Now that the warm weather has finally arrived many people are dusting off their swim trunks and pool toys. It’s only a matter of weeks before you can start enjoying your pool, deck, and other outdoor spaces. If your pool or patio has suffered a bit of damage over the winter or if you are just looking for an aesthetic change, you should consider redoing it with ceramic tiles. Tiles are durable and look great and chances are you can have them installed before summer really hits.
If you are redoing your pool area make sure you get ceramic tiles that are resistant to moisture. Different tiles absorb different levels of moisture depending on what they are made from and glazed with. Tiles rated vitreous or impervious are ideal for the pool because they do not absorb moisture. Moisture can accumulate in a tile during the summer and then freeze when the temperature drops again; this can lead to cracking and breaking. Just make sure, when choosing tiles for the pool, that they are of proper make and glaze to be around water. Simply ask your tile provider about the different moisture retention and resistance of certain tiles.
Similar considerations need to be made when tiling a patio or porch area. Since these ceramic tiles will be exposed to the elements they need to be durable and have a heavy duty glaze. Depending on the weather where you live, different considerations need to be taken into account. Consult a local tile provider or look online for information specific to your area.
There are also aesthetic concerns when you choose to redo the outdoor area of your house using ceramic tiles. You should stick with a unified visual theme that matches the exterior of your home. Blue, greens, and other aquatic coolers of ceramic tile are universally popular for pools. That is not to say they will be right for you but they are good standards to fall back on. You can also use browns and beiges to go for a more rustic look.
The patio area’s design is more dependent on what the exterior of you house looks like and what kind of atmosphere you are trying to cultivate. Using colors that complement the exterior of your house on your patio is a surefire way to have an aesthetically pleasing patio. Do not be afraid to get more creative, however.