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 temperature changes and to atmospheric agents in general. They can then differ in material or degree of roughness, in color and size of the tiles, but these are above all aesthetic parameters, which do not affect the success of the flooring. However, since it is well known that the eye also wants its part, the choice of flooring should always be made considering both the continuity with the interior environments and the harmony with the style and architecture of the house, especially when it comes to paving of parts of the garden, such as paths inside the flower beds or communication with a possible swimming pool.
One of the most popular materials for outdoor flooring is porcelain stoneware. The success of this material is given by its high resistance to both atmospheric agents, abrasion and impact, and to chemical agents (such as those contained in highly concentrated detergents). Furthermore, it has many possibilities of shapes and therefore can be used for different contexts, from the poolside to the paving of a garden, patio or terrace, up to the creation of paths within a green area. The surface of the porcelain stoneware can be worked in different ways, so that a rough look can be obtained, perfect for rustic contexts, or a more refined and elegant one, ideal, for example, for paving the driveway of a luxury villa.
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, …
Among the most weather-resistant materials and therefore perfect for outdoor flooring, there is certainly stone. This type of solution can have many advantages, especially in the case of very large areas, given that it is among the cheapest floors. There are different possibilities of using the stone according to the shapes, from bush-hammered paving stones to cubes, to slabs of variable size. When we talk about stone flooring, however, we are not talking about a single composition, since often, depending on the geographical area, one type of stone is preferred over another. For this reason, the possibilities of colors and shades are different, as is the resistance offered both to atmospheric agents and to abrasions or impacts.
Terracotta is one of the most classic materials for outdoor flooring, both in modern and rustic environments. Outdoor terracotta tiles are different from indoor ones, because they must be non-slip and also frost-proof, to prevent sudden changes in temperature from creating injuries, breaks and the formation of sharp scales. Depending on whether the tiles are of an industrial or artisanal type, they have a different manufacture and value, but the industrial-type terracotta is not necessarily less elegant and appreciable than the artisan one. The difference between the various types of terracotta is also given by the color, since there are tiles with a more red and bright color and others with shades ranging from amber yellow to pink, with a series of shades that depend above all on the composition.
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