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25th Aug 2022

Architect Africa Online

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Hot new tiles for summer 2021/2022

The ever-popular cement screed look outdoor tiles from Ceramic Industries are available in a range of colours, in both square and rectangular formats.

Whether it’s on the patio, around the pool or on the balcony, we South Africans love to relax and entertain in our outdoor spaces. Now, with new technology and new designs, ceramic tiles make it easier than ever to bring real style outside.

“Our advanced manufacturing techniques are constantly giving South Africans more beautiful, practical options,” says Ceramic Industries Product and Development Manager Patrizia Cortese. “We’ve developed outdoor tiles that don’t compromise on style when it comes to outdoor applications.”

But before we talk style, it’s worth examining what makes a tile suitable for outdoors. Since outdoor tiles are exposed to the elements, they need qualities that are up to it. The PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) rating describes the hardness of glazed tiles – a higher rating, up to 5, indicates a harder tile. Many of Ceramic Industries’ outdoor tiles have PEI ratings of 4 or 5. Denser tiles, like porcelain and glazed ceramic, are also more suitable for outdoor applications, since they’re less likely to suffer water damage. Finally, it’s a good idea to consider slip-resistant tiles, for obvious reasons.

Now that you have an idea of the basic features of a good outdoor tile, you can start to pick the look you want. “We’ve put together some attractive designs for the 2021/2022 summer season,” says Patrizia. “We have wonderful wood-look and cement-look options that combine ultimate style with practicality.”

Our walnut decking rectified wood look tiles, replicate the rich colouring and gorgeous figuring of real walnut. These tiles come standard with Slip-Resistant finish. Some evolutions of the ever-popular cement screed look are available in most national retailers, in a range of colours, in both square and rectangular formats. Most ranges present an understated backdrop on which your entertainment area can shine, and have a complementary Slip-Resistant finish.

“We’re also pleased to be launching a brand new special effect this season, called Rock Grip,” says Patrizia. “It’s a highly refined crystal grit applied to selected ranges with slip-resistant qualities and has a great feel underfoot.” This special effect, developed in Ceramic Industries’ state-of-the-art production facilities, adds a pleasing, natural sparkle to the tiles.

Since you’re likely to be spending more time outside this summer, you may as well do it in style. With tiles like these, the elegance we’ve come to expect from well-appointed interiors can be brought to our outdoor spaces, all with the convenience of hardwearing ceramic.

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