As fall is getting closer and closer, I have looked back at the wonderful summer we have had. This past summer we have received more phone calls about outdoor tile installations then I can remember having in all our previous years combined.
I think a big part of this is the 2cm porcelain tiles that seem to be popping up everywhere. These products look great and seem to be a perfect match for the climate we have in Calgary. The pedestal installation system of these products minimizes the risk of damage due to ice damming and frost heaving, As well these products are exceptionally durable, easy to clean and maintain.
As you can see in the picture above, the tiles are placed on a raised pedestal, allowing an airspace under the tile to allow for moisture movement, running of wires or pipes, or as well to allow for a flooring system that will not penetrate a roofing membrane. There is a large selection of tiles available in this thickness allowing the system to match any kind of style.
These 2cm products are not the only option however for outdoor tile installation. Given the right circumstances and with the proper prep many other porcelain or natural stone tiles can be installed outdoors in Calgary. With products such as Schluter Ditra Drain as well as Duradek Tile Dek we are able to bring the beauty of indoors to your outdoor surfaces. Using thinset and other adhesives, the tile and membranes are bonded directly to the structure. Water is managed both on the surface and in the case of the Ditra Drain product under the flooring materials.
If you are thinking of having outdoor tile installed, feel free to contact us either by email or phone and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have!