A Guide to Porcelain Patio Tiles: Part 2
Want porcelain garden tiles incorporated into your landscaping design for an outdoor oasis with wow-factor that doesn’t compromise underfoot safety? In this second part of our Guide to Porcelain Patio Tiles, we’ll provide top tips on how to measure up, install and get the most out of your outdoor porcelain tiles.
How to prepare for your patio tiles
Measure – If you’re installing or buying the porcelain patio tiles yourself, it’s important that you measure up carefully. With a larger space, cutting should be kept to a minimum as you can lay large or extra-large format slabs to get more coverage. When it comes to smaller areas or gardens with tricky corners and shapes to contend with, your measurements should allow for a little extra and the help of a tiling professional is always recommended.
Base – For sub-base preparation, concrete screed is a popular choice for easy installation while others favour creating a bond bridge of cement-based slurry adhesive under each patio tile before placing it in a bed of grit sand, building sand and cement mortar. The second option is often less costly, but the choice of base for your exterior tiles will depend on your particular garden space and existing surface. A Porcel-Thin approved tiling contractor will be able to advise on the best choice after a short site survey.
Design – Think about what sort of overall landscaping look you’re going for and whether you’ll be incorporating different levels, steps and features. Porcel-Thin porcelain patio tiles are ideal for outdoor stairs; the patio tiles are ultra-thin and don’t require for bespoke copings and step treads, unlike some thick exterior tile alternatives. Looking for a balance between cool porcelain and lush greenery? In this Houzz article, landscape designer Michael McGarr of Warnes-McGarr & Co suggests: “Aim to create one third porcelain paving to two thirds planting for a verdant outdoor living space. Try to find a matching polished gravel to use as mulching for your planted areas. This creates cohesion and texture, as well as keeping weeds to a minimum as your planting matures and fills out.”
How to install and maintain your patio tiles
Easy – Contrary to popular belief, porcelain patio tiles are not more difficult to install because they’re less absorbent and not so easy to bond to a sub-base. Using the right adhesives, correct sub-base and sufficient expertise, porcelain garden tiles can be just as easy to install as any other patio tiles.
Experts – We do recommend that you seek the help of a Porcel-Thin approved tiling contractor, to guarantee the best of the best whatever the porcelain tiling job you’re carrying out. Alternatively, if you’re a tiler, you can attend one of our professional training days in London. We can advise on everything from how to cut and lay your tiles to the best adhesives and grout to use with porcelain garden tiles.
Clean – Just use a brush to sweep your outdoor porcelain tiles and keep them clear of dust and garden debris, as often as required. As standard, you don’t need special cleaning products and equipment to keep your outdoor porcelain tiles glistening, all you need is use of a power washer once or twice a year to get rid of both patio tiles and grout of any built up dirt. On occasion, for stubborn organic stains, a propriety cleaner may be required. It’s also a good idea to refresh the grouting every couple of years to maintain optimum performance and presentation.
We hope you found our Guide to Porcelain Patio Tiles useful, please refer to part one for more information on the advantages of Porcel-Thin for exterior tiles and patios.