The offering for outdoor tile applications is growing. From mosaics on feature walls to carefree wood-look tile on a patio, tile is helping you extend the house right out the door. What better way to capitalize on the blurred line between the indoors and outdoors than a beautiful outdoor tile that has the luxury of an indoor tile? Wood-look porcelain tile has jaw-dropping authenticity with all the benefits of tile.

Kim Albrecht, senior brand manager at Daltile, says “wood-look tile is the largest selling category in the tile industry right now.” Consumers see the value in wood-look tile for both the indoors and outdoors not just because of its durability, but also because of its versatility.

“Wood-look goes with everything from rustic to the cleanest contemporary,” Albrecht says. “It can do a traditional kitchen as easily as it can do an urban loft and the look can be carried seamlessly right out the door into the outdoor space.”

Wood-look tile created for outdoor application is relatively new to the market, but a terrific choice for the open concept format that takes the interior design and continues it seamlessly into the outdoor space.

Another big outdoor trend in 2017 is large pavers. These replacements for the typical garden paver are thicker, large-format tiles that stand up to the demands of the outdoors while still offering the ultimate in style.

Keep a watch on the market for pavers in new and interesting designs like upscale cement looks, stone-looks, and even wood looks.

Tile pavers can be installed on grass, sand, or gravel, and don’t require grout. They are particularly wonderful because they are low porosity, thus they don’t soak up the moisture or cause problems with mold or lichen. They are also resistant to insects and damage from ultraviolet light.

Because tile is made from natural materials, many tiles perform well outside. Added technologies like inkjet printing and slip-resistant surfaces make tile even more accessible for outdoor applications.

The biggest benefit of exterior tile is technological advancement. It’s what has made these trends possible. Sarah Morales, product designer at Daltile, says, “with the slip-resistance technology we can now offer tile that’s safe in outdoor environments, is pretty, and has a texture that isn’t off-putting—as outdoor tile once was.”

Whether the outdoor space is a luxurious room all by itself or it is an extension of the house, tile is the new go-to for outdoor design. Consider it for your next project.

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