Different Types and Benefits of Using Tiles Outside
26th July 2018
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Embracing Outdoor Living

For many, the summer is the best time of the year. The lighter nights mean we will be spending longer outdoors, maybe hosting a BBQ or two so it’s essential to create a real comfy space. Much like you would your living room, after all, you’ll be spending a lot of time out there.

Gardens are no longer seen as just ‘outdoor space’ they are known as extra ‘rooms’ to your house, and the better the room looks, the more part of your home it will become. Gone are the days of plastic foldable tables and chairs, it’s time to step things up a gear with exterior sofas, chairs, loungers and in some cases, even a bar.

There are many ways to create that beautiful, relaxing outside living space, where you can enjoy a cold crisp drink while soaking up the sun. Some might dedicate a corner of the garden, and bring it to life with carefully chosen furniture. However, extending your inside living space outside, is fast becoming a popular choice.

Simply using the same/similar tiled floor on the inside, throughout to the outside living space will give the illusion of a larger room. Especially if you have patio or bi-folding doors that could open. Don’t worry if you don’t have a large garden, it’s how you dress the space that matters.

There are many tile options to choose from depending on what feel you are trying to achieve. You can choose from patterns, plain, wood effect and of course, they all come in a variety of shades and colours.

Let’s talk about the biggest benefits, besides the visual benefits.

  1. The extra-thick 20mm stoneware is hard-wearing and resistant to thermal shock, loads and stresses, making it highly suitable for paving patios and balconies and for laying garden paths and driveways. It can be laid using traditional adhesive, straight onto gravel or dry laid on grass, sand or gravel. Alternatively, a pedestal mounting system is also available to create a suspended external floor space without using adhesive or grout.

  2. Because porcelain can’t absorb moisture like stone does, the tiles are stain, frost and algae resistant and do not require sealing, making the maintenance extremely simple. All this, in addition to the fact that the colour on porcelain tiles cannot fade and therefore remain unchanged over time, means they are a practical alternative to wood and stone in outdoor areas and ideal for the good old British weather.

To book a free garden tile design consultation, or to talk to us about your exterior space click here. To contact us.

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