TUFCHEM® Tiling Systems are durable, hygienic floor and wall finishes designed for the most demanding food, beverage, and pharmaceutical processing environments. Available in a striking array of colors, impervious fully vitrified TUFCHEM tiles feature a choice of integrally molded slip-resistant surface textures in either traditional rectangle or contemporary hexagon format. A complementary range of coordinating tile accessories, chemically resistant adhesive and grout, and expansion joint materials completes the system.
Our fully vitrified tiles feature discrete, half-height spacers that touch when the tiles are butted together. In addition to producing consistently narrow 2mm (1/16”) side joints, the spacers enable vibration setting when service conditions favor the use of compatible grouts. When properly executed, vibration setting speeds installation and enhances impact resistance by:
A. Maximizing contact between the bonding surfaces of the tile, adhesive, and substrate
B. Minimizing voids under the tiles that can lead to flexural cracking under loads
C. Leveling adjacent tiles to reduce lipped edges and minimize the risk of chipped tiles
Wheeled traffic rolls over the narrow 2mm (1/16”) side joints quietly and with less impact on tile edges. Hexagonal tiles conform to the contours of sloped floors better than rectangular tiles set in a running bond pattern, reducing lippage on floors that slope toward a central drain.
TUFCHEM® Tiling Systems are antimicrobial by design with both materials and installation procedures engineered to optimize hygiene. Vibration setting and power grouting installation techniques eliminate voids and potential microbial harborage sites in the tile lining system, while impervious tiles do not support microbial growth. For added protection, Corrosion Engineering epoxy adhesives and grouts contain antimicrobial agents.
Sanitizers used in hygienic processing environments are becoming more aggressive—and more corrosive—to manage increasingly resistant strains of bacteria, mold, and fungus. Corrosion Engineering offers a comprehensive range of high-performance adhesives, grouts and mortars to address tough corrosion challenges.
The TUFCHEM® Tiling Vibration Set System makes full use of the tiles’ integrally molded spacer lugs to produce a floor with impressive impact resistance. Unwaxed tiles are vibrated into THINSET® Adhesive, reducing lippage and voids under the tiles that can lead to chips and cracks. To fully penetrate the narrow 2mm (1/16”) side joints, PENNTROWEL® Grout is deconstructed, and its highly flowable wet and dry components are installed separately. Power grouting and floor buffing equipment make quick work of grouting and cleaning larger areas.
While running bond (brick bond) is the most popular arrangement for rectangular tiles, the side joint spacers positioning accommodate stacked bond or herringbone patterns as well. Hexagonal tiles form a single tight honeycomb pattern that minimizes lippage on complex sloped floors.
Vibration Set System installation requires special knowledge and equipment including vibration setting, power grouting, and floor buffing machines. The sequence and timing of the installation steps are critical to achieving a durable, hygienic, chemical resistant floor. Installers must complete classroom and practical training to qualify for factory-authorized status.
Contact your Corrosion Engineering representative for referrals to experienced installers.