The short answer to this question is yes. Porcelain is ideally suited to use outdoors as it is extremely strong and hard-wearing. Often natural stone or concrete slabs are used on patios, however these materials can require regular cleaning and sealing, and can look a little old fashioned. If you are looking for a long-lasting and modern looking alternative to traditional paving products, porcelain is the perfect choice.
While it is the perfect material for outdoor use, not all porcelain tiles can be used outside. Standard 8-10mm thick porcelain tiles are not recommended for external use, as they are not strong enough to withstand heavy furniture and harsh weather conditions. Valverdi Indoor-Out tiles are available in two thicknesses – 10mm for inside and 20mm for outdoor use. PorcelPave external tiles range from 18mm to 20mm thick, again making them perfect for patios, driveways and terraces.
If you choose to lay the same 10mm porcelain tile inside and outdoors you will be compromising; if it has enhanced slip resistance the internal floor will be unduly rough and difficult to clean, if the tile has a lower slip resistance to facilitate internal cleaning then the outside floor could be dangerously slippery.
There are a number of fixing methods available for outdoor porcelain tiles, including traditional adhesive installation and self-levelling pedestals. Not sure which colour tiles will look best in your garden? Order a sample online today or visit one of our showrooms.4
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