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How to Use Tile in Your Outdoor Space

How to Use Tile in Your Outdoor Space

Are you thinking about redoing your outdoor space? Or are you thinking about adding a nice outdoor area in your backyard? Have you thought about what materials you are going to use? Tile is a solid material choice because it offers many design choices. For example, you can lay tile over an existing brick patio or over concrete slabs to update your outdoor space. There are many other uses for tile outside as well.

Before we get into project ideas, we will go over what you should think about when choosing a tile for your outdoor project. Next, we will go over project ideas for you to update your outdoor space. You’ll be inspired and have everything you need to start your outdoor project as soon as the weather warms up.

Considerations When Choosing Tile

Don’t pick out tile solely based on its color or how well you think it will look in your backyard. There are many other considerations to think of to ensure your tile lasts many years and stays looking fresh. Color is important but also think about texture, your budget, and the strength of the tile.


When it comes to texture, you want to consider how slippery the tile is when it is wet. Since the tile is outside, it will get rained on and exposed to lots of moisture. The tile you choose will need something to keep people from slipping as soon as they step on the wet tile.

Look for non-slip surfaces when choosing your outdoor tile. Once you choose the texture of your tile, you can choose your patio furniture. Oftentimes, the texture of the tile determines the type of patio furniture you choose, so be sure to keep that in mind.


Measure your space and decide how much you want to spend. A smaller space is cheaper to tile where a larger space will cost more to tile. However, tile doesn’t have to be expensive. Tile price ranges anywhere from $1 per square foot up to $50 a square foot. With so many choices, you are sure to find something within your budget and in the material you want.


Since your tile is outside and exposed to the elements, you need something strong. Furthermore, think about how much you will use the space, how you will use it, and who is going to use it. If you have kids and dogs, then you are going to need something extremely durable. If you are a retired couple you can get away with something not as strong.

Types of Tile Safe for Outdoor Use

Now that you know what to think about before you choose the type of your tile, it is time to go over popular tile types for your outdoor space. There are many to choose from and they come in a variety of looks and styles.

outdoor kitchen with tile


Ceramic tile is one of the most popular choices for outdoor uses because it comes in many color options and styles. Ceramic tile is sturdy, but not as strong as other materials. However, it can handle falling objects, kids playing, and pets running on the tile. It is also waterproof and lasts for many years when installed properly.


Porcelain is the strongest tile option available. It is dense and comes in a texture so it won’t be slippery when it gets wet. Porcelain tile is sturdy enough to be used as floors for your outdoor patio. The tile comes in many price ranges so you are sure to find something to suit your needs.


Quarry tiles are strong and are perfect pavers for your patio. They are designed specifically to be used outside so you can expect them to hold up against the elements. The downside is there are not many colors or styles to choose from. Some of the more common colors include gray, brown, and red.

Outdoor Tile Projects

Once you have an idea of what type of tile you want, your budget, and what type of outdoor project you want to do it is time to get some inspiration. The following are some of the more popular choices when it comes to outdoor tile projects.


Create a patio space with outdoor tile. Choose tile that looks like concrete, wood, or stone, but only paying the tile price. A porcelain tile that looks like a wood floor will bring the indoors outside. Your guests will feel comfortable and want to relax on your patio for hours. Oftentimes, the tile is slip-resistant.

Make a pathway of porcelain tile pavers to your patio. The pavers can be laid over grass, gravel, or anything else in your backyard. Once your pavers are installed, you will be surprised how put-together your backyard looks.

outdoor sitting area

Swimming Pool

Whether you have an inground cement pool or an above-ground pool, you need to finish the look with a tile border. Add swimming pool tiles around the edge to protect your pool finish. The tile comes in different sizes and materials. Choose from porcelain, glass, or ceramic pool tile.

Outdoor Kitchen

Who doesn’t want an outdoor kitchen? Natural stone or porcelain pavers are perfect for an outdoor kitchen. They are strong, durable, and do not get slippery when they are wet. There are many options so you can choose to go natural with stone tiles or look for an eye-catching design in porcelain tiles.

Outdoor Lounge

When you are done in the kitchen it is time to hang out outside. Choose ceramic, porcelain, or quarry for your lounge area. The colors should complement your kitchen or other outdoor space to create a cohesive look.

Take Your Tile Project Outside

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to your outdoor tiling project. There are many options to choose from so you are sure to find something to suit your needs.

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