Outdoor areas are usually paved with shingles, planks or tiles to cover the surfaces of gardens, terraces and balconies. Since outdoor floor tiles are intended precisely for outdoor spaces, they must meet certain requirements and therefore have specific characteristics. First of all, they must be non-slip and resistant to external agents; they must also be easy to clean and maintain, as well as not very porous so as not to absorb moisture. They must withstand shocks and pulling, to avoid breaking or chipping. For this reason they are available in many different materials - from wood to marble - to make this type of coating resistant, durable and suitable for any context.
Outdoor floors: materials to cover the outdoor space
When choosing the material for outdoor flooring, climatic conditions must be taken into account: for example, in areas with a high risk of frost, tiles with high resistance to rather cold temperatures should be used, while in areas with frequent rainfall, it is advisable to choose outdoor claddings with low water absorption. The materials for outdoor flooring to choose from are many, from stone tiles, ceramic, porcelain stoneware, terracotta, concrete to wooden planks. The choice of materials must follow functional and aesthetic criteria, to integrate in the context in which you intend to place them and complete the outdoor furniture project with the design of solutions that mix materials, shape and color. For example, an outdoor terracotta floor tile can be easily placed in a rustic context, to cover terraces, balconies and garden areas. Stone outdoor floor tiles, on the other hand, are a solution in natural material suitable for those who want to give a traditional look to the outdoor area. Among the most popular proposals are outdoor floors in wood-effect porcelain stoneware, outdoor floors in stone-effect porcelain stoneware and outdoor floors in marble-effect porcelain stoneware. However, wood has the characteristic of giving a certain warmth to the environment, perfectly integrating into natural contexts such as a garden or an outdoor terrain. It is a very versatile material, resistant to the attacks of humidity and for this reason it is an effective solution for those who need to use it in environments subject to bad weather. For this reason, an outdoor wooden floor is made up of very strong planks that withstand walking well.
Passable, floating or self-laying: durable and functional outdoor coatings
The choice of external flooring must not only take into account the material but also the shape of the external area to be covered. For passable courtyards and walkways, as well as for terraces and balconies, outdoor floors can be made of concrete, a material composed of cement with the addition of colored grits. A vehicular outdoor floor tiles is resistant to weathering and wear and is not subject to sinkings or settlings typical of natural stone floors. It can also be walked on a few hours after installation. A floating outdoor floor tile (or afloating outdoor floor) is one of the most popular solutions for swimming pool flooring. A comfort in the field of outdoor coverings is represented by self-adhesive outdoor floors: easy to install, they are available in a wide variety of materials, to meet any aesthetic and functional needs, thanks to the design of solutions ranging from modern proposals to classic models.