When it comes to installing a tiled patio, there are plenty of things to consider. No matter how big your patio may be or what your personal taste involves, you should always be mindful of what tile you’re choosing for the space. When deciding on which outdoor patio tiles to use it’s important to choose the right type. Certain tiles are not appropriate for installing outdoors. Also, a durable yet beautiful tile will vastly improve the aesthetic value of your home. Here are some of the questions that need to be answered before installing your patio tiles!
One of the top questions to be asked when installing patio tiles is what type and level of thickness is needed. Given the tile will be installed outdoors the level of thickness and material used can play a major role in their overall durability. The ideal type and thickness of tile for outdoor patios is a 2 cm porcelain tile. This type of tile is durable and is able to withstand subzero temperatures and warm climates without becoming weak or cracking. Porcelain tile is strong and practically maintenance free and doesn’t need to be sealed. 2 cm porcelain tile comes in a variety of colors and can be used for driveways, walkways, patios, pool decks and terraces. These 2 cm porcelain pavers are almost the same as the ones your landscaper typically uses, but they are stain-resistant and extremely durable.
2 cm porcelain tile is able to be dry installed (no adhesives or mortar needed) on grass, gravel and many other types of surfaces which make them reusable and great for any landscaping. A dry install allows you to enhance your backyard with a custom layout while providing a solution for drainage. Laying 2 cm porcelain pavers with wide open joints not only allows water to run off the tile surface, but also allows you to be creative with your design.
Of course, these porcelain pavers can also be installed with traditional setting materials on top of a secure support layer, such as concrete. As far as laying materials go for an outdoor install, you want to be sure that you use a quality polymer modified thin-set to lay your tile. An excellent product for exterior use would be our Laticrete 254 Platinum thin set, which is rated for exterior use. It will not be affected by the freeze-thaw cycle that happens here in the Northeast, so it is recommended to use this thin-set or a similar product. A really good exterior grout is the Laticrete Permacolor grout. Basically, it is a cutting-edge, cement-based grout, great for outdoors, and also can minimize the occurrence of efflorescence, which is discoloration of your grout.
Lastly, you need to take the time to consider the color of your home and decor. This is because the color of your home will either complement or clash with the patio tile you select. Luckily, there is plenty of room to be creative in terms of choosing the proper color schemes that will look great with your home and your outdoor tile. Rather than simply leaving it to chance, take the time to research which colors or patterns will work best with the aesthetic of your home. If you already have tile installed in other rooms of your home, consider a similar tile style and color. If your patio is in close proximity to your kitchen, matching the floor tile as closely as possible will add continuity to your home design.
If you are having difficulties deciding on which tile color would best match the style of your home, check out our free design services. You can schedule an appointment today or test out our room visualizers to get a sense of the type of tile you would prefer.
If you are interested in having exterior tiles installed, we’re here to help. Here at Standard Tile, we offer a variety of tile for any style of patio you may be designing or upgrading. At the hands of our seasoned team of professionals, your patio tiles will totally transform the look and feel of your outdoor space. If you’re ready to purchase premium-quality tile for an outside patio, contact us today or visit one of our six showrooms!