For porcelain tile joints up to 1"
GATOR TILE SAND is a unique mixture of polymer binders and calibrated sand available in Beige, Slate Grey, Ivory and Black Diamond. Once GATOR TILE SAND sets, it becomes very firm and locks between the porcelain tile joints while still retaining flexibility and providing a long lasting, durable jointing material. GATOR TILE SAND is recommended for a variety of pedestrian uses including pool decks, patios, footpaths etc. This product is for use exclusively with the Gator Tile System. It is not for use with porcelain tile laid directly on concrete, or directly on an aggregate or sand bedding foundation.
Step 1 • Excavation of the new Gator Tile area
Excavate the new Gator Base area. The depth required is calculated by adding Porcelain Tile height, Gator Base, bedding sand, plus any soft organic material that has to be removed. Excavate the perimeter an extra 6" (15 cm) wider on all sides than the tile area required.
Step 2 • Levelling and compacting of the base
(A) Ensure a slope of at least 1 degree away from any structure, such as a house.
(B) • The native soil needs to be compacted using a plate compactor or hand tamper.
Step 3 • Addition of Gator Fabric GF 4.4, Levelling and compacted bedding sand
(A) • Lay down a non-woven Gator Fabric GF 4.4 geotextile (minimum 100 LBF) and cover the entire excavated area.
(B) • Spread an even layer of sand, no more than 3/4” thick (19 mm) • Levelling and compacting the bedding sand will be the last step prior to installing the Gator Base.
(C) • Water the sand prior to using a hand compactor and/or plate compactor, compacting the 3/4” (19 mm) layer of bedding sand until you obtain a final height of 1/2” (13 mm) of compacted bedding sand. This compacted surface should reflect the final tiled surface.
Step 4 • Installation of the Gator Base
Make sure to install the Gator Base on the extended excavation area (total excavation should be 6 inches [15 cm] wider on each side than the final tiled area).
• Start laying the Gator Base units ensuring Gator Base interlocks with the tongue & groove system.
Step 5 • Installation of Porcelain tile and Gator Spacer
Gator Spacers should receive a generous amount of Polybind XP glue on each quadrant. Install the Porcelain Tile on the Gator Spacer, apply pressure or tap the tiles with a rubber mallet at all corners. This will ensure that the tiles are adhering to the Gator Spacer. The Gator Spacer will be left in the tile installation permanently, ensuring proper alignment and stability of your project for years to come.
N.B. The spacers for Gator Spacers are offered in three sizes: 6.4 mm, 4.8 mm and 3.2 mm (1/4", 3/16" and 1/8").
Step 6 • Installation of Gator Tile Edge and Gator Screws
Install Gator Tile Edge on the Gator Base using Gator Base Screws, make sure that Gator Tile Edge rests firmly against the tiles. Use Gator Base Screws at every second hole.
Step 7 • Sweeping, compacting and blowing of the Gator Tile Sand
(A) • When emptying the bag of GATOR TILE SAND, spread it onto the dry, tiled surface.• When sweeping the GATOR TILE SAND, spread it over a small area before moving onto the next, while making sure to fill in the joints.
(B) • It is now time to compact the sand into the joints using a roller compactor or rubber mallet. Do not use a plate compactor. Repeat filling and compacting of the tile joints. Finally, sweep the surface with a fine bristle broom and remove all excess sand. • Ensure the sand is 1/8 inch (3 mm) lower than the tile chamfers
(C) • Finally, use a blower to blow off all sand residue laying on the tile surface.
Step 8 • Gator Tile Sand water activation steps
(A) • Shower water on a specific area of 100 sq.ft., wait no longer than 2 to 3 minutes.
(B) • Shower and rinse simultaneously on a section of approximately 100 sq. ft. so as to eliminate any GATOR TILE SAND residue left on the tiles. Any GATOR TILE SAND residue should go directly into the tiled joints. Wait no longer than 2 to 3 minutes.
(C) • Shower and rinse simultaneously, so as to eliminate any GATOR TILE SAND residue. Any residue should go directly into the tiled joints. However, stop showering when you see water retention on the tiled joints. Wait no longer than 2 to 3 minutes. Note: Repeat the directions of STEPS 8a to 8c for all other areas that have not been showered with water.
(D) • Use a leaf blower to remove any excess water remaining on the tiled crevices. This blowing action is necessary to help remove any remaining GATOR TILE SAND residue left on tiled surfaces from the previous steps.
IMPORTANT: The water used in steps 8a to 8c will activate a bonding action as well as condensing GATOR TILE SAND in the joints. It is important to water the GATOR TILE SAND a total of 3 times, as per steps 8a, 8b and 8c. To little water will not properly activate the GATOR TILE SAND and will reduce the final performance.
Moss Gator Tile Sand will not cause nor prevent moss, mold or mildew. Moss, mold and mildew are caused by certain on site conditions including excess moisture, shade, absence of ventilation, inadequate cleaning or maintenance, presence of soil or other organic debris left on the product.
|1/4” (10 mm) joints
24 x 24 tile with 1/4” joints spacer
|sq. ft.||sq. m.|
|Beige, Grey, Ivory
35 lbs (15.9 kgs)
|125 sq.ft.||11.6 sq.m.|
35 lbs (15.9 kgs)
|110 sq.ft.||10.2 sq.m.|
Quantity required depends on the shape and size of the porcelain tiles.
|Products||Retail Size||Units per Pallet|
|Gator Tile Sand – Beige||15.9 kg (35 lbs)||40|
|Gator Tile Sand – Grey||15.9 kg (35 lbs)||40|
|Gator Tile Sand – Ivory||15.9 kg (35 lbs)||40|
|Gator Tile Sand – Black Diamond||15.9 kg (35 lbs)||40|
All Polybind Polymeric sand can be stored outside
New waterproof bag, an advanced progressive solution for long-term storage of Polybind Polymeric Sand and Dust products. Whether winter, spring, summer, or fall your polymeric sand and dust is protected.
This warranty is given by the manufacturer of this product (hereafter “Manufacturer”). The Manufacturer cannot guarantee results, as it has no control over surface and sub-surface preparation and product application. Moreover, there is no warranty if the porcelain tiles are installed directly on bedding sand or concrete foundation. However, for a period of 15 years from purchase, the Manufacturer agrees, if the product is proven to be defective, and on the condition that it was installed pursuant to the method of application of surface and sub-surface preparation described above, to refund the purchase price of the Gator Tile polymeric sand. Proof of purchase is required for any claim.
Please Note: This Tile Sand warranty is only valid if used as part of the entire Gator Tile System. (When used together with all seven components, see installations instructions.)
Please Note: This limited warranty applies only when the product is used for residential purposes exclusively (home owners or contractors using the product for single or multi-unit dwellings that are exclusively for residential pedestrian use).
Please note that when the product is used for other pedestrian purposes (mixed-use, commercial, institutional or other), the above terms apply except that the applicable period is reduced to 1 year from purchase.