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Unread 05-24-2016, 01:18 PM   #1
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Saltillo tile drivway


I have read in the past forums on Saltillo tile for driveway.
I am wanting to go in this direction, so I must lay tile on concrete?
And do I use same grout as interior?

(I seal the tiles well, 5 coats pre-installation and 5 coats post installation- any other advice)?

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Unread 05-24-2016, 02:11 PM   #2
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I would think you should be OK over a cured, concrete driveway...never having done one, myself.

The grout should be a sanded grout....interior might be alright but I recall the Saltillo, with the typical wide joints, needs a special, concrete-heavy grout.

Hopefully, some others can chime in on this.....

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Unread 05-25-2016, 10:25 AM   #3
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Thanks, Hoping to hear from others.
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Unread 05-25-2016, 03:22 PM   #4
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Saltillo on Driveway

We are in the heart of Saltillo world here in San Antonio Texas. I have set thousands of feet of this material. Some things to think about before installing Saltillo. First it is a soft clay. Because of its softness it will wear from the weight of tires and vehicles. It is porous even when sealed. Efflorescence can occur and turn the tiles white under the sealer. This is caused from moisture from rain and sprinkler systems. Also i do not know where you live, freeze thaw are considerations that need to be thought out carefully. If water gets inside the body of the tile and it freezes, it will literally blow the tiles apart.

Sorry to give you what you may not have wanted to hear, but the facts are necessary. There is a tile that is much denser, D'hanis tile. It is red in color and fired at a much higher temperature and less porous. It will wear well under the conditions. It is about the same price as a decent saltillo. It is made in D'hanis Texas. Look up their website fro more information. Let me know if i can help Sincerely John Cox
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