Can I Use Porcelain Tiles Outside?

The simple answer to this is YES! Although not every tile out there is ideal for outdoor use, porcelain is not one of them. In fact, Porcea Stone porcelain tiles are very adaptable. This means you can use them for both indoor and outdoor applications, from your living room to your patio. This is a significant benefit of outdoor porcelain pavers – the transition from inside to outside with the same material to match.

Below are the 5 reasons why porcelain tiles are the perfect material to use for your outdoor patio, walkway, and pool deck.

  1. Frost-proof – designed to withstand below zero degree temperatures and Canadian winters
  2. Weather-resistant – porcelain tiles will not fade from sunlight
  3. Highly durable – resistant to scratches, and will not stain from moss or mold
  4. Low maintenance – easily cleaned using just a broom or light brush and some water
  5. Slip resistant – rated with R11 or higher slip rating, making Porcea suitable for rain & snow

Frostproof

With Canada’s weather that can drop below zero during the winter season, the best choice you have is porcelain tile. Although there is this conception that porcelain and ceramic tiles are fragile and designed for kitchens and bathrooms, it’s important to remind yourself that porcelain has one of the lowest water absorption rates of any landscape material. Porcea Stone tiles absorb less than 0.1% water which means they can withstand even the harshest Canadian winters. 

And what makes Porcea Stone outdoor porcelain tiles stand out from the rest is that they are resistant to freeze-thaw cycles. All our products have been time & weather-tested for over 10 years. They are widely used in many Scandinavian countries and are designed to withstand temperatures ranging from -50°C to +60°C.

Weather-Resistant

As mentioned, water will find it hard to penetrate porcelain tiles, which means your tiles will not crack because of cold weather. But aside from this, Porcea landscaping stone is also ideal in tropical countries where it’s sunny almost the entire year. That’s because porcelain tiles will not fade even if it’s always exposed under direct sunlight.

Porcelain tiles go through firing under extreme temperatures during their manufacturing process to vitrify their colour. As a result, the colour becomes a part of the tile itself, which means it can’t be separated from it. Porcea Stone outdoor porcelain pavers are baked at over 1200 degrees celsius, evaporating all water from the raw materials.

For these reasons, porcelain is an excellent landscaping stone that can take on almost all weather conditions. Most homeowners prefer Porcea Stone tiles over other outdoor materials since their appearance will remain nearly the same from the day you take them home from our showroom even after decades of use outside in the harshest climate.

Highly Durable

When it comes to durability, porcelain tiles are unbeatable. But despite being extremely strong, the material is scratch-resistant and nearly impenetrable. These characteristics help keep all those fine particles of dirt from lodging into the surface of the tile. Therefore, porcelain pavers can also withstand moss and mold buildup.

Because our porcelain tiles are naturally water-resistant and tough, they’ll look beautiful and like new for years to come after you install them. Your Porcea Stone porcelain pavers will take on abuse from your kids, pets, vehicles, and furniture, and not show any wear.

Low Maintenance

Unlike other flooring materials, Porcea Stone outdoor porcelain tiles are non-porous. Thereby, they have no tiny hole where filth can accumulate. Likewise, they are also stain-proof, so they need little to no maintenance. When used outside, you just have to sweep your tiles from time to time or wash them using soap and warm water. You don’t have to scrub your heart out just to keep them sparkly clean and looking new again.

In fact, zero-maintenance is one of the biggest advantages of outdoor porcelain. You can choose an outdoor porcelain tile to match Indiana Limestone such as Porcea Coast and you’ll find that it will remain beautifully clean year-after-year without any sealing or maintenance.

Slip-Resistant

Porcelain tiles are available in a wide variety of finishes, from matte and glossy to textured and smooth. If you’re looking for something to install around your pool area, those with a matte or textured finish are ideal since they offer enough slip resistance.

The great thing about porcelain tiles is that they are certified with various slip-resistance ratings, which will depend on how textured the surface of a tile is. Hence, it will be easier for you to find the right finish for the project you have in mind. Keep in mind that those with a higher rating means they are more slip-resistant. 

Our customers often think that porcelain would mean slippery. In fact, our outdoor porcelain tiles have an R11 or higher traction or slip rating, which makes them equivalent to a sandblasted sandstone or limestone or a flamed-finish granite. They are non-slippery even when they are wet, which makes Porcea Stone tiles the perfect choice for residential and commercial projects alike.