Some tiles can be used outside, but it's important to remember that not all tiles are the same, so read labels and tell your tile retailer exactly how you plan to use them. It's also important to remember that some tiles can be used outside but will still crack under freeze-thaw conditions. Although freeze-thaw isn't much of an issue in Florida, it can still happen, albeit infrequently. If you have any concerns, please talk to us when you are shopping for tile flooring in Wellington, FL.
What are indoor-outdoor tiles?
Outdoor tile floors need to be more durable, thicker, and nonporous because they have an issue that even the busiest indoor rooms don't: weather. They contend with sun, heat, rainstorms, and sometimes below freezing temperatures, not to mention bikes and grills that roll over them.
Look for the word "Impervious," which means nonabsorbable. An impervious tile stands up to any weather condition. Vitreous tiles can also be used outside, but they are a little more absorbent, making them water-resistant and not impermeable.
Porcelain: great for outdoor use
A type of ceramic where the composition includes clay, glass, and stone, porcelain is robust and best for heavily trafficked floors both indoors and out. It's made from nonporous clay, making it waterproof, whether or not it's glazed. Porcelain stands up to any weather condition, is available in an almost unlimited number of colors and patterns, and looks and performs well on deck and patio floors or poolside.
Another good choice is the terracotta brick. These are thick, highly durable, and can stand up to weather. They are also porous, but sealing will take care of that.
Whether you’re looking for tile floors for your home, busy office, or some other commercial space, our design consultation experts will help you create the perfect floor with a free quote and a spectacular installation. The Floor Specialists showroom is in Wellington, FL, and we service areas in and around Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Boca Raton.