In this YouTube video, Custom Building Prod looks at top tips for installing exterior tile and stone. There are many things to consider.
Tile balconies have become popular as an extension of interior space. Things like extreme weather, humidity, and other elements need to be considered.
Only the tile that can fully stand up to the elements should be used in outdoor environments. That could be either ceramic, porcelain, or stone, depending on the situation.
The material should have less than 3% porosity level, and in areas where extreme cold or wet exits, that number should be even lower. For any areas that function as outdoor walkways, the material should have a DCOF rating of at least .42 to meet ANSI standards.
Use correct movement joints during installation. All tiles absorb heat from the sun. Sudden cold rain or other sharp weather can cause quick contraction. Movement joints, when properly installed, will prevent cracking of the tile.
Create different plans for installing tiles outside. Water drainage must be considered beforehand so that water flows away from the structure. There must be a minimum pitch and flashing installed that is up to standard building codes. Use high-quality mortar for outdoor installations. Ensure an experienced outdoor tile installer is available to assist.
Protect the installation environment. Keep the temperatures between 50-90 degrees Fareneheight during installation.