Summer weather is almost here and it’s time to get working on making the exterior of your home look spectacular. Choosing the right flooring, such as outdoor tiles, can transform the look of your backyard by creating a beautiful frame around your garden or by setting up a stunning platform for your patio. Before choosing your outdoor tile, there are several characteristics to look out for. Here are a few of the most important things to consider!
Qualities to Look for in Outdoor Tiles
Strength and Durability
In Canada, the weather can be a bit unpredictable. That’s why it’s important to make sure your tiles can stand up to rain, snow, hot weather, and other conditions prevalent to the area you live in. EVO Landscape Porcelain, Time 2.0, and solid stones like granite, marble, slate, travertine, limestone, and quartzite are great options for this. Tile is one of the most versatile and easy to maintain materials for the outdoors and can withstand a lot of wear and tear from the elements.
Low Water Absorption
Choosing nonporous tiles is a safe bet, especially if you live in an area with lots of rain or cold temperatures that bring snow, hail, and freezing temperatures. Porcelain is a great option that has a very low rate of water absorption. If you choose a tile that can absorb water, when cold temperatures cause freezing, the tile can crack or pop your flooring.
For obvious safety reasons, choose a tile finish that is slip-resistant. This goes especially for tiles around the pool, where people will be walking on wet surfaces. To ensure traction, choose a tile that is slightly abrasive. It may not feel as soft on bare feet, but it prevents slipping when the tile is wet. Purestone is an example of an aesthetically pleasing porcelain tile that offers the option of a slip-resistant surface.
Since it is not recommended to use polished tiles outdoors, unglazed outdoor tile will need to be finished with a high-quality sealant to prevent staining. This will keep the tiles looking their best through all seasons.
Get High-Quality Outdoor Tiles at Centura Tile
Choosing the right outdoor tiles will not only provide you a beautiful, high-quality look to your home’s exterior, but it will also give you a worthy return on investment. If you’re looking for exterior flooring solutions, speak with a representative at Centura Tile. The experts at Centura Tile are trained and equipped to helping you find durable, stain-resistant, climate conscious, low water absorption tile options for your outdoors.
Since 1933, we have been leaders in the flooring and installation sector, and we are trained and equipped to walking you through the renovation process. Just walk through any of our locations and you will see our high-quality product range that includes flooring sheet vinyl, laminate, tile, porcelain, carpet, and more. To learn more about our floor tile options, contact us today.