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Custom Building Products VersaBond Gray 50 lb. Fortified Thin-Set Mortar
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VersaBond Gray 50 lb. Fortified Thin-Set Mortar

  • Cost-efficient, all-purpose mortar
  • Reliable and easy to use
  • Polymer-modified to provide good bond strength
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Custom Building Products VersaBond 50 lb. Fortified Thin-Set Mortar is a professional formula, all-purpose mortar, polymer-modified to provide good bond strength for floor and tile projects. VersaBond cures quickly even in cold climates and adheres to most surfaces. This is a cost-efficient, all-purpose mortar.

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  • For use over concrete, cement backerboards, drywall, exterior grade plywood, existing ceramic tile, vinyl flooring and plastic laminates
  • For indoor or outdoor applications
  • Great for a wide variety of tile and stone floors, walls and countertops
  • Polymer modified, high-grade mortar offers strong bonds
  • Reliable and easy to use
  • Dries in 24 hours
  • Covers up to 100 sq. ft.
  • Meets ANSI A118.4 and A118.11 specifications without the need for additives
  • Add water and mix to apply

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Gray or White?

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This mortar comes in gray or white. Can anyone explain to me why you would use one color over the other? Thank you,
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July 28, 2016
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the gray is as its natural color, whereas the white is bleached (not like the table top bleach, just the process) which makes it cost a tad bit more. the white is recommend for your glass and light colored mosaics and tile. pretty much, If you are using any light colored tile OR grout, you want to use the white. if you use the gray, you are running the risk of the grey bleeding through the tile and Read More
the gray is as its natural color, whereas the white is bleached (not like the table top bleach, just the process) which makes it cost a tad bit more. the white is recommend for your glass and light colored mosaics and tile. pretty much, If you are using any light colored tile OR grout, you want to use the white. if you use the gray, you are running the risk of the grey bleeding through the tile and grout Read Less
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February 3, 2016
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Since ceramic is opaque, we use gray and for porcelain we use white because some porcelains are translucent enough that the gray can show through enough to darken it slightly.
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November 14, 2015
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Because glass tiles sometimes transparent so they require white underlayment so they will looks not too dark.
Grey suitable for any non-transparent tiles.
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October 15, 2015
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Thank you for all the great answers.
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October 14, 2015
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As I understand it, the only time you'd normally use the white thinset (which costs a little bit more) is if you are using a translucent tile or mosaic, or if you are planning to use a white or very light colored grout.
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October 5, 2015
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Depends on what you are using it for, we use it to install dry stack granite tile, so there is no grout, we use gray for most installations, but for lighter stones we use the white so if some does show through it isn't as visible
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October 5, 2015
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Ususally installers use white mortar when setting light color tile or stone or when grouting with light color grouts. Darker tile use gray mortar, lighter tile use white mortar. On grouting sometimes when you miss a spot when cleaning the edge of the tile, the white thinset won't be as noticeable at gray mortar will.
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Will this work good to thinset my cement board to the subfloor?

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Maryland
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September 1, 2016
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Yes, if your tile is larger than 12 x 12 I recommend a large format mortar on top of the backer board. This mortar is fine for under the backer board. Use a 1/4 x 1/4 trowel and set backer board on wet mortar.
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Is subfloor wood? If so, just screw it down with proper screws and spacing.
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Wow! That's a really interesting question. While I'll say right up front that I don't know for sure what the manufacturer's answer would be (and in such cases I always recommend that you contact them), I do have some thoughts on the issue that I'm willing to share with you.
My first involves the presumption that you are not putting your tile down over a concrete subfloor; rather, your subfloor is Read More
Wow! That's a really interesting question. While I'll say right up front that I don't know for sure what the manufacturer's answer would be (and in such cases I always recommend that you contact them), I do have some thoughts on the issue that I'm willing to share with you.
My first involves the presumption that you are not putting your tile down over a concrete subfloor; rather, your subfloor is either wood of some sort (plywood, particle board, planks, or even hardwood) or some type of vinyl or other such floor covering. In such cases you normally screw your cement underlayment directly to the subfloor placing the screws where indicated on the underlayment itself. Since the underlayment is fastened securely to the subfloor and the tile rests on thinset that rests on the underlayment, the presumption is that all of the materials, subfloor, existing floor, underlayment, thinset, and tile will form a relatively stable mass, resistant to shifting and cracking. This thinset, used in this manner, should be more than adequate for that purpose.
However, if your subfloor itself is uneven or unstable, screwing the underlayment directly to it might not give satisfactory results and you might be tempted to use the thinset as a self-leveling cement on which you would lay your underlayment, employing the mastic properties of the thinset instead of screws to hold the underlayment in place, then using the thinset to cement the tiles in place. If this is what you envision, it seems your underlaynent could work much the same as an anti-fracture mat, maybe even better!
The one problem I see with this approach is that this thinset, however versatile and great for its intended uses it may be, is not really intended to substitute for self-leveling cement which has much greater compressive strength and can be successfully used in thinner layers without the cracking and eventual disintegration that might be experienced with the use of the thinset for this purpose.
So, if this comes close to describing your situation, while I do like the idea of employing the underlayment as a type of antifracture mat--especially where the subfloor is so dissimilar to the material of the flooring on top of it--I'd be hesitant to recommend using the thinset itself to remove any unevenness in the floor. In any event, touch base with the manufacturer before you commit to any such course of action. Read Less
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I have used thin set along with screws. I have had no problems doing it this way
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Yes, I used it for this exact purpose using a 1/4" square notch trowel. You should also use coated screws every 8" across the board (6" at the edges).
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Can I use this for my shower floor to lay tile?

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Finishing up a shower, I tried the premixed and it came lose and needed to tear up after 2 days of use
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Yes, this is the correct product for that as long as you are laying the tile on a formed mud bed. For pre-slope shower pans, check the shower pan manufacture's instructions.
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yes
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May 17, 2016
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Yes, the product is used to installed ceramic floor and tile.
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May 17, 2016
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VersaBond Fortified Thin -Set Mortar may be used to set most tile in a shower floor application. For further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786 option 2
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Yes you can, but there are a number of things involved besides the mortar that could cause your problem with tiles coming loose.
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Can I use to tile over tile (floor)

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most definitely!
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Yes if that tiles not loose and not polished
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May 17, 2016
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VersaBond Fortified Thin-Set Mortar may be used over pre-existing, scarified ceramic tile. For further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786 option 2
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i would not
the adhesive quality of the versabound is for cement to tile
the tile would be to smooth to make good adhesion
i like the versa bound as it makes good adhesion to correct substrates
one of the good qualties is clean up of frot of tiles is easy
but this would work against adhesion to smoth non pose tile
i have made the test chambers for mabe to test just this thing
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May 16, 2016
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This should not be used to tile over tile.
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VersaBond Gray 50 lb. Fortified Thin-Set Mortar is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 238.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am using it as a metal lath scratch coat and bonding thinset for manufactured stone on the vert... I am using it as a metal lath scratch coat and bonding thinset for manufactured stone on the vertical exterior of my house. It meets the ASTM standards for exterior use. It has worked out very well, and once set, the stone has been impossible to pull off. In my mind, the price point is great compared to other modified thin sets, it gets the job done, has handled freeze-thaw in the few weeks it has been in place.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VersaBond gray 50# This product has worked very well with remodeling this house. Except for the bedrooms and bathrooms it will be tiled. With the living room, hall, kitchen and dining area complete, we have purchased lots of this product. Now a 600 sq. ft. rec room is being tiled. This product has lived up to expectations and would recommend it.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All I ever use I use this stuff for every tile job. I've tried other products that was cheaper but you pay for what you get. Always a strong hold, sets fairly quick, and never have to worry about the quality. Redoing our Master bath and I'm using it for the floor as well as the walls. Great stuff.
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VersaBond is the only thin-set mortar I use when I have a choice in the matter. I vote VersaBond ... VersaBond is the only thin-set mortar I use when I have a choice in the matter. I vote VersaBond as Home Depot's single best product. I have been telling my clients, co-workers and friends this for many years. Try it, you'll like it.
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product rarely disappoints. I have used it on over 12 jobs, and probably about 1000 lbs wort... This product rarely disappoints. I have used it on over 12 jobs, and probably about 1000 lbs worth. I prefer to use this over standard mortar, it is much smoother, and easier to comb.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its mortar and it works... Its mortar and it works, not much else you can say.
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy to mix, strong bond on ceramic tile. easy to mix, strong bond on ceramic tile.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good thin-set mortar. This thin-set mortar is a quality mortar and fairly easy to use. However, it does have a fairly short set time so you need to install your tile quickly. Also, I highly recommend that you remove all excess mortar from between your tile prior to it completely drying as it is much harder to remove once it has fully set. I use a painters knife to remove the excess mortar and quickly wipe the tile edges with a paper towel. This leaves a clean groove for installing your grout once the mortar has completely cured.
Date published: 2016-04-05
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