Porcelain and ceramic tiles used to be considered suitable only for indoor use. For a very long time, this was the case. Although ceramic is resilient to foot traffic, it was vulnerable to water freezing and expanding inside or underneath the tile, which fractured it. However, this has changed thanks to modern methods of designing, manufacturing, and setting ceramic tiles. Now, ceramic and porcelain are both fully viable for outdoor use and are a worthwhile consideration for garden tile ideas.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles have many benefits when compared to concrete or stone alternatives, including designs that allow for greater aesthetic flexibility when used in the garden. The following are some of the benefits of using ceramic tile outdoors in your garden and patio areas.
Top Reasons for Using Porcelain and Ceramic Tiling in Your Garden Space
Simple to Maintain
Ceramic and porcelain are as close to being maintenance-free as any tile can get. The only requirements are replacing the sealant roughly every four years in addition to the regular cleaning any surface needs. If proper grout is used, ceramic or porcelain can be simply hosed off.
Even when ignoring the low maintenance costs, porcelain and ceramic garden tiles are still one of the most cost-effective surfacing options available. In both square footage costs and “dollar per mile” of material, ceramic wins out, with porcelain in a close second.
Easy to Mend
Although strong, even ceramic tile isn't quite invincible. Fortunately, replacement is far simpler than with wood, concrete, or composite stone. A damaged tile is simply removed and replaced.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are only limited by your imagination. You can customize colour and texture to any garden design you wish. Choosing colours to compliment your flowers or patio furniture, or contrasting shades to highlight certain features in the space are just the beginning of the milieu of design possibilities. Whether your dream garden uses muted tones, classical styles, or modern cosmopolitan design, a ceramic or porcelain tile can provide it.
Garden Tiling Ideas
Ceramic and porcelain tiles allow for unparalleled design for your gardening ideas. Here are a few options to consider when imagining your outdoor space:
- Irregular shapes in earth tones lend a natural image to your garden. The grout can be concealed by the use of sod or mulch to further enhance the organic feel.
- Tightly-arranged, sandy tiles can allow for a smooth, subdued appearance that emphasizes nearby greenery.
- Another option is to allow your ceramic garden tile to be a minimalist guide or path through your garden or other landscaping features.
- A truly emboldened look can employ bright, layering colours to frame the garden's overall aesthetic or draw attention to a focal point.
Where to Find Porcelain or Ceramic Tile for Your Patio or Garden
The experts at Centura Tile can work with you to find the perfect ceramic or porcelain tile for your garden design, starting with the Materia D, Purestone, and Time 2.0 technical porcelain lines, available at a Centura Tile dealer near you. As a leader in interior and exterior tiling since 1933, we have the experience, skill, and supply to bring any vision of beauty to life. To learn more about how you can incorporate ceramic and porcelain tiles into your spring garden and patio renovations, contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.