Whilst most of us spend more time at home indoors than outdoors, no doubt you still want your outdoor area to be attractive and increase the value of your property too. One of the best things you can do to enhance your outside area is by using pavers or tiles. But which should you use? Below are some pros and cons of each which will help you know what is best for you.

Outdoor tiles

1. Permanent
Properly installed tiles, using adhesive on a secure concrete slab is more permanent than pavers which are dry laid without using adhesive. If the area has high traffic or if the ground is not stable, it is best to use a concrete slab and tiles.

2. Durable
Porcelain tiles which are properly installed are extremely durable. Glazed ceramic or porcelain tiles and pre-sealed porcelain tiles are also resistant to chemical and water absorption. This makes it ideal for driveways.

3. Easy maintenance
Natural products need special care but outdoor porcelain tiles don’t require any special care. Cleaning without using any chemical based cleaner may be all that’s needed to remove dirt and make them look as good as new.

4. Many Varieties to Choose
There are so many more varieties of outdoor tiles than pavers. From modern and sleek outdoor tiles to concrete look and timber look tiles, there’s a wide variety to choose from.

5. Inexpensive
If the concrete slab is already in place and ready for tiles to be laid, tiles are generally cheaper to purchase than pavers.

1. Preparation of the Ground
Tiles need a firm foundation like concrete to be laid on. If you need to start with laying a concrete foundation, it may be more time consuming as well as expensive.

2. Difficult to Move
Different to pavers, once tiles are installed, expanding the area or moving them requires a more invasive approach.

Pavers or Tiles

1. Installation Easy
The installation process is much simpler than for tiles. Pavers are generally dry laid directly on the ground without a cement foundation, however some surface preparation is required.

2. Easy to Move
Moving or expanding the paved area is easy as pavers are not permanently fixed with adhesive. Even if the ground loses shape, the issue can be fixed without destroying the pavers.

3. Inexpensive
Pavers generally are more expensive than tiles, but the simple process of laying them makes is cheaper than having to install a concrete foundation and then laying tiles over it. So you can choose pavers or tiles by your own.

1. Not as Permanent
Pavers are more prone to move or deform over time as they are not permanently installed with adhesive. However, it’s easy to fix.

2. Care needed for natural products
Travertine and sandstone pavers are some of the more attractive pavers. They wear gracefully and are durable, however periodical sealing is necessary to maintain the look. For the best sealer for your natural stone, ask a TFO staff member about pavers or tiles.

Whether you choose pavers or tiles, TFO has a wide range of both so you are sure to find what you want at a bargain price. pavers or tiles are some of the most in demand products for outdoor areas. Visit our showroom today to see our range for yourself or visit our online tile store now. You’ll be so glad you did!

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