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Nixon 08-27-2011 05:13 PM

Best outdoor non-slip tile? Heating element underneath?
I am planning outdoor wheelchair ramp in area that gets snow & ice. What is best non-slip tile choice? Was planning flagstone. Quartz is expensive, but feels rough and has good traction. Would also like to put heating elements underneath to melt ice. Advice?

oh'mike 08-27-2011 06:19 PM

If the wheelchair ramp is concrete--put the heating coils into the concrete--consider a stamped concrete pattern.

What is the ramp going to be made of?

Nixon 08-27-2011 06:29 PM

Concrete ramp is already finished -- just waiting for handrail and tiles.

Website says "Quartzite Tile - is a relatively new choice in tile which provides the hardness of granite but
keeps the rugid look of slate. High in durability and traction, quartzite tile is good for wet
areas such as shower floors and also can be a good choice for a kitchen backsplash."

I'm favoring the quartzite with heating elements underneath. I saw a sample for a bathroom floor, but wondered if outdoor use with heating elements is recommended. The tile sales person didn't know.

oh'mike 08-27-2011 06:41 PM

Any good porcelain tile will do the job --they are freeze thaw safe. The texture and steepness of the ramp will determine how rough you need.

The mesh type heating pads would be the easiest to work with on a ramp---as opposed to the loose wire style---

We have a few other tile guys here that will be able to give you a better idea of the installation of the heating mesh----my experience is limited with that product.

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