Most outdoor deck tiles interlock and can be installed on any semi-flat surface without the need for grout, adhesives or installation fees.

Choose your outdoor patios carefully. Consider versatility, beauty and price.

Installing an outdoor patio can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying or selling your home. In addition to adding curb appeal and expanding your living space, it can even have financial rewards such as reducing energy costs (cooking outdoors on hot days) and increasing property value.

There are a few things to keep in mind, however, when installing outdoor patio tiles – visual appeal, functionality, climate, surroundings, durability and cost.

Below is a breakdown of the features of the most popular outdoor patio tiles.

Outdoor deck tiles

Most outdoor deck tiles interlock and can be installed on any semi-flat surface without the need for grout, adhesives or installation fees.

Most outdoor deck tiles interlock and can be installed on any semi-flat surface without the need for grout, adhesives or installation fees.

Do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners have great options in outdoor deck tiles which come in plastic, wood, stone and concrete. Equally as impressive as the variety of materials available for outdoor deck tiles are the array of textures and colors, giving designers options to match any style of home, community or functional purpose. Most outdoor deck tiles interlock and can be installed on any semi-flat surface without the need for grout, adhesives or installation fees. They can be laid down on top of and existing patio, deck or ground surface and most are water, heat and insect proof.

Outdoor carpet or turf tiles

Artificial turf squares allow water to drain through and provide a lush, non-slip surface that is easy to maintain.

Artificial turf squares allow water to drain through and provide a lush, non-slip surface that is easy to maintain.

Outdoor carpet squares are a convenient way to extend the comfort of your home outside. Resistant to moisture and high traffic, outdoor carpet tiles provide an excellent non-slip surface. Should a tile become worn or stained, it is easy to replace. Many come in interlocking squares that you can simply swap with no need for tools. High quality outdoor carpet tiles are odor, stain resistant and easy to clean.

For a natural look and the comfort of artificial materials, consider artificial turf tiles. Easy to install, they typically snap together on any hard flat surface. Artificial turf squares allow water to drain through and provide a lush, non-slip surface that is easy to maintain.

Outdoor rubber tiles

Outdoor rubber tiles are soft, slip resistant and inexpensive.

Outdoor rubber tiles can withstand extreme temperatures without cracking or chipping and most carry the rare benefit of being both porous and waterproof.

One of the most versatile outdoor patio tile options, outdoor rubber tiles are soft, slip resistant and inexpensive. They come in a large range of textures, colors and sizes and are extremely durable. The comfort factor of the rubber patio tile makes it ideal for areas where children will be present as it offers a soft surface with a superior grip.

Outdoor rubber tiles can withstand extreme temperatures without cracking or chipping and most carry the rare benefit of being both porous and waterproof. Water permeates through the tiles which are often also grooved to allow water to drain off the surface rather than pool. Rubber patio tiles are able to withstand heavy objects being dropped on them without breaking. DIY homeowners enjoy the benefits of easy installation, allowing them to save money both on the purchase price and installation.

Clay-based tiles

How tiles are formed and fired makes a big difference when looking at clay-based tiles. Ceramic tiles in particular are very diverse in colors, patterns, shapes and sizes. Commonly used for indoor tiles, there are limitations to ceramic tiles’ outside uses as they should have a minimum Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating of 4 or 5, meaning they are hard and durable. Anything rated lower than 4 is too fragile. Outdoor ceramic tiles should also be unglazed and sealed. Glazed tiles can be slippery and unsealed ceramic tiles will stain.

Porcelain tiles do not mildew or stain and are near waterproof. Their method of manufacturing allows for intricate textures that mimic stone tiles. Porcelain is also more durable and dense than ceramic tiles. Porcelain tiles are resistant to freezing and come in an unlimited number of colors and sizes, but are more expensive than ceramic tiles.

Quarry tiles are made from unglazed clay and are very tough but come in limited colors of red, brown and gray. They have a low water absorption rate, but need to be sealed to avoid staining. The unglazed material provides an effective non-slip surface.

Stone tiles

If you are looking for the beauty of nature, there are many stone tile options to fit your needs. However stone tiles can be much more expensive than the previously-mentioned options. Sandstone tiles offer a huge range of colors. A soft stone, sandstone is easier to carve than other stones without sacrificing strength and durability. However, as one of the most porous stones, they absorb a water and salt which can result in serious damage. They also need to be sealed to prevent staining.

Granite tiles are the strongest and most durable stone tiles. Naturally waterproof, granite will not stain or absorb oils. It is scratch, chip and crack resistant, easy to clean and nearly impenetrable to bacteria. Granite is also heat resistant and nearly maintenance free but is one of the most expensive options.

Like sandstone, limestone is also easy to cut while maintaining strength and durability. However, it does scratch easily and needs to be properly sealed. A somewhat porous stone, limestone is highly susceptible to damage by acidic cleaners such as bleach or vinegar. For a spongy-looking limestone tile, consider travertine tiles, which are known for their small pits.

Soapstone tiles, known for their soft texture, are heat resistant and waterproof and well as resistant to extreme climate changes. They are easy to carve, but also easily scratched.

Slate tiles are usually grey in color and offer unique uneven surfaces which provide excellent slip resistance. While good in wet conditions, slate is not tolerant of freezing temperatures. Despite being a dense material, slate is easily scratched and must be sealed to prevent staining.

As you can see, not all tiles are created equal. Take care in deciding whether you want the comfort, versatility and price of synthetic tiles or natural look and authenticity of stone. Your family, friends, neighbors, body and wallet will thank you!

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Customer Review-Patio Aqua Tiles


Spring is finally here and summer is right around the corner.  Tommy H. is preparing to enjoy his pool area to the fullest by using our Aqua Tiles for his pool surround.  He’s also installing around a screened in patio and hot tub.

Aqua tile is a PVC product made specifically for wet area flooring.  Its perforated design allows for easy water drainage so puddles are not an issue.  This soft material also feels much more comfortable on bare feet than concrete or some other pool surround materials. 

Installation of Aqua tiles is a snap.  Literally.  Just snap the tiles to each other.  You need no messy adhesives.  When you reach the edge of the pool, these plastic tiles can easily be cut to fit with a utility knife.  Tommy used a pruning shears!

“I installed myself on weekends and at night,” he says.  “The biggest challenge was to cut around the kidney shaped pool.”

“Down in south Louisiana (where Tommy lives) the ground always subsides and cracks in the concrete are common.”  Aqua tiles are a great solution for this.  Available in four colors, green, blue, terracotta, and gray, they match almost any pool décor.

Aqua patio tiles are also slip resistant.  This is important for areas around pools because kids, whether we like it or not, are apt to run around.  It’s far safer to fall on these soft tiles than it is on concrete. 
Designed for common foot traffic, they can also withstand outdoor tables and chairs.  They are manufactured with UV stabilizers in the product mix.  This gives them better resistance to sunlight and keeps them from fading as quickly as some other pool surround products on the market.
Although designed for outdoor use, they can also be used in a variety of wet areas including basement showers or in spa areas.
We asked Tommy if he’d recommend Greatmats to his friends.

“Of course.  I have shown the results thus far to many residents in the Houma area.”

Thank you, Tommy, for your review.  We encourage everyone who has purchased our products to please send in a photo and let us know what you think.  We are determined to provide the best products and the best customer service possible.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles blue patio tiles

StayLock Perforated Tiles – Outdoor Tiles

 

Here’s a great flooring solution for residential or industrial wet areas.  Our StayLock perforated wet tiles provide a non-slip surface that’s great for decks, patios, rooftops, spa and pool surrounds, locker rooms, and shower areas.   This perforated 1×1 ft modular tile is made of soft plastic material and delivers traction and comfort.
StayLock perforated non-slip floor tile easily connects with a tab lock system that will not allow the tiles to work themselves apart over time.  This non-slip plastic flooring is available in a variety of appealing colors for indoor and outdoor applications.  It is perfect for pool and spa surrounds because its easy on bare feet and durable enough for tables and lawn chairs. The top of this non-slip tile will provide traction when wet and comfort for standing and walking.
Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles Grey Tan Green Terra Cotta BlackThis modular, non-slip plastic floor tile is also great for industrial applications where workers are exposed to wet floors.  This tile will provide an anti fatigue benefit for people standing for long periods of time. This pvc tile is naturally resistant to oils, acids, and toxic chemicals because of the pvc base material. StayLock perforated non slip floor tile easily connects together and does not require adhesive for installation. Easily cut this modular perforated tile with a sharp utility knife for wall-to-wall installations or to install around poles, table legs, or other obstacles on the floor.

These modular non-slip flooring tiles can also be separated and taken up easily when needed.  The tab attachment system is resilient and designed for multiple installations so you can take the floor with you when it’s time to relocate. This non-slip floor tile can be custom ordered in virtually any color desired.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

 

Patio Outdoor Tile

Looking for a comfortable, low maintenance, and easy-to-install flooring for your pool area?  Check out our Patio Outdoor Tile.  It is perfect for outdoor use around wet areas because it is a drain through, elevated floor product. This flooring is also excellent for your hot tub or spa area.   Its drain-through design will not absorb any moisture and lets all water drain through which will insure a consistently dry surface on top of the tiles.  This will keep your surround safe from mold and mildew as well as provide a more comfortable area.  This is critical because, if water is absorbed by your outdoor patio tile and freezes, the ice can crack and destroy your flooring.  With Patio Outdoor Tiles, you won’t have that problem.

Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Pool Deck Terra Cotta ColorAs almost any parent will tell you, keeping children from running near the pool can be a full time job and sometimes they run despite your best efforts.  It is imperative that your pool surround provide extra traction to keep everyone safe.  Fortunately, these tiles provide that extra layer of security for your family and guests.  They are also designed to be comfortable for bare feet.  Patio Outdoor Tiles are perfect for use in a variety of wet areas including swimming pool areas, spas, showers, decks, and saunas.
Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Pool Deck Blue ColorThese patio tiles come in three attractive colors: blue, terra cotta, and gray.  They are UV stable for outdoor use so you don’t have to worry about your tiles fading in the sun over time.  They are also weather resistant so you can rest assured that they will last for years. Patio Outdoor Tile is designed to accommodate the weight of common foot traffic and residential tables and chairs for outdoor usage.
Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Patio Terra Cotta ColorEach patio tile is 11-5/8” x 11-5/8” and 1/2” thick.  They are easy to install because they feature a unique interlocking tab and loop connecting system.  These tiles simply snap together.  You need no messy adhesives and, in most cases, you can simply design your own pool surround in a few hours.  Use our handy online floor planner to determine how many tiles you will need.  Easily cut this PVC floor tile with a utility knife for a total wall-to-wall installation and viola!  You have an attractive, safer, and more pleasant area to relax in by your pool.Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Pool Deck Tile Terra Cotta Color
But don’t take our word for it. Check out our customer reviews to see that, when it comes to outdoor, wet area flooring, Greatmats has got you covered!

Contact Greatmats at http://www.greatmats.com – 877-822-6622