Outdoor tiles can be divided into the floor and wall tiles categories. Although the wall tiles are not generally produced to bear weight due to their purpose of use, the floor tiles, however, have to be designed and manufactured to be weight-bearing and handle heavy loads. In addition, outdoor tiles must be designed to resist adverse weather conditions such as rain snow and frost as well as extreme heat throughout the summer months. And of course, they must also look astatically pleasing. However, the most important performance expectancy from any outdoor tile is the longevity of the tiles used. You should always consider the best suitable product when choosing the tiles for your outdoor spaces, as every installation can be very unique.
Outdoor Tiles Features
Outdoor tiles should always be considered based on your specific area of installation. There are many different types of outdoor tiles made up of different materials, including man-made porcelain, which is often manufactured with anti-slip certification.
- Marble - Very durable and looks fantastic
- Limestone - Many varieties of Limestone available to suit all designs
- Granite - One of the hardest stone ranges for added durability
- Travertine - One of the most popular stone types with loads of character
- Basalt - Small volcanic rocks for freedom of design and patterns
- Porcelain - Manufactured with ant-slip certification for extra safety
Most outdoor tiles are easy to clean, and their surfaces are generally manufactured to a textured finish to ensure they are as slip resistant as possible.
If you are a natural stone person, we have beautiful colours and textures available. Some do prefer porcelain outdoor tiles due to ease of maintenance and durability. You can’t go wrong with either choice, it is a matter of budget and preference.
The main general feature of these tiles is that they are extremely durable and long-lasting by design. If you are a natural stone person, here at Stone Deals, we have beautiful and appealing colours and textures available. Some of our customers do prefer porcelain outdoor tiles due to their ease of maintenance, durability and anti-slip design. But you should be confident in choosing any outdoor tile range as they will all be suitable for external use, so it then becomes a matter of budget and preference.
Here at Stone Deals, we are one of the most competitive outdoor tile suppliers in the UK. Our free samples service can be used through our website for you to view small samples of our products in person. Placing your orders is also a very simple and easy process. If you experience any difficulties, please feel free in contacting our sales team, who are always readily available with no switchboard to go through.
Where Are Outdoor Tiles Used?
Outdoor/external tiles are durable and often made up of weatherproof materials. They are generally used on exterior wall surfaces and floors. In general, outdoor tiles are used in:
- Patio areas. Natural stone and porcelain are commonly used.
- Gardens: As walking paths.
- Swimming pools: The right choice of tiles are important when it comes to swimming pools.
- Balconies & Terraces: Generally thinner porcelain tiles natural stone tiles are preferred as these areas mostly are covered and have less traffic than usual.
The most important factor to be considered when choosing outdoor tiles is the purpose of use and where to use it. For example, a strong, durable natural stone or porcelain tiling may be required in areas with high human traffic areas. In areas where it will be used less often with weather protection, softer tiles may also be used.
You should always consider the amount of traffic that area your new outdoor tiles will be exposed to, based on this information, the most suitable tiles should be chosen to ensure the longevity of the tiles installed is satisfactory to the user. As an example, strong, durable natural stone or porcelain tiles may be required in areas with high human traffic. For areas where tiles will be less exposed to traffic and/or top-covered areas with weather protection, softer tiles can be used.