What Are Some of the Benefits of Porcelain Pavers?
Impressive Durability and Longevity
People sometimes mistakenly think that porcelain pavers are fragile. They picture delicate tiles made of a material that easily shatters.
The reality is that porcelain pavers are manufactured at incredibly high temperatures and emerge from the process with an impressive strength and durability. They hold up well under regular foot traffic and when serving as the material for driveways. Cars, furniture, and other heavy loads aren’t a problem for this type of paver. The strength and longevity of the material result in lower costs over time, because homeowners won’t need to spend as much money on replacements and repairs.
When they’re produced by a reputable manufacturer, porcelain pavers can prove resistant to a variety of damaging forces. They aren’t susceptible to chipping and scratches, even when heavy patio furniture is dragged across them. They don’t suffer from the types of corrosion generated by chlorine or salt, which makes them an especially practical choice for pool hardscaping and oceanfront properties.
These pavers also don’t readily stain. For example, they don’t suffer discoloration from water damage or mold. Because its surface isn’t porous, the material doesn’t easily absorb and sustain damage from various substances.
Cleaning porcelain pavers also doesn’t call for much effort. They can be washed with a garden hose. Brooms or vacuums are sufficient for banishing accumulated dirt. For taking care of a spill or another mess, it’s generally fine to rely on a wet cloth and a relatively mild cleaning solution. We can offer suggestions for the cleaners best suited for porcelain pavers.
Resilience to Temperature Extremes
Porcelain pavers, which are made of a dense material, can tolerate frost. When subjected to freezing and thawing, the surface doesn’t crack.
What about hotter temperatures? Will porcelain pavers heat up quickly and prove uncomfortable to stand on without shoes? The answer largely depends on the color of the pavers. For areas that are unshaded and hit with direct sunlight, a porcelain paver made of a lighter color is a suitable choice. Its strong reflectivity means that it won’t absorb as much heat as a dark-colored paver.
Another potential bonus to porcelain pavers is a resistance to fading. Depending on how a paver is manufactured, it will retain its gorgeous color even after prolonged exposure to sunlight.
People sometimes assume that porcelain pavers are too slippery. Would it be safe to use this type of paver near a swimming pool?
The truth is that high-quality porcelain pavers can be manufactured with excellent traction. Although people should always exercise caution on wet surfaces, porcelain pavers provide protection through a resistance to slipperiness and skidding. They’re a reliable choice for poolside paving and for other areas that are expected to get wet, such as a walkway doused with sprinkler water.
Many Styles to Choose From
Beauty and elegance are qualities often associated with porcelain pavers. As for the specific look of each paver, there’s a breadth of possibilities.
Porcelain pavers can realistically look like other materials, such as various kinds of stone and wood. They come in an extraordinary range of colours, textures, and patterns, making them an excellent fit for different architectural styles and the atmosphere created by different kinds of landscaping. We can help homeowners evaluate the best available products and pick the ones that suit their property and their personal preferences.
How Do Porcelain Pavers Compare to Other Types of Pavers?
Concrete pavers are a cost-effective, popular choice. They’re relatively easy to install, maintain, and replace. Similar to porcelain pavers, they can have good traction and demonstrate resistance to frost and thawing.
Although concrete pavers have a decent longevity, porcelain pavers generally last longer. Unlike the porcelain variety, concrete pavers may need sealing in some areas and the sealing will need to be reapplied as part of maintenance. When located in an area that receives a great deal of direct sunlight, concrete pavers are also more susceptible to fading.
Natural stone is a classic choice for pavers. It adds a feeling of timelessness and permanence to an outdoor setting. In contrast to porcelain pavers, natural stone has a less uniform appearance, and the variations in texture and color are appealing to homeowners. Available types include granite, travertine, and basalt.
Unlike porcelain pavers, the ones made of natural stone absorb moisture more readily and can stain more easily, which makes using our sealers a necessity. Natural stone may wind up costing more than porcelain, but the relative costs depend in large part on the type of stone.
Brick & Clay Pavers
Brick & clay pavers has long been a popular choice for paving material. Like natural stone, it adds a sense of solidity and timelessness to a property. When prepared well and installed with expertise, brick & clay pavers can also be hardy. Repairs and replacements generally aren’t difficult.
When compared to porcelain pavers, brick & clay pavers has a more limited range of textures, colours, and other design characteristics. Brick & clay pavers also has certain vulnerabilities, such as a tendency towards frost heaving, that aren’t found in porcelain pavers.
Where Should Homeowners Install Porcelain Pavers?
Porcelain pavers can be introduced to virtually any part of a property, and they can be used to create stunning visual effects. For example, exterior porcelain pavers can be matched in appearance to interior tiles. When installed as a patio or terrace, they create an effect of seamlessness and continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Patios, terraces, courtyards, poolside paving, walkways, and driveways are among the possible sites for porcelain pavers. Homeowners can use different varieties of porcelain pavers to highlight distinct areas on their property and create a flow from one area to another.
Porcelain pavers can also be installed over an existing patio or deck, though professional assistance is necessary for ensuring stability and adequate support. It’s also important to work with professionals to determine how to perform successful installations on various surfaces.
Please contact us for more information about porcelain pavers and the specific products we offer. Rest assured all our products are of the highest quality and produced by reputable manufacturers.With their versatility, beauty, and longevity, these pavers are a beneficial choice for homeowners.