Tips on choosing the right outdoor tiles for your garden

Claire Small
Authored by Claire Small
Posted Thursday, December 24, 2020 - 12:44pm

If you own your own home, you may have entertained thoughts of redoing your patio into a stylish, welcoming space. Like lots of people, you want a patio that can entertain guests, be a relaxing space to enjoy some downtime, and to enhance the look of your home. A great way to get a little closer to achieving your dream patio look is to choose the right outdoor tile- picking the right outdoor tile can make all the difference between a bare house front and your fresh new patio. Checking out the selection at Bedrosians Tile & Marble is a great place to start your patio reinvention journey.

Outdoor VS indoor tiles: What’s the difference?

Before we jump into buying outdoor tiles, it’s important to note the differences between outdoor and indoor tiles. Choosing an outdoor tile is a little different from its indoor counterpart. Outdoor tiles, as a rule, often are made to look like natural pavements such as stones, limestone, travertine, sandstone, and outdoor surfaces like decking, pavement or concrete. This more rugged look will also mean that the outdoor tile is much more textured and rough than indoor tiles, both to enhance its appearance and to create a non-slip surface to keep you and your family safe as you walk on it.

As well as this, outdoor tiles are built to be more durable and weather resistant than indoor tiles. You can choose to cover your patio in outdoor tiles without having to worry about seasonal damage. 

For all these reasons, homeowners looking for a change to their patios will usually be advised to use outdoor tiles instead of indoor. Whichever outdoor tile you choose, don’t forget to take into account factors like the overall look of your home, budget, material preference (which will indicate pattern, shine and color), and what you value more between aesthetics and function.
Choosing an outdoor tile

Now that you know what to look for in an outdoor tile, you should know what to consider when you do start to fix up your patio. 

Foot traffic

Consider the area you will be paving with tile. Will it be in an area with heavy foot traffic, subject to heavy use in a main area of the patio? If so, then you would be wise to pick a heavy duty, durable tile like granite or slate tiles. It is important to consider the amount of wear your tiles will experience, so that your hard work tiling your patio doesn’t go to waste when the tiles degrade after much less time than they should. The location of your tiles matters: choose a good, durable tile for a heavy foot traffic area

  1. Budget 

Before anything else, you should consider how much you’re willing to spend. The amount you are willing to spend or can afford will affect the selection of tiles that will be available to you. There are some tiles that are much better quality, like stone or marble, that may be unavailable to you if you are on a tighter budget. On the other side of this, you should be wary of tiles with prices that seem too good to be true. You may end up spending money on poor quality tiles and regret it down the line.

  1. Aesthetics

It’s important to note the overall look of your home before deciding on a style, color, or material of outdoor tile. If your home is a more modern style, you might not want to choose a rough, rustic tile. Conversely, you should avoid modern or flashy tiles if you want to tile a more natural looking area like a garden or a rustic home.

Now that you know what to look for and how to find your perfect outdoor tile, check out the selection at Bedrosians Tile & Marble. Take your pick from the wide variety of styles available at great prices with quality guaranteed. 


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