How to select the right tiles

The vitrified tiles are available in various thickness and finishes. These tiles are used for interior and exterior application depending on the need. The exterior tile have more strength and rigidity as compared to the normal ones, so that they can withstand the extreme climatic conditions of nature like heat, cold, snow or water.

Tips to find the right tile

First and foremost, thing is that the selection of vitrified tile depends on a few basic things like the nature of project, location of application, whether it will have continuous wear and tear or just occasionally. It also depends on the budget of project and the appearance depends on shade of tile, glitter and design.

A few crucial factors must be considered to know the exact requirements for you outdoor tiling project:

  • Location of the renovating space and expected footfall:This factor significantly answers one question “Which material to use?”. Depending upon the position and nature of the area where tiling is to be done, the right material for the tiles can be decided. The strength and sturdy tiles must be used in areas where there will be huge footfalls and high rate of wear and tear whereas the general ones must be used in residential areas.

    The perfect material for the project purely depend on the location where the tiles are going to be applied.

  • Traction and Anti-skid property:Anti-skid or non-slippery tiles are the best for outdoor application. The places like pool decks, patios, porches or outside areas where snow or rainfall is more can be dangerous for people. With the right finish one can have better traction and grip near the water bodies such as pools, pond area or surface near the fountains which usually have stone tiles like marbles. And slipping on them results in fractures or painful bruises. Thus, its essential to take in to consideration the grip or anti-skid property of tile.
  • Amount of lighting on the renovating space:Just like the photographer setting up the lighting for the perfect click, the color of Tile must be selected according to the lighting of the area. Depending on the light, a dark colored tile might look bright and attractive but can look dull and insane if the lighting is not sufficient. The thumb rule for selection of color which must always be considered is, “Always pick dark colored tiles for outdoor places with sufficient lighting and light color outdoor tiles for low light areas”. This can help you avoiding the unconventional combination of light and dark tiles.
  • Fashion and appearance of the renovating space:The selection of vitrified tiles is majorly influenced by the fashion of the area being renovated, home or perhaps your garden. Choosing the tile according to your vogue and style, required you know what you’re craving for.

    If the house has a heritage feel, then you should select the tile with the rustic look for your garden, or else going with the sharp and edgy tiles for the contemporary style houses.

    The fashion and aura of the house can be kept intact by selecting the perfect tiles for the look to be indigenous.

  • Color combination – Go with the flow or go against it:Your style decides the color combination, whether sleek, simple or fun and bright. Going with the flow means matching your pavers with the color of your house walls. And going against it means the choosing a contrasting color for the pavers result in wide variety of beautiful colors.

    You can also select the sombre looking universal colors like white, brown, grey and black.

Design Ideas

Outdoor application of tiles can be executed in varied ways. Few suggestions are given below:

  • Alternative for pavers:Vitrified tiles are the best replacement for concrete pavers. Tiles are easily available with thickness of up to 16 mm. Over the edge effect of using tiles rather than pavers is the freedom of creating various pattern using assorted colors as per taste and style. These tiles can be used for pathways, patios, pool decks and driveways.
  • Pool deck with tiles:Vitrified tiles are the perfect option of pool deck renovation because of numerous reasons. The first being its heat resistance property which helps in maintaining the coolness of deck area in sweltering summer. Second reason being the stain resistant and non-tarnishing factor making it perfect choice for the pool area. The natural finish and anti-skid property make it a safer choice for deck area as people have usually wet feet or barefoot. You must make sure the selection of tiles used at pool deck and pathways are unified with the color of house and fashion, so that it does not look like a misfit to the aura.
  • Refacing Stair Treads:Outdoor area of your house can be economically reorganized by modifying the stairs connecting the garden, patios or pool deck. Talking about tiles for outdoor stairs, vitrified tiles will be an obvious choice considering its weather resistant property. Vitrified tiles with extraordinary designs and assorted color make it simple for home owners to fulfill their desires. With less effort required, the tiles look more elegant and classy.
  • Moreover, it is strongly recommended, one must select the stair tiles with textured finish rather than polished or honed for outdoors giving them a better grips and tractions resulting in non-slipping characteristic.

As per definition, Vitrified tiles are impermeable/water-proof (having an absorption rate of 0.5% or less), staining is quite possible on its surface due to accumulation. You can select a more refined cleaner advised by experts.