Most of today’s homeowners are familiar with the benefits of tile. It’s an excellent flooring option, especially in the bathroom where it’s resistant to moisture and easy to clean. Another popular place to find tile is in the kitchen. Many homes have an attractive tile backsplash to help protect the walls from water and food prep.
Today, however, the uses of this versatile material go far beyond the interior of a home. Tile has migrated to the exterior, and it can completely transform the way you use your outdoor spaces.
Redo the Lanai
The lanai can be a fantastic place to relax and unwind after a long day. With the right patio furniture and the company of good friends, it is the perfect setting to chat and relax. Use tile to designate a seating space or to spruce up one that is showing signs of aging. It will stand up to the elements, and cleanup will be a breeze. All it takes is a quick rinse with the garden hose and the tiles are clean once again.
Create a Dream Kitchen – Outdoors!
How many times have you invited friends or family over for a cookout and felt like you missed a great deal of time chatting with your guests because you had to be in and out of the kitchen?
It is no secret that the kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in a home. It is where people gather to socialize and watch the cook at work. You can easily replicate this situation outside, even if you don’t install full appliances. Designate a food prep space with tile floor, counter and surrounds. You’ll get the food on it no time, and cleanup will be quick and easy – all while enjoying your guests.
Improve the Pool Area
Using tile around your pool provides a fantastic way to make this area functional and beautiful. Creating an expanse of easy-to-care-for and attractive tiles beckons you to stretch out and relax before you take a dip in the pool. A classy and polished alternative to decking or cement, tiles surrounding a pool lend themselves quite well to pool parties with friends as well as quieter times with your immediate family.
When using tile outdoors, however, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Whether it’s surrounding a pool, or just in an open area exposed to rain, finding tile that will be slip resistant is essential for creating a space that looks great and is functional as well. A natural stone tile, such as slate or limestone, can be a great option.
These are just three of the top ways you can use tile to transform your outdoor areas. What are your favorite ways of using tile outdoors?
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