Installing Tile Outside on a Concrete Porch or Patio

The biggest difference between indoor and outdoor tile installations is that outdoors your installation will be subject to mother nature – in other words, the unexpected. For that reason, it’s critical that you properly take into consideration mandatory expansion joints, moisture considerations, and thermal demands. If you don’t, you will encounter failures.

Given how much variation is possible – based on the project, the location and the materials used – this do it yourself or how to section will highlight what you need to consider so you don’t encounter installation issues. You’ll find an explanation and images highlighting the most common failures below.

As always, follow the Manufacturers’ recommendations for all the products you plan to use in exterior tiling projects.

What Can Happen When You Install Tile Outdoors Improperly

When you don’t take into account expansion joints in an outdoor tile installation, disaster can happen! In this section, we share with you examples of what can happen when you install tile outdoors improperly. All of the images below are of real failures.

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Patio Tiles

Tile is the ideal way to make your outdoor living spaces truly special. Whether remodeling an old landscape or creating a new one from scratch, there are so many types of tile and manufacturers that making a final choice can be more difficult than anticipated. This is why it’s important to use a landscape designer who understands tile and can guide you in selecting the right one for your unique set of criteria.

The most commonly used patio tiles are made of unglazed clay. The better fired it is the harder and more dense the result. Red clay is the most common and others of similar character may be made of white, gray and black clay.

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Installing Tile Outside on a Concrete Porch or Patio

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Cost of Outdoor Tile

Every tile project includes its own unique set of conditions that influence cost of construction. Whether it’s a remodel or new construction can have considerable influence on whether there is any surface preparation required prior to laying the tile. In climates that are very wet or where there is winter frost, the quality of the tile and tile setting techniques may require more materials or labor to ensure waterproofing. As always, the ability of the tile setter can also have an influence on the work because a landscape contractor who lays basic quarry tiles may cost far less than a tradesman. For the do-it-yourselfer, pricing may be altered significantly. Find more…

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Tiling tasks & costs There are a few factors that affect the size of your quote for a tiling job if you opt to pay by task. The size of the tile and space can take your floor tiling quote from a budget price of $850 to a premium $3,000. Added extras such as sealing, waterproofing and the preparation of floor bedding are usually included in premium rates so you are getting more for your money.

Kitchen & bathroom tiling – The household bathroom and kitchen are the most likely rooms to be renovated – and more often than not at least one will require tiling to complete the job. The type of room also changes the price with bathrooms fetching a higher price than kitchens. They attract quotes ranging between $800 to $3,000 and $400 to $2,400 respectively.

Feature tiling – For small fiddly jobs like feature tiling and kitchen splashbacks you’ll pay an average of $500-$600. The simpler tasks can cost as little as $150 but if you’re after something a bit fancier you’ll be asked to pay a premium of about $1,600.

Outdoor tiling – Outdoor tiling is the most expensive with quotes usually starting at $1,080 and working their way up to $3,300. Find more…

Outdoor Paving Costs

The cost of pavers is probably going to be your first consideration. When you get retail costs per paver, you’ll find they vary from as low as $3.00 each for a 40mm thick 300X300mm cement paver to $6.00 or more for the same size natural sandstone paver. Find more…

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