Friday, 15 May 2015

Does your front porch or step need a facelift?

Does your front porch or step need a facelift, tile it.

With the nicer weather it's time to consider some exterior projects like your front porch or step. Most often your front step is a concrete slab with very little character. The current tile selection is very wide spread and contains many products that can be installed outside. We tiled our front step a few years ago and it looks great and is easy to maintain.

Make sure to purchase a porcelain tile with a PEI rating of 5. Stop in for a free in store consultation. We offer professional installation as well. Check out the steps below before starting your exterior project.

Step One: Repair any existing steps or concrete prior to tile installation. If you have any areas where the cracks go completely through the concrete you will need to repair them.

Step Two: To help you with your tile layout or pattern it is recommended to dry lay your tile.

Step Three: Mix the thinset mortar according to the directions specified. Trowel out your mortar and use spacers for a consistent grout joint. Always allow your thinset to cure prior to grouting.

Step Four: Prior to grouting remove all spacers and any excess mortar that may have come through the grout joint. Mix grout to the specified directions and make sure to grout in manageable sections. Let grout set up for approximately 20 minutes (unless otherwise specified) prior to washing. Make sure to rinse your grout sponge repeatedly.

Step Five: Seal all grout joints. If you have chosen to install a natural stone make sure you seal the stone as well. There are various stone sealers available.

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