Case Studies

Mic Mac Mall, Atlantic Canada’s Largest Shopping Center

Atlantic Canada’s largest shopping center, the Mic Mac Mall desperately needed a flooring renovation, without disrupting customer traffic.


Atlantic Canada’s largest shopping center, the Mic Mac Mall desperately needed a flooring renovation. Without disrupting customer traffic, construction work would take place during phased installation cycles and occur during overnight hours.

Installer: Floors Plus – Dartmout, NS, Canada


• Strict installation hours
• 100,000 sq. ft. installation
• Phased construction cycles


For this project, ARDEX reached out to one of it’s preferred installation partners, DANTRA Specialty Products, and flooring contractor Floor Plus (a Starnet member), to propose a fast-track complete system solution that would allow the installed tile sections to resist foot traffic damage during open mall hours.
Prior to any tile being installed, the concrete subfloor required levelling to ensure proper specifications were met. ARDEX K 60™ ARDITEX Rapid Setting Latex Smoothing and Leveling Compound was the ideal choice as no priming or mechanical profiling is needed. Saving valuable hours by eliminating such installation steps and walkable in just 2-3 hours, ARDEX K 60 provided installers the perfect self-leveler that was easy to use and met tight schedule requirements.
With specifications calling for an anti-fracture membrane, ARDEX 8+9™ Rapid Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Compound was used to provide an easy to use and fast-track solution. Easily applied with a paint roller, it allowed installers to get off their knees and for the tile to be installed after just 90 minutes. After the installation of ARDEX 8+9, installers were left with less than 6 hours to set the tiles, and let them fully cure, to allow for customer foot traffic during mall hours. Meeting this demand without worry is ARDEX S 28 MICROTEC®, a  Rapid-Set, Rapid-Dry, Super-Format Tile Mortar. Formulated with ARDEX proprietary self-drying technology, it fully cures after 4 hours, even under super format tiles.
Capping off the installation in both Black Licorice and Dove Gray was ARDEX FL™ Sanded Floor and Wall Grout. A rapid set, high-performance grout for joints 1/16” to 1/2”, ARDEX FL allows installers to open a floor to traffic in just 90 minutes.