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How to Choose the Best Outdoor Tile

How to Choose the Best Outdoor Tile

There are many durable and low maintenance tiles that are perfect for outdoor flooring.

There are so many types of outdoor tiles that come in a variety of styles and colors, that it is impossible to resist beautifying your outdoor spaces with quality tile. From porcelain and quarry tiles to flamed granite and slate – there are endless possibilities for outdoor tiling in both commercial and residential settings.

Outdoor tile is made specifically for flooring in outdoor areas that are exposed to the environment. Outdoor tile offers easy installation and is able to withstand extreme temperature changes, making the possibilities of outdoor tile design endless. With so many types of outdoor tile to choose from, it is easy to transform any outdoor space into an oasis.

Like any tile, outdoor tiles come in different styles meant for different types of installation. Before choosing an outdoor tile, it is important to consult a tile expert to find the right tile to suit your needs and decide what outdoor tile is right for your project.

It should go without saying that you must choose tiles that are manufactured specifically for outdoor installation. You should also consider the following when deciding which outdoor tile is going to be right for your project:

  • Look for Durable Outdoor Tiles: When planning an outdoor tile installation, it is imperative that you choose a type that can stand up to the elements of nature. For example, some ceramic tile products and slates may be too soft for your project. Typically porcelain tile and solid stone tile, such as granite, are your best option.
  • Look for Low Water Absorption Tiles: These tiles are great, especially if you live in a region like New York, where your tiles will be exposed to freeze/thaw cycles. In this case, you need a low absorption tile that can withstand extreme temperature changes. The problem with water absorption is that if your outdoor tile freezes it can cause cracks and other blemishes. Porcelain, for example, has a very low water absorption rate and is safe for outdoor use.
  • Choose a No-Slip Tile: Tiles can be slippery when wet. That’s why when showers are tiled, they are often done so using small tile with more grout lines, adding additional traction for your feet. Since most outdoor spaces are designed using larger tiles with fewer grout lines, it is important to use an outdoor tile that is slightly abrasive – the additional grit will provide traction when the outdoor tile is wet.