Indoor and outdoor tiles differ from each other not only for their resistance (outdoor tiles have great resistance to bad weather), but also and above all for the surface, which must be rougher to avoid slipping, especially when using shoes. sole or heel. However, when we talk about non-slip tiles, we are not only talking about rougher surfaces or rougher floors, but also very resistant tiles, designed to preserve all their properties despite the alternation of time and bad weather. The main feature of non-slip tiles is to always have a surface with a degree of roughness well defined by law and international standards (the levels range from 1 to 11 for increasing roughness).
Non-slip tiles are not distinguished from normal tiles only by the rough surface, but also and above all by the materials they are made of. The most used are certainly the stone tiles, which, in addition to being naturally non-slip, are also very resistant to atmospheric agents. Non-slip stone tiles find many applications, both in gardens and in less green areas such as balconies or terraces. Much more elegant and highly refined is the non-slip porcelain stoneware, which has different textures and colors to be used in the most varied contexts. Concrete tiles are also very popular and used, unlike those in stoneware, they are also very easy to install and therefore do not necessarily require the hand of an expert.
Outdoor floors are all characterized by some common factors. In fact, to be safe, they must be non-slip and, moreover, they must have a high resistance to sudden changes.
The choice of non-slip tiles must be made both on the basis of the material and the color. When you intend to tile a garden or a terrace, also the choice of the fundamental color: a terrace or a balcony can have colors that recall the room from which access is provided, while, for a garden, colors that refer example, to the walls of the house. The choice of colors is fundamental for both small spaces and large environments: in the former, more neutral shades are to be preferred, while for large environments it is possible to choose stronger colors. The materials, on the other hand, must be chosen above all on the basis of the prevailing weather conditions, depending on whether the tiles are often subject to frost or rain or strong sun.
Despite the safety and practicality, the non-slip tiles have a small flaw, namely their cleaning a little more complex than the smooth ones. Their roughness, in fact, absorbs the dirt more so a pass of detergent may not be enough, but a more energetic cleaning becomes necessary and, often, more passes of snot. The complexity of cleaning, in fact, is caused by the greater ease with which dirt and soil enter rough surfaces. While on smooth tiles, in fact, dirt slides off with a simple wipe of water and detergent, in rough ones, as already mentioned, more energetic and repeated movements are required, also depending on the material from which the tiles are made and, above all , based on their degree of roughness.