Porcelain paving is not ‘new’ in the house-building and landscaping industry, but it is undeniably a material that has grown enormously in popularity and transforms an outdoor area into a modern and stylish space. This article is a guideline into using porcelain paving, the benefits, the varied types and styles, alongside how to install it into your exterior area.
Benefits – adding value to properties.
- Low Maintenance – Porcelain paving slabs are among the easiest type of paving slabs to maintain. The only real maintenance they will require is having their sealant replaced every five or so years. When the proper grout is used, the only cleaning they will require is a simple hose down.
- Long-Lasting Strength – The materials used and the way it’s manufactured makes for an incredibly strong product, being pressed in a raw state to become solid and then fired at very high temperatures (1200 degrees). This creates a highly dense product that’s consistency outperforms natural stone in relation to long-term appearance and durability. Due to the slabs’ high density, they are extremely hard wearing. They are also scratch-resistant, making them perfect for use in high footfall areas like paths and patios.
- Moisture resistant – Porcelain paving slabs are much less prone to absorbing moisture than other types of ceramics. This makes them perfect for properties where heavy levels of rainfall are expected (the whole of the UK). Some ceramics will crack after absorbing water, not a problem with porcelain.
- It’s ‘in’ – As previously mentioned, porcelain paving slabs have a very modern look and feel to them, making them a trendy addition to an outdoor area, popular throughout Europe. The smooth and clean appearance makes them perfect for a wide range of contemporary garden designs.
How to lay porcelain paving
- A good foundations and suitable jointing material
- Mark out the area. We recommend allowing 150 to 300mm extra for working room
- Excavation – Sub-base: 100mm, Mortar Bed: 30mm, Paving slab: 20mm (Approx).
- Establish lines and levels, ensuring suitable slope for drainage purposes. (See video below for techniques to help with this.)
- TOP TIPS: Completely cover the underside of the slabs in primer immediately before laying for best results. Use a rubber mallet and spirit level to ensure slabs lie at the desired level and alignment.
- Leave at least 24 hours before applying jointing and dressing. At least 24hours must go by before walking on or placing furniture on also.
- We work closely with Bradstone and are a proud stockist of theirs. Click here to see their range and follow this link to watch their guideline video on the recommended method of installing porcelain patio paving including common pitfalls to look out for. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgD6IwrsKO8
Porcelain at Fairalls
With a wide range of paving products, accessories and expertise, we’re here to help with any paving requirements you may have, with a special free delivery on online orders over £75 (subject to change). Porcelain paving as previously mentioned is an up-and-coming trend which we proudly stock; and here are a few examples of what we offer.
Visit us in store at these locations or call us on 01883 742256 to speak to one of our experts.