Indoor tile and outdoor tile differ from each other in two main ways: design and durability. Here’s what we mean by that.
Outdoor tiles often have the appearance of stones, pavement, concrete, decking, or other outdoor elements. But on top of that, the surface of outdoor tile is more textured than indoor tile. This creates a slip-resistant surface that’ll give you, your pets, and your patio furniture traction.
Outdoor tile is also much more durable than indoor tile. They can withstand direct sunlight and harsh weather conditions without getting damaged. So before you start laying tile in your patio, make sure you have outdoor tile. Otherwise, your hard work won’t last very long.
Tips for Choosing the Right Outdoor Tile for Your Home
There are a number of outdoor tiles to choose from, so if you don’t know what to look for, the decision can seem overwhelming. We’ve put together a few tips that’ll help you narrow down the choices and pick the best outdoor tile for your home.
Before you start shopping, make sure you ask yourself these five questions.
- What’s Your Budget?
The first thing you have to think about when buying outdoor tile is your budget. The amount you can afford will limit the selection you can choose from. For example, if you can’t spend more than $12 per square foot of material, things like high-quality natural stone tile will be out of the question. So come up with a budget first and write it down. You’ll be more likely to remember and stick to your budget if you see it in writing.
- Where and How Will You Use Them?
While all outdoor tile can withstand the elements, they aren’t all built the same.
Some outdoor tiles are tougher than others. That means some outdoor tile is prone to scratches, cracks, and other damage. Make sure you get an outdoor tile that can last in your area. You should also think about how you plan to use your tile. Do you plan to use it on a wall? Are you installing in on the ground?
The answer to this question might affect the type of tile you need. Some outdoor tile works better on walls. Other outdoor tile works better when you install it on the ground. Make sure you get the right type for your project.
- What’s the Weather Like in Your Area?
Do you live in an area with mild weather conditions? Do you get snow in the winter? Rain in the spring? Record high heat in the summer?
You should always look for outdoor tile that can handle your specific weather requirements. A tile that can hold up to heat may not do well with snow or ice. If you get a lot of rain, your tile might need an extra grip. Figure out what type of weather your area gets then base your tile search off that.
- How Much Light Do You Get?
Dark tile colors can make a shady area feel dank and gloomy. Similarly, light tile colors can make a sunny area feel washed out. To get the best visual effect, always install light colored tile in places that don’t get a lot of sun. If your patio gets a lot of direct sunlight, use dark tile instead.
- What Is the Current Style and Color of Your Home?
Don’t choose a tile style that’ll clash with the design of the rest of your home.
For example, rustic outdoor tile will look odd and out of place with a sleek, modern home. Find something that’ll complement your style rather than detract from it. You should also think about the color.
Do you want your outdoor tile to match the color of your home? If not, make sure you pick a color that will blend in with the rest of your aesthetics.