Installing outdoor tile is an incredible way to transform any outdoor living space. Tile is durable, affordable, gorgeous, and relatively easy to install. That said, improper installation can cause anything from a disappointing appearance to a rapid deterioration of the tile surface. The result? A whole lot of wasted time, effort, and money. If you want to avoid this fate, read on to learn exactly how to install outdoor tiles on a terrace, courtyard, and more yourself.
Working With Tile
Tile requires the use of special equipment, such as a large and expensive tile saw. Fortunately, these tools can be rented for a reasonable day rate from many home improvement and equipment rental companies. If you’re lucky, you may even have a friend or family member with a tile saw they’re willing to lend you for free. In either case, see if the saw’s owner is willing to give you a demonstration of how to safely and effectively use the tile saw if you haven’t used one before.
Another consideration is the type of base you will be installing the tile onto—the substrate. One of the most common, and easily worked, substrates is a concrete slab, but cement board and similar exterior-grade materials can also be used. The method outlined below assumes you will be working with concrete, but it can be used on most other tile substrates, as well.
When to Install Outdoor Tile
It’s recommended to install outdoor tile when the outside temperature is between 50°F and 100°F. Colder temperatures will increase the cure time and compromise the strength of the mortar and grout holding the tiles in place. Higher temperatures can cause the mortar and grout to cure too quickly, resulting in a poor bond.
Source: The Spruce