While porcelain pavers are becoming an increasingly popular addition to landscaping designs throughout Perth, there are still many misconceptions around the suitability of the material to outdoor areas. Unlike what the name suggests, porcelain pavers are highly durable and low on maintenance, providing homes with beautiful yet also practical outdoor flooring solutions. Let’s bust some of the most common myths and shed some light on the benefits of using porcelain pavers in your backyard.
During the manufacturing process, porcelain pavers are subjected to extremely high temperatures, making them stronger, denser and longer lasting than other paving options. Porcelain pavers also have enhanced resistance to scratching when compared to concrete, natural stone and timber, and are also less likely to become damaged by the movement of furniture and other abrasive surfaces. With superior strength, porcelain pavers are ideal for commercial areas that experience high foot traffic and can be used on driveways when wet installed. Overall, porcelain pavers are one of the most robust choices for outdoor spaces.
When it comes to the temperature of your outdoor flooring, it is actually the colour rather than the composition of the material that will have the most significant impact on its heating and cooling properties. Industry testing indicates that the temperature of porcelain pavers is comparable to natural stone pavers of the same colour, with pavers in darker hues tending to generate higher surface temperatures than lighter ones. In general, porcelain pavers are also cooler to the touch than concrete pavers.
Unlike natural stone and concrete, porcelain pavers are non-porous and virtually impenetrable. As a result, it is not necessary to seal porcelain paving. Such properties also make these pavers the most stain resistant product available in today’s market.
Porcelain pavers are actually quite versatile. The tiles can be wet installed on concrete or mortar bed, or dry installed on top of sand or cracker dust. It can also be laid on top of grass.
With slip-resistant properties, porcelain pavers are suitable to use in all outdoor areas, including around pools and spas. It’s best to obtain pavers that meet the Australian standards for non-slip surfaces. With a R11 A, B, C classification, your pavers will continue to be slip resistant even in sloping areas that are subjected to wet and dry conditions.
As mentioned, the non-porous surface of porcelain pavers makes them resistant to stains, discoloration, chipping, scratching and more. Unlike other flooring types, it does not require any form of ongoing polishing, varnishing or resealing. To keep porcelain pavers in good condition, all you have to do is hose them down with water from time to time.
If you’re looking to use porcelain paving in your outdoor entertaining area, visit the Remastone showroom in Bibra Lake today. We have a large range of high quality, slip-resistant porcelain pavers available and can help you make the best selection for your needs.