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Outdoor Ceramic Tiles

By Stacey Kosha, (237 words) Posted in Green Flooring on January 26, 2009
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I've been asked several times about choosing green ceramic tiles that are suitable for use outdoors, hence the need for this blog. When installing outdoor ceramic tiles you must be careful in choosing a ceramic tile that is appropriate for the different levels of humidity and temperature extremes that may be experienced in your area. Not all ceramic tiles can withstand freeze/thaw conditions, let alone the other hardships that your local climate may put them through.

When buying ceramic tiles that will be installed outdoors, you want tiles that are very dense and hard. Denser ceramic tiles absorb less moisture and therefore, are less affected by the elements. Porcelain tiles, which are impervious ceramic tiles, are commonly used outdoors since they have a very low water absorption rate (less than .5%) and are considered frost proof. Generally, tile with a water absorption rate over 3% should never be installed outdoors.

When a tile is fit for outdoor use, it will be labeled so by the manufacturer. Installing tile outdoors that is not specified to be safe for outdoor installation will risk voiding your warranty and may shorten the expected lifetime of the ceramic floor tiles. The morale of this story is to do the smart thing when installing outdoor ceramic tiles by only using tiles that are recommended specifically for external purpose. In the long run, you will be glad that you did.


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