Tips for Choosing the Best Outdoor Tile

July 20th, 2022

If you are looking to update or start an outdoor area, choosing the flooring is one of the most important places to start.  A good flooring can pull together every aspect of a whole outdoor space! Here are a few tips on how to choose the best outdoor tile flooring for you.

Consider the Weather in Your Area

Although often overlooked, considering the type of weather you have in your area is an important factor to consider when choosing the best option for your outdoor tile project. You definitely want to make sure that your tile can handle your specific weather conditions. For example, areas in the country that experience warmer weather will want to choose a tile that can withstand extreme heat, like porcelain. Additionally, if you live in a rainy area, you may want to search for a tile with more texture for grip when walking on the tile’s surface – no one wants to slip and fall, especially on tile!

How Well Lit Is Your Outdoor Area?

Lighting can change the overall feel of your outdoor space, and if you use the tiles in a way that compliments the lighting, you have the ability to change the whole look and feel of your space, in a good way! If your area is mostly in the shade, then you may not want to use dark tiles which might make your space feel a little gloomy. Instead, use brighter tiles to brighten up the space and make it appear larger. On the other hand though, using light tiles in a sunny area could make the area feel washed out. In this case, using a darker tile would more than likely give that sunny space the contrast that it needs!

What Style Best Matches Your Home?

This might sound obvious but choosing a tile that doesn’t clash with the design of the rest of your home is key when designing your outdoor space. Try to find a tile that compliments the style of your home and doesn’t distract from it. If your home is more modern, it might be best to stick with that theme for your outdoor space as well, instead of changing the atmosphere to something from a completely different design style, like rustic-chic. 

Popular Types of Outdoor Tiling

Now that you have an idea of the things to consider when choosing the tile for your outdoor area, here are a few of the tiles that we offer here at Flooring Design Center!

  • Ceramic Tiles – Ceramic tiles can handle mild weather and light outdoor use. Because of this, these tiles are best for a covered patio or a place that doesn’t see extreme weather changes.
  • Porcelain Tiles – Porcelain tiles are dense and strong, making them perfect for outdoor use. These tiles are also perfect for warmer weather that can come with extreme heat.
  • Slate Tiles – Slate tile is a type of natural stone tile that is also incredibly durable. This tile also has a natural surface texture, which makes it slip resistant! Perfect for areas that are exposed to the elements such as rain and snow.


We hope we have been able to give you some tips to aid in your choice when it comes to picking out flooring options for your outdoor space. If you’re ready to upgrade, or install, new outdoor tile, please give us a call at 409-932-2843 or contact us through our website. We also have financing available if needed.

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