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5 Low-Maintenance Floor Tile Ideas for Your Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living spaces carry you through the bright days of spring, warm summer weekends, and crisp, cool autumn evenings. Depending on the climate where you live, you may spend time on your deck or patio year-round. Thus, your patio floor tile must be able to function in extreme weather conditions while still looking effortlessly beautiful. Here are five low-maintenance options to consider:

Photo features Honed Durango 16 x 16 Travertine on patio floor.

1. Updated Quarry Tiles

Quarry tiles are crafted at high temperatures to create a long-lasting product that has a low water absorption rate. This unique manufacturing process makes quarry tiles an optimal choice for patio design. Unglazed quarry tiles are available in colors based on their ingredients—many take on natural shades of red, brown, and gray. The latest quarry tile designs also contain more visual texture. For instance, Quarry Naturals are available in three different sizes, allowing you to create mixed patterns for a new twist on this classic tile.

2. The Latest in Porcelain

Porcelain tiles that are rated for outdoor living spaces are now available in modern, large-format sizes. Additionally, high-resolution imaging can now replicate the beauty of natural stone on porcelain, extending the versatility of this long-lasting floor tile. For instance, the stone-look tiles of the Relevance line provide a textured surface to complete any outdoor living space with stylish colors, including neutral shades of gray, which are currently trending. Remarkable color consistency throughout the tiles makes them especially suited for exterior applications.

3. Natural Stone Beauty

When done well, an outdoor living space can create a seamless transition from the interior of your home to the natural beauty of your backyard. Adding stone tiles is one way to mesh your exterior and interior living spaces, and link the beauty of the outdoors with the beauty of your home. When it comes to using natural stone in an exterior application, flagstone is one of the best choices. The random sizes and shapes of flagstone piece together for an elegant and unique natural appearance. Often used for exterior steps and walkways, flagstone is a low-maintenance stone option that handles the elements with ease.

4. Tiles with Surface Texture

An outdoor living space is where you relax at the end of a hard day. It's your personal paradise in the midst of nature, so you probably don't want a flooring material that's too stark or sleek. To add natural warmth to your patio, try a uniquely textured surface like Fusion Cotto's mixture of modern concrete and European flair. These porcelain tiles are crafted with a high-tech imaging process to blend the appearance of old and new, allowing them to complement a wide range of design profiles.

5. Outdoor Tiles for Both Your Pool and Patio

If you're building an outdoor living space around a pool, you'll need to give careful consideration to the tiles you choose. Select a material that can handle water and is rated for a pool surround. For example, the textured surface of Decorum provides a solid foundation for pool decking. The 24 x 24 tile is built with Tru-Edge technology to minimize grout lines, giving you a clean, modern appearance for your pool and patio area. Coordinating mosaics can be utilized as pool liners for consistency of design.

There are plenty of tiles that are made for outdoor use. And luckily, after installation, you won't need to spend a lot of time on heavy cleaning. Simply sweep away dirt and debris. Tougher spots can be handled by using a damp cloth or sponge to loosen dirt, or a specialized cleaner that's formulated for the specific tile you choose. The perfect tile will enhance the beauty of your outdoor furnishings, pair well with the exterior of your home, and will last for years to come.