The 5 characteristics every outdoor ceramics should have

26 June, 2024

Nowadays, there is a wide variety of outdoor ceramics, with specific products for installation on terraces, patios, gardens, and any type of outdoor spaces.

Choosing good outdoor ceramics can be a headache for many people, as it is a material for a very particular use and is subjected to high demands. However, it is simpler than it seems.

You may have heard of thick porcelain, but what characteristics does it have and why is it such a preferential option for outdoors? In this article, we review its characteristics and offer you some ideas.


  1. Strength and durability
  2. Non-slip finish
  3. Waterproofing
  4. Aesthetic

1. Strength and durability

Porcelain is the most suitable type of material for outdoor use. It is a very resistant type of tile that, due to the selection of clays and its firing process, is prepared to maintain an optimal state even when exposed to high traffic and climatic conditions.

Grafton Ivory 60 x 120 cm. Thick

When it comes to outdoor ceramics, the most specific and best-prepared product to offer excellent performance is thick porcelain. These are 20 mm thick pieces with high resistance to impacts, scratches, moisture, etc.

Baldocer has the B&out range, with collections that have thick formats for outdoor use.

2. Non-slip finish

Safety plays a fundamental role when designing outdoor spaces, especially in areas that can get wet, such as around pools or gardens. For this reason, the non-slip finish of thick porcelain is one of its most important features.

Asphalt Mud 80 x 80 cm. Thick Anti-slip.

Outdoor ceramics must have non-slip properties to prevent accidents. Thick porcelain not only meets this characteristic but does so exceptionally, offering safe and reliable surfaces even in wet conditions.

3. Waterproofing

Regarding the technical characteristics of outdoor ceramics, one of the main attributes is water absorption. Thick porcelain, due to its minimal porosity, hardly absorbs water, which not only prevents wear and breakage but also helps withstand frost and sudden temperature changes.

Cutstone Graphite 60×120 thick

Moreover, this also makes them very easy to clean, but we will talk about maintenance a little later.

4. Aesthetic and versatility

Besides being functional, outdoor ceramics must contribute to the visual appeal of the space. Thick porcelain also stands out in this aspect, as it is available in collections that mimic natural materials like stone, wood, or cement. This ability to replicate different textures and colors allows for creating elegant and natural environments without sacrificing the durability and performance of ceramic material.

Brunswich Acero 60X120 cm. Brunswich Acero 60×60 cm.

This, combined with the enormous variety of available formats, makes it a very versatile resource.

5. Easy maintenance

Outdoor ceramics must be easy to maintain. Thick porcelain is stain-resistant and easy to clean, significantly reducing the time and effort needed to keep surfaces in optimal condition.

Brunswich Thick Chrome 60 x 120 cm.

This ease of maintenance translates into greater longevity of the material and a better quality-price ratio in the long term.

In summary, outdoor ceramics must be durable, resistant, non-slip, aesthetically attractive, versatile, and easy to maintain. Thick porcelain tiles with a thickness of 20 mm excel in all these areas, offering a complete and high-quality solution for any outdoor space.

If you want to see all of Baldocer’s thick porcelain collections, click here.

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