Your patio can be a place for year-round entertaining if designed correctly. When organizing your home renovation list, don’t leave out this prime piece of real estate right in your backyard. A sophisticated patio can be the perfect location to enjoy a barbequed dinner in summer or sip on a hot cup of cocoa in fall. When weighing the different flooring ideas for your patio, stick to styles that are safe for outdoor use and frost resistant. Porcelain tile is one of our favorite materials for outdoor spaces, because it looks great while also withstanding the weather changes. Here are four porcelain tile flooring ideas you’ll definitely want to include on your home renovation list.
1. Travertine-Look Tile
Travertine is a type of limestone that is often used for flooring. While this natural stone is strong and durable, it is not the best choice for outdoor use. Because it absorbs its surrounding temperature, it can get quite hot in the summer months and extremely cold in winter. It is also very heavy and difficult to install. The high price point of travertine is another deterrent for some. Because of these disadvantages, styles of porcelain tile have been made to resemble travertine. For example, our Veneto Grey porcelain tile mimics the beauty of travertine while still being a great option for outdoor use.
2. Concrete-Look Tile
Concrete is an interesting material that has become trendy in home design. We’re seeing it everywhere, from floors to coffee tables, because it adds a unique look and rawness that many homeowners love. Like all flooring materials, concrete has its pros and cons. An alternative with fewer disadvantages is concrete-look porcelain tile. As you can see, our Dimensions Gris porcelain tile looks quite similar, while being easier to install and more resistant to weather and cracking.
3. Wood-Look Tile
At first thought, tile that looks like wood sounds a bit unbelievable. How can you two things that are so different appear the same? But today’s manufactured styles offer a close resemblance that is becoming increasingly popular for both indoor and outdoor use in homes. Our Eramosa Silver, for instance, features a nature-inspired pattern that resembles wood in the best way possible. This particular style has a matte finish and subtle silver tones, which is truly eye-catching. Eramosa Silver porcelain tile is also completely frost resistant, so it is a great option for your patio.
4. Marble-Look Tile
Another great natural stone alternative is marble-look tile. This porcelain tile boasts all the beauty of natural marble, but it is less slippery and more stain resistant. This combination makes it a great choice for an outdoor patio. Instead of marble, why not go with a porcelain tile alternative like Aria Bianco? By foregoing the real thing for a marble-look tile, you can spend more time enjoying your new, sophisticated patio and less time worrying about maintaining your floors. A little spilled wine or tomato sauce is nothing to cry about when you have low-maintenance porcelain tile floors like these.
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