The backyard is the closest access to fresh air, greens and open spaces. It is a wonderful place to relax, unwind and spend a quiet or active fun with the family. Everyone dreams of having a breathtaking backyard and it all starts with the choice of appropriate outdoor tile flooring. Just like interior decoration and all other home improvement project, one must consider safety, maintenance and cost alongside preferences on functionality and visual charm.
There are different types of materials for outdoor flooring. Tile, grass, timber and artificial turf are just some of the major options – you may even choose one material or a mix of two or more materials on different parts of the backyard. Transforming the backyard into a personal sanctuary is no easy task. If you prefer to DIY your backyard flooring, you must learn some basic knowledge regarding the range and sizes of external tiles and pavers used for backyard flooring. In most cases, tiles suitable for backyard flooring are made from clay, stone and concrete, with clay tiles as the top option because of it durability.
Other than limitation on tile sizes, your options can be as vast as your creativity. All tiles are not self supporting and require a concrete slab, and this added cost should be considered when installing your outdoor tile flooring. Alternatively, you can use concrete pavers instead of concrete as base support. The prices of natural stone pavers depend on the type of material used. In comparison, volcanic rocks are cheaper than sandstone while concrete pavers are economical and versatile especially when design specifications require coverage on huge floor area.
The versatility of outdoor tile flooring provides numerous possibilities for verandah, courtyard, backyard and retaining wall usage. The choice of backyard floor tiles can be chosen to make smooth transition from other nearby floor space in the house. Should the home owner consider great design as a priority for outdoor tile flooring, options on tile design and final layout must be planned meticulously. If sandstone is the main outdoor tile flooring choice, you must further choose from arkosic, quartzose, and argillaceous sandstone and further cut down your options by color, surface finish and size dimensions.
Finally, you should consider the location of outdoor flooring tiles. Some tiles are salt resistant which makes them an ideal choice for space surrounding the pool area as well as outdoor tile flooring in beach houses. You can also use penetration sealant to make tiles less porous and prevent them from staining. When installing backyard tile flooring, ensure that the choice and preparation of mortar and grout mixture is for outdoor use. This mixture is applied as a layer on top of the concrete on which tiles will be laid. This membrane-like layer provides support that keeps the tiles from cracking and breaking during extreme weather conditions.
Porcelain outdoor tile flooring is another favorite among homeowners, owing to the porcelain’s high quality and moisture-resistant property that makes them the safest outdoor tile flooring during winter and rainy days.
Creating the perfect backyard will not only please you and your family but it will also add value to your home.