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How can you tell??
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robertapros
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Posted: September 3, 2008 7:12 PM

Can someone tell me what characteristic of certain tiles makes them fail during freeze/thaw cycles?
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MichaelPrachniak
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Posted: September 3, 2008 9:22 PM

RE: How can you tell??
The simple answer is porosity. It is the tiny little holes into which water seeps and later freezes. The water expands as it freezes and POP, you have a broken tile. Therefore, it is imperative that you buy a tile rated for freeze-thaw zones if your tile will be exposed to such conditions.
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MichaelPrachniak
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Posted: May 1, 2009 6:56 PM

RE: How can you tell??
Among the best kinds of tile to use for freeze/thaw zones is porcelain tile, due to the low porosity and high-density body. Still, check with the manufacturer to be sure.
Michael Prachniak - Expert Tile and Stone Consultant and Writer, Owner - TileProductions.com
 
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