Porcelain tiles are a good option for outdoor deck application. Porcelain is a strong and dense and can withhold a lot of wear. Freeze and thaw resistant, porcelain tile can be expected to last throughout extreme weather changes. Once you have chosen to use porcelain tile for your deck you must decide which type.
Porcelain is made not to chip but in case it does, through-bodied porcelain may prevent the need for tile replacement. Through-bodied porcelain tile is the same color through. If the tile does chip, the color of the inside of the tile is the same as the outside, making the chip less noticeable. The texture of the tile surface also runs all the way through the tile. Since the color runs through, there is a limited selection of colors to choose from. Through-bodied tiles are slip resistant and can be used for residential as well as commercial use. These tiles have superior moisture resistance with an absorption rate of 0.5 percent.
Porcelain tiles that are glazed have a top coating of color applied in manufacturing. The inside material is still porcelain, but not the same color as the glaze. Unlike through-bodied porcelain tiles, if glazed tile chips, the color revealed will not be the same as the exterior glaze and the tile will need to be replaced. Glazed tiles are available in a multitude of colors and offer the same weather resistance as through-bodied. Glazed tiles are recommended for residential use only since the glaze is not made to withstand high traffic.