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When it comes to choosing outdoor tiles for your home, you have a wide array of different options including pavers, masonry tiles, stone tiles, plastic tiles, and hardwood tiles. Some people also choose to go with plain-looking concrete. If you are considering your options, then you will want to review these buying tips to help you decide which tiles would be best for your needs.
Tip #1: Do you rent or lease your home?
If you rent or lease, your landlord may not want you to install new outdoor tiles without their express permission. Plus, if you move, you will have upgraded the home or apartment for the landlord out of your pocket.
The best outdoor tiles to use are our removable hardwood or plastic tiles. Installing these will not violate your lease agreement because there is no screwing, gluing, or nailing required.
Tip #2: Do you want the flexibility to create unique designs and patterns?
Certain paves, stone tiles, plastic tiles, and hardwood tiles come in different colors and finishes. Tap into your inner creativity to come up with a one-of-a-kind design and pattern.
Tip #3: What is your budget?
Installing outdoor tiles can quickly add up depending on what materials you are using. It is a good idea to create a budget on how much you want to invest in this project. The cost per square foot can range from as little as a few dollars to upwards of $50 or more for high-end tiles.
Tip #4: Do you already have a solid concrete patio or walkways?
If you already have an existing concrete patio or walkways, it can be rather expensive to install certain types of tiles. Although, with our plastic and hardwood tiles, they are designed to be installed right over concrete, so you can get a great looking new patio quickly and easily.
Tip #5: What types of weather conditions will the tiles be exposed to?
Certain types of tiles are not well-suited for below-freezing temperatures and the related freeze-thaw cycles. To avoid cracked tiles from freezing, you want to look for ones that do not absorb water or offer easy drainage.
Tip #6: How much light does the patio receive?
If the patio is in direct sunlight most of the day, using dark-colored tiles could result in heat absorption, which would make the tiles hot. If the patio is not in direct sunlight all day long, then using dark-colored tiles would be appropriate.
Tip #7: How hard are the tiles to install?
Certain tiles require other materials for their installation. There can also be required prep-work that has to be completed first. With our plastic and hardwood tiles, there is minimal prep-work and no additional materials needed.