As summer comes to a close, the temperature begins to drop into a pleasant balmy autumn and the urge to walk barefoot out on the patio increases exponentially. The backyard is delightfully sun-warmed but no longer scorching and there’s a cool breeze in the air. This is the perfect time to do a little patio renovation, but it’s important to remember that the summer sun will be back again all too soon. When choosing tiles for your new back patio design, make sure to consider how well those tiles will resist the sunlight to stay cool and comfortable for bare feet all year long.
Creamy Ceramic Tiles
Tiles made of ceramic, clay, and porcelain are slightly porous and therefore allow heat to pass through them rather than building it up. This quality, in fact, makes them more temperature resistant in general and porcelain tiles, in particular, are also great in climates that freeze over the winter. These tiles can look very different based on the consistency, firing, and glazes used for each selection. Ceramic and porcelain are usually smooth to the touch and often sold in soft, creamy colors. Clay tiles and bricks tend to have a rougher surface, providing better traction but also need to be sealed in order to make them waterproof.
Natural Stone Tiles
Some types of stone are more heat resistant than others, and patio tiles made from them will warm pleasantly, without reaching scorching temperatures. Many people choose granite tile for a natural patio look because it is durable, stain resistant and waterproof along with its excellent heat resisting qualities. For these reasons, granite also makes a great fireplace tile. Soapstone, on the other hand, is much softer and has the benefit of being extremely weather resistant. The tiles are naturally waterproof but do need to be sealed in order to prevent scratches.
The Right Tile for You
For your tile choice, remember that heat resistance isn’t the only important quality. Traction, water resistance and ability to withstand extreme temperatures at both ends of the thermometer will matter in the long run. Make sure to choose a tile that suits your lifestyle and how you plan to use your outdoor space.
When planning to tile or re-tile your patio, consider the happiness of your feet. Instead of constantly having to remember to slip on shoes, install a high-quality tile that will stay comfy both in direct summer sunlight and during the chilly winter months. Not sure which tile to choose? Contact Vera Roofing and Construction today for a friendly consultation. We take pride in exceeding customer expectations with every project.