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Porcelain paving is very durable and will not be impacted by the heat that a fire pit generates. Just another reason why PrimaPorcelain paving is such a great choice for the patio!

Fire pit in the garden

Spring is in the air, and with the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, the garden is the place to be.

The opportunity to spend a sunny afternoon on the patio is one of the best things about this time of year, and if you're keen to stay outside long into the evening, you may have thought about purchasing a fire pit for your outdoor space.

A fire pit is a great way to stay warm and add a bit of extra ambience to your outdoor activities. But is there a chance that having an open fire on your patio will permanently damage the paving?

Heat-resistant porcelain paving

You'll be pleased to learn that PrimaPorcelain's outdoor patio tiles are durable enough to accommodate a fire pit without sustaining any damage.

Our heat-resistant pavers can withstand the heat generated by a fire pit, and you won't notice any colour fade or burn marks on the surrounding tiles.

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Want to pave your outdoor space with our high-endurance patio tiles? Order a FREE sample here!

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There’s no doubt that nearly every home in the UK has some sort of tiles installed either on the inside or outside of the property. Whether it’s in the kitchen, bathroom, or garden, the majority of homes use tiles as an effective, fashionable way to style a floor.

Whilst it’s understandable that homeowners choose tiles based solely around aesthetic reasons, it’s important to realise that most floor tiles are assigned a slip rating, known as an ‘R’ value, in accordance to the environment in which they should be installed. Tiles which aren’t assigned slip ratings are graded to a specific minimum standard regardless. R values span a scale from R9 (minimum standard) through to R13 (greatest slip resistance), which can be understood further in our handy graphic below.

Tile Slip Ratings Explained

 

The tile industry uses the draft informative index (ISO 10545) classification of ceramic tiles according to their slip resistance. This classification is chosen by examining tiles in both wet and dry conditions before they’re installed. An understanding of the measurement of the coefficient of friction and the importance of slip resistance for various types of slip-resistant tiles is vital to prevent and reduce the risk of slip-related accidents.

The Two Classes Within the ISO Standard:

  • CLASS 1 - <0.4 dynamic Coefficient of Friction
  • CLASS 2 - >0.4 dynamic Coefficient of Friction

Here is a breakdown of how the ‘R’ ratings explained in the graphic above fit into the COF classification.

R9 <0.2 COF

Mainly smooth, glazed tiles will record this low value when they are wet. Ideally, these tiles should only be used in dry areas and kept away from environments exposed to moisture.

R10 >0.2 COF <0.4 COF

Generally, only glazed tiles which are wet will show these values. Tiles with this classification can be installed in a variety of domestic spaces such as kitchens and living rooms.

R11 + R12 >0.4 COF <0.7 COF

Some glazed will fall into this category. If a tile has been assigned this COF as a minimum, dry and wet, it may be regarded as safe to be installed in domestic spaces such as bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, porches and living rooms, as well a public spaces such as swimming pools, shopping centres and airports.

So, if you’re on the hunt for new paving for your garden, all our 20mm porcelain ranges are a perfect choice with an R rating of 11. For internal areas such as living spaces that flow into dining areas, all of our ranges that include 8/10/11mm tile options will make a fantastic addition with an R rating of 9/10. You can view our full range of porcelain tiles below.

Browse 8/10/11mm Tiles >         Browse 20mm Tiles >

 

For more information on our tile slip rating or to find out which one of our products is suitable for your living space, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our porcelain tile experts today!

As time moves on, so does style, trends and preferences with homeowners up and down the country trying to keep up. But you don’t have to make it hard for yourself, as here at PrimaPorcelain, we make ‘keeping up’ easy with our constant push to providing our customers with the best possible products that bring the latest styles and looks at competitive prices. Last year we introduced three brand new ranges as well as our cost-effective PavingPlus collection and we do not plan and slowing down anytime soon!

As we start the new year and new decade, we are proud to announce further additions to our already extensive porcelain tile and paving collection – offering homeowners even more choice when it comes to installing the highest quality flooring solution on the market. More colours, styles and designs allow you to create the perfect indoor or outdoor low-maintenance living space.  Find out more about our new product ranges below.

Brecon Range

                      

Our collection of Brecon paving delivers a contemporary flooring product like no other. Available in a strong and robust composition of 20mm, these budget-friendly outdoor tiles are perfect for those looking to bring their exterior space up-to-date without breaking the bank. Available in a light or dark colour option, our Brecon paving slabs can be added to an array of outdoor designs.

Browse our Brecon Range >

 

Trento Range

  

Our Trento paving range offers a unique, natural-looking flooring option that is guaranteed to catch the eye of any guest visiting your home. These porcelain slabs have been inspired by the mountainous environment of Val di Cembra in Trentino Alto Adige. Manufactured through a combination of quartz crystals with organic bumps and grooves, offering the natural stone feel popular with homeowners all over the world. Our Trento paving slabs come in three stunning colours options of Grey, Natural and Viola and are made with a sturdy 20mm thickness to ensure outstanding longevity.

Browse our Trento Range >

 

Tumbled Edge Range

                

Inspired through the tradition of a dry construction technique that uses blocks of solid stone to shape buildings that are perfectly integrated into their surroundings, our new Tumbled Edge collection of porcelain paving allows homeowners to create a low-maintenance outdoor space that styles around either a traditional or contemporary design. You can purchase our Tumbled Edge porcelain pavers from a choice of two natural colours; Grey and Ash.

Browse our Tumbled Edge Range >

 

Honed Sandstone Range

                    

Available in two stunning colour options of Grey or Ivory, our Honed Sandstone porcelain paving is a perfect flooring choice for any homeowner aspiring to create a warm, Mediterranean-styled space or a minimalistic, modern space. The choice is completely yours. Created using the very best porcelain materials, these paving slabs will ensure your floor looks beautiful for years to come without the need of time-consuming upkeep.

Browse our Honed Sandstone Range >

 

Slate Range Expansion

Our collection of Slate porcelain tiles has been one of our most popular over recent years and as a result, we have decided to expand it with brand new colour options. Already boasting White, Silver and Grey options, we are excited to be adding the new Anthracite option. This darker coloured tile option allows homeowners to bring a striking, bold and classy look to either an indoor or outdoor space. 

Browse our Slate Range >             

 

Want more information about our brand-new porcelain tiles and paving? Call us on 02920 803 756 or email us at info@primaporcelain.co.uk, where a member of our customer service team will be more than happy to help!

Garden paths are one of the many features that can make your garden stand out but are often one of the most overlooked. While their main and most obvious purpose is to allow you to journey from point A to point B, they also possess the ability to make your outdoor living space shine. When planning your next garden redesign, be sure to take some time to consider some of the garden path ideas available to you.

Not sure what’s on offer? We’ve got you covered! Whether you’re looking to provide a clear and uninterrupted walkway from one end of your garden to the other, or maze through your flower beds, our list garden path ideas is sure to get your green fingers itching.  

Natural paving

If you’re thinking of creating a natural-looking garden, natural stone paving is definitely the choice for you – the possibilities are literally endless! Natural stone paving has the ability to look right at home in a variety of garden designs, whether you’re looking to create something that’s more towards the traditional side of things or a garden that’s more upbeat and modern. Natural stone never looks out of place because of the extensive variations in shape, texture and colour.

Natural garden path ideas

 

Concrete paving

The versatility of concrete paving can help to create a stripped-back, understated design or an eye-catching walkway. Traditional designs utilising concrete paving see them embedded in the grass or paving the way through the popping colours of your garden. A traditional material such as concrete paving can brilliantly enhance a contemporary space, so for those looking to bring their garden up-to-date, concrete pavers can be used above grass, sand or pebbles as part of a beautifully elevated walkway.

Concrete garden path ideas

 

Curved paths

Often, the materials used for your garden path will determine how long it remains intact, however, the shape of it also has the ability to inject some much-needed character. If you find yourself edging more towards the creative side of things rather than straight, clean lines you can build a garden path that encompasses a more organic shape with a large, sweeping curve.

Not only will this make your garden look way more interesting, but it’ll also give a sense of a greater amount of space. Make the most out of this space by planting a variety of plants and flowers along the edges, it’ll entice your visitors to take a walk around and journey across your new outdoor space!

Curved garden path ideas

Photo: Pinterest

 

Straight lines and angles

For those of you who take kindlier to the simple things in life, a garden path idea based on straight lines and angles may seem more attractive than the previous one. With clever use of geometry, you are able to transform a lacklustre and uninspiring outdoor space into one full of wonder and beauty. A garden path idea based around straight lines can add more noise and elegance as well as functionality.

From basic, two-dimensional designs to complex symmetry, the use of linear designs can help to create interest and inclination. Contemporary, three-dimensional designs use raised beds, positioning of boulders and interchanging heights to create a clean, fuss-free appearance.

Straight garden path ideas

 

When it comes to choosing the right garden path idea for your outdoor area, there is a lot of things to consider. From the materials, the shape and style of path you’re looking to create. With the above garden path ideas, however, you should be well on your way to creating the garden of dreams with the right garden path installed.

For a garden path that is guaranteed to look good and perform for years to come be sure to choose porcelain pavers! Here at PrimaPorcelain, we have an extensive collection of porcelain pavers that offer the gorgeous aesthetics of natural stone, concrete, limestone and many other materials, while providing incredible low-maintenance properties. Click below to browse our entire range of porcelain products.

Browse Our Porcelain Paving >

 

For more information on our range of porcelain products or to speak to a member of our team regarding your garden path ideas, be sure to contact us today by calling 02920 803 756 or email info@primaporcelain.co.uk.

Flooring tiles make for a beautiful addition to any interior or exterior design, providing colour and character to wherever you decide to lay them.

However, a simple chip in a tile is a sure-fire way to ruin that impressive aesthetic, leaving an unsightly and noticeable blemish like a pimple on prom night.

Luckily, with porcelain tiles, such an occurrence needn’t be a worry – and here’s why…

 

do porcelain tiles chip easily

 

Chip Off the Old Block

When it comes to chipped tiles, the difference between ceramic and porcelain can be night and day.

Porcelain is essentially the Mike Tyson of the tiling world – tough and strong yet also visually impressive on the surface and capable of taking on all comers.

Meanwhile, ceramic is the tile equivalent of Sylvester Stallone – looks the part on the surface but probably won’t be able to last when put to the test against real competition.

While both will fill the role perfectly, when push comes to shove, you’re going to want to enlist the aid of the real deal and not a lookalike playing the part to get the full, all-round benefits.

 

Ceramic vs Porcelain

Ceramic tiles typically comprise of a plain tile composition that is coated with a coloured glaze which provides the aesthetic design.

While this can work out cheaper, the tiles suffer in terms of practicality. Any chips incurred will naturally expose the plain body underneath, making it very obvious and tarnishing the design.

Worse still, ceramic tiles can chip very easily, which can be problematic when an inevitable dropped mug occurs. Luckily, no such problems occur with porcelain tiles…

 

Porcelain Power

So, going back to the original question, do porcelain tiles chip easily? Thankfully, the answer is a resounding “no”.

All of the porcelain tiles available at PrimaPorcelain go through the vitrification process that crucially uses a dye mixed in with the clay before being placed in the kiln.

This not only provides the tile with a stronger resistance to a variety of demands, the inclusion of the dye also gives each tile a consistent colour throughout the body.

The result is a sturdier tile that is capable of withstanding a reasonable impact without showing any ill-effects.

Meanwhile, the through-body colouration means that, in the unlikely event that your tile was to incur a chip, the results would be far less noticeable.

 

For more information on vitrified porcelain tiles and its advantages over ceramic tiles, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 029 2080 3756 to get in touch or click the button below to order a FREE sample and see for yourself.

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