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Take The Tiles Outside

28 Oct 2019 by Tile Space

Get your outdoor area summer-ready with porcelain tiles, the ultimate option for outdoor use. Unlike other materials such as wood, natural stone and cement, porcelain tile is not porous and therefore it does not absorb liquids. This means that it does not stain or crack and it does not require surface treatments or special maintenance. It's frost resistance qualities will stand the test of even the harshest of conditions.  

Have peace of mind knowing that your outdoor space will be fuss-free. A great advantage of porcelain tile is that it doesn't support moss, mould or mildew making it a low-maintenance option. Porcelain tiles are some of the longest-lasting flooring products on the market today. They are incredibly hardy and durable, very resistant to scratching, staining and wear and when properly installed they’ll look as good in 20 years as they do today. 

What kind of tile can be used outdoors? 

Porcelain tile is the perfect choice for outdoor use. At Tile Space we have a full range of exterior tiles in different colours and sizes.  The difference between indoor and outdoor tiles is the grip/texture on their surface that assists them in resisting slips. This surface can be a little gritty, as this provides excellent traction if the surface gets wet, however it does result in a finish that accumulates dirt and will naturally require deeper cleaning than indoor tiles. Read our blog post on How To Clean Tiles Here 

Indoor-outdoor flow is a common theme, allowing for extended space and perfect for entertaining. We have a number of ranges with both indoor and exterior finishes such as Peggy Andy CementMark Pearl and Lombarda Grigio below. Continuing the same tile offers a seamless appearance between spaces.

Mark Pearl stone look tile for apartment flooring
Mark Pearl Matt 

Peggy Cement Look Tile for indoor and outdoor
Peggy Andy Cement

Lombarda stone look tile for indoor and outdoor
Lombarda Grigio

While wood is known for being high maintenance, Timber look tiles are a great alternative for decks. They look traditional, won't go out of style and hold all the qualities of porcelain. We have a large range of timber look tiles including the Etic Collection from Italy pictured below. Available in five classic colours and sizes 150x900 and 225x900 the range provides a complete solution, with both indoor matt finish and outdoor grip finish. 

Etic, realistic timber look tile for indoor and outdoor use
Etic Rovere Grip 225x900

Etic, realistic timber look tile for indoor and outdoor use
Etic Rovere Venice Matt 250x1500

Deck Jacks by Nurajack are a great way of creating a feature deck with outdoor tiles. Deck Jacks are a self-levelling pedastal system, which allows tilers to install the tiles at the level of the interior floor, for a seamless indoor/outdoor flow which is extremely hard wearing thanks to the thick porcelain tiles and elevated access as the water can run in between the tiles to the membrane below. The tiles are not glued or fixed, so to access the membrane you can simply lift up a tile and replace it again later. To read more about Deck jacks Click Here.

Marvel Statuario, marble look exterior tile
Marvel Statuario Installed with Deck Jacks by Nurajack

Marvel Statuario, marble look exterior tile
Marvel Statuario Installed with Deck Jacks by Nurajack​
What design do they come in? 

Outdoor tiles come in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes and take on the look of natural materials such as stone, marble and timber. As digital print technology advances, manufacturers are producing tiles with unique pattern and less repeat. Global Italian companies put more money towards research, design and production. This results in a tile that is well thought out, has a more accurate design and is an excellent replica of the natural material. 


Magma stone look exterior tile - feature wall
Magma Rock Nera Grip


Cliffstone white exterior tile for rooftop floor
Cliffstone White Dover

Stone Ash Concrete exterior tile
Stone Ash Grip


Marvel statuario exterior tile for rooftop floor
Marvel Statuario Grip


BIS Grafite stone look tile for exterior use
B.I.S Grafite Grip 

When it comes to choosing tiles for your pool, Bisazza mosaics are perfect for those wanting to create a stylish space with wow factor. Not only are Bisazza Mosaics a stunning design statement they are also crafted using the finest of materials. Fine silica sand is used to create the glass mosaic and oxides added to bring a strong depth of colour. The special nature of the mosaics has been rendered to complement the unique southern hemisphere sunlight, creating that gorgeous glitzing glow in your swimming pool. To view our full range of Bisazza, exclusive to Tile Space Click Here.

Italian Bisazza Mosaics for pools
Bisazza Palma Hotmelt

Italian Bisazza Mosaics for pools
Bisazza Blend Iside Hotmelt

Takeaways: Advantages of porcelain outdoor tiles 

-They don’t support mould or mildew. 
- East to maintain and clean, won't stain and won't fade under UV. 
-Highly durable, water resistant and frost resistant. 
-Can recreate looks of natural materials such as Stone, Marble and Timber.
-Available in collections with matching indoor finishes for indoor-outdoor flow. 

Tile Space
New Zealand
We've changed our name! Tile Space (formerly Heritage Tiles) is New Zealand's most prominent distributor of porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, mosaic & decorative wall tiles. With 30 years in the Tiling Industry, we have secured exclusive partnerships with major tile manufacturers in Italy, Spain, Turkey, UAE and across Asia.Our Auckland tile warehouse stocks over 200,000m2 of tiles in over 1000 different styles. Our ranges are suitable for every type of tile installation from a mosaic tile splash back to bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles, living area tiles, exterior deck tiles, tiles for your pool and feature wall tiles. View our tile gallery to browse through some of the many contemporary ranges we offer.We have 7 showrooms in Auckland as well as stores in Wellington, Tauranga and Hamilton. Tile Space also has a Nationwide reseller network - from Kerikeri to Invercargill, carrying all our tile ranges. Find store details of your closest tile dealer here.For those who wish to do their own tiling, we have grouts, tile cutters, adhesives and all the tiling tools you'll need to complete your tiling project. Our friendly staff can also provide advice on everything to do with tiling - from tile design to tile installation.


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