Outdoor flooring – porcelain, ceramic, clay or timber?

Outdoor flooring – porcelain, ceramic, clay or timber?

April 16, 2014 Outdoor Timber Decking 0

Flooring tends to be regarded as one of the most important attributes for any house. Whether, it’s the indoor flooring of your house or outdoor flooring, both have their respective strengths and weaknesses. Generally, when selecting a particular flooring type for your house, you would be interested to assess the available range of colours, varieties and textures suitable for your purpose and the design of your house.


When comparing outdoor flooring with its indoor counterpart, more care must be given to the selection of outdoor flooring, as they need to be durable enough to withstand heavier usage and changing weather conditions such as extreme heat, intense cold and humidity. Therefore, it would be wise to consider the performance and reliability of such tiles, to ensure their suitability for outdoor use before making a purchase.

Fortunately, in recent times, house owners have a wide range of products to choose from in order to meet their varying outdoor flooring needs, tastes and preferences. It would be wise to understand, however, that not all requirements may be fulfilled by a single type of tiling, as each will be subject to their own performance strengths and weaknesses. Similarly, one type of flooring might offer a set of benefits that may be different from or outperform other types of flooring and vice versa.

Ceramic tiles are one of the most used flooring in many Malaysian houses, especially indoors. However, they can also be utilised favorably in various outdoor areas. Ceramic tiles are made with the use of clay or wet sand and are available in many ranges of colors, patterns, textures, shapes, and sizes. The advantage of using them in your house flooring gives your house is the ease of caring for them.

Another common favourite are porcelain tiles, which are mostly suited and constructed for use outdoors. Their best benefit is that they are waterproof in nature and thus, have a very low rate of water absorption. This gives them a higher durability. The only disadvantage is that they are more expensive compared to ceramic tiles.

Looking for something that looks less polished? Then you may want to consider the use of unglazed clay tiles, which are naturally strong and tough. This type of flooring, when applied tastefully to select areas such as your patio or courtyard, gives the ‘unfinished’  look that are both minimalistic, natural and beautiful. These tiles however, have limited colour and design options, often available only in red, brown or grey tones.

If you are one who do not like tiles, whether polished or unfinished, you may want to consider the installation of a timber deck. This is a popular option for many Malaysian home owners who appreciate the warmth, beauty and comfort of natural wood at their feet whether to relax and unwind after a hard day at work or to spend quality time with friends and family.