What Type of Tile Can Be Used Outdoors?

Tiles are a great choice for outdoor flooring because they are durable, low maintenance and come in a number of colors, styles and types.

Porcelain Tiles

Tiles are rated by their hardness and porosity (how much water they absorb). For outdoor use, it's important to choose hard tiles with a rating of 4 of more and a low absorbency rate (under . 5 percent).

Porcelain is extremely durable, frost-proof and has a low absorption rate, making it perfect for outdoor use.

Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tiles are smaller than 6 inches and come in a number of shapes. When unglazed, they have an extremely low absorption rate and are great for outdoor use.

Unglazed Porcelain and Quarry Tiles

Unglazed porcelain and quarry tiles are typically highly durable, frost-proof and stain resistant. Their low water absorption makes them a great choice for outdoors.

Terra Cotta Tiles

Terra cotta tiles can be used outdoors in nonfreezing climates.

Slate Tiles

Slate tiles are a great choice for outdoors since they don't fade and aren't affected by freezing weather. However, they are porous and require regular sealing.

Natural Stone

Some natural stones like marble can be used outdoors.

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Shanika Chapman has been writing business-related articles since 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science in social science from the University of Maryland University College. Chapman also served for four years in the Air Force and has run a successful business since 2008.