Laticrete Strata Mat is one of Laticrete's newest underlayment products. Strata Mat is an uncoupling membrane designed for use in stone and tile installations in both residential and commercial applications. Uncoupling membranes are commonly used to solve the problem of the substrate expanding and contracting at a different rate from the tile. If the shrinkage and expansion is not taken into to account during the installation by using the proper type of underlayment, the installation becomes much more prone to cracking.
With Laticrete Strata Mat uncoupling membrane, the tiles are able to move independently from the substrate, and while there are many uncoupling membrane underlayments on the market today, Strata Mat was designed to provide an enhanced mechanical bond with faster drying time for mortar. Unlike other uncoupling membranes, Strata Mat features a semi-opaque mat so the mortar coverage can be seen underneath during installation. Additionally, Strata Mat can be used with both modified and unmodified mortars so the proper mortar can be used with the tile for every installation.
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