Is there a certain range of tiles that should be used outdoors?
Outdoor tiles are available in a never-ending variety of materials, however, each type of material is different and may only work in certain spaces. The tiles for outdoor use ranges from porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, travertine tiles, granite tiles, limestone tiles and soapstone tiles to plastic interlocking tiles, deck tiles, rubber tiles, faux paving tiles, concrete tiles, quarry tiles to outdoor carpet tiles. However, when choosing the tiles, just keep in mind that tiles for outdoor use need to be strong enough to withstand weather elements such as heat, rain, snow, hail and strong winds. Does the area where tiles will be installed need extra grip? Do you need a flat space? The style of your space and how much light the area gets.
Porcelain Tiles vs. natural stone?
Flooring tiles are available in a range of material, but of them all, porcelain and natural stone ones the popular choices. However, it is difficult to choose between the two. Here is a comparison chart between the two.
Cost and installation: Porcelain, It is a much more affordable alternative and is easy to install. Natural Stone: It is more expensive and due to uneven surface pre-sealing is needed making installation labour-intensive and costly.
Aesthetic Value: Porcelain is a manufactured product created to mimic the look of natural stone and you can choose from a variety of patterns and colours.
Natural Stone: It has a look that is crafted by nature so every tile is unique, ageless and beautiful. However, there are limitations to the range of colours and patterns.
Water Resistant: Porcelain is virtually water resistant making an ideal choice for use in areas where there is high moisture such as outdoors, kitchen and bathroom. Where Natural Stone is t is porous and moisture sensitive making it susceptible to staining.
Do outdoor tiles need to be sealed?
Tile sealant is used to make tiles look good and protect them for a long term. Sealant prevents dirt from penetrating into the material, making everyday maintenance easier. However, the sealant should preferably be used indoors as they are only partially suitable for outdoor use because the closed film can trap moisture in the material and the coating wears off over a period of time giving a patch appearance which retains water. As the outdoor tiles are subjected to weather elements, the sealant will not be suitable. The other problem with sealant for outdoor tiles is that the tiles will lose its anti-slip properties.