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Unread 01-27-2015, 08:03 AM   #1
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Tile On Concrete Garage

Hi Guys, Been a while since ive been on here. Hope all is well. I have a question concerning helping a buddy tile in his garage.
Location: This house is located on the beach in Alabama.
We will be tiling a concrete landing 4ft x 4ft and 5 concrete steps inside the garage leading into the house. Plan is to lay ceramic or porcelain tile. From the looks of the rest of the garage the concrete is fairly smooth. I will know more on area to tile when I pull the carpet that is there now. So a couple questions would be:

What prep method for concrete?
What type of thin set to use?

This looks to be fairly straight forward but if you guys have any other advice comments please share. Thanks for the help.

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Unread 01-27-2015, 08:41 AM   #2
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Otis,

The first thing to do is a water absorption test. When the carpet is gone and the slab scraped, pour some water. Give it 20 minutes to see if it penetrated the slab. Do this in a bunch of spots.

Is this some place where it freezes?
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Houston, yessir I plan on doing the absorption test and it very very seldom freezes there. It will get cold upper 30's - lower 40's at night. But seldom goes below 32deg. I would imagine though however, right now the concrete would be pretty cold. Does this matter?
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We just worry about water infiltrating, expanding and popping off the tiles. Seems like you don't have that problem. Still I'd lean towards a porcelain tile for durability.

Pert near any thinset should work. 4XLT is a personal favorite. Versabond will work too.
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Thanks Houston, I appreciate it. Can Versabond be purchased at one of the box stores?
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Oh and should I scuff the concrete in some manner?
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Welcome back, Otis.

Yes, if your concrete has a slick finish as is common in garage floors, you'll want to mechanically scarify the surface before tiling.

Your concrete is crack free throughout?

My opinion; worth price charged.
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What CX said plus HD sells Versabond. White or grey shouldn't matter.
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I would check the slab for flatness using a straight edge about 8 ft long. Getting the slab flat will make the installation much easier.
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I'd look for something with a good slip resistance for stairs.

Just to clarify, are you tiling just the steps and landing, not the entire garage?
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