April 25, 2016

Outdoor Flooring

Porcelain tiles are fast becoming more popular for flooring in outdoor spaces for a number of reasons.

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Porcelain tiles are a popular choice among home decorators everywhere and with good cause. Versatile, attractive and easy to maintain, they are a more convenient and cost effective choice than natural materials like stone, sandstone and limestone. If you are wondering what makes porcelain tiles a superior choice, read on and discover the advantages to choosing this appealing covering as your flooring solution.

Low Porosity

While natural stone is very attractive, it is also very porous and although some stones such as granite allow less water to seep through, they still require sealing to prevent staining when moisture seeps into the stone. The most porous stones like sandstone even require regular sealing as it will wear away over time and if it remains unprotected for any length of time, the dirt will become ingrained into the stone’s pores making it impossible to remove. Porcelain on the other hand requires no ongoing maintenance as it requires no sealant to be applied. It also remains permanently stain-free and be cleaned very simply by washing with warm soapy water just once a year.

Eco-Friendly

Those who think that natural stone would be more a environmentally sound choice may be surprised to discover that porcelain tiles are eco-friendly too. They are made using natural raw materials and any remaining waste during the production process is recycled. There are no waterproofing agents, resins, varnishes or chemicals used in the production of porcelain and unlike natural stone which is polished with lead, it will give off no noxious gases when exposed to naked flames.

Robust and Hard-Wearing

Porcelain tiles are extremely durable and able to withstand harsh weather conditions of all kinds. While natural limestone is very attractive when it is first laid down, it can fade when exposed to sunlight over a long period of time. Porcelain tiles are fade-resistant so they will never lose their colouration regardless of the weather. If you are planning on choosing dark coloured paving slabs, this is a major consideration as a black limestone surface may end up looking grey within a short space of time.

Versatility

While stone is certainly very attractive it only comes in its original shade and appearance. Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, come in a wide selection of colours, textures and designs including both bright and creamy shades, polished or smooth surfaces and even non-slip products for a choice of finishes. . Overall, porcelain tiles offer home decorators greater versatility over natural stone products.

What About Ceramic Tiles?

Although some people opt for ceramic tiles over porcelain ones, there are some key differences that make porcelain by far the better choice. As porcelain is baked at 1200°C it becomes extremely hard and dense making it much more hard wearing. Ceramic only has a glazed surface and therefore is unable to resist stains as well as porcelain tiles and they are much less resilient to damage.