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3 things to consider when tiling outdoors


3 things to consider when tiling outdoors

Our outdoor spaces come alive during the summer months. It’s the perfect season to create a special outdoor sanctuary! Think a playful patio, deck, alfresco dining space or even a secret special garden! If you’re thinking about an outdoor makeover, then here are a few key considerations to help you make the most of your space.

Upstone Cloud 300x600mm

Create a balance between indoor and outdoor living

Your outdoor space should be an extension of your indoor style. Outdoor tiles with unique designs and finishes can bring colour and warmth to the outdoors. Outdoor tiles vary in size and thickness to suit many applications. They also allow for a seamless flow from indoor to outdoor.

You could tile an entire area and create a beautiful outdoor living room. Alternatively, choose outdoor tiles loosely laid as pavers on grass, stones or sand. These are both aesthetically pleasing and will enhance your garden and outdoor space.

Outdoor tiles and precautions near water

Modern tiles around a pool are a great option. Quality outdoor tiles are important here and ideal for many profiles for a pool surround and areas in contact with water. Outdoor tiles also require anti-slip properties or anti-slip rating. This is important as people will be walking on them when they are dry and wet. Tiles around a swimming pool are recommended to have an even greater anti-slip rating, as a precautionary measure.

DecoBella | Amazonia Emerald Ethnic 138x138mm

Durability matters

Outdoor tiles often differ from interior tiles as these can withstand the harshest of outdoor elements – such as direct sunlight or frost. Choose outdoor tiles that are designed for hard wearing surfaces. This should guarantee lasting quality. Non-porous porcelain tiles are a great choice for outdoor use as they are often fade-resistant and very durable.

In short, your tile supplier can provide great advice to help you decide on tiles to best fit your specific application. Make sure to ask them about the body make-up of the tile and glazing, and if you need to consider an anti-slip tile surface.

Written by: Mercia loves


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