<h2>About our outdoor tiler and services</h2>
Our outdoor tiler is well equipped to advise and help you design your outdoor spaces with the most suitable tiles. He will take into account drainage, moisture, safety, UV, chemical exposure, and how much traffic the area will receive. Also he can discuss whether any areas need to be newly concreted to support tiles. Tiles also need grout between them. Outside it’s a tougher environment, so the outdoor tiler will often use grout made of epoxy resin or silicon. If you need to match the tiles to your total landscaping design, our Professional Landscaping team can come on board to help and advise.
<h3>What tiles suit the outdoors?</h3>
The tiles you use will be determined by what the area is. For instance, is it a wet slippery area like around the swimming pool, pond or waterfall? Or somewhere that has a lot of equipment, plant pots or furniture dragged around on it? Is safety a factor? These kinds of considerations will determine the type of tiles to use. You will find it important to think about the people who will be using the space.
<h3>Areas that can be tiled</h3>
Tiles come in an enormous range of materials, shapes, sizes, strengths, textures and colours. They can be used for steps, paths, borders, driveways, courtyards, patios and special purpose areas as well as walls and partitions. Here are some ideas below.
<h3>Ground and floor areas</h3>
The horizontal surfaces are the foundation of your landscape design. Wherever you can use pavers, you may possibly be able to use tiles. It depends on the use and the conditions the area will be exposed to. Tiled areas can direct where people and vehicles go. Additionally, tiled steps guides people between levels. Tiles may be more for artistic areas that can include seats for quiet times. Or perhaps provide a basis for your entertainment areas. The tiles don’t have to be continuous. You can use them for crazy stone or decorative effects.
See Types of Tiles for more information.
Driveways can be tiled. You might not have realized this. However with the right tiles laid by our professional outdoor tiler, it can be done. With a concrete base, the slip-resistant stone tiles make a beautiful, durable driveway. Furthermore the type of tiles used can complement the rest of your landscaping theme.
See also our extended team’s Driveways site. Our outdoor tiler can work with them to give you the best service and results.
<h4>Paths, borders & steps</h4>
Paths make it easy for you and your visitors to take the best route through your property. Safety is important, so that people do not slip or trip. A path of rough-surfaced tiles like bluestone, quartzite, or cement will fulfill this purpose. However the path can be beautiful too. Whether classic, crazy stone, mosaic or geometric they can all serve outdoors.
Borders of paved ground areas delineate the space. They protect adjacent garden beds with their unimposing visible barrier. And they can also finish off the paved area with a contrasting decorative edge. Especially if all the other ground areas are plain, the border can provide the bright artistic touch.
Steps are required for abrupt changes of ground level. Because people are balancing when walking on steps, the tiles must not be slippery when wet. Tiles with non-slip surfaces are available for outdoors, and provide a durable, attractive option. It is important to seek out types of tiles that include bullnose tiles. These are the rounded edging tiles – you might be familiar with them on the sides of swimming pools. Alternately the steps can be capped with a metal edge that protects both the tile ends and people walking on the steps.
<b>Walls & partitions</b>
Walls and partitions are structural and need to be strong. However there is no reason why they can’t be clad with beautiful tiles. People especially favour the types of stone tiles for wall. They provide a natural feel that can be rustic or contemporary. As signature entrances, you can even use tiles of glass and porcelain.
Tiles are so good around wet areas you may want them. However some kinds of tiles will need sealing, such as terra cotta, limestone or travertine. The exceptions are some of the beautiful natural stones like bluestone, marble or granite, as well as slates and concrete. Also quartzite or sandstone have roughened surfaces, and are thus anti-slip. This is very important for safety. For a water-based children’s play area, rubber tiles would be the way to go. Our outdoor tiler can advise you on the best way to tile wet areas for long term value.
<b>Swimming pools, spas, fountains & ponds</b>
You can obtain bullnose tiles and coping tiles for the edges of swimming pools and ponds. These are tiles with blunt, rounded edges that smooth off the work and prevent injury and damage. Otherwise tiles make great surrounds for your attractive water features. Slate is great because it resists salt and chemicals. Sometimes fountains are not on the ground but coming out of a wall. A tiled wall makes an attractive setting. Even an old brick or cement wall can be clad with tile designs for an artistic effect.
Tiles are often the preferred option for your outdoor entertainment areas. Examples include think tanks, sunken lounges, barbeques, fireplaces, and the pool or spa and its surrounds. Classy tiles give you looks, durability and easy care in these busy areas. Stain resistant tiles are a good idea for some of these places.
<h3>Usually dry areas</h3>
The dry areas can have a wider range of tiles since they are only wet when it rains. However the tiles still need to be suitable for outdoor conditions. You can seal your favourite types to use outside, although remember to re-seal regularly.
<b>Decks, patios & stages</b>
Decks, patios and stages are elevated outdoor platforms that stand alone or adjoin a building. They are often made of concrete, and then you can cover them with your choice of materials, including tiles.
<b>Gazebos, pavilions & pergolas</b>
Gazebos and pavilions are standalone garden shelters, both with roofs. Whereas pergolas have an open slotted roof to carry climbing vines. Both are great outdoor dining and entertaining areas. Due to this, a strong floor is important. Both types of structure lend themselves well to the exotic feel of tiles. Where pavers are too expensive and you have a concrete base, tile is a good option.
<b>Ornamental gardens & seats</b>
If you have a concrete foundation, tiles are great to delineate an area. Examples are where you have a potted plant, zen or statue garden, and around your garden seats. Many different styles can be obtained with tiles, from formal to rustic and contemporary.
You can have an artistic mosaic of tiles laid in a grand design to show off an open space. They are great around fountains, or for entrance approaches and courtyards. Many people love the classical style of mosaic, although you can do very modern designs too. Your business logo can be made in tiles to ornament your driveways and open spaces to welcome your visitors. Our outdoor tiler can help you optimize your design and materials.
We recommend heading over to our companion team’s site, <b>Professional Landscaping</b> that works with our outdoor tiler. It describes in great detail all the places that are part of your outdoor environment. Many of these look and function well with tiles. Even some you might not have thought of yet!
See also Tiles Or Pavers?
<b>Call us today on 02-9098-6910 for a free quote.</b>