What are my options for tiling or paving a concrete porch? I'd like
to cover it in something like quarry tile but am wondering how it will
hold up to the weather. There's no overhead cover and it would be
exposed year round. Is there a thin brick-like paver which could be
used? I'm in Virginia near DC and am wondering if moderate winters
would be bad enough to cause problems.
Quarry tile - *real* quarry tile - resists just about anything. There are
also thin brick veneer, it would work too. As would just about any tile.
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No, most tile has significant water absorption that will stain and not
stand up to freeze/thaw cycles. You need near-zero WA, such as porcelain.
Also problems with hollow areas in the thinset holding water and freezing,
popping off tiles.
That's what I'm concerned about, the freeze-thaw cycle and how likley
the tiles are to stay once put on. I'm not sure if this is as
workable as I'd like it to be...
Would the thin brick pavers (put on I assume with mortar) be the
Is the WA an issue in the material (brick shold be OK) if the bonding
adhesive is secure? The brick, even thin brick, should be durable
and it seems the concern is in getting it properly fastened to the
underlying concrete. I'd wonder about the water in the mortar joints
coming loose over time though but am sure that can be remedied, perhaps
with a sealer.
On 9 Aug 2004 05:56:01 -0700, email@example.com (ILYNat) wrote:
Also check with a local tile distributor. They will know what holds
up in your area and be able to show you a wide variety of options.
In general, the DC area is okay with porcelain tile and properly
sealed quarry tiles. A proper bond with the mortar is essential.
An alternative would be a coated or stamped concrete, and brick
patterns are available that hold up to freeze/thaw cycles as well as
your porch has so far.
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