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August 1st 2023
3 min read

Why Should I Choose Outdoor Porcelain Tiles vs Paving Flags?

Traditional paving flags have been the go-to choice for exterior flooring for many years, but outdoor porcelain tiles are rapidly rising in popularity.
Selecting outdoor porcelain tiles over traditional paving flags can offer several design and practical advantages.


Here are some reasons to consider choosing porcelain tiles for your outdoor areas:

Indoor:Outdoor Living
Indoor/outdoor living is a lifestyle that blurs the boundaries between the interior and exterior spaces of a home, creating a harmonious connection between the two.
With large windows, sliding glass doors, and versatile outdoor areas on the rise, homeowners want spaces that flow effortlessly from the inside to the outside. One way of achieving this look, is by laying the same tile in the kitchen, as the outdoor space too.

Design Versatility
Unlike paving flags, outdoor porcelain tiles come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, colours, and patterns. This versatility allows for more creative and intricate designs in your outdoor spaces, giving you the opportunity to create a unique and visually appealing environment.

Texture Variety
Many tiles are designed with a variety of textures, including slip-resistant surfaces, wood grain patterns, or stone-like textures. This allows you to achieve the desired look while maintaining safety and functionality.

Durability
Quality outdoor porcelain tiles are durable and long-lasting. They can resist wear and tear, harsh weather conditions, and heavy foot traffic, making them suitable for high-use outdoor spaces.
The adhesive used to fix them has specialist weatherproof qualities that put them at less risk from frost and moisture damage.
Tiles are often more resistant to staining from spilled food, beverages, or oils compared to paving flags. They are also less likely to be affected by chemicals used in outdoor environments, such as pool chemicals or cleaning agents.

Ease of Maintenance
Tiles are relatively low-maintenance. Regular cleaning with water and mild detergent is usually sufficient to keep them looking pristine. They are less susceptible to the growth of weeds and moss between joints as well.

Weather Resistance
Outdoor porcelain tiles, in particular, are highly resistant to water absorption, making them suitable for outdoor areas where exposure to rain, snow, and freeze-thaw cycles is common.
While porcelain tiles offer numerous benefits for outdoor spaces, it's essential to select the right type of tiles and ensure they are installed correctly by a professional to ensure their durability and performance in your specific outdoor environment.


Additionally, the choice between tiles and flags may also depend on your personal preferences and the overall design goals for your outdoor area.
Browse our range of outdoor porcelain tiles, including stone-effect, concrete effect and wood-effect tiles.