Best time of year to lay ceramic tile

Old 10-07-05, 11:21 AM
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Best time of year to lay ceramic tile

I have been told that there are certain times of the year that is better suited for laying tile - something about condensation, expansion. Unfortunately, this is second hand information and wanted to know if there is any truth to this.
Old 10-07-05, 04:54 PM
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As far as inside work goes as long as the required minimum or maximum temperatures for thinset application are obseved any time of year will do. You always want to leave a gap between the wall studs and the floor tile to allow for seasonal movement no matter when the tile is set. Green wood used for wall stud framing will dry out more in the winter than in humid warm weather. This drying will cause some walls to buckle slightly if it is a poor grade of wood.
If you are talking outside, the same adherence to temperatures applies but you also want to avoid a hot setting surface and stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible as this tends to really dry out the thinset prematurely.

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