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sethc 01-22-2008 03:59 PM

outdoor tile
I am redoing my front porch and I allready replaced all the wood what kind f tile can I use outside in all temps and it would get wet

mike costello 01-22-2008 04:05 PM


sethc 01-22-2008 04:08 PM

what type of grout

JazMan 01-22-2008 08:27 PM

Porcelain and quarry are fine. Best selections in porcelain. But, there's more to it than simply which tile or grout. You first have to have a slopped surface and an adequate framing structure. Enough plywood subfloor and a CBU made for outdoors and probably a membrane over that too.

You can start by telling us where this porch is located and answering the questions above.


sethc 01-23-2008 07:46 AM

the porch is pitched plenty and is allready water tight i was going to put down durarock then tile I just dont want anything to crack

JazMan 01-23-2008 09:51 AM

OK, I don't know what "pitched plenty" equals. You now say it's water tight, yet before you said it's a porch and is subject to all temps and will get wet. That doesn't jive.

Installing Durock isn't going to make it waterproof. You'll need to protect the plywood and the framing from moisture. Speaking of framing, can you describe how it's built and the type and thickness of the subfloor you're planning to install? How high off the ground is it? Is it well ventilated etc.


sethc 01-23-2008 01:35 PM

the structure is very strong i fixed all the beams and put down 3/4" plywood the put down tar paper the pitch is about 1/4" per foot sameas it has been for 80 years it is water tight so no water will hit plywood

so-elitecrete 01-24-2008 09:13 PM

can't imagine anyone,,,
installing tile outdoors UNLESS there's no absolute danger of freezing temps,,, we won't even do it in ga/sc,,, unless yours is much different than most others, if its outside when it rains, it'll get wet,,, if it snows, it'll turn white, too.

others may differ but that's my story & i'm stickin' to it.

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