Furnishing the outdoor areas of your home can be a very demanding job, but also particularly rewarding and fun if you follow some simple rules that will guide you in choosing the most suitable materials for your needs. As a first rule, it is essential to choose a material that can match your interior flooring, in order to follow a common thread in the style of your home. Among the many types of material that you can select, there are terracotta, used especially in environments with a rustic character to pave terraces, balconies, stairs and aesthetically define an outdoor dining area or the poolside; concrete, that is a material composed of cement with the addition of colored grits that is used to pave courtyards, balconies and terraces; Porcelain stoneware, characterized by its high resistance to abrasion, impact and chemical attacks, is often used to pave outdoor furniture, poolside and all outdoor areas.
An absolutely not to be underestimated phase in choosing non-slip outdoor tiles for your outdoor areas concerns the climate to which your living area is subject. You must take into account the climatic conditions to choose the tiles that will give you, over time, greater guarantees of sealing. Therefore, if you live in an area where frosts often occur, in fact, it is preferable to buy tiles with high resistance to very low temperatures. If, on the other hand, you live in a place where it rains frequently, then outdoor coatings with low water absorption, therefore waterproof, and, obviously, with a high slip resistance will be preferable. The product catalogs, in any case, contain all kinds of information regarding these requirements with technical data sheets for each material and all the reference parameters.
Among the wide range of finishes available, there is a risk of confusion. Therefore, it is necessary to calmly think about the type of non-slip outdoor tiles you need based, mainly, on its intended use. The outdoor space, in fact, is made up of different components and the materials can vary according to the area you need to furnish such as the garden, the porch, the poolside, balconies and terraces. The characteristics that a terrace floor must have will undoubtedly be different from those of a poolside. For example, if you have to pave a driveway, you will have to take into account the passage of people and the transit and parking of some vehicles and therefore you will have to choose a flooring suited to these needs, which is therefore particularly resistant. If, on the other hand, you have to pave the poolside, your priority will be anti-slip tiles.
Ultimately, when choosing non-slip tiles for your outdoor space, a reflection on prices cannot be missing. Costs obviously vary according to the type of material and the surface to be coated. Here are some examples: Simple porcelain stoneware tiles, in the 30.5 x 30.5 cm size, cost € 5 / m2. Those with aged wood effect, in the 30 x 60 cm format, non-slip, have a price of 10 € / sqm. The tiles with a stone effect, measuring 20 x 40 cm, cost 12 € / sqm. Natural stone has higher costs. Porcelain stoneware with a rustic stone effect costs € 12.99 / sq m while the structured quartzite effect stoneware costs € 18.99 / sq m. The cost of natural rolled terracotta, available in sizes from 15 x 30 cm to 33 x 60 cm, is 16 € / sqm. To these costs, then, we must add the price of the labor of the skilled workers, which varies from region to region.
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