Escape outdoors on a tasteful terrace

A perfectly laid patio can be a constant source of pleasure on a hot and sunny day

Pale grey Metro 02 patio pavers leading from interior to outside
(Image credit: Surface360)

The warmer months are a great excuse for hitting the tiles – the patio tiles. When the sun is out, there’s no better place than a terrace or balcony for enjoying time with family and friends, or having a few pleasurable moments with a cool drink and a good read, or favourite podcast.

Surface360 (opens in new tab) is the expert in creating those outside spaces designed for celebrating summer. Be it part or the whole of the garden, a patio or terrace is an attractive escape that can also serve the practical purpose of extending your living area, whether you’re a sun worshipper, an alfresco cocktail drinker, a keen barbecuer or an outdoor exerciser.

The Surface360 patio tiles and flooring – it also make tiles for indoor use – are made from durable porcelain, which can withstand a lot of foot traffic. This is important if you love inviting guests over for impromptu outdoor parties or cinema nights, or if your children and their friends are constantly running in and out.

The tiles have high slip resistance for safety underfoot, and mould can’t gain any purchase, so you won’t have to spend hours cleaning off slippery and unsightly moss or verdigris.

And while you’re enjoying the great outdoors, you can also appreciate that your decision to lay porcelain tiles is helping to preserve the planet, as they are recyclable and eco-friendly.

Beige Lyme 02 paving tiles on patio

Create a natural suntrap with the Lyme 02, available in large format sizes 

(Image credit: Surface360)

Another bonus of porcelain is the variety of colours, and the other materials it can imitate. Its hyper-realistic looks can appear to be luxury marble, contemporary cement, natural stone and terracotta, or decorative mosaic. You can even lay tiles that resemble timber for ‘decking’ that doesn’t need the upkeep of real wood.

The porcelain pavers can coordinate with the flooring that you have in the room leading out to the garden, with 10mm versions of the tiles indoors leading to 20mm versions outside. The effect of this is to blur the lines between the living areas and garden, increasing the sense of space.

When selecting the size of tile for your patio, big can be better. Surface360 has added large format 600x900mm rectangular pavers to its stone-effect Magstone Exterior, textured Multi-Stone Exterior and limestone-effect Lyme, which comes in three colours and three large sizes. Quick and easy to lay, these tiles can provide a uniform finish, and act as character stepping stones, separated by grass or gravel.

If you’re planning some garden landscaping ahead of summer, see what can be done to create your own patio paradise by checking out the tiling collections at Surface360. For more details, go to surface360.co.uk (opens in new tab) or call 0118 391 4120.

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