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How to Tile Outdoor Steps

Tiling your old outdoor steps doesn't have to be done by a professional. Charlie Albone has some top tips to do it yourself.

Follow these tips for successful outdoor paving:

1) Check if the tile is slippery

It may seem common sense, but always check if your tile is going to be slippery, especially when wet! According to Charlie, each paver is given an 'R' rating, e.g. R9, R10, and so on. The higher the rating, the less slippery the tile!

2) You may be able to pave over the top of other tiles

If you're re-tiling an already tiled area, check the condition of the tiles. You may be able to simply remove any rotten or damaged pieces, and tile over the top. 

3) Pave on a slight angle

This helps water and rain fall run off your stairs. Charlie recommends a downward angle of only a few millimetres. 

4) Check building codes

It is important your steps meet the current standards, which, Charlie warns, often change! You can look these up online.

5) Be consistent

You don't want people tripping on your stairs - so make sure they are all the same height and depth. The depth - where the foot lands - should be between 240mm and 355mm. The height of each step should be between 155mm and 190mm.


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