Tiles can be utilised outdoors in a range of ways, from outdoor patios and feature walls to garden paths and pool surrounds. Tiles and natural stone are a popular choice to use outdoors because of their versatility, durability and ability to blend with the natural surroundings of your backyard. When choosing which type of tile would best suit your outdoor area, you need to take several things into consideration, including the climate, your existing home design and safety. To learn more, see our blog post on 4 things to consider when choosing outdoor tiles.
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This month, we share the 6 best outdoor tile types for your home:
Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock which can be used in both indoor and outdoor applications. Created from clay and shale, slate has a rough and flaky texture, making this type of natural stone an ideal choice for non slip flooring. Slate is therefore a great choice for an outdoor patio or path which will be exposed to rain and the elements, as it offers more surface grip than other types of natural stone. Slate is also very heat resistant, which is well suited to our often harsh Australian climate. Although durable, slate is porous and easy to scratch, so it needs to be maintained carefully and sealed to prevent damage.
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Porcelain is a type of ceramic tile which has been fired at a higher temperature. This results in a more durable, water-resistant and versatile tile which can be used both inside and outside. Porcelain tiles are scratch-resistant and tough, and come in a range of finishes including polished, glazed, natural and bush hammered, which has been texturised using a masonry tool called a bush hammer. Some finishes are more slip resistant than others, which needs to be considered when choosing porcelain tiles for outdoor areas. Porcelain tiles are also easy to maintain, making them the perfect choice to use on patios or as pool surrounds.
Want to learn more? Check out our post on 6 reasons to choose porcelain tiles.
Cobblestones are a type of small paver, often used on driveways and paths. Cobblestones come in a wide variety of natural stone types and colours, and can be used throughout the backyard as well as in high traffic areas. The textured finish of cobblestones offers slip resistance and traction on steep outdoor surfaces, and the range of natural stones which can be used as cobblestones means that you can match them to almost any existing design style. Cobblestones are also easy to maintain and durable, and should definitely have a place on your list when choosing your outdoor tiles.
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Stackstone is created from small pieces of cut natural stone, which are stacked together into panels. Stackstone can be made from sandstone, slate, basalt and a range of other natural stones. This means that you will easily be able to find a variety of stackstone to match your desired outdoor design style. Stackstone can be used to create an outdoor feature wall or water feature, and needs to be sealed when installed to preserve the original colour of the stone from the elements.
Find out more about natural stone in our post on 6 reasons to use natural stone in your home.
Travertine is a form of limestone, which includes crystallized minerals from hot springs. Travertine is widely used across flooring, feature walls, pool surrounds, paving and bench tops, prized for its water resistance and durability against heat. Travertine tiles are available in a range of finishes, including honed, polished, brushed, tumbled and filled. If you choose to use travertine outdoors for a garden path or in the pool area, ensure that you select the finish with the highest slip resistance as travertine tiles can be quite slippery when wet. Travertine is also a relatively low maintenance tile option, and comes in shades that will blend nicely with backyards and existing landscaping.
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Like slate, marble is a metamorphic natural stone. Marble tiles are composed of calcite, and come in three finishes including polished, honed and sandblasted. Marble is widely used indoors as floor and wall tiles, as well as for bench tops and vanities. Marble tiles would be ideal to use as a feature or accent wall in your outdoor area. If you would like to use marble tiles for your patio or as pavers, keep in mind that some marble finishes can be very slippery. Marble is a naturally soft stone, and can be easily scratched, so we would recommend not using marble tiles in high traffic areas.
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