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Old 11-17-2013, 11:13 PM   #1
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I Have a small cottage that is 2 storey, on the top floor entrance way I would like to use a combination of hardwood and porcelain tile, however I have been told that ANY tile, ceramic, marble, slate or porcelain will crack if the building isn't heated year round. I have had others tell me that depending on which tiles, and what grout you use it CAN be done?

The room is only about 20 x 6 (120 sq ft) and I still have to carve a hole for a staircase out of that, so, I don't mind having to spend a little extra for a special grout or tile since it's such a small area.

ANY input or suggestions are appreciated!

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There is plenty of tile which is installed outdoors where temperatures drop below freezing.

I have some bakeware which I regularly bake with and also freeze stuff in it.

I would be more concerned with a wood floor getting extremely dry with heat and NO HUMIDIFIER than with a low temperature and some natural humidity.

In conclusion, the concern about tile and freezing temps is unfounded.

A porcelain tile will be best in any condition and a urethane grout will have a bit of flexibility.

Now, lets talk about the belly of the space shuttles...
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I "get" the space shuttle comparison, but, the tiles on the shuttle aren't grouted in place I didn't think? I was told there where held in place with an expandable composite, not "grout"

Hey, when I said I didn't mind spending "A little extra money" I didn't mean it could afford the tiles off the shuttle!! Ha Ha

Do you think I should leave a small gap between the hardwood and the tile? I wondered if the wood might expand and contract differently than the tile, and could "push" on the tile and crack it?

It's all new to me so I sure appreciate the info, and please keep it coming, Thanks!
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You sure want to leave a space between the wood and the tile. They will probably spec 1/2" or 3/4" and most people leave 1/4".

Leave as much as you can cover with your trim.
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