It is always a challenging thing to schedule the installation of tile under ideal conditions. Delays can come in many guises. With cold weather upon us, there are some extra concerns to factor into your tile installation:
The location of your project is a major factor in the selection of all the materials used to create a long-lasting tiled space. Will your tile be set inside or outside? Will your project be a decorative wall accent or designed to handle lots of foot traffic? Each location and intended use will have different environmental factors affecting the complete tile-laying process.
2. Environmental Factors.
Temperature. Wind. Humidity. Daily weather. These are all very important environmental factors that have been tested on every product you will decide to use in your tile project. These are also affected by location. In colder weather, they can cause the ground to freeze and thaw, and can affect each phase of your outdoor project. Interior projects may face similar challenges, but may differ if they are a remodel or renovation versus being installed in a new construction. Though less susceptible to drastic changes in outer environs, interior projects are still suspect to the effects of changes in temperature and humidity.
3. Tile selection
Stone. Marble. Porcelain. Ceramic. Travertine. With so many options, the tile experts will be familiar with the recommended porosity levels and frost resistance for cold weather installation for each tile type, as well as the specifications of each kind of tile. They will help you select the best tile for your project, functionality, and your personal style.
4. Sub-Surface Preparation
Like any major installing project, you need to prepare the area for the tile. When it comes to laying tile, you need to inspect your sub-surface carefully. Cracks will need to be isolated and waterproofed. Exterior projects abutting a building will require proper slope to direct water drainage away.
The best mortars for cold weather installation combine bond strength with flexibility. This allows the bonding to adjust with moisture changes that can lead to shifts in the substrate surface.
Cold weather can lengthen various portions of your tile project, from curing time to foot traffic. Every product selected for your project has been tested by its manufacturers for ideal working conditions, as well as providing an ideal temperature range for maximum effectiveness.
The experts at Melcer Tile can guide you in selecting the best tile and tile products for your winter tile installation project.