Patio Tiles

Find out all you need to know about patio tiles, plus browse great pictures for inspiration.

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Beautiful front porch with beige furniture, white seating, tiled patio floor, and stone step frame leading to sunroom.

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Whether you're remodeling your existing outdoor space or installing a brand new patio, you'll have almost countless options to peruse when it comes to patio tiles. Keeping a few key considerations in mind will help you determine which style is right for you.

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HGTV Urban Oasis 2012: Bali-Inspired Terrace

White wicker outdoor furniture keeps the feel crisp and contemporary on this balcony terrace from the 2012 HGTV Urban Oasis home in Miami. Glass walls enclose the space without hindering the city and water views. The 8-foot terrace is generous enough to accommodate a small party of guests. Bali-inspired furnishings comprise a cozy seating area. The poly resin "vine"-wrapped, ebonized lounge chairs and side table were chosen for their style and durability. An oversized chaise, upholstered in all-weather fabric, provides the ideal sunbather's perch. A silkscreened pillow pays a subtle nod to sea life and serves up the needed dose of color. Live palms and greenery, planted in aluminum urns, soften the design of the seating area and provide an organic focal point.

Photo By: Eric Perry

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Photo courtesy of Westover; Photography by Rich Pomerantz

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Beautiful front porch with beige furniture, white seating, tiled patio floor, and stone step frame leading to sunroom.

Photo By: Bruce Shippee

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Prarie Style Home Patio

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Photo courtesy of Westover; Photography by Rich Pomerantz

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Photo By: Scott Mayoral

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Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

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Photo courtesy of Joanne Kostecky

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Veranda and living room with sliding glass door wall leading outside to this white furniture and table design under an awning.

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Photo By: HEAD Productions

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Photo courtesy of Marrokal Design and Remodeling

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Photo courtesy of Joanne Kostecky

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The most common type of patio tile is made of unglazed clay. If it's been fired correctly, this type of tile will be harder and denser as a result. Red clay is most commonly used for this type of tile, though white, gray and black clay can also be used.

Glazed tiles can be used as accents to an unglazed clay patio, around the edges or in patterns within the unglazed tiles.

Another consideration for patio tile is whether or not your surface is covered. If it is, you may be able to get away with a slightly less durable tile, but if it's going to be exposed to the elements, durability should be your first priority.

Speaking of durability, traffic is a big question. If you're going to have a lot, you may want to consider concrete, cement or other stone tiles, which are extremely durable.

Particularly if you live in a wet climate, be sure to ask about slippage and test any tile that might seem slippery. Even glazed versions can have granular sand added to them to make them less slippery. Similarly, if your tile will be exposed to pool water, it should be chosen to withstand chemicals like chlorine and acids used to maintain pool water quality.

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