For a long time, when people talked about porcelain tile, they were referring to something mainly used for interior design. But recently, porcelain tile has begun to move outdoors, making a name for itself as a workable hardscaping material.
In this blog post, we’ll look at the benefits of working with outdoor porcelain tile and discuss the best way to add it to your outdoor landscape.
The benefits of porcelain tile
We’ve seen some people use the terms “porcelain tile” and “ceramic tile” interchangeably, but it’s important to recognize that they’re not the same material.
While both porcelain and ceramic have similar raw material composition, porcelain is fashioned from a more refined clay, compressed at stronger levels, and cooked at a higher temperature, making it denser and more durable.
Some of the benefits of porcelain tile include:
- Durable, resistant to scratching, stains, fading
- High load-bearing strength, making it good for patios and other surfaces that see a lot of foot traffic
- Wide range of styles, colors, and finishes, including wood, marble and stone
- Nearly impervious surface, resistant to mold and moisture and weather damage
- They’re easy to maintain and clean. And you won’t see that white, powdery build-up you’d get from concrete tiles (otherwise known as “efflorescence”).
However, like any hardscaping installation, porcelain tiles will only serve you well when they’re properly installed. Start by:
1. Making sure you have the right tile
There are different grades of outdoor porcelain tile, so make sure you’re purchasing a tile variety designed for outdoor use. Check with your supplier or the manufacturer before you buy. You need to make sure you’re working with a tile that can withstand the freeze/thaw cycle outdoors. Many people use porcelain tiles specifically for this reason.
2. Choose the right time of year
Many of the materials you’ll need to install porcelain tiles, such as grout and caulk, won’t work in certain temperatures, whether it’s too hot or too cold.
3. Proper drainage
Tiled patios and walkways should have enough slope to make sure water drains off of them and away from your home. The typical recommended slope is ¼ inches of height difference for each linear foot.
Are you thinking about installing outdoor porcelain tile in your yard? Turn to Woodward Landscape Supply, where we’re proud to carry porcelain from Florida Tile as well as Belgard and EP Henry.
Although porcelain tile is typically imported from southern Europe, Florida Tile is made in the U.S.A. (originally in Florida and now Kentucky). Because it’s produced in America, you’ll avoid paying the prices you would with imported materials while still getting a certified porcelain tile designed for hardscaping.
Contact us today to learn more about our outdoor porcelain tile offerings or visit us at our store in Phoenixville. We’re confident we have a porcelain tile that meets your needs.