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Old 08-12-2011, 02:40 PM   #1
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Sealing glazed ceramic tile

Hello tile experts: We just installed 600 sq ft of glazed ceramic tile for our outdoor patio. Although we were told we didn't have to seal the tile because it is already glazed, I have heard it would be a good idea to protect the color from fading. Can anyone weigh in on this? If I should seal, what sealer should I use? Thanks!
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:55 PM   #2
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Generally, you can't seal a glazed tile - it is essentially glass. You can, however, seal the grout.
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:31 PM   #3
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Sealers won't help protect your tile from fading. However, I don't really think that would be a problem.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:31 PM   #4
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Hi Maferni, Welcome!

You do not want to use a sealer on the glazed tile. Most sealers are impregnating, thus won't enter the glaze that was heated at a high temperature (approx. 2300 degrees F) and melted into a hard dense surface.

It's through this process that offer ceramic tile to be such a wonderful and durable product to be used in interior and exterior applications (depending on manufactures recommendations, climate, and method of installation).

Sealing the grout is always a big plus in my book!
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:57 PM   #5
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Thank you!

Thanks to all of you who responded. My outdoor ceramic tile looks absolutely beautiful and I wanted to make sure I did the right thing. I will seal the grout with a quality sealer as all of you have recommended. Thank you!
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