By Jim Mahin

An outside upgrade can totally transform how your space is used and even increase the value of your home. When considering new flooring you'll undoubtedly want to consider using outdoor tiles. That being said here are some the best locations and ways to use them.

One of the best ways to use tiles is to use them to create a patio space. Having a patio will allow you to entertain guests, dine outside, and offer an area for kids to play. Of course you will need to choose outdoor patio tiles that are made from a material that can handle what you will be using them for. But don't forget to go with something that is pleasing to the eyes since a patio can have big impact on your space.

Paths are often a necessity. They can help to connect different areas of your property and help to protect your lawn from the damage of frequent foot traffic. Using outdoor floor tiles on your path will not only help to make it more functional but also much more attractive. There are a host of materials that are commonly used many of which are types of natural stone. Using stone tiles makes a lot of sense since they are often very slip-resistant and durable.

Using outdoor tile on your steps is a fabulous way to add to the look of your home. It can also help to prevent some serious accidents. By choosing materials that have grip you won't have to worry about slips and falls even in wet conditions. Some natural choices like slate are perfect for this or you can go with something that has been manufactured to be as slip-resistant as possible.

While balconies can provide stunning views many people aren't sure what type of flooring to use on them. Many renters get frustrated because they are not allowed to permanently install anything. A smart choice are what are known as outdoor deck tiles. These are non-permanent and interlocking so you can install or remove them in a few minutes. While some are made from wood others are synthetic, the type you choose depends on your taste.

When it comes to a tile upgrade don't overlook your side yard. You won't need many to make a stepping stone path which you could use to lead guests from the front to the backyard. They can also be used to make a second patio space to relax and take a load off.

Any of these spots can easily be transformed with the use of outdoor tiles. From the stairs to side yard they will help you to make sure you get the absolute most from your property.

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