There are lots of things Clients don't see when doing bathroom renovations. Simple things like how tiling adhesive should be applied


Bathroom Renovation Ideas: How To Apply Bathroom Tiling Adhesive

Applying bathroom tiling adhesive the correct way is essential for a quality bathroom renovation in a house, unit or apartment.

How To Apply Bathroom Tiling Adhesive

Is there a single correct way?
Like many industries there is always debate about the right or wrong way to do things like how to apply bathroom tile adhesive. It is human nature to have an opinion and that is why there is so much information on every topic you can imagine.


What is our view?
It is the small things like how to apply bathroom tile adhesive that often gets forgotten about during small bathroom renovations in Sydney. It can sometimes be a way that bathroom renovation companies save money and time by only applying small amounts of tile adhesive to each tile.


It doesn’t sound like a big thing, but on large bathroom renovation jobs and then multiplied by hundreds of projects the savings can be quite large for a renovation company while they neglect to provide a high quality renovation service.


So for all the Nu-Trend bathroom renovations we do we make sure that the tiling gets maximum coverage of tile adhesive for all floor and wall tiles. Ideally everything above 450 x 450 should be back buttered and notched to ensure maximum adhesion and to prevent tiles cracking or moving later on.


How can it help?
It makes small jobs easier, for example if you need to drill through the tile to install a new shower screen or to install new plumbing fixtures, the correct application of tile adhesive can prevent the tiles from splitting and of course provide a long lasting result that is durable in the room.


In these photos, we are using Mapei ULTRALITE which is a one component, high-performance, highly-deformable, lightweight cementitious adhesive. We like using it because of the extended open time, very high yield, its ease to trowel and good buttering capacity. It is an ideal adhesive for ceramic tiles, stone and even thin porcelain tiles. 


Is it as simple as that?
Not really, doing any type of renovation project will have hundreds of variables to consider and that is where choosing an experienced renovator comes into play. Just imagine there are hundreds of surface types, materials, adhesives and techniques that can all be combined. 

So of course simply things like ‘How thick should the adhesive be?’ that leads to questions like;

– What is the context of how it is being applied?

– What tile is it?

– What is the substrate?

So you can put an adhesive on tiles and what or how you do this will vary based on the type of adhesive you are using, the environment, temperature etc. So generally a 15mm notch trowel covers 3-4 square metres but different adhesives spread differently. 

Then of course there is the topic of mixing adhesives where people might mix the wrong elements together with combinations of adhesives and cement. 



Our attention to detail
It is the type of detail we go to when planning and preparing our bathroom renovation steps. It is an example of the detail we apply to anything from a simple shower renovations or a master bathroom renovation. It is one very small example as to why bathroom renovation quotes can differ greatly between renovation companies.


Some will try and complete a renovation project as quickly and simply as possible, therefore reduce their efforts for things like using bathroom tile adhesive – so if they are taking short cuts on things like that, what else is happening that you can’t visibly see.


That is why Nu-Trend is chosen by a lot of residential and commercial bathroom renovations because we make sure every little detail is covered to deliver a high quality project that will last.

How To Apply Bathroom Tiling Adhesive
How To Apply Bathroom Tiling Adhesive

Years of experience

Nu-Trend since 2009

Nu-Trend was formed just over 10 years ago by father and son team, Rick and Michael Karagiannis.

Michael has been in the industry for more than 20 years, passing his knowledge and expertise to Rick as the family tradition lives on.

Rick has always enjoyed the finer elements design details. Not content with solving plumbing problems he soon broadened his skills to also do bathroom renovations in Sydney. A perfect match with hundreds of reviews later & beautiful bathrooms being enjoyed by hundreds of people.


Rick from Nu-Trend Plumbing and Bathroom Renovations

The passionate Sydney business owner who loves his job, always goes the extra mile & who many say “is too good for the industry”

Rick dislikes the typical industry behaviour and firmly believes in ‘no gimmicks’ and upfront, honest work.

  • Position: Director
  • Years in the industry: 15
  • Expertise / specialty: A hands-on Director and business owner who provides leadership for the team.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber, Bathroom Renovator.
  • What he loves about his work? I love helping people when someone wants something and we achieve what they are after it’s rewarding for me.
  • Funniest on the job story: Doing a job on a live sewer stack and someone flushing the toilet while we were underneath. It was quite brown, but you had to laugh.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Caroma Products


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Robert is the co-owner of Nu-Trend who loves walking into different scenarios every day & trying to solve problems quickly. 

He is the organiser in the team, keeping the boys on track each day. Some dub him the ‘pretty face’ of Nu-Trend. 

  • Position: Director
  • Years in industry: 14
  • Expertise / specialty: Quoting, team organisation and logistics to keep everything running smoothly.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber and Bathroom Renovator.
  • What he loves about his work? Doing something different every day and working with really good people to solve a range of everyday problems.
  • Funniest on the job story: Pranking the boys with fake emails or calls and waiting to see their reactions. Funny at times but a good way to practice real situations.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products


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Chris joined Rick and Robert a few years ago as the number of jobs and bathroom renovations began to increase.

Ever reliable Chris gets stuck in when the hard work is required and provides the Nu-Trend team with a lot of the hard yakka.

  • Position: Plumber
  • Years in industry: 6
  • Expertise / specialty: Maintenance and domestic plumbing for houses or unit apartment blocks.
  • Qualifications: Licensed Plumber with aspirations to learn about renovations.
  • What he loves about his work?  Seeing Nu-Trend customers satisfied after a completed job where they notice the little details or finishing touches.
  • Funniest on the job story: Too many to list and he has been thinking about writing a book about funny plumber stories for everyone to read about.
  • Favourite brand of bathroom product: Boffi Products

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Nu-Trend is a renovations company in Sydney that is available 7 days a week. With 15 years experience, the Directors Rob and Rick are hands-on, and provide a personalised service that is fully licensed, insured and qualified.

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All the work carried out by Nu-Trend is AS/NZ3500:2018 compliant. It is the Australian Standard for Plumbing and Drainage in NSW as set down by Standards Australia and the Australian Building Codes Board. They give the plumbing industry technical direction to enable compliance with required regulatory frameworks.

15 years experience with a written commitment.

Rick and Rob are the hands-on directors for Nu-Trend. Rather than hire sub-contractors and manage their business from a distant office, they are on the tools, at your site & working towards delivering your bathroom renovation or plumbing service. It means you are talking directly to the owners of the business, the guys who are accountable and responsible rather than via email or through customer service teams.

It is why they are able to provide a written guarantee that demonstrates their confidence in standing by the quality of their workmanship and the service they deliver to every single client.

They have a very single minded commitment to deliver a high level of professionalism and quality, they’ve been doing renovation contracting in Sydney for 15+ years.

No sales tricks, guaranteed.

'No Gimmicks' that's our policy

With so many years in the trade, the Nu-Trend team has seen their fair share of sales tricks, special offers, promotions and other gimmicks to secure business. Rather than copy what everyone else is doing they decided a long time ago to avoid all the typical gimmicks and stick to clear, upfront information and pricing, including the provision of free Quotes. 

Here are the most common sales gimmicks you will see and how they work, keep in mind there is a reason most service industries don’t disclose fixed prices.

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Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis is a licensed Plumber, Building Renovator and Director of Nu-Trend, a Sydney Plumber and Bathroom Renovations contractor. Nu-Trend has been operating since 2009 as an independent sole trader in Sydney. Rick provides all types of services for small bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.