Living in the UK often means events cancelled or contingency plans put in place due to the weather, so when we do get some sunshine (or even just a break from the rain) we all know how important it is to make the most of it. The last thing you want to be doing is deep cleaning or treating your patio or decking. Unfortunately this is the reality if you use a natural material like stone or wood. Sound familiar? We have a solution that could save you time and money – and will hopefully allow you to spend more time relaxing, entertaining or doing whatever you do in your garden.
Porcelain has long been a favourite material choice for walls and floors inside the home, but over the last few years it has become popular on patios. It turns out that the reasons we love porcelain for internal use – easy to keep clean, hard-wearing, wide range of designs, etc. – are also features we crave for our outdoor areas. During the manufacture of porcelain the tiles go through a process called vitrification, which essentially turns them into an extremely hard glass-like material with a very low porosity rate. This creates many benefits including:
As we mentioned above, there are many different options available when it comes to colours, designs and sizes. We’ve pulled together our some of our favourites below to help you find just the right style for your project.
Stone has been a favourite choice for outdoor areas and it’s not difficult to see why. The natural shades, range of colours and beautiful veining patterns manage to suit both traditional and contemporary designs. Luckily both the look and texture can be replicated in porcelain, creating a natural look that’s also durable and long-lasting. Our favourites at the moment are Athena silver travertine effect, Multi Slate effect and Champagne limestone effect tiles.
If your space has a more modern feel you might want to go with a super cool finish like distressed cement. Cement is a great choice for contemporary patios, but it can fade and is quite easy to scratch. Opt for a cement effect porcelain slab like the large format Burnham tiles or the distressed Street range for a longer-lasting look.
Decking is the perfect choice for many gardens as the natural finish suits all styles, however it can become slippery and may require regular sealing. Our wood effect porcelain tiles are resistant to moss & mould growth and do not need any specialist cleaning or sealing products – in fact they are really low maintenance. The Copse range is available in four beautiful natural shades, each with a co-ordinating internal tile that can be used with bifold or sliding doors.
Before you jump in and order your tiles we highly recommend ordering a sample or visiting a showroom to see the tiles for yourself. We try our best to capture images of the tiles that are as close to the real thing as possible, but different lighting or screen settings may affect how they look online. Free 10x10cm cut tile samples are available to order but keep in mind this will only show a very small part of the design on one tile – very important if the range you are interested in is heavily patterned. See the full range of porcelain garden tiles online or visit a showroom.3
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