Will slates or tiles installed on outdoor concrete stairs stay throughout freezing cycles? (in Alberta)

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Posted by: from Calgary
6/13/2012 at 11:06:08 AM

To resurface outdoor concrete stairs with slates or tiles in Alberta, any concerns with freezing temperature and durability of the slates or tiles?

Invite right way to do it.

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Ramandeep from Fat Boy Renovation in Regina
Date/Time6/14/2012 at 1:04:36 AM

Yes it will as long as you use the right material's.

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Mark from Arbutus Sundecks in Richmond
Date/Time6/14/2012 at 3:30:14 AM

I run into this problem all the time in Vancouver. The biggest problem that occurs here is having heavy rains then freezing during the night. The water gets below the tile through the grout and freezes thus cracking grout and tiles.

Good grout sealer and proper sloping helps to alieviate this problem. The best solution is a drainage mat by schluter.

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Date/Time6/14/2012 at 10:26:42 AM

Move to Ontario. They should be fine if there on a solid concrete base that doesn't shift with frost. My thoughts. I could be wrong don't quote me on that.

We get -30 temps and applications like this are fine here.

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