Patio Porcelain Paving


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Find out why outdoor Porcelain Paving is a good option for outdoor flooring.


Whether it comes to using porcelain tiles on patios, terraces, balconies, driveways, pathways, steps and swimming pools, homeowners looking for versatile paving options often choose Porcelain Paving for outdoor projects. There is plenty of reasons for it. Read on about why Porcelain Paving has become so popular for outdoor projects.


What are Porcelain Tiles


Porcelain tiles are made of ceramic materials but are manufactured to higher standards than regular ceramic products. Highly refined and purified clay is fired for longer and at higher temperatures than other ceramics, resulting in a customizable, extremely durable material that can be used on floors or walls indoors.


Types of Porcelain Paving


1. Unglazed Porcelain Tiles


Unglazed porcelain tiles have no outer finish, meaning each tile displays a slightly different design. Due to their lack of a protective coating, unglazed porcelain tiles are naturally durable and weatherproof. New tiles can be manufactured in any design and polished to make them shine. Unglazed porcelain tiles fall into two categories:

  • Full-bodied or through-body tiles with the veins and grain patterns run through each tile's entire thickness. This type of unglazed porcelain tile has no added colour.

  • Double-loaded tiles - consist of two layers of pressed-together clay for extra durability. Often, two layers of different colours are combined to create distinctive patterns.


2. Glazed Porcelain Tiles


Glazed porcelain tiles are covered with a protective sealant. They may be solid-coloured, patterned, matte, satin, or glossy and fall into two categories:

  • Printed tiles- printed with digital images during a unique glazing process. As a result, printed porcelain tiles can imitate wood, stone or any other type of flooring.

  • Colour-bodied tiles- with the colour added through the entire thickness along with the surface for protective and aesthetic purposes.

Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) divides porcelain floor tiles into five categories. Grade one is the least durable, and grade five is the most durable.


Pros of using Porcelain Paving for outdoor projects


Porcelain tiles are an excellent material for outdoor applications. Below are the main benefits of using Porcelain Paving for External Projects.

  • Strong & hard-wearing

Porcelain paving is exceptionally durable, making it capable of handling heavy household items and traffic, so your patio will look fabulous for years to come.

  • Frost resistant

Since porcelain tiles are resistant to moisture or harsh weather, they are not likely to be affected by freezing temperatures or flooding.

  • Impervious

Porcelain tiles' impervious nature makes them an excellent selection for outdoor installations where moss and mould growth are expected.

  • UV Stable

The porcelain tiles will not change colour if they are exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time.

  • Slip-resistant

The external porcelain tiles come with a high-definition anti-slip finish, making them ideal for outdoor use.

  • Low maintenance

Porcelain tiles do not require sealing and can be wiped clean. To maintain your outdoor patio's fresh appearance, use hot water and soap to wash it, as you would in your kitchen.

  • Modern and stylish

Porcelain tiles are available in many pleasing colours, patterns, and designs, ranging in size from bright white to unique black, wood, or concrete appearance.

 

Conclusion


Are you hoping to impress your neighbours as terrific as your visitors? Consider adding functional and attractive Porcelain Paving to your garden. These luxurious pavers are not only sure to add a wow factor but are also highly hard-wearing, resistant to stains, frost and moss and will stand the test of time.


If this article has inspired you to consider Porcelain Paving for your project, and you'd like further assistance, please contact paving experts at Yew Tree Landscapes - your local landscaping company in Hampshire and Surrey.

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