Summer is the time to be outdoors and unwind with friends and family. Whether you have a stoep, patio, braai area, lapa or deck, creating a welcoming outdoor area is in high demand come the warmer months.
‘Gone are the days of a simple patio with plastic chairs and a portable braai; today’s outdoor areas encompass comfortable seating, attractive flooring and often a built-in braai or pizza oven. One can say that it is an extension of the home,’ says Liza Watermeyer, retail and display co-ordinator at Tile Africa.
To create a durable, well-constructed and attractive outdoor area, Liza shares her preferred tile options to consider when planning to renovate:
Inkjet tiles are the latest trend and the ideal solution as they imitate wood, stone and decking; they’re cost effective and create a beautiful natural look.
Natural stone tiles provide texture, can withstand harsh weather conditions and last a lifetime if sealed properly.
Slate’s striking colour and pattern variations will turn a plain floor or wall into a design statement. Slate is slip-resistant, and that makes it perfect for areas close to the pool.
For walls, sandstone cladding and mosaic designs in sandstone create eye-catching textured walls and have become a popular choice due to the natural look they create, completing the earthy theme.
Visit any one of the Tile Africa retail outlets nationwide where you’ll be sure to find tiles to tie in with the style and colours of your outdoor area. They offer a range of floor and wall tiles, including porcelain, ceramic, travertine, slate or sandstone, suitable for almost any application.