Installing tile outdoors


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Old 04-05-08, 12:31 PM
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Question Installing tile outdoors

We have a covered porch with a concrete floor which was painted before we bought the house. It needs repainted at least every year and I'm sick of it. I would like to cover the concrete with some sort of decorative 16" x 16" floor tile. I've seen it done on HGTV but wasn't sure if it was feasible in Pittsburgh where I live because of the freeze/thaw of winter. What are your opinions. Has anyone every done this before and, if so, what is the best kind of tile to use. Thanks for your help.
 
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Old 04-05-08, 12:41 PM
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There are frostproof tiles available, such as porcelain. Make sure you purchase a tile rated for outdoors.

Paint will have to be sanded off concrete. Concrete needs to be free of paint, sealers, oil, grease, or anything that will interfere with adhesion. And, it needs to be flat.
 
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Old 04-05-08, 12:47 PM
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How

I'v tried removing the paint several time by power washing, using a paint remover, and sanding but, because I couldn't get it all off, wound up repainting. I believe that it originally was painted with an epoxy paint.
 
 

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