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Old 08-12-2011, 09:25 AM   #1
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hello - i am planning to put slate tile over my concrete patio. the patio measures about 20 x 10 and is one solid slab (no joints). it appears to be in good condition. no cracks that i can see. i've seen several programs on tv where they lay slate over concrete and most just adhere it to the concrete but a coupole use ditra. i'm wondering if the ditra is necessary. my house is in eastern PA so there will be rain and snow (mainly along the edges since it is covered. don't want to do all this work and have it crack by the spring. in one program ( I think it was curb appeal) i watched they laid a slate walkway (completely exposed ) in minnesota and didn't uses anything underneath and then on yard crashers they did in one episode and not in another -- so all these different shows make it confusing. i do know that i have to use flexbond outside - just wondering about the ditra. thanks!!!

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Where is the slate coming from?

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i got it from home depot -- looks like it comes from india
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Big mistake using it out side.

That slate is full of iron and will oxidize in a short time and ruin everything in sight.

Take it back and buy some porcelain tile that looks like slate.
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