Posted on 28th February 2022
Porcelain paving is the newest advancement in paving technology, which means there are still some misconceptions about it and why it’s considered better than natural stone.
If you didn’t already know, porcelain paving is the new alfresco living trend that is heating things up on the paving market. Creating a porcelain patio is one of the most innovative and low maintenance ways to design a garden of dreams.
There’s never been a better time to install a new patio, with all of our amazing porcelain products available. From designer-style natural stone to authentic wooden flooring looks with the durability of porcelain, our product line-up continues to impress homeowners.
To clarify what is, in fact, true or false, we enlisted the help of our product team to confirm and debunk the common myths associated with porcelain.
Porcelain paving is costly
At Porcelain Paving Direct, our prices are all competitive and frequently less expensive than buying natural stone.
Porcelain paving fades in sunlight
The glazed surface of all of our porcelain products is both UV and fade resistant. Due to the manufacturing process porcelain undergoes, the baking seals the colour of each tile which means it will stay intact through many years of sun exposure.
Porcelain paving isn’t for high traffic areas
The surface of porcelain tiles is fired at over 1000 degrees celsius, which makes them incredibly durable and hard wearing as a result. Therefore, porcelain is ideal for commercial property applications and areas that may receive high levels of footfall.
Porcelain paving has an unnatural appearance
Due to the recent advancements in inkjet printing technology; almost any colour, effect, or style is possible. Compared to the options we had just a few years ago, technology can produce vastly different results.
Our products are all a high-concept mix of technology and art and because of this, we are able to replicate the authentic characteristics of natural stone and food down to the finest detail.
Porcelain paving is slippery
A common misconception of porcelain is that it becomes slippery and hazardous when wet or frosty. In actual fact, the surface of porcelain is designed to be slip-resistant even when wet and we recommend the use of our tiles for applications around swimming pools and hot tubs.
Porcelain paving requires sealing
Sealing is unnecessary when it comes to porcelain unless you want to take this step. Unlike natural stone, porcelain slabs are non-porous and practically impenetrable.
Porcelain paving is high maintenance
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Porcelain paving is actually very low maintenance and considerably more so than natural stone.
Every few months you may want to use a soft sweeping brush to clean away any loose dust or debris that has accumulated. Other than that, an occasional wipe over with a cloth and a bucket of warm soapy water is all that is required.
Porcelain paving isn’t as durable as natural stone
Due to the intense manufacturing process of porcelain, it is often ten times stronger than natural stone; as well as more durable and dense. As a result of their superior strength, we recommend porcelain paving for a number of high traffic applications.
With valuable experience distributing porcelain paving, we are able to help you achieve the perfect patio, garden, or home interior with our products. Contact us and we will discuss your specific needs today.