Britain as a nation, embraces the outdoors and this is reflected in the growing trend of the use of tiles not only indoors but to continue them through into the outdoor space which creates a stunning and beautiful, flowing environment within the home.
When choosing a tile suitable to transfer outdoors you will have to consider the typical British climate which varies from sub-zero temperatures in the winter to the lazy, hazy days of summer.
Natural tiles like marble, travertine and slate fit well within the natural British environment but are likely to crack due to the freeze-thaw process that happens in the UK. They are also more labour intensive with regards to cleaning and can become slippery when wet.
Another option to consider are porcelain tiles which are frost proof, do not absorb water and are therefore suitable for sub-zero temperatures as they do not crack and freeze. They are also non-porous which means they do not absorb dirt and therefore are easy to clean. They can also manufactured in a non-slip option which is marked in varying stages of slip resistance which again provides greater variety of choice.
Another benefit of porcelain tiles is that they are fade resistant and are scratch proof which gives a continuous and never changing look to the floor you wanted to create.
Ultimately it is down to you to choose what tile you would like, either the soft, subtle look with natural stone whether it be slate or limestone or if you want to create a sophisticated, contemporary feel with porcelain with all it’s benefits. Either way both options provide an array of colours and finishes which would complement any interior and exterior, and any garden size big or small.