Whether it’s your porch, parking space, or the outdoor dining in your restaurant, select from a range of tile designs that suit your needs.
Outdoor tile applications generally need to have enhanced qualities like strength, durability, good looks, and slip-resistance, and they should not fade when exposed to direct sunlight. However, this will depend on consumer preference and where you use them.
At Asian Concreto, we offer you a variety of outdoor tiles. From garden tiles to tiles for the patio, we’ve got you covered with design ideas and experts that will make your journey of revamping your outdoor space a fulfilling process. You can also check our guide for choosing the perfect concrete tile and paving blocks in Nepal.
Types of Outdoor Tiles
Outdoor tiles are available in what may seem like a never-ending variety of materials. Each type is truly different and may only work in certain spaces and for specific uses. So how do you decide which ones to choose?
Here, we present to you the 8 types of exterior and outdoor tiles that are available in Nepal. So go for it and create your own stunning outdoor space.
Concrete tiles are one of the most used outdoor tiles in Nepal. For the look of natural stone at a fraction of the cost, consider concrete tiles, which are molded from poured concrete and given textures and colors to resemble natural stone or high-end ceramic tile. In fact, it can even be made to look like materials such as wood.
The texture and colors of the tiles can look so much like the real thing that it can be extremely difficult to tell the difference. They can also handle very heavy use and foot traffic which is always a plus too. However, outdoor concrete tiles will have to be sealed to protect them from water, staining, and mildew.
We have a wide variety of concrete tiles at Asian Concreto such as Asian Fusion tile (having the textured finish of natural slate), Asian Matrix for a seamless texture, Asian Arena for a huge range of geometric designs, and Asian Italia for a ridge-like pattern, which is all available in various colors and textures. For areas with heavier loads, you can opt out for pavers also available in Asian concreto, which are a better option for their high degree of resistance to load, wear, and mechanical damage.
WPC Decking Tiles
The WPC Decking floor looks just like wood and brings a natural feeling of comfort. The maintenance is very easy and there is no need for any periodic oiling, lacquering, or other treatments. Just regular cleaning with water and a hard brush is enough to maintain its structural and visual appeal. They can be used in swimming pool areas, parks, terraces, and walkways.
Natural Stone Tiles
Natural stone is the umbrella term for tiles made from granite, slate, limestone, and travertine. Tiles made from these materials are popular because they work seamlessly in an outdoor environment. However, you’ll pay a bit more for their head-turning appearance. Polished stone tiles are chic and easy to care for, but they can get slippery when wet. There are various Stone tiles options available in the Nepali market that are durable, built-in slip and acid resistant, and even lab tested.
Porcelain tile is a particularly dense and strong form of ceramic, and so most porcelain tiles rated for flooring use can also work in many outdoor applications. The best choices will be textured, matt tiles without a highly glossy surface that will be slippery when wet. Most porcelain tiles are thick and sturdy enough to use on floors, but make sure your product is rated for such use. Prices vary quite widely for porcelain tiles.
Traditional ceramic floor tiles can be an acceptable choice for outdoor patios, provided they carry a PEI rating indicating sufficient strength. Generally speaking, though, ceramic tile is best suited for light-use patios, since it will not be as strong as other choices.
If you do choose ceramic tile, make sure it is a floor tile sturdy enough for patio use; ceramic tiles marketed as wall tile are usually not strong enough for floor or patio use. Like porcelain tile, material costs vary widely for ceramic tile, though they tend to be cheaper than porcelain.
For something completely different, consider waterproof outdoor carpet tiles that can easily withstand all kinds of weather conditions and are safe to place. The synthetic turf is known for its natural fresh look, which allows it to offer a completely natural feel. They can be easily installed over concrete slabs, and are easy to remove should a tile need to be replaced due to staining or damage.
Quarry (Terracotta tiles)
Despite the name, quarry tiles are no longer mined from natural quarries but are instead made from rather a very dense type of unglazed clay. They are extremely strong and function very well as a paving material for the outdoors. In fact, this form of tile was created specifically for outdoor use in courtyards and patios. Unlike ceramic and porcelain tiles, quarry tiles are available in a limited range of colors, but you can find some textures that look like natural wood and stone.
Even though they are usually unglazed, quarry tiles have good resistance to water, and their texture prevents them from being slippery when wet. However, Quarry tile is not a great choice for climates where winters are dominated by freezing temperatures.
Often used for sports courts and other play areas, rubber tiles are similar to plastic interlocking tiles, featuring interlocking edges that join together to form a uniform, resilient surface. Very soft rubber tiles are available for covering areas where children play or around pools. The advantage of these tiles is that the texture can guard against slips and falls, and they are easy for DIYers to install. Simply lay them out on a flat surface and interlock the edges. This is not the most elegant of patio solutions, but it can be a good way to cover an existing concrete slab patio that is in need of a touch-up. They are extremely durable and easy to remove when you need to. The tiles are perforated to allow water to drain through.
Outdoor tiles can dramatically impact the look and feel of any outdoor space. Different types of outdoor tiles also have different strengths and weaknesses. Thinking about your (or your client’s) taste, lifestyle, and location should help you select the right outdoor tiles.