Multi-level tiling system for North Coast mall

05 June 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201914773

Construction, Civil & Structural Engineering

WHEN the Ballito Junction Regional Mall underwent a massive expansion from 10 000m2 to 80 000m2, TAL was chosen to supply tiling materials for the project.

According to the company, the multi-level tiling system took into consideration the heavy volume of foot traffic expected in one of the largest malls in the KZN coastal region.

The project specified tiling for 15 000m2 of passageways and selected line shops, as well as 2 000m2 of tiling to the floors and walls of the mall restrooms.

Multi-level tiling system for North Coast mall

“As with many projects, preparation is key, so a primer slurry coat of TAL Keymix, a cementitious powder primer, and TAL Keycoat, a latex primer specially designed to improve adhesion, was applied to deliver superior adhesion to the substrate,” the company said in a statement.

The original section of the mall was still trading during the expansion, so TAL Goldstar 6 rapid-setting tile adhesive was used to install the porcelain tiles on mall passages and restroom floors to allow for a faster turnaround on site. TAL Goldstar 12 quick-setting tile adhesive was used where practical.

“As shopping centres experience high and heavy foot traffic, the tile adhesives were modified with TAL Bond, a latex-based additive, to increase the bond strength and flexibility of the flooring installation. The flooring system for the upper levels of the mall, were similarly modified to accommodate the anticipated movement of a suspended slab.”

Further enhancing the flexibility of the system, the TAL Wall & Floor Grout was also modified with TAL Bond. The addition of an additive gives the added benefit of increased water and stain resistance to the grout, for a longer lasting aesthetic appeal.

“Despite a tight schedule, TAL Registered Tilers, Durban Tiling Services completed the project on time delivering a successful installation for the mall which has welcomed over 12 million visitors in the past year,” the company said.

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