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Unread 07-29-2002, 09:30 PM   #1
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I'm about ready to install the floor tiles on my covered outdoor porch. I went to The Tile Shop looking for 2-3 inch porcelain tiles. The floor salesman suggested some tiles that aren't porcelain but he said that they will do just fine outdoors. I brought a few home and tested them for moisture absorption by weighing them dry and then soaking them in water overnight. The tiles weight increased by 3.5%. I live in Missouri and freeze/thaw is the rule around here. Is this too much absorption for an outdoor installation?
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Unread 07-30-2002, 06:28 AM   #2
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A porcelain tile has to be less than .5 percent. That makes 3.5 sound like a lot, but are the tiles rated "frostproof"?
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Unread 07-30-2002, 06:48 AM   #3
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The Tile Shop In minnesota is a reputable buisiness.I know the owners and have known them for 17 years(even before they owned the Tile Shop.If a salesman employed by them says its a frostproof tile,you can be assured it is a frostproof tile.they train thier people extensivly.While the tileshop has a superstore feel,do not be fooled into thinking it is a Home depot.They carry top quality product and have quality people in thier employ.
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