Outdoor Porcelain Tiles
Are you planning to renovate your outdoor space? Building a patio using porcelain pavers is the perfect way to create a gorgeous, finished area. But choosing suitable porcelain tiles can be a challenge. From the tile's finish to the layout pattern, there are so many factors to plan for. But, one of the most important things to consider is the tile size. This characteristic can inform the rest of your decisions when shopping for outdoor tiles.
From checking out what's available to considering your space and choosing a design pattern, there's a lot that goes into selecting a tile size. In this guide, we'll review some of the most crucial steps to deciding what size outdoor porcelain tiles you should use for your project.
Available Sizes of Outdoor Porcelain Tiles
First, check with the tile retailer to see what size tiles they sell. You don't want to get your heart set on a specific size only to find out the store doesn't have them in the style you want. You should also ask which sizes they have in stock and which they may be running low on. This information will shape the rest of your decision process.
At Stiled, we offer four standard sizes of outdoor porcelain tiles. These include:
- 60 cm x 60 cm porcelain tiles
- 60 x 90 cm porcelain tiles
- 60 x 120 cm porcelain tiles
- 30 x 120 cm porcelain tiles
Our tiles also measure 2 cm thick for added durability. Visit Stiled to view all the styles of porcelain tiles we have available.
Choosing a Tile Pattern
Next, consider how you want to arrange the tiles in your yard. Some shapes lend themselves better to specific patterns, so your design choice may dictate what size you purchase. Here's an overview of some of the most common layouts you can choose from.
Linear or grid patterns are the most common tile layout. The pattern is simple, making this arrangement easy to plan for and install. This design involves laying equally-sized tiles perfectly in line with each other. You can use either square or rectangular tiles, though squares offer a more uniform look. You also have the option of arranging the tiles in a standard, straightforward grid or on a diagonal. Just be aware that a diagonal arrangement will require a bit more planning and prep work as you'll need to cut some of the tiles.
Brick patterns, sometimes called offset patterns, are also highly popular. While the design is still simple, it has a bit more visual interest than a linear tile layout. To achieve this look, the right tiles are essential. For best results, use a rectangular tile that's longest side is at least double the size of the shorter side. If you're using Stiled tiles, choose the 60 cm x 120 cm or the 60 cm by 90 cm option. Arrange one row of perfectly lined up rectangular tiles. Offset the next row by 50% to create a staggered, brick-like appearance.
For a unique and creative look, try a modular pattern. This layout involves using a few different sizes of tile to make a one-of-a-kind look. Go for a more uniform modular look with a repeating pattern of squares and rectangles. Or, go wild and arrange the pieces however you see fit. You can research modular tile patterns to gain some inspiration or use graph paper to plan out your own interesting design.
Herringbone patterns are a great way to add design flair to your tile arrangement. The trendy style involves arranging two rectangular tiles in a "V" shape and repeating the pattern across the space. You can create this look using any rectangle-shaped tile, but it looks best when you use long and skinny tiles, like the 30 cm by 120 cm option from Stiled.
The basket weave pattern is simple to pull off, but it can have a significant impact on your space. This design requires equally-sized rectangular tiles. Lay two or three rectangular tiles next to each other vertically to create a square. Then, do the same with the tiles positioned horizontally. These two collections of tiles are going to be your building blocks for the entire design. Place the two arrangements next to each other and repeat the pattern. In the row underneath, you're going to do the same but in the opposite order to create a checkerboard pattern. The result should be a design that resembles the weave of a basket.
Disconnected Loose Lay
Loose lay refers to the installation technique instead of a specific pattern. When using this method, tiles are simply laid directly on grass or concrete slabs without any mortar, grout, or adhesive. Instead, the weight of the tile holds it in place. For a trendy and modern look, line up tiles in a grid or path with equal spacing between each one. You can let the grass fill in the empty space or use small decorative pebbles. Square tiles offer the most contemporary look, but you can use any shape and size tile to create a unique, custom design.
Measuring Your Yard
Once you have an idea of the layout style you'd like to use, you can begin planning your patio project. Decide which area you'd like to place your pavers in. They can be installed in a yard or on a rooftop or balcony. When you have an idea of which general area you'll be working in, you can measure the space. This will help you decide which size tiles will be most effective and how many you'll need. Use a tape measure to calculate the surface area of the space. Measure the length and width of the space in meters. You can find the total surface area by multiplying the two numbers together. And remember to double-check your work now so you don't end up making any costly mistakes down the line.
Calculating How Much Tile You Need
With the surface area in hand, you can finalize your design plans, calculate how many tiles you need to purchase and set a realistic budget for the project. Tiles are typically sold by the box, and the tile retailer will be able to tell you how much surface area one box covers. At Stiled, you can order by the box or by area, so you won't have to complete any complicated calculations.
If you're planning a linear layout, your calculations will be easy. Divide the total surface area by the total square meterage of the tile in a box. The result is the number of boxes you'll need to purchase to fill the space. For other layout patterns, you can use graph paper to plan out your exact design and see how many tiles are necessary to fill the space.
When purchasing your tiles, you should always buy extra in case of breakage, mistakes, and cuts. Plus, you'll be prepared in case a tile breaks in the future. You won't need to worry if the tile style or colour is discontinued or out of stock; you'll already have the necessary supplies on hand to make any repairs. We recommend purchasing 10% more tile than is needed for your layout. Multiply the surface area by 0.1, then add that number to the total surface area to calculate the square meterage of the tile you need.
Additional Considerations When Selecting a Tile Size
There are a few other factors you may want to keep in mind when choosing the perfect size of tile, like the overall look of the shape and the impact it will have on your outdoor space. Here are a few additional considerations that may impact your decision:
- Colour: While these features don't directly impact the size of the tile, they can affect how large the tile appears. Porcelain tiles with a lighter finish create a more open and airy feel. On the other hand, dark-coloured tiles can make your space feel smaller but cosier. To prevent an area with dark tiles from feeling too closed off, choose a larger size of tile.
- Size Relative to your Space: Consider the surface area of the space you're filling. Larger tiles look better in large, open spaces, whereas small tiles are better suited for smaller patios.
- Combining Tile Sizes and Shapes: Combining multiple shapes and sizes of tile can make your design more aesthetically pleasing. Using one or two different tiles produces a cleaner and more streamlined appearance. Designs with three or more tile sizes look more complex, interesting, and compact.
- Grout Lines: Using an installation method with grout can impact the overall look of your space. Large tiles have fewer grout lines, creating a sleek and modern look. Small tiles will have more grout lines, which can add more texture and complexity. Consider which look you're trying to create and choose tiles to match.
Porcelain Paving Installation Process
How To Install
Installing porcelain paving is something you can do on your own, or with the help of a professional. Here's a quick overview of the process to give you an idea of the steps to a perfect patio.