Don’t forget that winter is coming while enjoying summer sun and fun. When relaxing in the warmth of the summer, we often forget the effects of winter across most of the USA and Canada.
It’s not just the surface material that is affected. The extreme temperature swings and freeze-thaw cycles will also impact other components in the outdoor floor assembly including the underlayment, waterproofing and adhesives. The results will in the end, show themselves in the finished surface.
BETTER THAN Schluter
Of all the questions asked, this topic is at the top of the list. Since porcelain tile manufacturers have advanced manufacturing techniques, designs and finishes, porcelain tiles are a more common consideration for exterior flooring and living spaces including as a substitute for traditional decking, balconies and rooftop terraces. And among this topic, the number one comparison to Outdoor Floor System®'s design and installation technology is to the Schluter system. And how do they compare? Here are the critical differences that contribute to our success in all climate conditions.
- A flexible adhesive for life vs the Schluter rigid bond.
- No entrapped moisture vs the Schluter solid interior style pan to contain moisture.
- A level surface vs the Schluter slopped to interior or perimeter drains.
- Open grout joints vs Schluter traditional grouted joints.
We have stopped counting the number of customer conversations regarding their use of the Schluter system for an exterior porcelain tiled rooftop terrace or balcony and the customers deep disappointment to see, after 3-5 years, tiles popping or cracking along with failing grout. The reasons for the failure are simple. Although Schluter has some proprietary components, the principle installation is the same old school method that does not properly deal with moisture in outdoor spaces. This install method is doomed to fail. It’s just a matter of time.
Outdoor Floor Systems® on the other hand has created the solution that eliminates these issues. Now it’s possible to design for the beauty of summer and relax about the harsh effects of winter.