Practical Advice on Outdoor Tiling
Our gardens are increasingly becoming extensions of our homes, with many of us striving to transform our exteriors into areas that are not only stylish, but long lasting too. When it comes to outdoor tiles in particular, it’s important to take into consideration a range of factors that will make your installation journey a little easier. So, to help you on your way to achieving the perfect practical outdoor space, we have pulled together some useful tips on everything you need to know on outdoor tiling.
How to Choose the Right Material for your Outdoor Tiles
Using tiles across your exterior surfaces has blown up in popularity recently and thanks to the advancements in tile production, the range of different styles and finishes is now vast. However, it’s very important to consider the material of the tiles you are going to be using too.
Porcelain paving is one of the most beautiful surface additions that can be implemented into any garden or patio area. With the same aesthetic as natural stone, porcelain can be manufactured to boast characteristics of all different textures – making it a superior choice for both indoor and outdoor installation. They require minimal maintenance and are also slip resistant and easy to clean when both dry and wet. Our collection of porcelain tiles provide an eye-catching yet functional option for even the most minimalist of spaces – creating the perfect look for summer entertaining.
Using the Same Tiles Indoors and Outdoors
When it comes to picking your outdoor tiles, we often recommend unifying your internal and external spaces with the same tile, as it will assist in enhancing the space you have. Whether you’re creating a small courtyard or a large extensive patio area, our collection of indoor and outdoor porcelain tiles will provide a continuous flow across surfaces - promising the perfect underfoot solution for dinner parties, alfresco dining and general relaxation. Our Veined Stone and British Stone collections offer an ideal solution for this look, with the indoor floor tiles measuring a thickness of 9mm alongside coordinating 20mm outdoor versions.
How to Position your Outdoor Tiles
Once you have chosen the materials and the type of tile you are wanting to use, you can then start thinking about how and where you are going to position them. The way you lay your tiles will affect the overall look of your space, so you might want to consider what formations and pattern you would like to create first.
Three of the most popular patterns used are, linear, brickbond and offset brickbond. The more frequently used option is the linear format; this typically works well for all tile shapes and offers a simple and sophisticated finish. For those looking for a more interesting and creative approach, the brickbond and offset brickbond pattern is a more suitable choice and fits perfectly into all size areas – creating a seamless flow of tiles throughout both your external and internal living spaces.
If you’re just looking to update your outside area but still wanting to keep your green grass visible, all of the CTD Tiles designs are extremely quick and easy to install. An ideal option for laying the tiles is by directly placing them on the grass whilst leaving a gap of 4/5cm. This will allow the grass to still grown in between each tile whilst leaving a stunning appeal.
If you’re about to embark on an outside tile renovation journey, we hope our blog has made that venture a little easier. For more inspiration, take a look at our expansive collection of outdoor tiles or read our Guide to Choosing Outdoor Tiles.