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Three Steps To Porcelain Paving Perfection!

There are a number of advantages to choosing porcelain tiles to replace traditional paving slabs. Namely, they’re durable, easy to install and maintain as well as offering endless style. Here are three steps to get you closer to choosing the best porcelain paving money can buy…

Luxury hotel exterior and terrace tiled with Tundra marble effect porcelain tiles from the Porcel-Thin Leviathan collection

Step 1 - Porcelain paving pros

Even the professionals are singing the praises of porcelain paving and, with Anthony George of PC Landscapes revealing to Houzz – one of our favourite home renovation and design platforms – his love for using porcelain tiles outside, who are we to argue?!

“Porcelain paving is very durable with very low porosity. This means less maintenance is needed to keep it clean. There’s no need to seal it, it’s less susceptible to scratching and it’s hard-wearing.” Anthony continues: “The slab sizes are very even and consistent, which means they lend themselves to thin joints for a contemporary look.”

This modern patio feature large Piedra beige structured concrete effect porcelain tiles from the Porcel-Thin Cemento collection

Low-maintenance is a huge plus of porcelain tiles, which are resistant to water, dirt and extremes of temperature. Yes, frosty winter or scorching summer, warping is no worry. When it comes to keeping your porcelain paving spick and span, a quick brush is often all that’s needed although soap and water may be required occasionally with the use of a power washer annually.

But we’re aware that some like the authentic ageing look that natural stone brings. So, for the best of both worlds, why not try combining porcelain paving with highlights or borders of natural stone for maximum longevity and added interest?

Step 2 - Porcelain paving preparation

As with any home renovations or garden design project, measuring up and making sure you have all the skills, tools and suitable products in hand is key to performing the task with success.

Luxury house in London with porcelain tiled kitchen floor and patio in Paris light grey matt finish by Porcel-Thin

By nature, porcelain tiles are harder than some natural stones but they are also ultra-thin and easier to handle than many other materials. All this considered, it’s essential you have the right cutter to make the job neat and efficient and we always recommend getting assistance from a Porcel-Thin approved tiling contractor for the preparation and installation stage. You should also refer to our video on How to cut and Drill Porcel-Thin Porcelain Tiles for further advice.

For sub-base preparation, while our porcelain tiles are thinner than most paving alternatives and can be installed over many existing materials for ease, a concrete screed is often the best option. A tiling professional will be able to advise on this as well as the best types of tile adhesives, grouts and other tiling products needed for the smoothest and most secure installation.

This large patio has been tiled with limestone effect large porcelain tiles from Porcel-Thin

When it comes to lining up, this is less of a problem with our large-format porcelain tiles. The slabs are so big and so beautiful that they more authentically imitate natural stone and are ideal for creating continuous patterns. Although, again an expert hand can help avoid a DIY disaster.

Step 3 - Porcelain paving pizazz

Whether you’re looking to pave a small patio area, continue your interior design theme outside for maximum cohesion, get a reaction with rugging and stepping stones, or add steps paved with porcelain tiles, the wide range of colours, styles and textured finishes offered by Porcel-Thin means that your possibilities are endless and wow-factor is on the cards.

This lovely courtyard patio has been tile with Porcel-Thin limestone effect porcelain tiles cut in 3 sizes to create an interesting pattern

Statement steps and planting platforms would work a treat with our extra large-format porcelain tiles. There’s so much scope to mix stone-effect tiles with wood-effect tiles to create different zones in the garden and the choice of a textured finish, such as a matt concrete-effect tile or the hammered Arabescato Marble Effect Antibacterial Tile, adds the benefit of slip-resistance too.


Katy Lassetter

26th July 2018

A sunny patio tiled with limestone effect thin porcelain tiles in Bianco Alba colour from Porcel-Thin