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Porcelain patios - beautiful, low maintenance and durable


Porcelain tiles have been around for a while now in landscaping and they're a perfect option for the UK climate particularly if you want to create a seamless 'indoor to outdoor' effect from the house into the garden. Porcelain tiles are fired to very high temperatures making them both extremely hard wearing and impermeable. 

Natural Stone can involve a lot of maintenance

Permeability is an important factor in choosing stone for your patio: cheaper natural stone, like sandstone can be very porous, which means that it can soak up water like a sponge during damp weather, an can subsequently develop algae and staining. Water can also get between the layers that form the stone, and freeze thawing effects can cause delamination, where the top layers of stone start flaking away over time and creating more opportunities for algae to establish. 

Sanstone patios can suffer from algae black spots and need annual pressure washing

Porcelain paving is a good option for north facing patios

For north facing patios or to create a seamless transition between an indoor space and outdoor, porcelain comes into it's own. London Stone offers 22 different options for porcelain at the moment and new options are regularly becoming available. As well as tacking the issue of maintenance, porcelain offers colour consistency that is hard to match with natural stone, as well as a impressive choice of colours and textures.

Wood effect porcelain planks create an attractive decking effect without the maintenance




















Wood effect options include Cinder Porcelain and Rovere Porcelain both of which are both attractive and convincing as wood textures, and create decking effect areas of patio with minimal maintenance. 

The beauty of porcelain is how convincingly it recreates the beautiful natural stone paving that we love. Examples like White Quartz Porcelain from London Stone, have a stunning warm beige multi-tonal colour across the tile, as well as the slightly riven texture that you'd associate with natural stone and for a more contemporary look Silver Contro Porcelain offers stunning silver grey tones with a in a slightly speckled texture, giving it an attractive natural look. 

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Golden Stone Porcelain from London Stone - a beautifully natural look


The other advantage of porcelain is the slab sizes are even and consistent which creates a contemporary look that can match in with the colour and texture of indoor porcelain tiles. Although porcelain is more expensive than riven or sawn Indian sandstone, it's low maintenance features are making it increasingly popular as an outdoor paving option.

Porcelain patios need professional design and build 

Porcelain is not laid in the same way as traditional stone, and they do need to be laid by an landscaper experienced in cutting and laying porcelain. It's also important to think about the overall design. Although individual porcelain paving is around 20-30mm thick, copings and step treads generally need to be thicker, which either means natural stone treads and copings with porcelain paving tiles, or having bespoke porcelain copings and treads made for the project.


Increasingly suppliers are creating coping stones and treads which work alongside their range of porcelain tiles, but it's important to plan carefully when designing a patio.


Find out more about having your new patio designed and built by Heartwood Garden Design by contacting us today.






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