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Moisture Control and Waterproofing in Wet Environments - Top 5 Tips for Tile Installation



Tiled steam showers, steam rooms and other indoor areas subject to moisture vapor require different installation considerations.

In this edition of CUSTOM's Top 5 Tips, we explore the things every tile installation professional, contractor, designer, specifier, architect and homeowner needs to consider. Not all waterproofing membranes and tiles are suitable for all environments so it is critical that you understand the differences before starting on a residential or commercial project to ensure the project's long-term success and to keep moisture where it belongs!

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Extreme Conditions Grouting

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Is every tile project installed in ideal weather conditions?  Probably not.  For the best results, grout should be installed when the temperature is between 50°F and 100°F with controlled humidity and wind, after the bonding mortar has properly cured. 

Read our technical bulletin on Extreme Weather Grouting for tips and things to consider when conditions are less than ideal.

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White Paper: Extreme Weather Tiling

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Setting tile in adverse or even severe weather conditions presents unique challenges.  The key to a successful project is preparation.

CUSTOM's Technical Services team provides guidance for setting tile when the weather does not cooperate. While these extreme conditions are usually experienced on exterior installation projects, the recommendations also apply to work inside buildings  that lack climate control.

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Top 5 Tips Video: Exterior Tiling



Exterior tile installation presents unique challenges for tile contractors and design professionals.  Tile selection, mortar selection and waterproofing membrane selection is critical to a projects success.

As part of CUSTOM's Top 5 Tips educational video series, Sr. Director of Technical Services Mike Micalizzi discusses the most critical things you need to consider.

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