Porcelain tiles for outside..

Old 09-09-05, 07:42 AM
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Porcelain tiles for outside..

I am thinking of installing porcelain tiles on my concrete deck (18'x16'). Tiles i want to install are designed for indoor/outdoor use. I am living in Vancouver, so i am not too concerned about below freezing temperatures, but i have no experience with that type of tiles, and tile installation outside. Any advice, point or suggestion?

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Old 09-09-05, 06:52 PM
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Is the deck in good shape, no cracks, sealers or paint on the concrete? If so use a good modified thinset, dont set in direct sunlight as the thinset will dry out too quickly. Also want the night temps to stay above 50. Use a grout that can be mixed with a latex additive, it wont absorb as much moisture and it will be a little stronger. Wipe the deck down with a damp sponge as you go to keep a little moisture in the concrete so it does not draw too much out of the thinset, and dont mix the thinset too wet to compensate, that only weakens the bond.

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