Natural Stone Tile
An outdoor patio is a fantastic place to flaunt the beauty of a home or to enhance the comfort for the occupants of a home. Swimming pools, outdoor fireplaces, and shrubbery are key influencers to the look of an outdoor space. However, the space’s outdoor tile is what really completes the look. To complete the outdoor look for your patio, what patio tile should you choose?
First, you need to prioritize the qualities you are looking for in an outdoor tile. Preferably, outdoor tiles need to be categorized by hardness, appearance, and durability. It’s up to you how you want the categories to be prioritized. Through research and expertise, we’ve determined natural stone tiles to be the best all-around option for outdoor patios. Here’s why:
HardnessNatural stone tiles rate very high in hardness because they stem from the Earth. This type of tile has become overwhelmingly popular for home-related installations because of its hardness. Specifically, natural stone tiling (indoor and outdoor) and countertops are currently found in nearly every home.
There are a variety of natural stones available; therefore, it plays to your preference regarding which one fits your home and your ideals. In terms of hardness, your best bets are granite or marble. These are the two hardest stones that will be able to withstand the hardest impacts without being damaged.
Natural stone tiles portray a comfortable, homey look. They won’t necessarily stand out, but they blend perfectly with an outdoor setting. Though, certain stones do offer a stand out quality. For example, marble or limestone tile are a bit more eye-popping than other natural stones, at least for outdoor purposes.
Most natural stones can be installed in a variety of designs as well. It may cost more to mix colors or textures, but just know there is a ton of flexibility with natural stone tiles. They add a great feel for your outdoor patio and your backyard as a whole. You will absolutely be satisfied with the look of any natural stone tile.
Durability goes side-by-side with hardness. Obviously, the harder a material, the more it will be able to stand up against natural wear and tear. Natural stone tiles can withstand heavy impacts; however, they are porous. In case you are unfamiliar with the term, porous essentially means an object has little spaces or holes within it to allow liquid to infiltrate. Once liquid infiltrates, it can cause internal damage and then work its way outward to the surface.
Some natural stones are low in porosity. Granite and marble are the least porous of natural stones. On the other hand, stones such as limestone and travertine are considerably porous. You will want to have these stones professionally sealed in order to maximize their lifetime.
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Natural stone tiles a perfect for your outdoor patio. If you’re looking for the selection to be narrowed down further, or down to one, granite is probably the top choice. But make sure you review a few of them, as each tile will fit differently with your particular space and your particular needs. Fujiwa Tiles will be happy to work with you to find the fit for your space and needs. Contact Fujiwa Tiles today!