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Cement tilesHow about infusing character into your balcony with cement tiles, like in this example?Pros:Cement tiles are very durable, sturdy and slip-resistant.These tiles come in rich colours and bold traditional patterns that add an element of art into the balconyCement tiles are easy to clean; routine cleaning involves mopping with a mild soap, followed by a dry wipe.Cons:Cement tiles are very heavy; check the structural load-bearing capacity of the building and make sure that the slab can take the additional load of the cement tiles.Cement tiles are handmade – there might be some colour variation among tiles. Make sure to order all your tiles in one batch so that there is minimal difference in the colour of the tiles.These tiles are porous and need to be periodically sealed so as to maintain their look. If not sealed, there can be water absorption by the tiles, which might result in mould or mildew.Cement tiles are expensive.
Most builders provide plain anti-skid ceramic tiles for the balcony in neutral shades or darker tones of brown or terracotta. To upgrade the look of the balcony, replace these tiles with materials such as natural stone tiles that have a rough texture, or patterned cement tiles as seen in the image above. The balcony flooring is always fully visible, which makes it a great space to bring in more elaborate tile patterns.
13. Ahmedabad flat by Studio Yamini
8. Tricky trianglesWith its clean palette of white, grey and black, the geometric pattern of these outdoor tiles fits nicely in the contemporary balcony. The lack of pattern anywhere else allows the floor to be the hero, without overwhelming the space.