Gatorback Mortar Board

How’d you like to save more time and money on your next masonry or hardscape project with one simple product? If your answer is “yes”  then keep reading to find out how a Gatorback® Mortar Board or Mortar Pan can do just that. You’re probably thinking “How can a mortar board save me time and money?” Well, you’ll be surprised…

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Gatorback® mortar boards aren’t just your typical run of the mill mortar boards. They are specially designed and engineered to be lightweight, durable, and to keep mortar workable and consistent – which can decrease mortar re-tempering time and waste.

Still not convinced? Let’s explore 4 features and benefits Gatorback® mortar boards and mortar pans have to offer!


Gatorback Mortar Boards & Pans Key Features:


Gatorback Mortar Board and Mortar PanDesign: Gatorback’s center is recessed 0.5″ from all sides to create a pan effect that keeps retempering water and mortar in the board.

Benefit: Unlike wooden mortar boards, Gatorback will not absorb water from the mortar, which will increase the board life of mortar by as much as 20 minutes! The good news is you won’t waste your time on re-tempering. This ensures that only good, workable mortar is used for higher job site production and consistent mortar properties. Excessive re-tempering of mortar will alter the integrity of mortar, especially colored mortar.

#2. Portable & Light

Gatorback Mortar Board handleDesign: Gatorback mortar board’s are just about 5 lbs each and have a handle (patent pending) that is designed to allow you or your crew members to easily and safely carry multiple boards with one hand, at one time.

Benefit: Job sites are easier to set up and clean up. And the ergonomically design of the handle puts less strain and stress on your back!

#3. Durable & Impact Resistant Material

Design: Gatorback mortar boards are made of a special lightweight, impact resistant material.

GatorbackMortarPanBenefit: It can withstand abuse from trowels, shovels and hammers in both warm and freezing temperatures. Other mortar boards may crack, especially in temperatures 25 degree (or less)



gatorback mortar panDesign: Paten pending rib structure on back of board.

Benefit: Gatorback mortar board can hold as much as 150 pounds of material without flexing more than 1.5 inches and not lose its original shape.



Gatorback® mortar boards are a great investment that will save you time and money! Visit to learn more about their products and read customer testimonials. You can purchase Gatorback mortar boards and pans along with other professional grade tools at TLC Supply in Quincy, MA.

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Leave your questions or comments below. 

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How to Use Concrete Supplement |The Benefits of Concrete Supplement

ConcretesupplementWhat is Concrete Supplement and what are the advantages?

To sum it up Concrete Supplement™ is like the WD-40 of the concrete/masonry restoration industry.  Concrete Supplement™ is a revolutionary do-it-all admixture that reacts with Portland cement in concrete, mortar, stucco and grout to produce complete hydration. These unique formulations with complete hydration have increased compressive strength, a reduction in shrinkage and faster set times.

Concrete Supplement is made with the finest of raw materials and it meets all requirements in ASTM C494 as a Type C Accelerating Admixture.

Advantages of Concrete Supplement™

  • High early compressive strength
  • Increase strength up to 30%
  • Fast set and finishing times
  • Shrinkage reduction
  • Waterproofing capabilities – Great to plug leaks
  • Workability
  • Controlled acceleration
  • Anti-freeze and all weather protection
  • Reduces cracking
  • Durable and non-dusting surfaces

concretesupplementhydraulicSome Application Examples:

Got a water leak?  Mix Portland cement with undiluted Concrete Supplement™ into a putty-like consistency and place onto the opening for an instantaneous set that will stop water from coming through.

Have a concrete repair but are pressed for time? Simply add Concrete Supplement to your cement to accelerate drying time and overall strength. Within a couple of hours it will harden to a dust free application, making it accessible for pedestrians and vehicles to pass over.concretesupplementconcreterepair

When an issue arises and you need a quick fix you can count on Concrete Supplement to help solve your problem. With a diverse range of uses and capabilities, Concrete Supplement is a must have for professionals to keep in their truck!


You can purchase Concrete Supplement™ at TLC Supply along with other professional grade admixtures, cement, mortar, and stucco. TLC Supply also carries a wide selection of premium pavers from Techo Bloc, Genest Paving StoneBelgard and Cambridge Pavers. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite, brick, natural stone, block, sand, detergents, sealers, and much more!

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Leave your questions or comments below. 

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Ardex|Polymer Modified Thin Set Mortar

ARDEX is recognized around the world as the innovation and performance leader for tile and stone installation.They are leading the advancement of mortar and grout technologies with their revolutionary MicroTec® formulation.

ARDEX delivers proven solutions to the most complex installation problems for concrete repair and resurfacing, substrate preparation, flooring installation or for setting natural stone.

Keep reading to learn how Ardex can make traditional and difficult installations easier and much more efficient for professionals and homeowners!

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Ardex offers many great products but for now we are just going to focus on two phenomenal mortar blends that are major game changers!

Ardex X5 Polymer Modified Thin Set Mortar

Ardex X5 Mortar

Ardex X5 is so easy and efficient to use that you will save time and money on every stone veneer, thin brick, and tile job.

Are you tired of mixing your own mortar and the complications that come along with it? Like having to mix too many components, not having enough pot life, or crumbling and making too much of a mess? Are you frustrated when you aren’t able to move stone once its set? Do you want to speed up installation time and save money? Well, Ardex X5 will help solve all your problems.

Ardex X5 is a unique flexible stone mortar that is taking tile and stone installation to the next level. This highly versatile, polymer modified mortar has an easy to apply creamy consistency that is perfect for setting all sizes of porcelain, ceramic, quarry, mosaic and most natural stone tile on both exterior and interior surfaces. You can create the natural concrete look without the heaviness of a thick mortar bed and best of all, anyone can use ARDEX X5 with great success!

Ardex X5 Key Features:

– Flexible                                                                    – Single component

                              – Sag resistant                                                         – Water and frost resistant

                             –  Easy to mix and apply                                       – 3 hour pot life

                             – 10 Year Warranty                                                – Up to 140 Sq Ft of coverage per                                                                                                                            bag.

– 15-20 mins of working time to adjust stone after installation

Did you know? Unlike traditional mortars, Ardex X5 can be used in cold temperature! If you are working on an outside job and the temperature drops, you can leave your work and return to it the next day. Ardex X5 will go into “hibernation mode” when the weather drops below a certain temperature and will not be disrupted. Rain will not affect Ardex X5 either! Simply wipe off any excess Ardex and return to the job when it is no longer raining.

To Apply: Cover the substrate with Ardex X5 using a ¼” notch trowel. If you have irregular shaped stone that needs adjusting then you can apply ¼” of Ardex to the back of the stone and then apply to the wall. You may opt to apply a scratch coat or netting to the wall prior to application but it is not necessary. Ardex X5 will stick to wood, duro wall, and anything else.

Ardex X32 MICROTEC® Fiber Reinforced Rapid Setting Thin-to-Thick Bed Mortar

Ardex X32 Mortar

Ardex X32 is very similar to Ardex X5 but it is made for horizontal application and it works best for moisture sensitive stone. A major issue that many professionals and homeowners are seeing is that their stone tread (whether it be bluestone, granite, etc.) or pool coping is popping off. This is because it is being glued down by either an adhesive or cement mortar. When water seeps in between (and freezes during colder months) the adhesion breaks down and causes the stone to separate.

Ardex X32’s self-drying MICROTEC® formulation is designed to handle the most challenging moisture sensitive natural stone, marble and granite installations, as well as set all other types of tile in exterior or interior applications. It is also ideal for all types of natural stone including ungauged and agglomerate stone.​

Ardex X32 Key Features:

– Single component                                                  – Easy to mix and apply

                         – Flexible                                                                       – Sag resistant

                         – Fiber glass reinforced                                           – Waterproof

                         – Non shrink                                                                 – Fast setting (walk on after 3 hrs)

                         – Great for leveling uneven stone                       –  1 hour pot life                                                                   thickness.

                         – No more treads and caps popping off!         – 20-30 minutes to adjust stone                                                                                                                             after installation.

 You can use Ardex X32 as a thin, medium, or thick bed mortar for installations up to one inch thick over exterior and interior concrete, masonry surfaces, and plywood. Ardex X32 will not stain, warp, or discolor moisture sensitive stone.

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