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dagwoodoe

09:19AM | 10/18/06
Member Since: 09/27/05
12 lifetime posts
I have another project that I want to start also. I have a concrete porch(painted). I want to know what kind of tile I should/can use? I went to home depot, not much help. And I was also was thinking about the sidewalk. I have seen people have a slate sidewalk. I was wondering can you apply that on top on the concrete.

Tileguybob

03:00PM | 10/18/06
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
Tiling over a painted floor surface is not advisable because the thinset is only sticking to the layer of paint and not the concrete under it. Remove the paint and use a porcelain tile that wont absorb moisture. Especially important if you have freezing weather where freeze/thaw cycle comes into play.

How about ripping out the sidewalk and putting pavers in? Tiling over a sidewalk is tricky if there are expansion joints in the concrete. They cannot be tiled over as any movement wont be tolerated by the tile and it will crack.

Slate could be set over the cement but it depends on what kind. The thin Home Depot stuff shouldnt be used, you would need to get the real big thick slate and set it in a bed of wet cement. Theres a lot more to it, including the cleanup that I'm not all that familiar with. If nobody else responds try going to a cement and block supply yard, they sell the slate and can give you more detailed install instructions.

Starlch34

12:11PM | 10/26/06
Member Since: 08/24/05
25 lifetime posts
I agree, you have to remove the paint first. Then a porcelain, a "real" slate,(not the thin stuff) or even a quarry tile could be used.

Is your porch enclosed? (Meaning it's protected from the elements, yet not from temperatures.) If it is, any of those should be ok to use.If it is NOT roofed,walled, etc, then scratch quarry off of your list. Some are ok, but not all.

You'll also have to make sure you use setting materials & grouts that are freeze/thaw resistant.

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