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