Things to Keep in Mind When Using Natural Stone Flooring Outdoors


While redesigning or updating your home’s design, natural stone is among the most popular and snazzy material choices accessible. Quarried from the earth’s base, natural stone carries strong properties compared to artificial stones. It tends to be used indoors or outdoors, and for any room in the house. The most common natural stones used around the world are granite, marble, limestone, sandstone, and others.

But, before making the last choice, there are a couple of things you should know as the suitability of natural stones depends on different aspects and factors. In this blog, we’ll try to evaluate these pointers so you don’t end up leaving anything important behind and choose the correct material for your outdoor space.

What type of stone flooring is the best for outdoor use?

There are essential characteristics of natural stones that need to be evaluated while choosing natural stones for a certain purpose.

Primary Properties like format and finish are crucial for the long term. When choosing a floor for outdoors, it is important to choose a Frost resistant and thick material as outdoors is generally exposed to harsh weather conditions, the sun, and other wear and tear. Weak and unsuitable materials are most likely to crack and fade after some time.

A minimum thickness of 30-40mm is recommended for outdoors, no matter what kind of flooring you choose.

Pick the right finish

Another thing you need to keep in mind is the finish of the stone flooring for outdoor use because if you mistakenly choose slippery flooring, it can be a danger to you or kids at home. Hence, instead of choosing a honed finish, look for something brushed and textured outdoors to attain slip-resistant properties. You can browse our website to find one of the finest outdoor stones thick and slip-resistant such as The Amalfi Paving Collection, the historical outdoor paving collection, and much more.

Another perfect choice for outdoor stone flooring would be slate. Slate is not only frost resistant but also bacteria-resistant, which makes it a very hygienic choice for flooring. It has a naturally textured material that makes it more advantageous than others.

People often want a material that lasts longer, just like their indoors, but when stones are used outside, the ageing process varies from stone to stone and where it is used. Just like indoors are more protected by the sun and other weather conditions, it is common for outdoor flooring to fade and discolour, especially if the colours are lighter.

To avoid such conditions, one can opt for a darker shade and design to maintain the beauty of the stones for a longer period.

Picking the right size and pattern

While small pavers would be a good choice for indoors, it is better to opt for large-sized pavers outdoors.

Large tiles help make a place look bigger and are easier to install.

Small tiles fade over time, result in discoloration, and are prey to Grout lines.

Large stones are less likely to break and are most suitable to be placed outside a doorway.

A new trend that people find impressive is patterned installations. This comprises using different stone sizes to create a pattern that looks pleasing.

You can also experiment with the way you place the stones. For example, if you want to create an adjective flow considering stones towards the entrance.

If you wish to add a different look to your house by creating a barrier between the floors, you can lay the tiles in the opposite direction.

Our Limestone collection

For a beautiful finish and attractive finish in your outdoors, you can opt for our beautiful Whitchurch Paving that comes in different patterns giving you an extensive collection to choose from.

Another beautiful limestone collection that Strata Stones provide is the Sorrento paving. It has a beautiful finishing of sawn edges that would be ideal for anyone willing to add a traditional look to their homes, providing a regal vibe.

Another option you can look for is our Salerno pavings that are slip-resistant with a riven surface which adds a contemporary look to your outdoors.

Our Sandstone collection

Sandstone is the stone that makes you feel close to nature and is a perfect example of the exquisite beauty derived from nature.

We offer a beautiful collection of sandstone in your preferable style and pattern in our wide range of tiles.

Amalfi Paving is a beautiful range of tumbled surface stones that can add elegance to your outdoor flooring. Another beautiful collection is the Kendal Pavings collection, exclusively suitable for places requiring stone with less thickness than other options. You can also look at the Venetian paving collection that is beautifully textured and slip-resistant Paving-tiles and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Sorento paving, Whitchurch Paving, Salerno pavings also come in different ranges of limestone and sandstone, which helps you choose from a variety of options that can fit your style.

Porcelain pavings

If we’re talking about outdoor flooring, there is no chance we miss porcelain stone tiles. Porcelain will be your ideal choice if you’re looking for a durable material that provides a traditional finish. It is dense and durable and is also one of the most popular materials for outdoors as it requires very less maintenance and is water-resistant. We deal in the finest quality of porcelain that you would fall in love with at first sight.

These were only a few of the outdoor stone tiles we deal in for flooring purposes. You can check out more on our website.

The installation guide

Choosing the right stone flooring for the outdoors is not the only thing you should pay attention to; make sure you are getting it installed by experienced professionals or if you decide to do it by yourself, ensure you have read the manual properly beforehand.

Your base should be stable to avoid any cracks. Also, avoid any water collection at the surface of your outdoor stone tiles, so you don’t end up causing damage. To avoid this, use good drainage mechanisms and glue the tiles together with a good adhesive especially made for outdoor flooring, as every product in the market is not made for outdoors.

Avoid any harsh stains on your tiles caused by different shrubs in your garden area, and clean the ones with a good quality stain remover.

Is sealing your outdoor flooring necessary?

It usually depends from person to person, and it is your choice to make in the end!

According to some, natural stones should not be treated with sealing and be left to exist naturally. In contrast, others suggest that sealing only makes your stone last longer as it avoids any water penetrations in the stone.

We suggest going for a frost resistant material as you’re using it outdoors. The choice you make should depend on what stone you’ve chosen and what it requires.

A sealant requires timely reapplication and if you choose to use it, make sure your surface is completely dry!

Natural stones are usually easy to deal with and maintain. Check out our extensive collection of natural stones for outdoor flooring and if you’ve any queries, feel free to reach our experts! 


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