Updated: Aug 14, 2019
When building or renovating a home, it is easy to get lost in the whole process of designing and creating the perfect interior. After all, this is where you will spend most of your time. But don't overlook the exterior of your home. The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. In fact, when it comes to resale value, your yard and outdoor surroundings of your home play a big role. Whether it's a lawn or a garden, there is no doubt that improvements to your yard can increase curb appeal and increase the overall value of your home.
One of the more popular ways of transforming yards and gardens is through the use of outdoor tiles. You can use tiles around a pool area or a patio or for pathways, decks, porches, the possibilities are endless. And just like the tiles used indoors, outdoor tiles come in a vast array of colours, textures, styles, and materials. You are bound to find something that suits your tastes.
Many people choose tiles for their outdoor areas because of the durability, ease of maintenance and attractiveness. But there are some things you must take into consideration before you begin your project.
Not all tile materials are suitable for outdoors. Tiles for outdoors must be strong and durable as they will be exposed to the elements of sun, rain, wind etc. As such, these tiles must be much stronger than the regular tiles used on indoor counters and walls, especially if you are tiling an area that sees heavy foot traffic. Some tile materials are very strong and tough and can handle a lot of abuse. Others, like regular ceramic tiles, are much more fragile and easy to scratch, break or develop unsightly cracks. Installing the wrong type of tile will therefore result in damages that may be costly to remove and repair. You can avoid this by ensuring that you select the correct type of tiles in the first place.
The most important thing you must take into account when selecting outdoor tiles is the weather. Some tile materials like stone, marble and travertine are porous and absorb water. These are better suited for warm climates. If you live in an area that floods regularly or if you’re tiling around a pool area, these materials will absorb water and may eventually weaken and crack.
While there are many options on the market, the most popular material for outdoor tiles is porcelain. Porcelain provides the perfect balance between durability and attractiveness. It is perfect for cold and wet weather as it is not as porous as other materials making it less likely to absorb moisture which can lead to the growth of moss, mildew and algae. Porcelain is also perfect for hot climates as it will not fade under direct sunlight and will maintain its vibrancy for many years