Outdoor tiling projects can be very different from indoor jobs and often require different materials and tools. As more people work from home and outdoor offices gain popularity, paved areas on properties are more and more prevalent. High quality outdoor porcelain tiles are more affordable than ever and require some different ways of working to ensure a professional finish. Because of this, We've hand curated a collection of materials and tools to help you install outdoor tiling with ease.
Firstly, all the materials used for outdoor projects need to be harder wearing than their indoor counterparts. This means they can survive all weathers without breaking down and won't perish in harsh frost and thaw cycles. Another thing to consider is organic growth and how this can affect your project. Luckily, many of our tile adhesives and grouts have inbuilt micro organism and fungal growth inhibitors so this isn't an issue.
The tools themselves differ too from inside and outside projects. Many people are choosing to lay their tiles on paving pedestals and supports. As well as the strong and stable base that these systems provide, they also create a void under the tiles which allows water to drain away quickly. This void can also be used to run cables and other utilities under the tiles, and it's much easier to lift slabs off pedestals than cement should you need access to it.
Grout backer rod can also help you to create smooth and even grout lines by helping you space out your tiles, these can be a real lifesaver in projects where access is limited. We also stock the insertion tools that help you get these grout backer rods in and out seamlessly, leaving you with a stunning professional finish to your outdoor tiled surface. The products listed below are the ones we feel are most suitable to help you complete your outdoor tiling quickly and efficiently.
Find out more about installing porcelain tiles in our blog post