I am planning to put tile over the cement floor in a covered screened in
porch. The area is covered, but only screened in, therefore it is exposed,
somewhat to elements eg. snow, rain, and freeze thaw cycles (I live in
Wisconsin). I realize that I must purchase certain tiles rated for outdoor
freeze cycles, but do any of you have any other pointers, such as to
thinset, and grout etc? Any other special outdoor installation
You want porcelain tile with its near-zero water absorbtion. Dunno what
you mean by "rated for outdoor".
Does the floor birdbath now when it rains? If so, you will have problems
with any tile unless remediated.
Is there any disadvantage to porcelain, such as being more fragile? I have
read that all tile boxes are stamped with a rating of the amount /degree of
freeze thaw cycles they have been tested for. I will definitely check for
any standing water points. Thanks for the tips.
No. Porcelain is harder and stronger. Narrow scrsps (the size of a
pencil) can be hard to snap in your hand. The disadvantage is
(potentially) the cost, since it is fired longer.
It would seem that freezing is something they either take or don't, based
on water absorption.
Most of the tile at Home Depot or Lowes doesn't have proper technical
ratings like WA. Some of it does, and whether it does or not seems to have
no correspondence to its cost.
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