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Unread 06-01-2017, 02:15 PM   #1
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Tiling Outdoor Walls/Patios

Hey all,

I am currently building a very nice shed with a poured concrete slab foundation and was contemplating putting some tile on the patio around the shed. I have been researching but it seems like it is hard to come by in depth information on tiling outdoors and what is required/recommended.

I have good knowledge on proper tiling techniques and requirements, I did a whole bathroom here....

1. My thoughts are using outdoor rated tile, a ditra uncoupling membrane on my concrete using a high quality modified, a high quality unmodified for tile to ditra, and laticrete epoxy grout. Just not sure if there is other factors I need to consider.

2. I am also thinking about putting on a wood look tile as an accent to the building like this shed...


Only on the side though and not all around the top of the roof. I figure it would be nice to have a durable tile vs having to refinish wood every few years due to the weather and sun. Any recommendations on what a cross section of the wall would detail? Perhaps leaving out the OSB sheathing there and installing kerdi board of a matching thickness to tile onto?
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Unread 06-01-2017, 03:58 PM   #2
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There's a lot of factors when doing an exterior install, especially in a 4 season climate. Best thing to do would be to pick a brand and contact them about the best way to approach this type of install with their products.

Ardex has a new mortar for exterior installs called x90 that looks interesting.
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