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Rag Bagger
09-09-2010, 09:15 AM
I am getting ready to tile the floor in our lanai. It is a residential Lanai with nothing but screen so it is exposed to rain and it does get damp and sometimes puddles. I can deal with the puddles with weep holes in the screen frame and the floor has a proper pitch so it drains that won't be an issue.

My question is what tile is good. I have seen tile that I like the looks of at the big box stores that can be about $.70/ square foot. It is ceramic. Has anybody used this less expensive tile in an out door situation? What is the reason for such a cost difference? Some ceramics can be twice that.

I wouldn't think of the floor outlets in TV. They are easily $2.00/sq ft just for the tile. There is one deep discount place in Ocala but the selections were limited. As long as I am on that subject who has tile at a bargain within $50 miles of TV.

2newyorkers
09-09-2010, 10:15 AM
I do not have the experience to advise you on what type of tile to use in your lanai, but I strongly recommend visiting Floor Masters on 301. Make a left from 466 and it is about 2(?) miles down the road on the left side.

Rag Bagger
09-09-2010, 10:35 AM
Thanks for the advice. I think they are the best of the retail outlets. I went to them two years ago and bought 4" stone tiles for our back splash. They were very helpful and priced right for better stone tile.

But about three weeks ago I stopped to discuss the floor tiles and couldn't really get anybodies attention plus they were at least a $1.00/ sq. ft. from the extra left over tiles in the tents.

I probably need to go back and get the salesman I got two years ago, Eddy Bertoloti. He was very helpful and even loaned me a tile saw N/C plus loads of advice. His old card said he is The GM.

samhass
09-09-2010, 10:46 AM
Wouldn't the tile be slippery when wet? I have taken a slide on our kitchen tile when I came in from the pool with wet feet.

Mikitv
09-09-2010, 11:16 AM
I had tile on my Lanai back in Ark that has a lot of heat and rain too. The outdoor tile we had did have a rough texture to it and we didn't have any problems with it being slippery. It was strictly outdoor tile and that may be the difference. We always washed it down with a power washer too. Ark does have a few months of colder weather and still no problems with the tile. IMHO

zummy
09-09-2010, 11:18 AM
I agree tile will be dangerous. Suggest 1" pavers. You can get then for 3.00 sq foot and can be put on concrete laying down 1/4 inch of sand. Lock and load. Just seal them afterward.

Sherman931
09-09-2010, 11:46 AM
When visiting TV my sales rep suggested pavers for the lanai as tile can get real hot if you get sun for any lenght of time.

ijusluvit
09-09-2010, 12:26 PM
For the economy minded, Home Depot and Lowes does carry tile which is not slippery when wet. For in-stock tile, take a bottle of water along and you can actually experiment yourself. Also, there is non-slip sealer on the market. It is specifically designed for smooth stamped concrete around patios and pools. It works.

Carla B
09-09-2010, 02:12 PM
I've been doing some looking on line at tile for the lanai for the same tile that the bldr. put in the house. It is a rather rough texture and slip resistant.

It seems that tile is rated I to IV for wear and durability, one being the poorest. Our tile (rated IV) is $2.07 for 18".

Our condo had really poor tile. It would pit if a fork fell on it.

saratogaman
09-09-2010, 02:22 PM
Four years ago we had our screened lanai tiled by Paradise Floors...still looks fine today, despite all the weather.

Mudder
09-09-2010, 03:18 PM
Make sure it is definitely outdoor tile. A few years ago I had a nasty knee injury due to slightly damp tile. No tennis or golf for 13 months !

Rag Bagger
09-11-2010, 03:13 PM
Thanks for all the comments. Very helpful. The tile I will finally decide on will be non-slip with a texture. Some tiles are like coarse sandpaper and some are just a matt finish. I will try and find something in between. The sealer sounds interesting. I didn't know that was out there.

I have used a non-skid additive for porch and floor enamel that is called shark skin. It definitely eliminates slipping.

Still searching. Thanks all.

Pturner
09-11-2010, 03:21 PM
Thanks for all the comments. Very helpful. The tile I will finally decide on will be non-slip with a texture. Some tiles are like coarse sandpaper and some are just a matt finish. I will try and find something in between. The sealer sounds interesting. I didn't know that was out there.

I have used a non-skid additive for porch and floor enamel that is called shark skin. It definitely eliminates slipping.

Still searching. Thanks all.

Hi Rag ******,
When you get it done, please let us know what you did and how it worked out for you. If you have time, photos would be nice too. :)

DAnder2829
12-19-2011, 10:59 AM
Took at tiling class at Home Depot on Saturday and was told porcelin tile is good because it doesn't crack like ceramic---good for the outdoor elements and not slippery.

annmarie
01-09-2012, 09:41 PM
We had our villa lanai tiled 2 years ago with a beautiful spanish look tile that had a rough sand grit texture but it is slippery when it rains, we got it at Great Lakes Tile store.
the water spray sounds like a very good idea! good luck!