With summer just around the corner, it’s time to spruce up the garden ready for barbeques, basking or playtime in the great outdoors.
When it comes to choosing patio tiles, there are a few golden rules to follow. Patio tiles need to be tough, strong and durable so they’ll cope with heavy wear and tear and the ever-changing British weather all year round. And of course, they need to look good too!
Choosing patio tiles
Our guide to choosing the best tiles for your outside area will help you produce the perfect patio.
What is the best material for patio tiles?
Porcelain is our top recommendation for garden and patio tiles as it’s more dense and less porous than ceramic. This makes it the ideal choice for rainy days, as with smaller amount of water getting into the tile, it’s less likely to crack if that water freezes.
Slate and quarry tiles are also extremely strong and have high frost resistance
How strong do patio tiles need to be?
Unlike indoor wall and floor tiles, patio tiles have to withstand rain, shine and everything in between, so they need to be super sturdy.
Another consideration is the level of use – a patio for relaxing and unwinding won’t need tiles as durable as a garden with that sees a lot of rough and tumble from children or pets!
What do the different ‘R’ ratings mean?
If you’re looking for outdoor or patio tiles, the ‘R’ rating indicates the tile’s level of anti slip.
R13 – The highest non slip rating, perfect for outdoor patio tiles and pool or hot tub surroundings.
R12 – Ideal for flat areas of your garden (pool side or patio) but use R13 for steeper paths.
R11 – Still anti-slip, but will get slippery when exposed to excessive water or soap.
R10 – Think utility rooms, green houses and even a patio if it’s sheltered from the elements.
R9 – The lowest slip resistance rating, but could still be used (with caution if wet).
View our detailed guide to anti slip tile ratings and grades.
Other uses for patio tiles
Alongside patios, outdoor tiles have a multitude of uses. Patio tiles are great for designing durable doorsteps and non-slippery but eye-catching paths. There is also the option of using patio tiles indoors and outdoors to create a flow through your property.
Patio design ideas
Light and airy spaces
Is your outdoor area fairly open and filled with light? Choosing patio tiles in a bright and light tone will accentuate the airiness.
Suggested patio tile: Architonic Ivory Anti Slip Tiles (also available in light grey and grey)