Question by  Tate20 (15)

What are the steps involved in placing patio slate tile over concrete?

I would like to redo my concrete patio with slate and need directions on how to do it.


Answer by  scott96 (113)

Start with measuring the area and ordering enough slate and add a waste factor, colors can change with different shipments. Clean loose particles from the concrete. Choose your pattern and layout before spreading thinset across the concrete with a trowel, notched side down. Place your slate and move around with downward force. Repeat. Clean. Grout after slate is set.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

The smartest way to do it would be talk to a professional and tell them you want to do this DIY and they will be able to tell you everything you need to know they may even have pamphlets they can give to you.


Answer by  kennethjgoodson (4903)

The best thing to do is to make sure the concrete is clean and dry and then you can get a grout that is made for concrete and it'll hold.


Answer by  mannersandsuch (1796)

Prepping the surface is going to be the most important part. You will most likely have to use a gritty grout to make sure the tiles adhere to the concrete.


Answer by  bash (1026)

Do it over the existing surface. Check that the surface is in level. Make a cement slurry mixed with australian glue, apply over the surface, lay the patioslate over it.


Answer by  les59 (852)

If the concrete steps are already in place, you'll have to buy the patio slate and mortar them into place. It's realatively simple, but get a permit.

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