7 Questions to Ask about Outdoor Tile
Consider outdoor tile for patio, pool, or outdoor kitchen? Before getting started, answer a few questions to ensure your tile will be well-suited for exterior spaces.
WHERE WILL THE TILE BE INSTALLED?
The surface you intend to install the tile on is another important consideration. Concrete slabs work well if they are even and level, have expansion joints, and are free of cracks. Uneven surfaces can cause grout to crumble. Confirm the substrate is properly prepared before installing tile.
HOW WILL THE SPACE BE USED?
If you expect heavy traffic or plan to place heavy furnishings on your tile, you’ll want a tough, scratch-resistant tile that can withstand a heavy load.
If you place tile on a pool deck or somewhere else where there might be standing water, be sure to select a tile that is rated for such.
Only specific tiles are appropriate for outdoor floor applications, especially if the space is uncovered. Take a look at the specs on tile you are considering to ensure it is a good choice for your application.
WHAT’S YOUR CLIMATE?
WHAT’S YOUR SCALE?
Larger scale tiles (more than 12 x 12) are an exciting addition to spacious areas. Big spaces also allow for more design features, as smaller spaces quickly begin to feel too busy.
WHAT’S YOUR DÉCOR STYLE?
It might help to have your designer come up with a CAD representation of what your home might look like with your favorite tile.
WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
You can match the color, or you can complement it, but keeping an awareness of the other colors in your exterior space is key to outdoor tile for patio a success