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Installing Outdoor Tiles

by:Shihui     2020-01-29
The installation of outdoor tiles is roughly the same as the installation of indoor tiles.The main difference is that outdoor tiles may be affected by water accumulation depending on the location.This means it is critical to avoid the air space under the tile.Air space may allow water under the tiles, thereby weakening the adhesion of the tiles and increasing the chance of failure of the tiles.Select the tiles used externally.Popular outdoor tiles include ceramics, porcelain and stones.Although Thinner tiles will work on walls or benches, the patio tiles are thicker and more dense and can handle walking traffic to prevent water absorption.Most outdoor patio tiles are not glazed because the glazed surface may become smooth when wet.The installation of exterior floor tiles requires a solid concrete Foundation;Tiles in other outdoor areas, such as walls, require solid substrates, such as backboards or concrete block walls.Check all surfaces to make sure they are clean and healthy.Check the concrete patio for cracks or broken concrete.Remove any loose concrete and seal all the cracks.Before installation, use concrete cleaning to clean the concrete.Floors must be flat.A floor-Leveling compounds can even have small dents on the surface.If your patio area has a large drop, multiple cracks or is very uneven, you may need to pour a base on the existing concrete.The base floor is a floor-Provides mixed concrete with a flat, solid surface.Before starting to install the tiles, please make sure there are all the necessary tools at hand.The outdoor patio tiles are thicker than the indoor floor tiles, so you need a wet saw to cut the tiles.Plan tile layout to minimize cutting.If you have expansion joints in your existing concrete slab, you need to plan the tile layout so that the tiles do not cover the seams.Instead, align the seam line with the grouting line.If you can\'t avoid tiling on expansion joints, you need to install flexible film on concrete before installing tiles.Setting tiles using the outside-Grade thin mortar, working in a small area at a time to prevent the mortar from drying too early.Apply mortar on the back of concrete and tiles;This prevents air space under the tiles.When you place the tiles in the right position, tap them gently with a rubber mallet to ensure good adhesion.After all tiles are in place, remove any spacers or excess mortar.Cover the floor tiles with plastic cloth for about a day until the mortar is set.This prevents dew or rain from settling between tiles.Apply acrylic grouting sealant on porous tiles.Use the brush to apply the sealer only to the top of the tile.If you plan your tile layout to use an existing concrete expansion joint, insert a seam support rod between tiles along the expansion joint line.Use external-Grade mud mixed with latex-Reinforced grouting additives for grouting ceramic tiles.Clean the excess mud from the tile and allow the mud to set.When the grouting is solidified, but before the grouting is cured, remove the caulking support rod.Fill the space left by the mountain bar with latex caulk and color to match the grouting.Apply the acrylic grouting sealing agent to the solidified grouting.
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