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Discuss Outside Tiling in cold weather.... in the Tiling Forum area at TilersForums.co.uk.

  1. llevram

    llevram Active Member

    Location:
    London
    Morning People, looking for some advance on Tiling outside in this cold weather. Temperatures are not due to go above 5degrees. I know it says on adhesive, 5 degrees and rising.
    Has anyone had first hand experience Tiling in this cold weather? Will the adhesive fail, not set, etc etc

    I’m using ardex x78s.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    It won't set.....
    I once tiled a porch in cold weather and sat there for 5 hours waiting for the rapid set to dry..... In the end I had to make a little tent, shoved my fan heater under it and as soon as I raised the temperature it set....
     
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  3. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    As @Andy Allen@Andy Allen said it won’t set, so if you do have to tile might be best to make a tent and get a heater
     
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  4. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    BELFAST
    As above, it shouldn’t be done unless you warm the area and materials.
     
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  5. Tommythetiler80

    Tommythetiler80 Active Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    In all honesty, I would postpone it if it’s possible.wait til spring when starting to warm again. Do a job once you don’t want come backs.
     
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  6. ttt tiling

    ttt tiling Professional Tiler

    Location:
    brackley
    Fast set will dry in around 12 hours ,
    Even in freezing conditions , will also set under water , just allow extra time according to conditions
     
  7. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    BELFAST
    I have to disagree. I had a lengthy discussion with Ardex regarding this and they said it may harden but it won’t ‘stick’
    I challenged them on how they tile in countries with extreme temperatures such as Norway or Saudi etc and they said that in a cold climate you have to create a warm environment and also bring all materials up to temp as well and the opposite is the same for hot climates. The chemical reaction required to cure the adhesives won’t occur outside stated temperature ranges. They can adjust batches for pot life and open time but that’s as far as it goes.
    I’m not qualified enough to argue with German engineering and chemists so I’ll take their word for it.
     
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  8. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Caerphilly
  9. llevram

    llevram Active Member

    Location:
    London
    Thanks for the advice people
     
  10. Plan Tec Tiling

    Plan Tec Tiling Administrator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Wimborne, Dorset
    Test time!!!
     
  11. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Go on then....... If you all chip in, and send me some where sunny for a week, I'll test it..... :)
     
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  12. pdc

    pdc Speling & grammer specialyst Professional Tiler

    ....save yourselves money, I'll do the hot bit;)


    (Nice try Andy)
     
  13. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Needs to be tested by a tiler...
    Not by...
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    :):):)
     
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