Considering wood effect tiles for your patio? Here’s all you need to knowDarwyn Rabey
Natural wood can provide a stunning look for outdoor living spaces. For decks, patios and outdoor eating areas, raised timber can provide a lovely styling to your garden. However, especially in rainier climates (we’re based in Aberdeenshire… we know!), aside from splinters in your feet and the challenges you face keeping wood looking it’s best, wood often needs replacing and can become a costly job as the prices for natural materials continues to rise. So, what do you do?
Wood styling and tiles that last: the best of both worlds
As you can see from the swatches below (yes, these are porcelain tiles…not wood!) you now have access to a wonderful selection of wood-styled porcelain tiles that suit any style garden. For rich oak-styling to light shades of beech through to modern shades of grey, the choice is very much yours;
The inspiration behind wood-style tiles is to capture the natural beauty and warmth of wood in a more durable and low-maintenance flooring option. Wood has long been a popular choice for flooring due to its natural appearance and warmth, but it is not always practical for all spaces. For example, real wood is not recommended for high moisture outdoor spaces because it can rot, warp, and become damaged by water.
Wood-style tiles were developed as a solution to these issues, offering a flooring option that provides the look of wood with added durability and resistance to moisture and other elements. The goal was to create a flooring option that would allow you to enjoy the natural look of wood without the maintenance and replacement issues associated with real wood.
Today, wood-style tiles come in a variety of colours, finishes, and sizes, allowing you to choose the look that best fits your own personal style. They have become a popular choice for flooring in kitchens, bathrooms, and now, especially, outdoor spaces.
To help you make your selection, we’re answering some of the most common questions our customers have asked;
Can wood effect paving slabs be used outside?
Yes, wood-look porcelain tiles can be used outside. In fact, they are a popular choice for your outdoor patio as they offer the natural look of wood with added durability and resistance to weather and moisture. Unlike real wood, porcelain tiles are non-porous, making them ideal for use in your outdoor space such as patios, decks, and pool areas.
If I want a patio in a wood-style, what’s the best material for my garden tiles?
The best material for wood-effect tiles is porcelain. Porcelain is a type of ceramic tile that is known for its durability, strength, and resistance to moisture and staining. It is also extremely versatile, and can be made to resemble various types of wood, including pine, oak, and other species. The glaze on porcelain tiles is fired at high temperatures, making it highly resistant to wear and tear and less likely to fade over time.
Porcelain wood-effect tiles are also low-maintenance, easy to clean, and cost-effective in the long run. They are a great alternative to real wood for outdoor use, as they are not affected by moisture, insects, or rot, and they do not require any special sealing or treatment.
So, if you’re looking for a material that offers the natural look of wood but with added durability and resistance to the elements, porcelain wood-look tiles are an excellent choice.
How long will wood-effect porcelain tiles last?
Porcelain tiles are known for their durability and can last for many years if properly installed and maintained. In general, porcelain tiles have a lifespan of 20-30 years or more, depending on various factors such as foot traffic, exposure to the elements, and how well they are taken care of.
It is important to note that porcelain tiles that are used in outdoor areas, such as patios and balconies, may experience more wear and tear than those used in indoor areas, due to exposure to the elements. However, even in outdoor areas, porcelain tiles are still expected to last a long time if they are properly installed and maintained.
To ensure the longevity of your porcelain tiles, it is important to have them installed by a professional, to clean them regularly, and to address any cracks or chips that may occur promptly. By taking these steps, you can help to extend the life of your porcelain tiles and keep them looking great for many years to come.
Which wood-effect porcelain tiles would we recommend?
In a selection of 4 wood-look designs, the Halmstad range of 120x30cm porcelain tiles are suitable for a wide variety of garden makeover projects. The perfect look for a deck-styled patio area that is both low maintenance and non-slip. With a subtle ribbed-textured finish our Halmstad tiles retain both the look and feel of classic wooden decks, patios and terraced areas without the splinters or rotting of timber materials.
Want to see for yourself just how effective our wood-styled Halmstad porcelain tiles look? Order your free samples today and we’ll have them on their way to you right away. Just click here and we’ll even deliver them to you for free.