We have noticed a real trend over the last 2 years for using porcelain tiles in our clients’ gardens. So much so that this month we have invested in a new ‘Rubi’ electric wet saw tile cutter. It is getting lots of use this week installing a grey porcelain patio in Binfield – see photos below.
Originally seen as more of an indoor product, porcelain tiles are a good choice for outdoors too and are taking over from the previously popular Indian Sandstone and limestone paving. For outdoor usage the tiles have a greater depth of 20mm compared to the standard 10mm for those used inside the home.
Why choose porcelain paving?
- It’s a no brainer on the low maintenance stakes – with its very low porosity, it is resistant to water damage and staining. Say goodbye to the problems of algae and mould build up!
- It comes in a wide variety of colours, from all shades of grey, white and beige through to beautiful wood effect tiles.
- It has a high grip finish to improve slip resistance. And you have a choice between a smooth finish (more widely used) and a finely textured surface look.
- Porcelain can also create a seamless transition between your home and garden, particularly if the same tiles are used inside and out.
- With its clean lines, it suits the current trend for a modern minimalist style.
If you are considering porcelain paving as an option for your garden, a visit to Nigel Belcher (01635 202700) at Hillier garden centre in Hermitage is highly recommended. Here you will find a good range of Italian porcelain tiles and a large display so you can get a better feel for how they will look when laid.