Tampa Bay experiences freezing temperatures only a few times each year. Although infrequent, homeowners should select their exterior tile to weather all conditions.
Common ceramics and many stones will absorb trace amounts moisture. The moisture generally presents no risk, except when mercury levels drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (°F). Moisture trapped in ceramic or stone at the time of freezing can cause the tile to crack. In contrast, porcelain is a type of ceramic that was baked at higher temperatures than common ceramic. As a result, porcelain possess higher density levels, which virtually eliminates all moisture absorption. Thus, porcelain is classified as freeze-thaw stable. Naturally, we recommended a textured porcelain for our clients who want an exterior hard surface.