Do you love the look of a wood deck, but do not want the weather damage that naturally occurs? Consider a porcelain tile that looks like hardwood. We tightly set the joints to minimize the grout lines.
There are several benefits of porcelain above natural hardwood for exterior applications.
- Porcelain is freeze-thaw stable. Hardwood and common ceramic absorb moisture and then crack or split when the water freezes inside of the product.
- Porcelain is safe for your bare feet. In contrast, many individuals have suffered injury due to splintered wood.
- Faux-wood porcelain can possess both natural color tones and natural texture of real hardwood. Unlike hardwood, the color of porcelain does not fade or oxidize in response to sunlight.
- The wood-looking porcelain is invulnerable to insect damage---a real risk in Florida. Yet, hardwood is a natural food source for mold or fungus and bacteria.
- One precaution to consider is that ceramic will absorb heat and cold more than hardwood.
- Porcelain will cost more than a common hardwood decking.
- The substrate must be stable in order to support a hard surface product. This generally restricts porcelain tile to concrete substrates. A crack isolation membrane and or flexible setting material should be used due to shifts in temperature and humidity.
Normal maintenance includes only sweeping or spraying with a garden hose. If you prefer, an exterior porcelain can be pressure cleaned. It should be noted that grout lines are softer than porcelain so excessive pressure can remove the grout. Generally, your target should be about 1,000 PSI.