freeze/thaw: a guide to our frost-resistant tiles

by clé tile | published: Feb 1, 2019

if you are thinking of using tile outdoors you will want to check the temperature. depending on where you live, your location will determine the suitability of a tile. just like plants, not all tiles are frost hardy, in fact, many are not. why? if a tile absorbs too much moisture and the temperature drops, the water can freeze and in doing so expand. this expansion can cause a tile to crack.

the following are a list of tiles we have tested and tag freeze/thaw…hardy enough to stand freezing temperature in outdoor installations:

slate
foundry flats thin brick (except canvas)
penny rounds – yes, this bathroom staple works great outdoors.

outdoor-friendly but not for floors:

modern farmhouse brick
liberty thin brick
watermark

please note: most of the tiles are best supported with an application of sealant to further protect them against the elements. each tile’s material guidelines will provide these details.

have your eye on a different tile for outdoors? just because a tile is not freeze/thaw rated doesn’t mean you can’t use it. it just requires the correct installation applications and freeze/thaw supporting sealants. (most importantly, you need to ensure that no water gets underneath the tile).