The use of porcelain paving started several 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 the benefits of porcelain paving have become very widely known over the last few years and are summarised here.
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.
All of our porcelain paving is a max 0.5% and the majority of our pavers are below this.
Why purchase paving from pavingstoredirect.co.uk ?
With over 20 years experience of sourcing products for commercial and residential applications, alongside our technical experience of R&D and manufacturing of ceramic and porcelain we have a wealth of knowledge in the manufacture and supply of this product. The products we offer are supplied to some of the most demanding market sectors in the the world and not only meet but often exceed any technical requirements. Technical data sheets are available to view here providing you with assurances that you are purchasing a high performance premium quality product.
Porcelain paving benefits (summary)
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. All our porcelain paving is minimum R11 but more importantly is PTV 36+.
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 designs now available to the consumer, porcelain paving is often seen as the ultimate product for that contemporary finish too 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 can be used outdoors. 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 products for porcelain?
The short answer is yes you can but often these require a bespoke production please visit our Bespoke Product section.
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. We have a number of ranges that can be used for driveway installation please click the link to driveway porcelain slabs.
Do you split packs of your porcelain pavers?
We split packs on some paving and our porcelain cladding tile which is easy to handle. The method of ordering is clearly outlined with each product page.
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 has been discussed for many years. The true fact is 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 generally stands true.
Here at pavingstoredirect.co.uk we have over 20 years’ experience of sourcing ceramic products from across the globe, we regularly audit our suppliers to ensure they meet our requirements and we only supply from the leading manufacturers that we have confidence will provide high quality fit for purpose product.
What you should look out for when purchasing porcelain:
You may see the term Vitrified Porcelain Paving this is not a unique selling point all quality porcelain will be fully vitrified -vitrification occurs in the firing process its nothing more than a reaction of the materials when fired at a specific temperature.
Generally very low cost means inferior quality, or commercial choice the only way to reduce the cost of the product is to cost engineer it and that means for example faster firing, use of inferior materials and ultimately an inferior product.
Look at the definition of the design poor definition means inferior production or materials being used.
Rectified edges are beneficial to provide uniform sizing and minimal grout joints
Check the anti slip properties R11 is a minimum what you want to know is that it is PTV 36
Check the country of origin! Think you’re buying premium porcelain from Europes leading producers? Then double check the country of manufacture or you may be buying paving not produced in the advertised country of origin This is not an issue for us we can supply any data required on the COO regarding your paving.
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
How to order your paving
Please carefully measure the area to be paved LxW to determine the M2 required for your project and factor in + 5-10% for cuts and wastage.
Product dependant we sell some products for example 600×600 & smaller formats by the M2, simply measure the area to be paved and add the desired M2 into the on page calculator which will identify how many pavers are required for your project.
Larger Sized products we sell by the patio pack each product has information on how many M2 are contained on each patio pack. Simply add the desired number of patio packs to your basked and proceed to checkout.
How will the paving be delivered?
The goods are checked pre despatch and will arrive via a 18T vehicle with a tail lift.Goods will be delivered to Kerb Side and require signing for on arrival.Deliveries can be between 8am and 5pm and unless otherwise agreed are weekday only.
We will provide a refund for any returned product purchased from Paving Store Direct, providing we are notified within 14 days of the delivery date that you wish to return the goods, and subject to the following:
The product must be returned unused and as new, in saleable condition, and in the original product packaging.
You are responsible for the cost and arranging the return of the goods.
Please note we can only accept returns of full pallets.
Split pallets or part pallets we are unable to accept due to our stock rotation.
We will refund any monies once we are in receipt of the goods. Refunds may take up to 5 working days to clear back into your account.
Please view our returns policy for more information
Damages & Replacements
Although every effort is made to get the products to you in perfect condition, breakages can occur . Please make sure you allow for this and for cuts when laying, before you work out your quantities. We cannot accept returns of open or part pallets or accept liability for product once they have been laid. Please check your goods thoroughly on arrival.
Damages need to be communicated to us within 48 hours please provide a brief description alongside images when contacting us. We do ask that you consider these goods are being transported via a pallet network and if possible please consider using damages for cuts and wastage where possible.
Please send any information regarding damages to firstname.lastname@example.org
Certain Products that are sold in full pallet/patio pack quantities as this reduces the potential for damage in transit and provides the customer with the best possible value as it reduces additional cost occurred from splitting pallets.
Please note if replacements or addition products of the same item are required we can not guarantee that they will be the same shade and batch as your original delivery.
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