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Outdoor Floor Walkway Tiles

Outdoor Floor Walkway Tiles

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April 17, 2008

Outdoor flooring may sound strange, but it really is a great idea.  The term "floor walkway tiles" should not make you think only of inside tiles for your kitchen or bathroom.  Rather, walkway tiles should be something you consider for your entire home, inside and out.  Outdoor floor walkway tiles can be used as a stylish way to decorate the front of your house, creating a welcoming entry to your house, or they can be used in the back yard to create a lovely outdoor living space like a patio or porch you can use in the warm spring and summer months.

Floor Walkway Tiles

Floor walkway tiles are a lovely addition to any back yard atmosphere.  There are a lot of different materials you can use for your outdoor floor walkway tiles, including ceramic, stone, and even concrete.  Even though concrete floor walkway tiles aren't really tiles in the traditional sense - meaning they are not separate tiles, but are actually a tile pattern stamped on a concrete slab - they have become very popular for their durability and their cost.  Generally, because concrete floor walkway tiles are one piece that is poured and stamped with a tile pattern, they are easier to install; traditional tiles are laid one by one and can be very time consuming so labor costs can be outrageous.

More typical types of floor walkway tiles are ceramic or stone.  Stone walkways are generally flagstone, though a variety of types of stones can be used.  Before you decide on what type of material you use, especially if you are considering a pricey stone tile, you need to think about your local climate.  If you live in a region where there is little or no snow and few heavy rainstorms, stone floor walkway tiles could work well for your front or back yard.  Ceramic can also be used, but again you should take your regional climate into consideration before purchasing and installing your floor walkway tiles.  You will also want to think about whether or not you are qualified to install the tiles yourself.  Tiles need to be carefully placed, and even the slightest deviation from the pattern can throw off the entire floor walkway.  Tiles are tricky, so if you don't have a lot of experience laying masonry outdoors, you might want to hire a professional stone mason to lay the walkway.

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