Porcelain Paving Slabs
Why choose Porcelain Paving
Porcelain Paving has a number of great properties which makes it an ideal material for paving.
The main advantage is that the surface exhibits extremely low water absorption. Therefore lends itself as an ideal substrate for modern exterior landscaping projects.
Due to porcelain versatility, it can be laid internally and externally, giving a seamless contemporary finish.
Porcelain paving continues to grow in popularity and is being used in ever more creative ways. From paving to pools, outdoor kitchens and built-in furniture to warming firepits and calming water features.
We have everything you need to create the perfect outdoor space.
Using porcelain also has the added benefit of helping to create a hygienic environment.
Porcelain is providing an inhospitable surface for bacterial growth and is the easiest paving to keep clean and maintain.
Benefits of porcelain paving
Both beautiful and hardwearing. Our porcelain products combine unbeatable durability and ease of maintenance with the beautiful style as well as the assurance of sustainable manufacture.
Resistance and Durability
- Easy to maintain
- UV Resistant
- Easy to clean
- Resistant to chemicals
- Resistant to acids
- Resistant to thermal shock
- Frost resistant
- Zero VOCS
- Zero PVC
- Zero formaldehyde
- Zero allergens
- Prevents bacterial growth
Range of Porcelain Tiles
Shop64 offers a range of luxurious porcelain paving tiles, with a choice of both modern and traditional floor finishes for the home and garden.
In most cases sourced directly from manufacturers, therefore our porcelain paving products are of the highest quality and come in a range of colours and textures.
Our porcelain paving comes from different countries of origin. We currently stock and can order the following porcelain slabs.
- Italian Porcelain
- Indian Porcelain
- Portuguese Porcelain
- German Porcelain
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is porcelain paving
Porcelain paving also known as porcelain slabs or porcelain tiles are the commonly used building material chosen in both internal and external construction projects. Both aesthetically pleasing and hardwearing, porcelain paving became a widely appreciated component thanks to its versatility and ability to complement both indoor and outdoor space.
Porcelain is much harder than ordinary ceramic tiles and is usually selected, despite its higher price, for its hard-wearing nature. Porcelain can be used in both wet and dry areas such as bathrooms, showers, and kitchens indoor, which makes it ideal paving for outdoor use on patios and swimming pools.
Having many benefits, the main being resistance to scratch and water, as well as oil and chemical absorption, porcelain paving requires very little maintenance. There’s no need to apply a sealant as the pavers are already stain and fungus resistant. Oils and chemicals cannot penetrate the surface so can simply be wiped away, making porcelain an ideal patio paving for BBQ season.
It’s not only perfect for exterior projects (like patio paving or swimming pool), porcelain slabs make an extremely functional choice for interior areas. Enduring, adaptable, and easy to maintain, porcelain paving is everything you would expect from the perfect outdoor tile.
2. How is porcelain paving made?
Porcelain Paving is made by pressing a combination of natural materials, including clay, sand and other minerals. They are then baked in a high-temperature kiln, at up to 1400°C, to remove all the moisture and create extremely strong, durable and non-porous paving material.
The end product gives the look and feel of the highest-grade natural stone at a reasonable price. Therefore porcelain paving tiles have been gaining more and more popularity in household use in recent years.
3. How much is porcelain paving
Our prices of porcelain paving slabs vary depending on the type, country and manufacture process. You can find the cheapest porcelain paving even for as little as £25 (ex. VAT) per square meter. More expensive options can reach ranges of £50+(ex. VAT) per square meter.
It’s true that porcelain paving is generally more expensive than the cheapest stone slabs, but the price is still competitive against top-end stone paving. Though the price may seem high at first, the low maintenance and long-lasting nature of porcelain paving make the lifetime expenditure much more cost-effective than with other paving materials.
4. How to lay porcelain paving
1. First, start by preparing a bed of mortar, where you will be laying your porcelain tiles. The bed itself where you lay porcelain on, depends on what grout you gonna use. If you use an all-weather pointing grout that is permeable so the water will go through the grout. Then the bed has to be permeable as well. We recommend using Mastercrete Cement on the bed.
Mastercrete cement includes extra lime making it more permeable. This helps the water get through the jointing and through the bed, instead of sitting underneath the slab and potentially popping it in time.
2. Apply the paving primer onto the back of the porcelain tile, it ensures that the bonding is gonna last for a very long time.
3. Next lay the porcelain slab onto the bed. To help you move the paving slab we recommend using sucker pads, like GRABO that give you a lovely moveability of our tiles. The usage of GRABO allows you to put the heavy tiles exactly where you want them, with great ease.
4. After you laid the tile with the primer at the back you always have to tap down with the mallet. If your mallet head is double coloured, use the white (soft) side. The tapping enhances the primer to stick to the bed. If you don’t tap and just leave the tile you increase the risk of the slab popping over time. Ensure that you tap every single tile laid.
5. When laying the next slab, ensure there is approximately a 5mm gap between each porcelain slab.
6. Fill in the 5mm gaps with the jointing compound. As soon as all the gaps have been filled, brush away any compound excess.
7. Leave your newly laid patio for at least 24 hours to dry. If the weather forecasts rain, cover freshly laid tiles with tarpaulin for water protection.
Porcelain Paving Essentials
Your porcelain will only look its best if it’s installed correctly and with the best finishing products, we are pleased to offer:
Contractors must ensure that products are fit for purpose. If in doubt, please get in touch.