What to Use Outdoors: Porcelain Tiles or Ceramic Tiles?

2016 06 10

It’s that time of year! Everyone is looking to renovate their backyards and front porches. Outdoor tiles are a necessity during your renovation, but you may be unsure of what type you want to use. Ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are both good options, but it is important to look at the concerns of each.

Ceramic tiles are often the most popular choice because they come in many different colours, patterns and styles. They can be used both indoors and outdoors, but if you do choose to use them for your outdoor renovation, they must have a high PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) rating. This means they must have high durability, which would be represented by a score of 4 or 5. You must also ensure that outdoor ceramic tiles are unglazed to prevent a dangerous, slippery surface.

Since there are many considerations when it comes to using ceramic tiles outdoors, porcelain tiles are much more appropriate. There is a lot of variety when it comes to porcelain tiles for outdoor use. They can resemble brick, stone, rock and more. Porcelain tiles are extremely hard, durable and non-porous which is why they are better suited for outdoor tile renovations than ceramic tiles would be. They are typically slip-resistant, don’t require a lot of maintenance and they are scratch-resistant - perfect for outdoor use!

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