How to Use Vinyl Tiles Outside

Updated May 05, 2018

Modern-day vinyl products are sturdy, attractive and durable, and they have a variety of uses beyond covering a kitchen or bathroom floor. Today's vinyl tiles are relatively inexpensive, making them an attractive option for a variety of outdoor uses. Vinyl tiles typically come in 12" x 12" squares and have adhesive already applied to the back. All you need to do to install the tile is to clean your surface of all dust, dirt or grease, peel the protective film from the back, and lay it on the surface to be covered. With a little creativity, you're sure to find numerous practical ways to use vinyl tiles outside.

Cover up plain concrete slab patios and entryways with decorative, self-adhesive vinyl tiles. Many of today's vinyl tile styles are made to resemble cobblestone, marble, granite and ceramic tiles.

Create an easy-to-clean vinyl-tiled outdoor play area for kids around sandboxes or play structures.

Build an easy-to-clean dog run using vinyl tile. Vinyl is easy to hose off and sturdy enough to hold up to roughhousing dog play.

Cover a garage, carport or walkout basement floor with vinyl tile. Vinyl cleans up much more easily than concrete and provides a decorative element to your outdoor living and working spaces.

Cover an outdoor table with vinyl tile for easy cleanup and long-term durability.

Place vinyl tile in areas that are prone to drips and spills, like under gardening tables and barbecue grills.

Install vinyl tile inside gardening and storage sheds. The coating on vinyl tile will keep tools from scratching against hard concrete surfaces.


Sun can fade the colour of vinyl tile, so keep this in mind when selecting your tile colours and when choosing outdoor areas to cover. Extreme temperatures can melt the adhesive on vinyl tiles, so consider your area's hottest temperatures prior to installation. Consult the vinyl tile manufacturer's guidelines to learn more about appropriate heat parameters.


Use caution in cutting vinyl. Always position your vinyl tile on a stable, flat surface and carefully mark your cut lines prior to cutting your tile. Vinyl tile can become slippery when wet. Use caution when installing around areas such as swimming pools or in areas prone to standing water.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinyl tile
  • Linoleum knife
  • Measuring tape
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Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.