roll which is 45” by 40feet. Since the rolls are so lightweight this is the perfect material to be used for an upstairs application since the entire roll can be flung over your shoulder and cover over 300sf. We have done very well with the Strata-Mat since it’s easy to use, lightweight, and perfect for many different applications. Many contractors are raving about the materials ease of use and the ability to just cut the roll into the desired size needed for their specific applications and keep the rest of the roll for future projects. We look forward to carrying the new Laticrete Strata-Mat in both of our Award Winning Showrooms. Please stop by our stores for all of your Laticrete products which we proudly stock in both of our Los Angeles Tile showrooms.
Several of the Pictures were taken from the Laticrete Blogspot which were taken from their South Carolina field Rep Betsi Baker