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Exterior tiles

Outdoor tiles are exposed to wind and weather, cold and heat. That is why tiles have to be able to withstand a lot, especially outdoors. So quality is the top priority here. But even the highest quality outdoor tiles can crack if they are not installed correctly. So if you want to lay garden tiles or want to lay the new terrace tiles, you should always strive for good materials and work carefully.

Outdoor tiles made of natural stone

Natural stone tiles are still among the most popular garden tiles. The materials sandstone, travertine, granite, quartzite, limestone and slate are used in particular. All of these natural stone slabs have in common the connection between nature and aesthetics. All outdoor tiles are also frost-resistant. In addition, there are some differences between the different patio tiles. Sandstone and travertine tiles have a much more Mediterranean feel than natural stone slabs made of granite or slate, for example. Quartzite floor tiles have a particularly rough surface and are more likely to be used as garden tiles than patio tiles. Terrace tiles made of warm-colored travertine or summer sandstone give you a piece of Tuscany in the middle of Germany. The light natural tones of these beautiful outdoor tiles, their velvety surface and the light grain make each of these tiles unique and your terrace an exhibition of taste and lifestyle.
Patios or garden tiles made of granite or slate are more elegant and cooler. They exude an aura of clear elegance and are particularly suitable as outdoor tiles for large areas. For those who want it more playful and rustic, the rough quartzite floor slabs could be just the thing for the garden path and the subtle limestone slabs the alternative for the terrace.

Terracotta or ceramic outdoor tiles

In addition to the natural stone tiles, there are also a large number of very beautiful ceramic tiles for outdoor use. All of these panels are formed from natural raw materials and then fired. If the ceramic is to be used as outdoor tiles, it is frost-proof and weather-resistant. But that also ends the similarity between the many different "cotto tiles" as the Italian calls these fired outdoor tiles. The terracotta tiles are among the highest quality products of this type. The raw material for these high-quality ceramics always comes from the vicinity of the Italian town of Impruneta, as this is the only place where the earth has the right composition. Ceramic tiles are offered either glazed or unglazed. Which one you ultimately choose is primarily a question of personal taste.

Laying tiles outdoors

Finally, some basic information about laying tiles outdoors. Basically, the subsurface must be stable and frost-proof, this is the case, for example, with terrace tiles that rest on a concrete slab. In addition, the sole should have a two percent gradient. A bitumen coating and good drainage are required for sealing. A common method of laying terrace tiles is thin-bed laying. If you don't want to lay the garden tiles on a wooden structure or concrete slab, laying in a gravel bed is a good alternative. Here, too, the floor must be thoroughly prepared and a slope must not be forgotten.