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The patio in the image above belongs to Mr and Mrs Barnish, and we're proud to say that they used our gorgeous Quartz porcelain paving to create it. We think that the subtle, stony shades look rather lovely in the summer sunlight (those pink flowers are rather pretty too!) and if their review is anything to go by, the Barnishes are over the moon with their new and improved outdoor space.

The couple say they chose Out 2.0 porcelain paving slabs over concrete because of their "impervious nature" an "the ability to lay them dry on the adjustable pedestal system" (not to mention the fact that they "look very nice"!) It's worth mentioning that the Barnishes didn't take porcelain's resilience for granted. Before placing their order, they requested a free paving sample and put our porcelain to the test: "We tested a sample with curry, red wine and tea bags to make sure they really were stain resistant. It just wiped off."

As you can see in the photograph above, the big challenge of this project was paving around the wooden posts that already existed in the Barnish back garden. "Laying the Refin was very straightforward," said Mr Barnish, "the only complication being cutting out the recesses for the oak posts. I used my diamond disc bench top tile cutter, which is quite adequate; you just need to be patient, as the Refin is considerably thicker than internal porcelain tiles."

But even this time-consuming task failed to put the brakes on what was generally a very simple and speedy installation process. The Barnishes enthused that "laying the Refin was a dream", praising the dry installation process in particular. And it sounds like Refin's versatility will continue to be a huge plus for the family; Mr Barnish noted that "if I ever need to make a change, it can all be lifted very easily. We even joked about taking them with us if we move house!"

All in all, then, this was a very successful project. The results are stunning - just take a look at this picture of the house as it now stands - and everybody involved seems to be more than happy with how things have gone. The testimonial from Mr and Mrs Barnish reads like it was written by two very satisfied customers; they especially like the "quartz colour and the slip resistant texture".

Our porcelain products are nothing if not beautiful. Well, okay, they would still be durable, versatile, and tactile, but you know what we mean – their appearance is a big part of what makes them so appealing.

Some of the images from our various galleries have already received some glowing feedback on Google Plus and other social media sites, so we thought we’d share a few fabulous photos here on the blog as well. Check these out (click images for larger versions): 

Classical, classy living room with Limestone Champagne tiles 

Modern kitchen with Driftwood porcelain tiles

Bright, beautiful bathroom featuring Limestone Vanilla porcelain

In an ideal world, every garden would look just as good as the home it's attached to. There are several reasons why this can't be the case, but the big one - the real kicker - is the weather. Interior design doesn't have to cope with the nasty conditions that exterior design does, and where a lounge or a bedroom can concentrate on looking pretty, a garden needs to be geared toward durability and weatherproofing.

The good news is that, in spite of the complications your outdoor space has to overcome, it can still look every bit as lovely as the rooms on the other side of the back door. Our porcelain paving is a superior breed of outdoor flooring; its beauty surpasses that of most indoor flooring products, and it's moisture-resistant enough to deal with everything the elements have to offer. Order a free paving sample today!

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You don't have to be an estate agent to know that a nice garden will boost the value of the home it's attached to. The positive effect on property value is one of the most common arguments for redesigning the back yard, and while it's kind of a shame to put all that effort into a space that you don't intend to use, the opportunity to get a higher price for your home is not to be sneezed at, especially in the current economic climate.

But there are hundreds of different ways to beautify a garden, and if you're serious about designing your way to a higher price tag, then you'll have to think up a good strategy first. Back in 2013, thisismoney.co.uk ran an article about the relationship between nice gardens and property value. They came to the conclusion that a big, extravagant garden design can actually discourage potential buyers, especially if they aren't keen gardeners themselves. A meticulously-manicured outdoor space is impressive, certainly, but these things require a lot of looking after; if the new owners aren't prepared to put in the hours, that once-wonderful garden will fall to rack and ruin before long.

So while a big, showy garden might well bump up the estimated value, you're more likely to actually sell your home if your garden is reasonably low-maintenance. And that's where we come in - low-maintenance is our middle name! Our gorgeous garden paving products require almost no care whatsoever, and they're still attractive enough to justify a nice big asking price.

So don't bother fiddling with flowers and tinkering with herbaceous border; you're more likely to catch a buyer's eye by offering them a garden that's beautiful without being a burden. Our minimal-effort porcelain paving looks absolutely stunning, and the new occupants can use it any way they see fit without worrying about the upkeep.

To find out more about our low-maintenance porcelain paving, call 02920 371584 or email info@porcelainpaving.co.uk.

One of the problems with natural stone products – particularly limestone paving, it seems – is how easily they fade. Sure, you’ll be utterly infatuated with those gorgeous stones when they’ve only just been laid, but leave them out in the sun and they’ll be washed-out and ugly before you know it.

This frustrating fade can be prevented with a good coat of sealer, but as you’re probably well aware by now, our motto here at PrimaPorcelain is ‘why bother?’ Applying sealer on a regular basis is just another chore to do, and if you spend a lot of time in the garden, you’ve probably got plenty of chores on your plate already. So why bother sealing your natural stone slabs when you could just plump for some porcelain and bypass the whole problem?

Our porcelain patio slabs are fade-resistant, which means that the look they come with will be the look they keep. Quartz paving, for example, wouldn’t look nearly as lovely if that intricate, colourful veneer went all grey and bleached after a bit of sunshine; fortunately, we realised that fading could be a problem, and we’ve done everything we can to stop it before we can start.

If you want an attractive outdoor floor that doesn’t fade away, porcelain patio slabs are the product for you. Drop us a line on info@porcelainpaving.co.uk to find out more.

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