7 Reasons to Choose Porcelain Paving
Despite some very stiff competition, porcelain paving slabs are one of our most popular types of paving. People just can’t seem to get enough of these beautiful and practical pavers – even our employees have fallen head over heels!
But why is porcelain paving so beloved? What are the unique characteristics that set porcelain pavers apart from its peers? To answer these questions and more, we’ve collated seven of the best reasons to choose porcelain paving for your next DIY landscaping project, below.
1. Easy to clean and maintain
With porcelain paving, getting your patio ready for the summer sun is an absolute breeze.
There’s no need for industrial cleaning chemicals or a complicated jet washer, you can get your porcelain pavers pristine armed only with a sponge and a bucket of soapy water. Better still, you only need to complete this simple cleaning routine 2 or 3 times a year to keep your porcelain patio slabs sparkling through the seasons.
For more information on ensuring your porcelain paving always looks its best, read our how to clean a patio blog post.
2. No sealants are required
While other types of paving, such as natural stone and concrete pavers, require you to add sealant during the installation process to protect from water-based stains, you can skip this fiddly step entirely when you lay porcelain paving slabs.
Porcelain patios are naturally non-porous, meaning water does not soak through the pavers. So, whether you’re dealing with barbecue grease or muddy footprints, tough stains and spills wipe away with ease on porcelain paving. This also means you can save an extra couple of quid on buying expensive sealants!
3. Resistant to erosion beneath the surface
In addition to naturally protecting from unsightly stains, porcelain paving’s non-porous characteristics also protect against erosion beneath the surface of the slab.
With other porous pavers, water can soak through the material and erode the foundation of your patio, which can cause pavers to become loose in their formation. Porcelain paving slabs experience no such problems as water cannot penetrate its refined composite structure, keeping your patio strong and secure.
4. Lasts for years and years to come
Due to its highly technical manufacturing process, porcelain pavers are extremely hard-wearing and one of the most durable paving options on the market.
Severe weather conditions, sticky stains and spillages, rogue plants and vegetation – none of these potential hazards will leave a lasting mark on your pristine porcelain patio. This makes porcelain paving slabs the perfect choice for paved areas that experience a lot of footfall!
For added peace of mind, feel free to check out our how to maintain your patio guide to ensure your porcelain patio slabs last a lifetime.
5. Resistant to sun fading
Where other pavers may lose a little bit of their lustre come to the end of summer, porcelain paving slabs retain their original colour for much longer.
That’s right – porcelain pavers will not fade or change colour over time. For homeowners, this means more opportunity to go big and bold with your patio colour choices. Whether selecting our dark Vetusto Porcelain Paving in Blue-Black or opting for a Graphite finish, you can feel safe in the knowledge that your eye-catching colour choice will remain for many years to come.
6. Improves the safety of your patio
In the frosty months of winter, many pavers can become more akin to an ice rink than a garden patio. Porcelain paving slabs, however, are carefully designed with an anti-slip texture to help keep you on your feet.
Even after a particularly cold night or a torrential downpour of rain, a porcelain patio improves the safety of your garden by reducing the risk of falls and slips – which is essential for those with children who love to play outdoors.
7. Caters to a diverse range of styles
A man-made product, porcelain paving is available in a wide range of styles and looks – you just need to pick the perfect pavers for your porcelain patio.
If you prefer the throwback charm of a country cottage garden, for example, then our rustic gold Vetusto Porcelain Paving replicates that ‘lived-in’ feel of natural stone. Alternatively, our Mode Textured Porcelain Paving is perfect for gardens with a more modern motif, offering an effortlessly sleek and sophisticated look.
We even stock wood-effect porcelain paving, such as our Madera Grande Porcelain Paving, for those who want a convenient compromise between decking and paving.
If you have any questions or want to find out more about the perks of porcelain paving, call our friendly customer service team on 0800 032 6306 or start a live chat with us today.