Imagine being able to continue your indoor style out into your outdoor spaces. That's what outdoor tile can do as Tile Outlets' Kate Spencer described on Suncoast View.
After all, the Florida lifestyle is all about being outdoors, and the right outdoor tile can easily expand your living space.
Kate Spencer joined the Suncoast View co-hosts on Monday, October 2nd to discuss the different outdoor tile styles available, with samples in hand.
Sarasota's Suncoast View
Suncoast View is the locally produced hour-long Talk Show airing at 4 p.m. EST on ABC 7 WWSB in the Sarasota, Florida area. The program’s format is inspired by the ABC Network’s popular, long-running talk show, “The View”.
Kate has been a regular there and enjoys talking tile with co-hosts Stephanie Roberts, the popular Co-Anchor of ABC 7’s Good Morning Suncoast, ABC 7’s beloved veteran Reporter Linda Carson and Joey Panek, Senior Producer.
In the photo above, you see Kate on the far left. To her right are Linda Carson, Joey Panek and and Stephanie Roberts.
What Makes Outdoor Tile So Perfect for Florida Home Owners?
Here in Florida, we take our outdoor living spaces seriously. A new design trends is about continuing your indoor style outside using outdoor tiles. These are styles designed for use outdoors in styles that complement your indoor tile decor. Ultimately, variety is what makes outdoor tiles so exciting! More specifically,
- A variety of sizes – lengths, widths and modular designs
- So many styles to choose from - slate look, stone look, terracotta, brick
- Practical outdoor textures – grip, textured, travertine
- Water-enhancing pool mosaics – color, designs, selections
In this article, you'll learn more about:
- Plank tile offerings
- Porcelain tiles
- Grip or non-grip tile products
- Pool tiles
You'll notice that we are focusing on porcelain tile and stone for outdoor use. The reason has to do with how low the water absorption is for these products which make them durable. That's even though deep freezes aren't an issue in Florida.
Furthermore, maintenance for porcelain tile is close to non-existent!
Plank Tile Offerings for Outdoors
You learned about Wood Plank Tile on Suncoast View. Happily, that same look is possible for outdoor spaces!
The Truss series is a porcelain wood look plank for outside. What makes this product perfect for outdoors are the grooves in the texture of the tile which give you grip and security for outdoors, even if the tile is wet.
The image below features Truss Grey Porcelain tile 6x26 planks.
The Lumber series is a porcelain tile wood look plank with a slight textured surface for outdoors.
Below you see Lumber Grey Porcelain tile 6x26.
In this more detailed image of Lumber Grey, you notice what makes this series unique: the nail marks indented in the corners of the tile plank.
Porcelain Outdoor Tiles
Stone looks are a natural for tile. As you can see from the images below, these products will add considerable beauty to any outdoor space given the range of selections and designs.
They also offer enough grip to make ideal non-slip products to use outdoors.
Porcelain Stone Looks
In the image below, you see stone looks in porcelain. This product consists of modular outdoor tiles.
This next image may be one of my favorites! This is a porcelain tile that look like real slate without the maintenance of slate. It's called Flagstone Multicolor Grip Porcelain tile 10x20 and has considerable texture/grip.
The image below features a brick look in a porcelain tile. Alsacia Arena Porcelain Tile 18x35 comes with the pattern in the design of the tile, so you don't need to lay each brick individually.
The brick look in porcelain for walls and floors has been a strong trend. Read Brick Floor Tile Collection Creates A Timeless Craftsman Look for more information.
You'll also additional product ideas in this article titled Porcelain Tile Patterns and Shell Stone Marble for Outdoor Patio Looks.
Pavers are now available in porcelain as well as Travertine, both in a variety of looks.
Stone Tile for Outdoors
Stone continues to be widely used in outdoor settings. Not only is it a classic, but you'll love the selections and color choices.
Below you see Travertine pavers used to define an outdoor space and pool area.
Stone pavers are a perfect way to finish off a pool deck as you see in this next image. They, too, are available in a variety of designs and colors to complement any outdoor setting.
Grip or no Grip?
Of particular concern outdoors where there's water is having tile that is slip resistant.
Making it easier than ever to continue a same look you have inside to your outdoor space is a choice of finish. Tiles now have offerings with indoor and outdoor finish.
Pool tiles are the equivalent of mosaics for indoor backsplashes and accents. They are gems!
As you can see in the two images below, you can find glass waterline pool mosaics that you can use on the waterline or even the entire pool floor.
Be sure to verify the mosaic selected can indeed be used in a pool.
For additional pool tile inspiration, explore the following articles:
What's Your Reaction to Outdoor Tile?
Are you as excited about outdoor tile as we are? Can you see carrying an indoor look out to your pool, spa and deck spaces?
You can watch the entire 5:20 minute Outdoor Tile Expands Your Indoor Style on Suncoast View video segment: