The use of porcelain paving started about five years ago in mainland Europe. This trend started to filter through to the UK although consumers remained sceptical about the use of ceramics and porcelain for external usage.
What is Porcelain Paving?
Porcelain is a ceramic material pressed into the desired format (shape) and fired at around 1,200 degrees which eradicates almost 100% of the moisture. The nature of manufacturing means that porcelain has minimal water absorption (not more than 0.5%.) but is also an extremely hard and durable material.
Benefits of Porcelain Paving
Porcelain paving comes in a variety of sizes and finishes the manufacturing process means porcelain can replicate most natural stones and unlike many stone products porcelain paving is produced with precision tolerance and generally it is manufactured with a rectified edge it should always achieve an anti-slip rating of R11.
The nature of porcelain manufacture also provides more than aesthetic benefits for example:
- It is relatively simple to install
- Once installed and in use, porcelain paving is virtually maintenance free; it doesn’t stain, is highly resistant to scratches and is UV and frost-proof.
- Often natural stone or concrete slabs are used on patios; however, these materials can require regular cleaning and sealing, and can look a little old fashioned. If you are looking for a long-lasting and modern looking alternative to traditional paving products, porcelain is the perfect choice.
Overall, with the amount of choice in both colour and design now available to the consumer porcelain paving is often seen as the ultimate product for that contemporary finish to an outdoor space. With the trends for the future combining the indoor with the outdoor the use of porcelain will become increasing standard over the next few years.
Can I use any porcelain tile in my outdoor space?
The short answer to this question is yes. Good quality Porcelain Tile is suited for use outdoors as it is extremely strong and hard-wearing. However, the key consideration for the type of porcelain used outside is usage and application. 20mm+ are manufactured specifically for usage externally they have the strength, durability and slip rating to meet the demands of external usage. 8-10mm porcelain tiles can be used outside however it is not recommended as they are not strong enough to withstand heavy furniture and harsh weather conditions. In addition, whilst 20mm porcelain has a number of installation methods available to the consumer 8-10mm porcelain must be installed via the conventional screed & adhesive method only.
Is porcelain paving slippery?
Our external 20mm porcelain paving achieves a minimum value of R11, whilst there are many types of finishes on porcelain tiles our products are all anti- slip, minimum and often exceeding R11 and all our products are certified and tested in accredited testing facilities.
Is porcelain paving difficult to cut?
Porcelain is a very hard a durable material and in short you need the appropriate equipment other than that 20mm porcelain can be cut and fabricated as per other materials please see our installation guide for further information.
What is the best method for installation?
The short answer to this is it depends on what finish you are attempting to achieve, the usage and location. Typically four main methods exist please see our installation guide for further information.
How to maintain porcelain paving?
Porcelain paving is simple to maintain please see our installation guide for further information.
What is Rectified / Non Rectified?
Rectification is an additional manufacturing process, generally rectified product enables a perfectly straight edge and has perceived aesthetic value to non rectified products we only offer rectified products here at pavingstoredirect.co.uk.
Can you acquire finishing pieces for porcelain?
The short answer is yes you can but often these require a bespoke production if you require them to be of the shame shade and batch.
Can you install porcelain paving on a driveway?
Products suitable for driveway installation are now available, generally the answer to this question has a number considerations, traffic, load bearing, quality of paving and installation. If your driveway is used for basic parking, using a standard vehicle (not 4×4 or van etc) and your paving is of sufficient standard then porcelain paving can be used on driveways.
Why dont you split packs of your porcelain pavers?
We split packs on some smaller format paving and our porcelain cladding tile which is easy to handle. However in general our external porcelain paving arrives from overseas, in 1 tonne pallets, well secured and packed. our experience is the more handling that occurs before it reaches the customer the more damages occur. Also splitting pallets is very costly for us and you so we simply want to offer the best product and the best possible price and reduce the scope for potential issues.
Is all porcelain paving of the same standard?
Firstly, no UK manufacturing of porcelain paving exists therefore all porcelain is imported into the UK. The increase in demand both in the UK and overseas has seen a substantial increase in manufacturers producing 20mm porcelain. The debate between who produces the most high-quality porcelain is an ongoing topic it is claimed the Italians and Spanish producers are seen as the premium producers and the Eastern European and Asia producers seen as the lower end. However, this is not always the case there are good and bad producers in all locations but in essence regardless of the origin the old adage of you get what you pay for stands true. Here at pavingstoredirect we have over 20 years’ experience of sourcing ceramic products from across the globe and we only supply from the leading manufacturers.
What else should I be aware of when considering porcelain paving?
In the main porcelain paving is easy to install has infinite design options and maintance free, however it does require some addition patience and consideration regarding handling and installation please read or installation guide for further information.
Is porcelain paving worth the extra cost?
Of course we would say yes, the simple facts are the benefits far outweigh the marginal extra cost of porcelain paving versus stone such as: Durability, breaking strength, anti slip, frost proof, easy to maintain, multiple installation options and finally infinite design options.
Applications of 20 mm Porcelain
- Court yards
- Outdoor stairs
- Outdoor public areas
- Swimming pool surrounds
Benefits of 20 mm Porcelain
- Easy to install
- Resistant to breaking loads
- Unaffected by the passing of time
- Resistant to thermal shock
- Easy to clean
- Superior non slip performance
- Perfect indoor/outdoor coordination
- Removable for ease of inspection
- Can be reused
- Frost proof and fireproof
- Not affected by acids
- Eco friendly