How to Expedite Flooring Renovations in Retail Spaces


Tile and flooring installations in any type of retail environments need to seamlessly blend aesthetics and function. They should underscore a brand’s identity without distracting patrons while allowing customers to shop safely and conveniently. Follow this guide to make retail flooring installations a sound investment for both you and your customers.

Challenge: Most commercial and public spaces are required to remain open for business during construction renovations. For this reason, you’ll need to fast-track flooring and tile installations – without cutting corners.

Solution: The TEC® Same Day Installation System will help you give retail spaces makeovers. The system saves you labor hours to increase your profit margins while helping businesses avoid costly closures.

Tile: With the Same Day Installation System, you can set and grout tile within a matter of hours, rather than days. It features the TEC® HydraFlex™ Waterproofing Crack Isolation Membrane, which cures in just 2 - 3 hours. It can be applied by roller, trowel or spray – whichever is your team’s preferred method. It can be applied to existing ceramic tile, VCT and non-cushioned sheet goods, saving time and labor hours on surface preparation.

The Same Day Installation System also includes TEC® Fast-Set Ultimate Large Tile Mortar.  This mortar is easy to use – mixing to a smooth, creamy consistency – and offers superior transfer to give you full coverage with minimal effort. In addition, TEC® Power Grout Ultimate Performance Grout allows you to finish grouting fast because it doesn’t require sealing. It allows for foot traffic four hours after installation. TEC® HydraFlex™, Fast Set Ultimate Large Tile Mortar, and Power Grout® are all rated for extra heavy commercial use, so they can withstand heavy foot traffic in the busiest retail environments.

Flooring: Moisture mitigation is a wise investment for most commercial spaces – and with TEC®  LiquiDam EZ™, you can mitigate overnight. Because it doesn’t require shotblasting (over contaminant-free substrates), it saves on labor hours and costs, and it cures in just 3 – 4 hours.

Adhesives: TEC offers two excellent next-generation options for adhesives for resilient flooring (non-ceramics). The first is RollFast™ Vinyl Flooring Adhesive, which is applied standing up with a roller and can accept flooring in 10 – 15 minutes. Or if you prefer to trowel by hand, choose TrowelFast™ Vinyl Flooring Adhesive that can accept flooring in 15 – 20 minutes. Both of these products feature excellent resistance to moisture and alkali, are easy to clean up, can be heat welded as soon as 60 minutes, and generate very little odor.

Correcting Irregularities

Uneven tile or flooring can be dangerous in a retail environment by presenting a tripping hazard. TEC® fast-curing smoothing products can address substrate variation without slowing down a job. TEC® Fast-Set Deep Patch allows you to correct irregularities as deep as 1.5 inches in a single application or up to 5 inches with proper aggregate. It cures to walkable hardness in just an hour and is ready to accept floor coverings in 1 – 1.5 hours.

TEC® PerfectFinish™ is used to correct irregularities of up to half an inch that affect a larger area. This skim coat sets in as little as 30 minutes to install most floor coverings.

Whether you are installing flooring or tile, TEC® products can help you save time, resulting in quality installations that meet your clients’ rigorous schedules.

If you need assistance determining which product is right for your job, contact our Technical Support team by here or by calling 1-800-832-9023, Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. CST. 

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