Best Tiles for Outdoor Patios and Decks

21st Sep 2020

Best Tiles for Outdoor Patios and Decks

When creating your outdoor oasis, you want the  best tiles for your outdoor patio or deck that you can afford. There are a few different factors to consider when purchasing outdoor tiles to make sure you get great longevity, safety and style.

In this article, we break down everything you need to know to get the best outdoor tiles, then run through some of our favourite tiles.

What to look for when buying outdoor tiles

There are plenty of different types of tile, and outdoor tiles need a little more consideration than interior tiles. Here's what we look for in a solid outdoor tile:

  • Durability: Outdoor tiles have a lot to contend with. They need to be sturdy enough to withstand heavy foot traffic, support outdoor furniture and resist scratching from the elements.
  • Slip resistance: Whether due to rain or being installed near a swimming pool, outdoor tiles have the potential to become very slippery when wet if you don't choose carefully. A grip or Roccia finish adds extra safety underfoot.
  • Appearance: Naturally, you want any part of your house, inside or out. Some tile materials can be limited in appearance, but ultimately what you choose to elevate your outdoor living spaces is a matter of personal preference.
  • Weather resistance: In addition to durability, outdoor elements can have an effect on tiles in other ways: think moss, mould, frost, heat and sun. You need tiles that can tolerate exposure throughout every season, and minimal maintenance in terms of moss and mould means the potential of slipping or damage to the tiles is out of mind.
  • Budget: Finally, every project - home or commercial - has a budget. It's not always realistic to empty your pocket on natural stone like granite tile, so it's important to know what tiles can fit a smaller budget, while still performing in regards to the above criteria.

With all these criteria in mind, it's clear to see that porcelain is often the best choice for outdoor tiles. If you don't know, porcelain is a type of ceramic tile that is extremely hard and dense, meaning it's highly water-resistant, extremely durable and suitable for outdoor use.

Further, porcelain tiles are available in a variety of colours, styles and sizes. They're extremely nonporous, meaning they won't grow moss or mould and are highly stain resistant. When it comes to the seasons, porcelain doesn't fade in the sun and outdoor porcelain tiles are considered to be frost-proof.

Our exterior tiles are available in two thicknesses, porcelain pavers which are 20mm thick and suitable for laying on pedestals such as Deck Jacks or gravel foundations and ordinary 10mm thick tiles which should be laid on a concrete base.

At Tile Space we have many ranges with complete indoor and outdoor solutions so that you can create a seamless indoor and outdoor flow with matching tiles inside and out.

5 of our top tiles for outdoor spaces

Featured tile: Kliftile range

Klif is an Italian range that replicates the innate features of the natural Beola stone of Val d’Ossola, used as an ornamental stone since the Roman age. Available in a large rectangular 375x750mm size with a matching indoor option, it’s the perfect tile for creating elegant and refined spaces.

Featured tile: Best Industrial Stone tile range

One of our most popular outdoor looks is the Best Industrial Stone Range, a Brazilian stone-look tile with a high variation between pieces for a natural and relaxed look.

Featured tile: Shell White Grip 60

Our Shell range is a well-priced and stylish option inspired by natural sandstone. Available in a Grip finish for slip-resistant outdoor use, or Matt or Semi-Polish finishes for indoor use as a wall or floor tile.

Featured tiles: Nordic Danimarca Grip 45x90

Our Nordic Danimarca Grip has a beautiful warm sandstone look, inspired by Burlington stone. It's also available in a matt finish for indoor use.

Featured tile: Jura Grey 60 20mm Paver

Our Jura Grey Paver featured on The Block NZ terraces in 2019, it's installed here on decking pedestals. Pavers can be a preferred alternative for certain projects, as they're cheaper to install than pouring a concrete slab and then laying tile.

A word on decking pedestals

At Tile Space, we stock the Italian made Deck Jack pedestals from Nurajack, a height-adjustable, self-levelling pedestal for membrane decks or over any stable, non-eroding surface. With a large base and the ability to self-level up to 5%, they are an easy way to create a perfectly level and stable floated tile surface.

Visit the Nurajack website for more information about how to create a tiled deck using Deck Jack.

Looking for more outdoor tile inspiration? Pop into your local showroom to check out the options on offer, or browse our outdoor tiles and ourporcelain pavers here.