10 Benefits of Outdoor Porcelain Tiles

Want to know why everyone’s buzzing about external porcelain tiles at the moment? We’ve put together our top ten benefits to help you decide whether they are right for your project. Read on to find out why people are choosing porcelain over traditional materials like cement, stone and wood.

10 Benefits of Outdoor Porcelain Tiles

  1. Strong – At double the thickness of a standard indoor tile our external porcelain is very strong and hard-wearing.
  2. Stain Resistant – Both Valverdi and PorcelPave tiles are made from fully vitrified porcelain which is non-porous and therefore resistant to staining.
  3. Calibrated & Rectified – Most of our tiles are rectified to give them straight and even edges, which allows you to create narrow grout joints for a neat and modern look. The tiles are also calibrated for even thickness which makes installation easier.
  4. Frost Proof – The impermeable material means that the tiles have a very low absorption rate which makes them 100% frost proof.
  5. Resistant To Moss & Mould – Some materials can become slippery outdoors as a layer of moss or mould covers the surface – particularly over the winter. Out external porcelain is resistant to moss, mould and algae growth so will be easier to keep clean and clear.
  6. Anti-Slip – All Valverdi and PorcelPave external tiles have an enhanced slip resistant surface, with a rating of R11. They can be used on patios, balconies, terraces, steps, pathways and even around swimming pools.
  7. Scratch Resistant – The strong material makes the tiles much more scratch resistant than other materials like natural stone or concrete.
  8. High Load-Bearing Strength – Patios often need to withstand heavy foot traffic and furniture, and our outdoor porcelain can cope with this.
  9. Can Be Cut & Profiled – Tiles can be cut to fit steps, upstands or shaped patios and a range of profiling options are available including bullnosing and grooves.
  10. Wide Array of Designs – External porcelain tiles are available in a huge range of sizes, colours and styles including wood, stone and concrete effect – and they are much easier to clean and maintain than the original materials.

Now that you’ve read the benefits you are probably wondering where you can purchase some of these amazing tiles. At The London Tile Co. we stock two ranges of external porcelain for you to choose from. The innovative Valverdi Indoor-Out range actually features both indoor and outdoor tiles in matching colours and sizes, allowing you to create a seamless look. We also stock PorcelPave which is an external only range available in all sorts of colours and styles including large format and natural stone effect.

With such a wide range of options available we understand that it might be hard to choose – so you can order a free cut sample of these tiles online. Alternatively we offer free delivery on a full size sample if you would like view the tile in situ. Get in touch with our customer services team on 0333 320 8048 if you have any questions.


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  • Dennis - 10 months ago

    Are they strong enough just to drive a motobility scooter on 4ftx3ft

    • London Tile - 10 months ago

      Please excuse our late reply! They are indeed, the dense porcelain has an impressive compressive strength!