heavy slate tile as an exterior wainscot

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Old 07-02-11, 06:21 PM
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heavy slate tile as an exterior wainscot

Recently I have seen two homes with slate tiles for exterior wainscot.
Frankly, it looked really good.
why is this not used more often? real and fake stone products are common on exteriors. slate is relatively common on roofs- why not exterior walls?
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I like the look of brick on an exterior but not stone

Go figure
 
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i guess i need an exterior rated tile or slate. impervious or vitreous?
 

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Stone is stone. It is not impervious. Water will get behind it. It is the protection you put up to protect things that make it all work right. I'll have to agree with Mitch...I like either brick or dry stacked stone for the exterior. The pix in your example looks too much like Joseph's coat...too many colors and no pattern.
 
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I don't like to use natural stone products because they are not impervious to water, so there's extra maintenance involved

In your case, it might be possible to put up porcelain tiles which look like slate and avoid that issue, though I do not know what kind of installation parameters would be involved, I've only ever installed it on floors.
 
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