Outdoor porcelain tiles may not be as well-known as standard patio slabs or wooden decking, but they come with many fantastic benefits for your garden.
Garden porcelain tiles are made from a hardwearing, non-porous material which makes them low maintenance, easy to clean and very durable. Porcelain tiles for outdoors are also slip-resistant and come in a wide variety of colours and styles to suit any setting.
If you are after creating a statement piece, then look no further than the popular Ecostone Black.
Nowadays, everyone wants to give their garden a stylish look, for which outdoor porcelain patio tiles or garden tiles are the best choice. The outdoor porcelain paving slabs or vitrified paving slabs have great features and advantages that can end your search here. We recommend using project packs that way you get 3 or 4 different sized slabs, have a look at our range of project packs. These are known for their hard-wearing construction & low water absorption rate.
Our outdoor porcelain paving slabs are R11 anti-slip rated and will last many years. The features that make them a great choice is not only because of their durability or easier maintenance in comparison to natural stone but also the wide range of designs, style, and sizes one can choose from. They don’t crack even in freezing temperatures and are hard to scratch.
We have a wide range of effects and styles in these contemporary paving slabs, from wood effects to concrete effects to marble. When browsing through our website you can find these porcelain slabs and tiles in various colours, like:
- light grey
- dark grey
Creating a stunning outdoor space with our outdoor porcelain patio tiles has never been easier with our range of over 140 designs to choose from.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is porcelain paving?
Porcelain paving is formed by baking a mixture of clay, sand, and other minerals at high temperatures. This creates a high density, hard and wear-resistant surface which has made it probably the best type of paving available today.
Does porcelain paving fade over time?
Porcelain paving slabs are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, including rain and snow. This means that they will not fade over time like other similar products.
The material used in porcelain pavers also has a high resistance to UV light, so the colour won’t change or be impacted by sunlight exposure.
In these qualities, we have found it to be much better than even high-end natural stones such as granite.
Can you cut porcelain paving?
Yes, porcelain patio tiles can be cut to any size however its hardness makes it more difficult to cut than softer stones like sandstone. If you are cutting porcelain paving you will need a powerful saw and diamond blades.
To get neat cuts we have found that table-mounted masonry saws are by far the best.
How much does porcelain paving cost?
It is typically more expensive than other types of paving such as brick or concrete.
This cost can vary depending on the size and design you choose, but it is important to note that porcelain paving slabs are generally of higher quality due to their durability and resistance to harsh weather conditions.
The price for this type of material will also depend on whether you want a traditional square-shaped slab with straight edges or if you would prefer something more modern like an angular shape which may include some curves on its edge.
Typically, you will be looking at between £36 and £70 per square meter depending on the quality and how good the installers are.
Do I need to seal porcelain paving?
Porcelain paving has a very hard ceramic surface which is resistant to most weather conditions and abrasion which usually causes paving to fade or weaken.
Unlike sandstone paving, porcelain patio tiles are not porous and don’t absorb water so sealing them would not work well and would likely ruin the paving.
Does porcelain paving scratch easily?
Many people hear the word porcelain and instantly think of fragile, brittle material that will break if anything touches it. However, these slabs are quite hard and durable which means they won’t scratch as easily as softer stones like sandstone.
Does porcelain paving chip easily?
Porcelain paving is very hard but can be brittle and chips are possible if the surface is not properly maintained. The tiles are vulnerable to being chipped by sharp objects such as gardening tools.
The weakest area of the slabs is the edges. This doesn’t matter so much once they are installed but when installing you need to be careful not to chip the edges.
Overall porcelain paving slabs will not be any more brittle than sandstone paving but will be slightly easier to chip than granite.
Is porcelain paving slippery?
The slabs have a smooth surface so water will tend to stay on them for longer than more permeable paving such as sandstone. Thankfully most porcelain patio tiles have a very good anti-slip surface which outperforms most smooth natural stone.
The primary cause of slippery paving is algae growth.
Algae thrive in wet conditions and once it has caused an area to be slippery, it’s hard to get rid of. Porcelain paving is very resistant to algae growth in the first place, so this won’t happen as often.
Is porcelain paving suitable for driveways?
Like other popular types of paving, this can also be used for driveways and has many benefits such as its wide variety and easy installation. However, we recommend you get purpose-designed driveway porcelain which is usually 50 mm thick.
Driveway porcelain is around 50% thicker than standard porcelain paving. This means that it will resist the added weight of cars and vans and will be more robust against things being dropped on the driveway.