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Front Porch Tiles? Advice please!

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Front Porch Tiles? Advice please!

Hi all

I'm looking to re do my front porch which is enclosed by glass (small area before the front door where we keep our shoes). Right now it has adhesive tile (previous homeowner :facepalm :) and I wanted to finish it off properly.

I'm looking to get a contractor to do the job, but wanted to purchase the tiles beforehand, if I spot a sale. Trying to get an idea of what type of tile would be best for this? I considered slate, as I love the look of it, but have been told that it might not be the best decision due to the changes in temperature it would experience from being essentially outside- it would flake off over time.

Any advice from personal experience would be great!
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Nov 19, 2009
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Here is what I covered mine in:

[IMG]http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/1504/porchd.jpg[/IMG]

Techo-Bloc Venetian Series - Shale Grey Color. Cemented in/grouted with Type S block mortar.

It is 1.5" thick so you may have some height issues if you are going from peel and stick tiles. However this is designed for outdoor applications.

http://www.techo-bloc.com/homeowners/in ... ductId=206

Purchased from CAP Brick in Burlington: http://www.capbrick.com/

I think it was around $4.50/sq ft. I installed myself.
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Highbrow71 wrote: Here is what I covered mine in:

[IMG]http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/1504/porchd.jpg[/IMG]

Techo-Bloc Venetian Series - Shale Grey Color. Cemented in/grouted with Type S block mortar.

It is 1.5" thick so you may have some height issues if you are going from peel and stick tiles. However this is designed for outdoor applications.

http://www.techo-bloc.com/homeowners/in ... ductId=206

Purchased from CAP Brick in Burlington: http://www.capbrick.com/

I think it was around $4.50/sq ft. I installed myself.

Very nice and $4.50/sq ft is good price too. Too bad I am not handy enough to do that and does not have the tool to cut it............ Want to find a reliable handyman to do it, wondering how much the labour it would be. If anyone has a good referral, please PM. Thanks

By the way, Highbrow, can I pay you to do mine ? : )
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That looks very nice. Did you put a layer of blueskin underneath? Someone had suggested that if your porch and steps have deteriorated that it may be a good idea to put on a layer for waterproofing purposes.
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rdx wrote: Very nice and $4.50/sq ft is good price too. Too bad I am not handy enough to do that and does not have the tool to cut it............
[IMG]http://www.princessauto.com/components/ ... 400249.jpg[/IMG]

http://www.princessauto.com/workshop/po ... iamond-saw

Thanks. Cuts like butta...even if material is slightly too thick...just hit the cut with a chisel and it breaks right on the line.
rdx wrote: By the way, Highbrow, can I pay you to do mine ? : )
You don't want me doing it: (a) I'm too slow (b) my wife has other jobs lined up for me (guess that's my issue though....so...just refer back to (a))
frugal1 wrote: That looks very nice. Did you put a layer of blueskin underneath? Someone had suggested that if your porch and steps have deteriorated that it may be a good idea to put on a layer for waterproofing purposes.
No the substrate wasn't that bad, and even if it was I don't think the type S would stick to it. I pressure washed it and took off any loose bits of parging. It's all sealed so the substrate isn't going to be exposed to anything. Recommendation was to go right to the concrete base.

I should mention that the vertical pieces are this stuff:

http://www.stoneselex.com/Stones.aspx?S ... astleStone

Morning mist color ($8.50 ish/ sq. ft.) and adhered with King Cultured Stone Mortar. It has an additive that makes it set up faster, but you can't mix large batches if you are working alone.

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