Gardening

Outdoor tiles

Introduction

The outdoor space can be decorated or covered with floors and tiles. The flooring essentially concerns the walkable surface, while the tiles, in addition to the walkable surface, can also be used to cover particular walls or corners of the garden, terrace or balcony. Tiles are usually smaller in thickness than floors and are used to decorate and finish all the rustic surfaces of a space, whether indoors or out. To get an idea of ​​the tiles, just look at those that are applied on the outside of the wall where the kitchen rests or those placed in the bathroom. The tiles perform an excellent aesthetic and design function, enriching spaces that would otherwise remain bare and covered only with concrete, plaster or wall paint. The kitchen tiles, for example, if they did not cover that portion of the wall that protrudes above the hob, they would not create that artistic decoration effect that accompanies the style and colors of the entire kitchen furniture. Due to their very important function, tiles can be considered an indispensable furnishing accessory for indoor and outdoor spaces.

Features


The outdoor tiles, like the indoor ones, perform a very useful decorative and architectural function of the space to be covered. Compared to those for interiors, however, they must be made with durable materials and able to withstand external adversities. Being exposed to the action of atmospheric agents all year round, outdoor tiles must also be easy to clean and must not excessively absorb stains or other substances that could permanently compromise their aesthetic appearance. They also need to withstand trauma better and withstand the weights of very large and thick pots or planters. It is also important that the tiles resist abrasion caused by the trampling of people, things or machines. The minimum thickness of the latest generation tiles is between six and nine millimeters, even for the outside it is better to choose more abundant thicknesses. The safety and resistance of the tiles will in any case depend on the degree of processing of the materials. On the market there are different types of tiles, with different shapes, colors and materials. It will be the latter, their consistency and their level of processing, which will determine the good or bad quality of the tiles. For outdoor use, tiles with a rough and unglazed surface and preferably with small sizes, but with reinforced thicknesses, are particularly suitable. with different colors and materials. It will be the latter, their consistency and their level of processing, which will determine the good or bad quality of the tiles. For outdoor use, tiles with a rough and unglazed surface and preferably with small sizes, but with reinforced thicknesses, are particularly suitable. with different colors and materials. It will be the latter, their consistency and their level of processing, which will determine the good or bad quality of the tiles. For outdoor use, tiles with a rough and unglazed surface and preferably with small sizes, but with reinforced thicknesses, are particularly suitable.

Materials


Outdoor tiles can be made with different materials: terracotta divided into single-fired and double-fired, porcelain stoneware, with or without enamel, concrete and marble. The choice between one material and the other must be made on the basis of the chemical and physical characteristics of the same, but also on the basis of the style of the outdoor space, one’s personal tastes and the degree of stress to which the tiles will be subjected once they have been laid on a certain surface.

Terracotta tiles


Terracotta tiles are the ones that are mostly used in outdoor and indoor spaces in a rustic or antique style. With a high decorative value, the terracotta tiles give the outdoor space a very suggestive rural atmosphere. The disadvantage of this material is its porosity, which causes excessive absorption of liquids and stains. The terracotta tiles last over time and are not affected by the action of atmospheric agents. They can be used to decorate outdoor masonry kitchens, poolside, fireplaces, ovens, but also garden surfaces, to break up the green color of the lawn. Terracotta tiles can be obtained by single firing and double firing. Single-fired tiles have greater hardness and less porosity than others and are therefore particularly suitable for the decoration of outdoor spaces. The tiles obtained from the double firing undergo a double process at high temperatures. The first, called “biscuit”, makes them suitable for glazing, while the second cooks them to better fix the glaze or the applied decoration. Porcelain stoneware is obtained by pressing the mixture. In this case you will have an unglazed material. While glazed porcelain stoneware is obtained from a process similar to single firing. The process makes it possible to obtain tiles that can support the application of glazes or decorative textures. while the second cooks them to better fix the enamel or the applied decoration. Porcelain stoneware is obtained by pressing the mixture. In this case you will have an unglazed material. While glazed porcelain stoneware is obtained from a process similar to single firing. The process makes it possible to obtain tiles that can support the application of glazes or decorative textures. while the second cooks them to better fix the enamel or the applied decoration. Porcelain stoneware is obtained by pressing the mixture. In this case you will have an unglazed material. While glazed porcelain stoneware is obtained from a process similar to single firing. The process makes it possible to obtain tiles that can support the application of glazes or decorative textures.

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