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Old 12-24-2010, 05:42 PM   #31
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On the surface it seems like a fair idea depending on the cost. Might be... you could do the same thing with plywood and cement board for less. I'm not convinced their claims of that product being structural are totally honest. I don't see how it could be structural in those dimensions.

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I have just installed porcelin tiles over existing wooden porch deck using lightweight concrete board and used flexibond motar cement for exterior use and I am now being told that it probably will not hold up through the winter. I live in cincy oh.

As stated by many.... The wood deck is the culprit. Porcelain tile is fine for the freeze/thaw affects in Ohio. I have porcelain tile on my front porch in Michigan, but it was laid over the cement porch base. MANY porcelains have a textured / abrasive finish and do just fine with cold winter weather... but it is the wood base that will still be affected by the freeze thaw in Ohio...and penetrate upward to the cement board. Hopefully a top quality thinset was used with an additive and you may be able to get a few years out of it. Good luck.
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"The culprit" is movement!
The wood and the cementuous products as well as the tile will move at different rates of expansion and contraction. Therein lies the "culprit".
Cement board and thinset and porcelain tile are compatible.

Porcelain tile isn't usually an issue, it will handle freeze/thaw.
The thinset isn't usually the culprit, it will typically handle freeze/thaw.
Adding additives to already modified thinsets isn't a good idea.
There are decking systems available that have been designed for just this purpose.
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I note this post is old, but I thought it deserved correction. I am a professional tile installer and have tiled outside decks on a number of occasions without failures. The secret is the prep and materials used. First of all the deck must be stable. You can normally achieve this by adding 1/2 inch backerboard (thinset and screw the backerboard). You then need to waterseal the backerboard with jiffy seal ( like a roofing membrane material). On top of the jiffy seal you place Ditra drain with a special compound thinset) to remove any penetrating moisture that may come over time through the grout. You can then tile over the ditra drain with a recommended thinset (Schluter recommends a dry set but I personally think that something like a two component fast set thinset from Flextile 58XT specific to outside decks is better). You must do all of this in temperatures above 10 degress celcius. I live in Vancouver BC, and we get freezing temperatures here all the time....no issues with proper application.
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If the tile does pop, then the best solution would be to carpet over the tile. I remember someone talking about tiling over carpet, so I figure if you multiply the process by negative 1, it should work.
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