Most parts of New Zealand experience frosts, but use of frost-proof tiles alone will not render an exterior tile installation frost-proof. You need a complete tile system.
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If joints between tiles in wet areas aren’t sealed, it is likely there will be problems with moisture or dirt.
Under-tile heating systems are popular in bathrooms to combat cold tiles and provide heating. However, the components must be installed in the correct sequence to keep the system safe and fully waterproof.
Recent media reports have drawn attention to damage from leaking showers. Although tiles may be impervious to water, cement-based grout is not, so the waterproofing in tiled showers is crucial.
Tiles are often used as a wear surface and decorative finish for external waterproof decks. They are bonded directly to a synthetic rubber waterproof membrane system but there are other options.
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Concrete shrinks as it sets and will continue to shrink for at least 12 months after placing, depending on drying conditions. About 50% of the shrinkage occurs within the first 4 months.