Like any other tile installation, when we want to put that adorn the outside of our home, the most important thing is to define what we do and where we must begin. While the outer areas are less decorated in some homes these areas also deserve attention and dedication. It is therefore far from recommending only that the patio tiles installation is orderly and to review where we leave those parts that are the result of cuts then we’ll see what we know of the slabs for exterior and how to install them.
Maybe it’s something that is considered minor but exterior decoration when slabs refer is not something to be taken lightly, the list of necessary tools confirms this. To install this type of slabs properly and finish the details need:
- angle grinder with grinding disc
- Rubber mallet
- Gloves and goggles
- Glue gun
- Broca No.6
- Toothed flat and smooth
- Limas and ceramic tongs
- Bubble level
- Tape measure and ceramic cutter
- Chisels, screwdrivers and Dogfish
Maybe at the list we think it is only needed for other work, but unlike common repairs where we may need one of these tools in the slabs installation for exterior we will use all of them at any given time of process.
Materials needed for installation
We talked about the tools, what can we say of the materials? The list is a bit shorter but just as the following is required for the entire process:
- Additives set
- Hoses and wooden slats
- And obviously slabs installed.
This latter material is recommended to have a little more than we think they really need because although we may have all measurements and estimated materials but a simple mistake may require changing more than a slab.
Why not choose rustic tiles and floor or garden?
Despite a slightly longer require tools and investment of time and money, so does the choice of a large garden soil or a rustic list. The difference between them is that the slabs are an investment that brings beauty to the home. Besides maintaining them it is not very complicated and is easy to clean material.
Not satisfied with this we can add other advantages, such as a garden requires constant leveling and rural land does not have special treatment, usually it accumulates many scars. Unlike them outdoor slabs are resistant and have extensive durability. To this we can add the variety offered in the types of slabs as we can see from anti-slip to the anti ice. Each type has different finishes pottery, and best, is not standard, so we can customize our home.
When choosing patio tiles
Among the factors to consider is the type of (mild, medium or high in the different types of function) finish, as these vary depending on usage, the region, the different types of stations that faces home they will be installed (not the same anti sliding slabs for a household in some areas of extreme cold in Canada that an anti-slip for a pool in Florida).
Another factor to consider is our budget, because if it is true that there are a variety of slabs, not all share the same cost. Depending on the type of finish that requires a type of pottery can be much more expensive than another, is why among our priorities is to clarify that use receive and what environmental circumstances faced, because although their maintenance is not expensive, the amount of replacement in case you have to change some slabs if it rises.
Are they difficult to install?
The truth is that this is work we can do on our own. But what if you need to check it is that materials such as concrete slabs and are for outdoor use. Another recommendation for installation of the slabs of the outer areas of our home is to look for other additives for cement slabs, concrete bases, films enamel, etc. As these will prevent the tiles to peel off the once they protect them.
For example the film glaze is applied once installed and also to protect against surface damage prevents exposure to cold slabs break. So taking into account what they need, knowing what was installed, taking the materials and slabs that need to feel more and start to change the look of the outside areas and give them the sophisticated style that deserves your home.