When it comes to outdoor living areas, Australians take their designs very seriously. There are a lot of different options for flooring material for these areas, from decking to masonry, stones to vinyl. However, two of the most popular options that often go head to head as people's main choice are pavers and tiles. Pavers and tiles are both solid choices, but for most Australians, pavers will make more sense in the long run. Here are a few reasons why pavers are more useful to you than tiles and why you should look at them first.
Simpler And Cheaper Installation
While you certainly don't want any corners cut with how your outdoor flooring is installed, you also don't want to be paying thousands of dollars extra for what is a very similar surface. Pavers can be installed with little to no fanfare, while tiles require a lot of special preparation from the grading of the surface to the pouring of concrete and laying down of a complete slab that can act as the bottom, protective layer. This adds a not-insignificant amount of money to your final costs which many people see as prohibitive when pavers do not have the same requirement.
Easy To Adjust The Design
Tiles pretty much come in the same, uniform design where they are tightly packed together to look as neat and clean-cut as possible. Pavers, on the other hand, can be installed in a number of different ways. If that clean, orderly design is to your liking, then pavers can be made to look like that, but if you want something a little more organic or different, then you can get a bit more interesting with your choices. From leaving small gaps between the pavers so the grass can show to using pavers of all different shapes and sizes to make a fun and playful space, there are so many options you can choose from.
When tiles break, you need to remove them, which is difficult due to the more intensive installation, and then you need to spend a lot of time carefully installing the new tile into the space so it matches up, looks good and blends in. Pavers, on the other hand, can be removed by a strong pair of hands lifting them out of the spot they were in. Replacing individual pavers is so much easier than replacing tiles, especially if you keep some spare ones in storage as many do.