How to select tiles for outdoor patios

Updated February 21, 2017

When you have an outdoor living space, you will want it to look its best and function well throughout the year. One way to upgrade the space, such as a patio, is to install floor tiles. Tiles can improve the overall look of your patio and also make it much easier to clean and maintain. Narrow your selection to those tiles that are appropriate for outdoor use in order to make the best choice for your patio.

Check the location rating of the tile before making your selection. Look for tile that is rated for indoor/outdoor use, not just indoor use. These generally include brick, sealed cement, pavers, dense porcelain and clay-based quarry tile.

Pay attention to other ratings. Look for tiles with a hardness rating of either Group IV or Group V and a porosity rating of "Impervious." Group IV is for heavy-traffic areas, while Group V is appropriate for extra heavy-traffic areas. Tiles rated "Impervious" are the best tiles for outdoor use because they are the least absorbent.

Check if the tile has been treated with an abrasive material to make a non-slip surface. This will help keep your family safe when walking on the patio in wet, snowy or icy weather.

Learn about the size options available for the outdoor patio tile. Tile usually can be anywhere from four-by-four inches to 24-by-24 inches. Generally, a smaller patio can be opened up with larger tile, while a large patio can accommodate smaller tile sizes.

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