Tips for choosing and installing terrace tiles

Tiles are perfect for covering a patio. It is robust, easy to maintain and stylish at the same time. In addition, it comes in different models, and it is easy to install. Here are some pro-tips for choosing and installing patio tiles well!

How to choose an outdoor tile?

Different criteria must indeed be considered before choosing a patio tile. First, you need to consider the material of the tile. Porcelain stoneware outdoor tiles, for example, might do the trick, as it is easy to maintain, it is perfectly resistant to water infiltration, frost and wear, and it has a non-slip property. Granite is also ideal for covering the floor of a terrace. This natural stone has good durability and very high resistance. In addition to the material, it is also important to choose the look of the tile, including its color, patterns and style. Then you have to see its shapes and dimensions. For square formats, the most used are 33x33, 40x40, 45x45 and 60x60 cm and for rectangular formats, the most common are 30x60 and 45x90. Finally, you should also learn about tiling standards, including: resistance to passage, scratch resistance and slip resistance.

How to lay a terrace tile?

After choosing the terrace tile, you must follow the following steps to ensure its installation. First, you have to make sure that the slope of the terrace has a good drainage system. Then you have to pour a slab and wait about a month before installing the tiles. On the big day, you have to vacuum the terrace to be fitted out to benefit from a flat and clean surface. Then, you have to bring all the materials necessary for the installation and also protective equipment such as glasses, gloves and knee protectors. The next step is to draw a line perpendicular to the middle of the patio. Then, you have to lay out a first row of tiles while separating them with braces to provide for the place of future joints. After that, you have to cut out some tiles, and you have to spread the adhesive mortar with a trowel. The latter should then be streaked with a spatula to obtain the final thickness. All tiles laid should be tapped lightly with mallets to make them stick. And to finish, it is necessary to place the crosses between the tiles, to place the baseboards and to pose the joints.

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