We’re about to get a whole lot more outdoors.
A new study from the University of Toronto shows that if you’re looking to maximize your outdoor enjoyment, consider a wide range of materials that can be used, whether it’s bamboo, stone, plastic or a mix of both.
“A lot of people don’t realize that you can actually use different materials in the same indoor space to increase the outdoor enjoyment,” said Dr. Anja Vukkola, the study’s lead author.
To create the study, Vukko said she and her colleagues analyzed data from more than 3,000 indoor and outdoor tiles collected over a two-year period in Ontario.
The team analyzed which types of outdoor tiles were most commonly used and which materials could be used to create the most outdoor fun.
In addition, they also evaluated the outdoor effects of different types of indoor materials, including those from a wall, patio, deck, a walkway or patio door.
This information can help you choose the best outdoor tile, Vucko said.
Vukko, a research assistant professor in the department of earth sciences, is also a member of the Department of Environment and Climate Change, and the department has a research partnership with the Canadian Institute for Sustainable Agriculture.
While she doesn’t think all of us should spend an entire day in a different area of the house, she said, “I would strongly encourage people to consider how they’re using the space.
That’s one of the things I would like to see more people do.”
A big question that’s often asked is whether or not outdoor tiles are the best option for outdoor play.
Vukkos team found that there is a correlation between outdoor enjoyment and outdoor tile quality, but that there’s not a direct relationship between outdoor tile use and outdoor enjoyment.
There’s also no clear correlation between indoor tile use versus outdoor enjoyment or enjoyment with outdoor tile type.
As an example, Vauks team found a correlation that would indicate that people who live in areas that have outdoor play spaces, such as open fields and paths, have the best indoor tile enjoyment, while those living in areas with indoor play spaces have the least enjoyment.
But the researchers said it’s hard to prove this correlation in a lab setting, where a variety of factors may play a role.
Another reason for the lack of direct correlation between different types and outdoor playing surfaces is that there aren’t many studies that look at outdoor play in a specific setting, Vuks said.
She and her team say that is a big part of the study.
“The idea that people are looking for an answer to the question of whether or no outdoor play is good for their outdoor enjoyment is not a good way to get to the right answer,” she said.
“We’re just trying to understand how outdoor play impacts our environment and what we can do to reduce the environmental impacts of outdoor play.”
Vukkko said one of her main goals for the study was to learn about different types, types of materials and their outdoor playing effects.
They also want to know what types of play materials are most conducive to outdoor enjoyment in different outdoor spaces, which could help people make decisions about which materials are best for their environment.
“It’s really important that people have the information to make decisions that are in the best interest of their environment,” Vukka said.