Performance of Latex-Modified Thin-Set Mortars in Applications of Thin-Brick Veneer

by Joel Wolf, Failure Analysis Associates, United States,
Brant Lahnert, Failure Analysis Associates, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Serviceability and Durability of Construction Materials


The use of field-applied polymer-modified mortars for adhering thin brick or tile to building exteriors has become increasingly common in the last decade. The latex-modified mortars can provide substantially greater shear and tensile bond strengths than traditional mortars. However, in the last several years we have observed and investigated a number of thin-set mortar failures. This paper discusses potential causes of thin-set mortar failures as they relate to several case studies.

Subject Headings: Mortars | Laminating | Case studies | Forensic engineering | Bricks | Failure analysis | Polymer | Synthetic materials

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