There are several classifications of adhesives that can be used for ceramic tile. Type C is cement-based, D is dispersion, a combined adhesive and grout, and R is reaction resin. Another useful classification refers to the form the adhesive comes in, thinset or premixed.
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Type C adhesives are dry powders that you mix with water. Colorants can be added before or after mixing. When set, these adhesives become water-resistant.
Type D adhesives are easier to use and are more suitable for simple jobs and first-timers. Separate choices of adhesives and grout may be better for complicated jobs because they allow for a wider range of characteristics.
Resin adhesives come in two parts, the resin and the hardener, which are mixed on site. They are more difficult to use, more specialized, and more expensive.
Premixed adhesives start setting quickly, so they are useful when tiling walls. They are suitable for slight water exposure such as in a shower, but not for the shower floors.
Thinset adhesives are powders that are then mixed with water or acrylic additives. They form a stronger bond, are often used for floors, and are water as well as heat-resistant.
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