What tiling for the terrace?
Tiling a terrace offers many advantages over comfort of life and style. Exposed to the weather, the tiles must be sufficiently resistant while meeting personal aesthetic criteria. Here are our tips for choosing a tile terrace.
What criteria for choosing a tile for the terrace?
- The strength and durability of the materials. A tiled terrace must be able to withstand frequent passages and strong climatic variations (hot weather, frost, rain). Check the standards (scale of 1 to 5) before buying.
- The adhesion. A terrace is exposed to humidity and can be dangerous if the materials do not offer sufficient adhesion: opt for those which have sufficient anti-slip qualities, classified at least R10 according to the official standard.
- The aesthetics. The tiled terrace adapts to all styles of living: for an old house, choose a natural stone tile or tiles imitation stone or slate; for the terrace of a contemporary house, prefer a tile imitation wood.
- The technique of laying tiles. The glued (or clipped) pose will be easier to implement than the sealed pose.
- The price. Variable according to the quality of the materials and the type of laying, it adapts to all the budgets, from the cement tiling or the porcelain stoneware to the refined decorations in mosaic.
The best materials for tiling a terrace
- The porcelain stoneware: its qualities of robustness, its resistance to shocks and its ease of maintenance make it one of the most widespread for a tiled terrace. Non-porous material, it does not fear frost, stains or water. Another advantage: it comes in many aspects, perfectly imitating stone, wood, concrete, slate or terra-cotta, which makes it possible to satisfy all the tastes, for a moderate price, and to integrate all the house styles (from rustic to contemporary).
- Natural stone: it is a durable and resistant material, provided it has been treated against freezing. Its disadvantage: the price. But it is excellence in outdoor tiles, especially for dressing the terrace of an old stone house. Preferably choose a granite tiled floor, whose qualities of durability and resistance are superior.
- Ceramics: an aesthetic that competes with stone but less resistance for a terrace very exposed to bad weather.
- The cement tiles: it is the strongest material for a tiled terrace. It is offered in many colors, sizes and patterns, and one of the cheapest materials.
- The glass paste: most often in the form of mosaic, it is a very resistant material, but the installation is complex and expensive.
All porous or fragile materials (terracotta or marble) are to be avoided for tiling a terrace, unless you apply a water-repellent treatment to renew regularly. Stain and anti-freeze protection will also be required.