Guide to Choosing Outdoor Tiles
Make the most of your outdoor space and turn your garden goals into a reality with our collection of outdoor porcelain tiles. We’ve put together a selection of outdoor tile ideas for everything you need to know about buying for and transforming your external space with porcelain patio tiles.
Why use Outdoor Porcelain Tiles?
You may be wondering what the difference is between using traditional stone or concrete paving slabs and outdoor porcelain tiles. Whilst paving has been the typical choice for many years, outdoor porcelain tiles have grown in popularity over recent years due to their extensive features and benefits.
Features & Benefits
RESISTANCE TO TEMPERATURE & WEATHER CHANGES
RESISTANCE TO STAINING & CHEMICALS
SLIP RESISTANT SURFACE
EASY TO ASSEMBLE & DISASSEMBLE*
EASY TO CLEAN BOTH DRY & WET
*May differ depending on installation option used
Where can you use outdoor porcelain tiles?
Outdoor porcelain paving can be used to create a stunning modern outdoor patio, transform back yards, terraces and courtyards, or to create beautiful pathways and walkways.
Our collection of outdoor porcelain tiles provides an eye-catching yet functional paving option for your garden or outdoor entertaining spaces, for parties, playtime or just general relaxation with a spot of al fresco dining.
What’s your outdoor style?
Whether you have a large spacious garden or a small walled courtyard, your outdoor area should reflect your personal style and be an extension of your home; a place where you can escape, unwind and relax. Use our garden tile ideas to inspire you when planning your space.
Urban Jungle - Consider turning your external space into a lush, jungle like setting with dense foliage, rustic outdoor porcelain tiles such as our aged slate effect Burlington or Minster tiles and brightly painted fencing for the ultimate botanical escape.
Simply Sleek - Create beautifully luxurious outside spaces as seen in hotel terraces and pool areas, using outdoor porcelain tiles such as our contemporary Optimal polished concrete effect tiles, alongside minimalist design schemes, quality lighting and elegant garden furniture for a luxurious garden space.
Indoor to outdoor luxury - Why not extend your indoor living space into your garden with porcelain floor tiles, creating a seamless transition between your house and garden. This popular trend for extending open plan living is perfect for outdoor entertaining and family gatherings. Our Veined Stone and British Stone tile collections offer an ideal solution for this look, with indoor floor tiles measuring a thickness of 9mm, alongside coordinating 20mm outdoor tiles.
Browse through our top porcelain patio ideas below, to help you achieve your desired look.
Consider layout options for your patio area
The way you choose to lay your tiles will affect the overall look of your space, so you may want to consider what garden tiles pattern you would like to create.
A popular option is a linear tile pattern; this typically works well for all tile shapes, offering a simple, uniform look. For a more creative design to add interest to both small and large spaces, opt for an offset brick bond pattern which can be created with most tile shapes, including square and rectangular - perfect for creating a seamless flow of tiles throughout your external living space.
Who can install outdoor tiles?
We highly recommend using an experienced professional tradesperson such as a tiling contractor or garden landscaper to tile outdoor areas, as there are many elements to consider, to ensure the job is done right. If you are considering tackling the project yourself, there are several ways to install outdoor porcelain tiles which you may want to consider.
How to install outdoor porcelain tiles
The standard method of installing outdoor porcelain tiles uses a compacted stone sub base, bedding mortar, slurry and external grout. Download our helpful Outdoor Tiles Installation Guide to find out more.
- Mark out the patio area, then dig at least 150mm depth below the proposed height of the patio.
- Compact the sub base.
- Mix and apply the bedding mortar.
- Prime the outdoor porcelain tiles using slurry.
- Knock down the paving with a rubber mallet to secure.
- Pour outdoor grout over the tile joints using a wet or dry grouting method.
Installation on Gravel
Improve the look of a gravelled area with 20mm external porcelain tiles. Create a sense of luxury using clean white gravel / stone mixed in between Minster black tiles.
- Make sure the surface is compact and level.
- Lay the porcelain tiles in the desired position.
- Tap the tiles with a rubber mallet to eliminate any unevenness.
- Fill the gaps in between each tile with decorative gravel.
Installation on Grass
If you’re looking to create a pathway through your grassy garden area this may be the option for you. Installation on grass can be done in one of two methods:
Option 1: A direct option of laying the tiles directly on the grass and leaving a tile gap of 4 / 5 cm. This will allow the grass to still grow in between each tile. It’s an extremely quick and easy solution with a long lasting result, but will be dependent on soil movement.
Option 2: For greater stability, cover the ground with a 5 cm layer of gravel (4/8 mm diameter) or sand, then dry-lay the tiles on top.
Installation using Pedestals
Another installation option is to use a pedestal system. These are used on terraces, balconies or where under tile access is required and still allows rainwater drainage. With the ability of being stackable and height-adjustable, this is an ideal solution to use on sloped surfaces. The adjustable height starts from 3 mm. Available in-store at CTD Tiles.
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