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Unread 07-25-2003, 09:53 AM   #1
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Terracotta tile over concrete stoop

I have an old concrete stoop that needs some help. We're thinking of tiling over the concrete with terracotta tiles from Home Depot. Is this a good idea? Any particular tips about the application, adhesive, need to patch concrete, or anything would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks, y'all. Hope
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Unread 07-25-2003, 10:07 AM   #2
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Hi Hope, Glad to have ya.

Don't you think the terracotta tiles might be really slippery when they get wet? Maybe you should consider something like thin bricks that have a little grip to them. Thin bricks can have very abrasive surfaces.

The old concrete needs to be in decent shape . . . no major cracks, for one thing. Tell us about the concrete, and others will be along to comment.
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Welcome to the group Hope (?) Is that your name?

You've found a wonderful group from which to pick brains and search for advice.

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TILE OVER CONCRETE STOOP

The tile is made for outdoor applications, I think. It has a slight "nub" which I hope gives the tile grip. It's not a high glaze tile. The concrete is n relatively good condition. There's a few small spots of surface "corrosion" that I believe the "adhesive" will fill in okay. There are no holes, just the skin of the concrete is off in a few places.
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Hope,

The tile must be rated as frostproof, meaning is doesn't absorb water appreciably. Home Depot usually has this info stamped on their boxes. Use a modified thin set that is rated for outdoors. Versa Bond is sold at Home Depot, for instance.

Do not grout the joint where the vertical face of the stoop goes against the walkway. Either leave that open, or fill it with Silicone.

In the picture below we were able to allow the vertical tiles to go down behind the walkway and still leave an open joint. Many times, however, the joint would be on top of the walkway. It must remain flexible.
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