What kind of cement to use?

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Posted by: from Montreal
9/13/2014 at 11:55:11 AM


What I like to know is what kind of cement I should use.

Here is what I want to do. Coming up the stairs from the basement I have a 4" ledge. Before there was 4" oak installed matching the stairs. I removed it and installed a 1x4x96 inch piece of pine. Screwed it down and it is very solid. Now I want to put a 3/4x 4,5x96 Travertine to be level with the Floor. This will match the other side.

Now one person says I can use silicon. Another says use Mapei ultra mastic. Another says cement. My idea is that the mastic should be enough, there is no traffic or weight on it.

Any help would be appreciated.



What kind of cement to use?
What kind of cement to use?
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Date/Time9/13/2014 at 12:45:23 PM

What ever you do, DO NOT USE SILICONE!

Mapei or mortar even PL Premium is an alternative.

Hope this helps.


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Matt in Montreal
Date/Time9/13/2014 at 1:02:23 PM

Thanks Mitchell.

I think I go with the Mapei. It's easy to put and work with.

Again, thanks.


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Date/Time9/13/2014 at 1:09:06 PM

Use the Mapei, it's designed to adhere tiles and is also easy to level them. The silicone you can't level them and the color of the silicone might bleed through natural tile. Cement is just not an adhesive period.

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Matt in Montreal
Date/Time9/13/2014 at 2:23:28 PM

Thank you James

That is my choice, Mapei Ultramastic.

My Son could not believe those quick Answeres

Interresting James I did'n know that Cement is not an adhesive.

You Guys are awesome.


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Date/Time9/14/2014 at 11:44:53 AM

Hi Matt,

I hope I am in time.

Yes the Mapei is the route to go. But I strongly suggest you take some wire mesh and staple it down over the wood surface first. Then swipe a coat of the Mapei down.

Then apply the Mapei to the back of each tile and install and level as you go.

If you don't prep the floor first, the tiles will lift over time!

Hope this helps.

James Fram

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Matt in Montreal
Date/Time9/14/2014 at 12:54:40 PM

Hi James,

You are still in time.

I agree with you but as you see on the pictures its not tiles.

The piece of Travertine acts just as a Ledge 3,5x4,5x96. There is no Weight or Traffic.

As for the mesh I don't know if there is need for it, but good to know.

I thank you James, it's People like you guys that make the Difference.


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