Magazine article Sunset

Patio Paver Primer

Magazine article Sunset

Patio Paver Primer

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Here and on the following pages, explore your options for outdoor tile.

* Finding the right tile payers for your patio, terrace, walkway, or roof deck can be a daunting prospect: The natural and manmade possibilities--from stone to concrete to dried, fired clays--are almost limitless. To help you narrow your search and find the type of patio tile that suits your situation, taste, and pocketbook, we canvassed manufacturers and retailers across the West, asking about the costs and characteristics of the most popular materials used for patio tiles today

* Consider your climate. Some softer tiles such as Mexican (or Saltillo) payers are absorbent and tend to crack or spall (flake) in regions with freezing weather. If you live in an area subject to freezing, look for patio tiles that have been fired longer and at higher temperatures, which causes them to become denser and almost watertight.

* Avoid smooth surfaces that get slippery when wet. Look for material that has a high "coefficient of friction" rating. The surface may be unglazed and rough-textured, or it may have a gritty material added to the glaze to improve traction. …

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