the basics for protecting outdoor tiles
Maintaining your outdoor entertaining area will become especially important as we get closer to summer, but one of the most misunderstood types of backyard maintenance doesn't concern mowing the lawns or trimming the hedges.
Protecting your outdoor tiles against water damage should be included in your initial single or double storey house plans in order to safeguard against any preventable damages that might occur during your home's life cycle.
The type of tile is important for outdoor application. Most likely, they will be glazed porcelain. These tile types are relatively durable and suitable outside, compared to the ceramic style, which is more suitable for use inside the house and away from the elements.
However, both porcelain and slate tiles are porous as well. This means that they are susceptible to water absorption and retention. This may not sound bad, but it can lead to problems with cracking tiles and fast deterioration of your deck.
If your balcony or patio tiles absorb a lot of water, all it will take to cause major damage is for a cold night to freeze the water and crack your tiles.
Luckily, there are preventative measures that you can take to help ensure your tiles stay in tip top shape for years to come.
After they have been installed, give them a thorough, wet clean before applying tile sealant to each tile. Cleaning with a wet mop will remove any leftover dust or particles, guaranteeing that the sealant sticks to and soaks into the tile, rather than random materials on the tile surface.
This sealant will slowly seep into the tile, filling all the potential holes that water could seep into, effectively blocking any potential paths for the water and helping to protect against the absorption of fluid into the tiles.