Tips for tiling concrete steps

Any tips for tiling over exterior concrete steps? We're planning to use faux Victorian square tiles.

Asked by angie on 9th Oct 2022
Expert Trade Answers
"If the steps are outside then exter quality tiles messy be used together with an exterior tile adhesive. The tiles must be for flooring and anti slip.
If the tile width is less than the step width then the full tile is laid at step front any smaller Infill is laid at the back of the step next to the riser. A very small angle (pitch) to the front may be advisable in order for rainwater to drain off.
In winter this could freeze and become very dangerous.
Trust this helps ..
Answered on 9th Oct 2022 - Member since Oct 2017 - report
"Not really just make sure there is no overlap of the step with the train le as it will definitely make it weak and will eventually break off"
Answered on 9th May 2023 - Member since Apr 2023 - report
"The most important to use external adhesive suitable for different temperature"
Answered on 5th Jul 2024 - Member since Jul 2024 - report
"I would make sure the surface of the steps are level and either fill any large imperfections with concrete or an exterior two part filler. Allow this to cure before tiling. When tiling use an exterior tile adhesive that you mix yourself in a bucket. Mapei make some good products in my opinion and I get this from Screwfix, Wickes or similar. Make sure the adhesive is suitable for the material your tile is made of: ceramic, porcelain, stone etc. Use a spirit level and tile spacers and plan your tiles and cuts before koi mix your adhesive, I.e. arrange the tiles in your desired combination before sticking them to your steps."
Answered on 10th Oct 2022 - Member since May 2019 - report
"Take a picture After lay down the tiles on the steps to do the tuning of the design without glue them and then glue the tiles with a good adhesive following the design you have on the picture."
Answered on 9th Oct 2022 - Member since Dec 2021 - report
"Use fixable adhesive and grout and stainless Steel edging"
Answered on 9th Oct 2022 - Member since May 2021 - report
"porcelain tiles are perhaps the most popular tiles for outdoor steps."
Answered on 25th Oct 2023 - Member since Sep 2023 - report
"It's better to take good glue and not skimp! May everything be fine in the future!"
Answered on 3rd May 2024 - Member since Jan 2022 - report
"yes take your time setting out try to avoid excess cuts"
Answered on 11th Jul 2023 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
"i would defiantly use a crack membrane from the ditra range to seal the concrete before tiling, this will allow for any movement. also use a good flexible adhesive and grout. start from the top down fixing the upstands first leave to set then do the same for the steps. a laser level is a must."
Answered on 17th May 2024 - Member since Jan 2024 - report
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