Or have the owners not thought about the selection of tiles much and they laid casually the first option they saw? This all betrays the very first glance when you come to a house.
A correctly or incorrectly chosen paving around the house tells much more about its owners than it may seem. Is it a person with a practical disposition or rather with a cultivated taste and aesthetic sensibility?
Choosing and laying outdoor paving is one of the last activities, you deal with during a construction or renovation of a house. You can take advantage of the fact and choose the tiles not only by their functional properties, but also in terms of aesthetics. A paving which is harmonized with the house and its surroundings will be the topping, which gives a coherent character to the whole object.
Types Of Outdoor Paving
You can choose from a wide variety of materials, shapes and colours. Depending on the type of material used, you can divide external paving into concrete pavers, stone pavers, brick tiles, ceramic glazed or unglazed tiles, and wood tiles.
One of the most common and most popular concrete paver types is the lock tiles. Its price is very favourable, compared to other materials. However, you should also consider its aesthetic appeal, so that you did not make your private terrace look like a sidewalk or even a square. However, if the lock tiles are suitable into the compound, you are going to be very satisfied with its utility properties. This outdoor paving is resistant and durable. Because of its high resistance to stress and impact, you can use the interlocking tiles even in the most stressed spaces, such as driveways, entrances to garages and houses. The lock tiles are frost resistant, water-resistant and weatherproof.
The stone pavers are elegant and they offer an easy combination with other materials. Due to their appearance, they are suitable for any location. Stone is one of the oldest building materials and if you bet on it, you cannot go wrong. It is a timeless material that never goes out of fashion and always retains its originality and uniqueness.
Wood is another purely natural material. Wooden paving is very impressive. It has a unique, natural look and it fit to almost any style. The timber, it will be made of, must be thoroughly oiled first. You can get a variety of harmless substances for oiling (impregnation) on the market today. Even though, you have to reckon that the tiles will need replacing after several decades.
Choosing The Type Of Paving
Different requirements must be places on a paving in a garden, where the practical applicability is the most important function, and different requirements on a paving on a terrace in front of a house, where particular attention is paid to colour-matching with the house and to an aesthetic and comfortable surface. As to the paving on a ramp to a garage, it must be additionally very resistant to the high stress of a parked car. You must ensure better distribution of weight on smaller building elements with corresponding profiles.
In the case of outdoor paving, special attention should be paid to the principle of safety, above all. The tiles or pavers should be slip and slide resistant.
The slip resistance ensures a comfortable and secure movement. The level of slip resistance is determined by manufacturer according to the norm EN 14 411 and the special anti-slip tiles are meant for premises with increased danger of slipping. For the outdoor use, you should choose tiles with the minimum value of R9. You can find this value on the package under the symbol of a shoe on a sloping surface. However, keep in mind that the anti-slip nature of the product puts increased demands on cleaning of the surface. In addition, if they are ceramic tiles, you also need to notice the abrasion resistance and frost resistance.
Abrasion resistance against wear (by walking) and scratching (by sand or stones) is given by a norm. You can compare it on a scale from PEI 1 to PEI 5, the value of 5 means the most durable tiles. The PEI value indicates the resistance of the material, which is tested using a metal ring rotating on the tile surface. The PEI value determines how many revolutions of the ring the material can withstand without showing signs of damage. The highest value of PEI 5, for example, means that the material can withstand 12.000 revolutions.
For the outdoor use, it is crucial to use frost resistant ceramic tiles only. The frost resistance is related to the water absorption. Frost-resistant tiles have the water absorption of 3 percent and the sintered paving even less than 0.5 percent. The frost resistance is marked on the package with the symbol of a snowflake.