Your outdoor space should ooze class, feel comfortable, and be irresistibly beautiful. It’s now easier than ever to make that style statement you’ve always wanted – the answer is porcelain paving! Light Grey Porcelain Paving are non-slip Anthracite outdoor porcelain patio tiles that mimic the appearance of natural stone and brighten up your garden & landscape.
The tiles are better than natural stones. For instance, they’re non-porous which means they don’t absorb liquids including water. This quality helps the slabs to maintain their beautiful colours and designs. You can have attractive patios and driveways with these top-quality pavers.
When you buy light grey porcelain paving 900×600, you’re sure you’re getting value. The slabs are baked under high temperature conditions to ensure they’re strong, compact, and stable. They’re then carefully honed to obtain beautiful designs. The polishing also makes the slabs slip-resistant, as you don’t want to fall as you walk on your patio.
Light grey porcelain paving 900×600 doesn’t fade or stain. You can have a beautiful garden all year round. The slabs don’t require any special maintenance routine – just ensure you remove any dirt from the surfaces. With these slabs, you save a lot of money and time in the long run.
Our light grey porcelain paving offers grey, white, and silver tones throughout each slab surface, perfectly mimicking the colour and effect of natural stone. The subtle colours that you can find within our light grey porcelain slabs will provide a brilliant centre piece to refresh your patio, offering a stunning neutral background to create the garden of your dreams.
Light grey sandstone paving slabs are made from the highest quality materials to ensure they will have a long life span for your landscape. Using pure kaolin clays and blended with additional natural minerals, the light grey porcelain patio slabs are then fired at 1200 degrees Celsius – meaning that our light grey paving slabs are harder, more durable and have an extremely low water absorption rate. Thanks to this low water absorption rate, all of our light grey porcelain garden slabs have an R11 anti-slip rating and will be suitable for both wet and dry environments – making them perfect for the Great British weather!
We sell a wide range of paving slabs, including light grey porcelain paving 900×600, so you know that you can create the garden you have been dreaming of with minimal cost and fuss.
Why choose our light grey porcelain garden slabs?
Not only will our light grey porcelain paving help your budget, but there are also many benefits to choosing this fantastic paving for your outdoor space including:
- Low maintenance – all you need to do is clean with water
- Robust and durable – thanks to the high firing temperatures your paving slabs can withstand all weather conditions
- Anti-slip – perfect for the British weather!
- Frost resistant
- Colour will not fade
- Moss & algae resistant
We have a wide range of light grey sandstone paving slabs for you to choose from, from wood effect and natural stone to marble effect grey porcelain paving slabs. Creating your perfect outdoor space has never been easier!
How do you clean porcelain paving slabs?
Our porcelain paving slabs are stain resistant as well as being strong and durable, and they require little to no maintenance to maintain and clean. You do not need any special products, and they do not require special attention to keep them looking brand new.
We recommend using a power washer or mixing a PH neutral detergent with water with a brush once a year to keep your light grey porcelain slabs looking the same as the day that you bought them.
What is the difference between porcelain, vitrified and sandstone?
Both porcelain and vitrified paving both go through the vitrification process making them strong, hard wearing and with low porosity, however the newly developed vitrified paving is slightly stronger than traditional porcelain paving.
Vitrified tiles are made using a combination of clay, feldspar, silica, and quartz which is hydraulically pressed together and then fired at temperature between 1200 and 1550 degrees Celsius. The vitrification process occurs when the heat is between these two temperatures, and the finished product produces an extremely strong glass type quality. Porcelain tiles go through the same vitrification process; however, these tiles are not hydraulically pressed before they are fired. It is this pressing, the new combination of ingredients and higher baking temperatures which have enabled the new production of vitrified tiles to become even stronger and more durable than traditional porcelain tiles.
Sandstone on the other hand is a naturally formed stone that is found in India, and the tiles are usually cut down from much larger stones. This means that sandstone tiles do not go through the same manufacturing process as porcelain and vitrified tiles, and sandstone tiles are slightly more brittle and a lot more porous. Sandstone paving tiles will naturally fade over time due to exposure to direct sunlight, whereas porcelain tiles will keep the same colour and patterns.
Natural Variation Information
Our light grey porcelain paving slabs will not fade when exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time thanks to the high temperature firing and the colour printing that each slab goes through before being sold. This means that they will not fade or change over time, and your light grey porcelain patio slabs will look just as good as the day you bought them with minimal maintenance.
Installation and Aftercare
Porcelain paving tiles require a slightly different method of laying than naturally occurring stone as they are not as porous and will not stick correctly if not prepared properly. Firstly, you will need to ensure that you have the correct groundwork base as well as the correct mixture of mortar for your tiles. You will need a lot more cement than traditional natural stone tiles as porcelain tiles will need a stronger bond to secure them.
Once your base is ready, you will need to prime the tiles before you lay them to ensure that the bond will keep them in place for years to come. You will also need to ensure that you are laying your tiles at a slight gradient to allow effective water run-off.
The installation of porcelain paving slabs may seem like an easy task on the surface, but unless you have experience in laying other pavers, we would always recommend a skilled professional to help you to ensure that your patio or driveway will stand the test of time.
Is porcelain good for paving?
Porcelain is extremely good for patio paving, not only is it durable, low maintenance and aesthetically beautiful, but you can also get fantastic offers that are more cost-effective than using natural stone. Porcelain paving also offers stain resistance, slip resistance and frost resistance – so you know that your patio will withstand all weather conditions.
How long does porcelain paving last?
One of the main benefits to using porcelain paving is its good longevity. Providing you choose high quality porcelain tiles and have them laid properly with a good bedding, your porcelain paving can last you many decades (up to 50 years).
Can you power wash porcelain tiles?
As porcelain tiles are durable, hard wearing and stain resistant, power washing is the recommended form of cleaning. You will not need to give porcelain tiles any special attention, and you will not need any special cleaning products. All you need to do is power wash your tiles once or twice a year to keep them looking brand new.
Is porcelain paving slippery when wet?
Unlike natural stone, porcelain tiles are non-porous, and they do not attract algae, moss, or mould. While they are extremely slip resistant, porcelain paving can still get slippery when it is wet or icy, as any outdoor surface can. During harsh weather conditions, you will still need to be careful when walking on porcelain paving.
Can I use porcelain tiles outside?
In short, yes – porcelain tiles are perfect to use outdoors and are extremely suited to the British weather conditions. Due to the manufacturing process, porcelain paving tiles are strong and hard wearing, and compared to natural stone or concrete slabs, porcelain requires very little cleaning to maintain
What do you put under porcelain tiles outside?
You will need to lay your porcelain tiles onto a fresh bed of mortar to ensure that the tiles are secure and will not come loose. You will also need to make sure that you have prepared the ground underneath the mortar correctly, as porcelain tiles require a stronger bond than natural stone to keep them in place.
Can porcelain be laid directly onto concrete?
Yes, in most cases you will be okay to lay your porcelain tiles directly onto concrete instead of soil or another base. You will need to ensure that the concrete surface is free from any dust, moisture, and debris as these can prevent the tiles from bonding. You will also need to ensure that the concrete is in good condition before you begin to lay your porcelain tiles.
Do you need to grout outdoor porcelain tiles?
In order for your tiles to stay in place, and for the ground underneath to stay in good condition to prevent cracking or slipping, you will need to grout your outdoor porcelain tiles. You will need an exterior paving grout to ensure that your new outdoor space will withstand all weather conditions and keep your tiles safe and secure.
How do you prepare a floor for porcelain tiles?
If you have a solid and flat base, then you can simply use the mortar to lay the tiles. If you have soft or uneven ground then you will need to create a stable surface using a layer of sharp sand or fine gravel. Porcelain tiles need a strong bond to keep them in place so it is important that you prepare the base correctly.
Do porcelain paving slabs stain?
Due to their strong glazed surface, porcelain tiles are extremely stain resistant and have a low water absorption rate. These characteristics mean that staining is rare, and the only cleaning that they require is washing with water or a diluted neutral detergent. Some stubborn marks may need a bit of elbow grease to get rid of them, but they will look brand new in no time.
How much does porcelain paving cost?
Porcelain paving slabs in general are cheaper than natural stone, but slightly more expensive than concrete flags. The cost has come down over the years for porcelain paving tiles, and the number of benefits you have over choosing porcelain greatly outnumber saving a little bit if you opt for concrete flags.
What is ‘vitrified’ porcelain paving?
Vitrified porcelain paving refers to the type of paving tile that is made from pure kaolin clay mixed with minerals, including quartz and feldspar. It is then fired at 1200 degrees Celsius, making vitrified porcelain tiles very hard and extremely durable. The high firing temperatures also ensure that vitrified porcelain tiles have a low water absorption rate.
What is the best way to lay porcelain paving slabs?
You will need to ensure that the ground is solid and even before you lay your porcelain slabs, and this may mean using sand or fine gravel before you start. You will need the correct mortar mixture and you will need to prime your tiles before you begin to lay them. Finish them off with exterior grouting to ensure your tiles are securely in place.
Can you have a porcelain driveway?
As porcelain tiles are hardwearing, durable and slip resistant, they are the perfect option if you are looking for an attractive alternative to natural stone driveways. You can purchase porcelain tiles in thicknesses up to 30mm, and their additional strength means they will offer an ideal laying solution to your driveway.
How do you cut porcelain paving slabs?
If you are looking to cut porcelain paving slabs, then the only effective way is to use a diamond wet blade saw. You will not be able to use hand tools or basic blades to cut through porcelain tiles due to their strong and hard wearing properties, even if they are marked as suitable for cutting through hard materials.
What’s special about these tiles?
Porcelain tiles are denser than ceramic tiles, and they are a non-porous material. This combination means that they are extremely hard wearing, durable, and slip resistant as they repeal moss and algae. These strong properties make porcelain tiles perfect for outdoor areas that will see a lot of heavy footfalls, while still looking stunning.
Should I select a smooth or textured surface?
There are pros and cons to both smooth and textured porcelain tiles – smooth tiles are easier to clean whilst textured tiles over more traction. If you are looking to use porcelain tiles outdoors, for example on a patio or driveway, generally people will use textured tiles so that they have more slip resistance when it is raining or snowing.
What laying pattern should I choose?
There are 4 main laying patterns that you can choose from when laying your outside tiles. A random laying pattern will give a more rustic feel, a stack bond paving laying pattern is very uniform and looks like a chessboard, a stretcher bond laying pattern is one of the more simpler laying patterns and is also known and the running bond, and finally the herringbone laying pattern is the traditional laying pattern for single, rectangular tiles.
Is porcelain better than sandstone?
Your outdoor space paving is purely down to personal preference, but both porcelain and sandstone have pros and cons. Porcelain is durable, hardwearing and will not fade in the sun, but the installation can be tricky. Sandstone is long lasting, eco-friendly and easy to maintain, however they have a high water absorption rate and can get scratched easily.
Is it safe to clean my tiles with household bleach?
While using a household bleach diluted with water will not affect the properties of your tiles and cause them to break or crack, the acid in the bleach may alter the colour of your tiles or stain the grout. Instead, use a diluted PH neutral cleaner or a pressure washer to clean your outdoor porcelain tiles.
Is porcelain porous?
Porcelain tiles are made from clay and other natural materials. These are blended together and fired at extremely high temperatures, making them well known for being highly uniform and non-porous. This means that they have a low water absorption rate and will repel moss, algae, and mould.
How thick are porcelain paving slabs?
The standard thickness of outdoor porcelain paving slabs is usually 2cm (20mm) thick, and this is usually sufficient if you are looking to pave patios, terraces, and pathways. You can get porcelain paving slabs up to 30mm thick, and you should consider using these thicker porcelain paving slabs if you are looking to pave your driveway.
Does porcelain paving fade?
Unlike other natural stone paving, porcelain paving tiles do not fade or change when they are exposed to direct sunlight over a long period of time.