What Are The Best Types Of Tiles For Outdoor Use?

What Are The Best Types Of Tiles For Outdoor Use?

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the lifestyle of many due to restrictions on their movement and the number of people who can gather in public spaces, many homeowners and their families have rediscovered the sheer joy of simply staying at home and surrounding themselves with family and friends.

This has also meant that you will be taking a long, hard look at your outdoor spaces and undertaking renovations in almost unprecedented numbers – and one of the decisions that many face is which tiles to use for those revitalized outdoor areas.

Porcelain remains one of the most popular choices of tile material. However, if it is used outside care should be taken to select tiles with a matte finish – glossy porcelain tiles can become very slippery when wet. These tiles are tough enough to stand the sometimes demanding outside environment.

Ceramic tiles are also popular. These are more suited for areas that see light traffic as they are not as strong as other types. However, be aware that the ceramic tiles that one commonly sees used on walls are not suitable for flooring. There are thicker types that can be used on floors.

Quarry tiles are made from unglazed clay and are very strong. They are a popular choice for patios and other outdoor areas having been designed for this type of use. However, they do have a limited choice as far as colors are concerned and they do stain easily. That said they are perfect for homeowners who are in search of the popular ‘Mediterranean style’ look.

There are also a number of natural materials that are extremely popular for outdoor use such as slate, granite and limestone.

When planning that outdoor area have a mental picture in mind of what you would like the end result to be. Give us a call and we can help you make that final decision.