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Old 04-15-2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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Is it possible to use slate tiles to cover an outdoor concrete patio. Is slate durable?

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A lot depends on your location--where are you?

Slate is made up if many layers---when subjected to water and freezing the layers often pop apart.

A better choice would be a porcelain tile (perhaps one that looks like slate)

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Look at Daltile Continental Slate or American Olean Highland Ridge. Both are colorbody porcelain tiles that simulate a slate look. Also put down an antifracture membrane before laying the tile. Something like Ditra.
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Slate also tends to be hard and brittle so you need to be sure your surface is level or it will fracture on you. I would be inclined to use a fired ceramic or porcelain rather than stone too.
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If by "slate" you are suggesting the inexpensive slates available at all of the home centers I would recommend against using that product out of doors. In addition to all of the above-mentioned issues, that particular slate product will also contain plenty of iron oxides that will in a short time turn everything orange and rusty. The oxidation will rise to the surface and migrate into all of the stones. Sealing the surface won't help or change anything. That stuff is the pits.
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