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pglc 11-20-2009 02:46 PM

Tiling in cold weather
I have a sunroom 100sq' in area that isn't heated. Temps here in Virginia can get down to 32F. The question is, should I wait until spring to tile or what are the tricks for tiling in cold weather....type grout, thin set, durock or hardibacker what about the effects of cold and hot weather on the flexing? The present floor is tongue and groove wood underfloor is plywood.

Bob Mariani 11-20-2009 04:23 PM

thinset is a type of cement. Cement is comfortable when you are. (50 F to 70 F) So I would recommend you wait. You can add anti-hydro and cover with insulated blankets if you have to. this will allow you to work down to temps of 20F.

pglc 11-20-2009 05:22 PM

Thanks Bob, I'll take your advice and wait until spring. Let me ask this, doing the work in the spring next winter will the tiles contract and possibly crack?

R&D Tile 11-20-2009 06:13 PM

Not if installed correctly and an expansion joint is left around the perimeter of the room.

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