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Floorboards are an age-old flooring option (literally; hardwood flooring has been used since the 1600s). Whilst wood is a very traditional flooring/paving choice, there are a lot of responsibilities that come with maintaining wood flooring.

With wood flooring, you often live your life bound by rules as to how you must behave in your own home, all for the sake of your flooring; no shoes inside the house, no dragging heavy furniture, clean any spills immediately, clean with a microfibre cloth, use a variety of wood safe chemicals and solutions, varnish and wax regularly… the list goes on. And on. And on.


Here at PrimaPorcelain, we know that real wood is a highly desirable and stylish flooring option. It's traditional, it creates a cosy atmosphere and it's been a firm favourite of interior designers for years. But, there's a catch. It can be a real nightmare to take care of! 

No matter how hard you try to avoid those accidental spills, muddy shoe stains (that could have been avoided if someone remembered to take their shoes off at the door), and scratches from heavy furniture, these things happen. But if you choose a tile floor, they won't leave a lasting impression on your newly renovated living space. 

Still not convinced that a tile floor that looks like wood is the way to go? Let's talk through some of the benefits of choosing tiles over trees...

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1. Stain-resistant

With real wood flooring, it's absolutely vital that spills are cleaned up as soon as they occur, otherwise (you guessed it) you'll find yourself with an unsightly stain on your hands.  Be careful though, taking a wet mop (or anything too wet) to your wood floor can cause it to swell and bow. Now you've got two problems to contend with! Only a damp or a dry cloth should be used to tackle stains on wood floors.

On the other hand, our wood effect porcelain tiles can be wiped clean with no fuss. Spilt liquids will sit on the surface of our porcelain tiles where they can be lifted away with minimal effort leaving nothing but the beautiful wood effect behind. Don't worry, our non-porous tiles won't absorb moisture so you can grab your mop and get the job done without clambering around on your hands and knees. 

2. Scratch-resistant

Alongside your real-wood flooring order, you should probably invest in some furniture pads to prevent the inevitable scratching. Whether it's the TV cabinet, the sofa or the chairs around your dining table, your wood floors will let you know if things have been moved around too forcefully. Without furniture pads, you can expect to see deep grooves, scuffs and scrapes that are incredibly difficult to remove. 

Our porcelain tiles, however, have been put through a rigorous deep abrasion resistance test to ensure that no visible scratching occurs. Even if you do spot a little scuff, we're confident that it can be brushed away. 

Whether you're renovating a home before you move in, or you're sprucing up a room in your existing home, your furniture will need to be moved in after the floor's been laid. Avoid scuffing it from day one by choosing tiles that look like wood.

3. Low maintenance

When it comes to maintaining real wood flooring, you'll be popping out to buy floor cleaner and varnish at least once a year. Without it, your wood floor will start to look dull, worn and lack-lustre. Not ideal if you've just forked out thousands of pounds to have it installed, right? 

PrimaPorcelain wood effect tiles are notorious for requiring minimal maintenance. With a porosity level of less than 0.05%, you'll never need to seal or varnish them. Instead, you'll need to take a warm soapy cloth or mop and give them a quick rinse every now and again, that's all!

 4. Environmentally-friendly

Although the look and feel of nature in your home is appealing, the impact this can have on the environment is less so. In order for you to bring nature indoors, it has to be cut down outdoors. For the environmentally-friendly homeowners amongst you, this idea might not appeal. Luckily for you, our tiles that look like wood might be a great, eco-friendly alternative. 

We source all of our materials in an environmentally way, limiting transportation wherever we can. Once our tiles go into production, we make sure we recoup our waste materials and include information about using them in an environmentally friendly manner in our packaging. Perfect if you're looking to renovate your home without damaging our precious earth.

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Our Forest Range

If you've made it this far, we're fairly sure you'll be ready to consider some of our wood-effect porcelain tiles for your home. Our Forest tiles come in four shades, so whether you want to go for a pale pine effect or a deeper oak finish, we've got you covered. Each shade offers a fine texture as well as the charming swirls and knots you expect to see in real wood. Select one of our shades below to find out more. 

For more information about our range of tiles that look like wood, don't hesitate to get in touch. We're happy to help!

Although the style and colour of a flooring product may be enough to sway you when shopping around, it's always good to know that you're getting true value for money from your investment. This goes beyond the simple factor of appearance, which, while important, is far from being the only concern of a customer on the hunt for the best-valued product. 

This is where our porcelain tiles really come into their own, as they have the benefit of coming in an array of eye-catching styles and colours, as well as meeting the expectations our customers have regarding safety, quality and durability. To illustrate our point, here are just some of their many benefits:

Versatile in Appearance and Function

Porcelain tiles come in an excellent variety of styles, and have the ability to emulate almost any other surface, from beautifully marbled stone to wood and beyond. Whether you're looking to decorate a bathroom, kitchen or living area, there is sure to be a tile in a finish or colour to suit your tastes.


Strength and Beauty

Our porcelain tiles are available in 10mm or 20mm thicknesses which allows them to be incredibly rugged and hardy. They will last longer than a normal ceramic tile because they've been baked at an incredibly high temperature. This vitrifying process makes them solid and extremely dense, and as such, far more hard-wearing and less likely to crack or chip.

Our tiles' solidity and resistance to abrasion have been tested to rigorous standards and they passed with flying colours. This means that when unavoidable marks or scuffs are made on the surface, which is inevitable with animals, children or even just the presence of furniture, they can be easily cleaned. A quick brush away and there will be no damage left on the surface of the tile at all. A great benefit of porcelain tiles in a busy household.

Weather Resistant

Sadly, as much as we would like a more Mediterranean climate, we suffer from time to time with slightly chillier weather. The frost on many winter mornings can look delightful but can play havoc with traditional outdoor tiles. The trouble occurs when absorbed moisture freezes as the temperature plummets. Water expands when it freezes and this can cause pressure inside the tile that causes cracks and frost damage. PrimaPorcelain tiles benefit from minimal porosity so they hardly absorb moisture at all.

Our porcelain tiles are, therefore, highly frost resistant and that means that even in the coldest of winters, our tiles will stay pristine. Another useful benefit of porcelain tiles is their ability to withstand stains. As the moisture is repelled by the tiles, the stain is unable to penetrate and can be easily wiped away.

Easy to Clean and Maintain 

No one wants the hassle of spending even more money once they've installed their flooring, which is why wood and stone, while attractive, can often be meddlesome. Porcelain tiles have the distinct advantage of being markedly easy to clean, only requiring a standard mop with warm water on a semi-regular basis. Further details of how to clean them can be found here.

Why PrimaPorcelain?

PrimaPorcelain manufacture both indoor and outdoor tiles. Imagine expanding your family living space into the garden and using it as if it were an additional room. Our indoor and outdoor tiles perfectly complement each other, ensuring a beautiful and seamless transition from one space to another. 

Additionally, we are as concerned about the planet as we are about bringing beauty to your home and garden. The sourcing and manufacture of our products aim to be as ethical and sustainable as possible, and our tiles and paving slabs are subject to rigorous environmental standards. What could be better than fitting a long-lasting and stunning feature to your home when it is eco-friendly as well.

If you are considering improving the look and feel of your home and garden, contact us at PrimaPorcelain. We can’t wait to show you our wide range of exquisite products.

Boasting deceptive durability and unprecedented diversity of design, the power of porcelain tiles can make for a fantastic home flooring solution.

Best of all, this porcelain performance also translates to fantastic flexibility, particularly in terms of how and where you use these tiles.

Porcelain tiles are a superb solution to flooring functionality – both inside and out – and the combination of the two as an inside-outside transition can make for a stunning seamless finish.



Benefits of Inside Outside Transition Tiles

The list of benefits of porcelain paving outdoors is long and wide, ranging from its ability to withstand frost and moisture to its unrivalled fade and stain resistance.

However, while porcelain has a myriad of obvious benefits for outside use, it’s also the ideal surface for the inside as well.

Slip, stain and chip-resistant, porcelain tiles make for the perfect flooring solution for any kitchen, providing a great safety net in the event of a cooking mishap like a dropped plate or a clumsy spill.

Better still, this functional freedom also presents the perfect opportunity to blur the lines between interior design and your external property, blending the two into one expansive, free-flowing space.


Things to Consider for Inside Outside Floor Tiles

When creating an indoor-outdoor transition, it’s important to remember that there is a difference between indoor tiles and outdoor pavers. Inside tiles are typically thinner, measuring in at around 10mm, whereas outdoor pavers often measure at a thicker 20mm.

The reason for this is, of course, the practical needs of each. Naturally, an outdoor paver is going to need to be thicker in order to withstand the harsher elemental demands of the environment, whereas indoor tiles are specifically designed for an interior setting, featuring a smoother texture underfoot.

While most styles are available in both ranges, not all outdoor designs are available as an indoor tile and vice versa. As such, you’ll need to opt for a design that is available in both 10mm and 20mm format in order to create an uninterrupted indoor outdoor transition.

To avoid any disappointing revelations down the line, be sure to check your favourite designs are indeed available in both versions before you let your creative imagination run away with you.


Choosing Inside Outside Porcelain Floor Tiles

One of the biggest benefits of combining inside outside transition tiles is their innate ability to create space. The seamless nature of the transition opens up the boundaries of your interior, essentially allowing it to flow into your outside space.

That being said, a light-coloured tile can expand your space even further, creating the illusion that your property seems bigger than it actually is. Add a foldable patio door into the mix and you have the ability to bring your outdoors in and indoors out in an instance.

However, it may also be worth keeping in mind how you intend to utilise your outdoor space when choosing your transition tiles, particularly if you plan on having a pool or a hot tub. The level of traction of each tile can vary between designs, so it’s worth getting a paver with high grip rating if you plan on indulging in watery activities.


For more information on inside outside transition tiles, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 029 2080 3756 or get in touch online using the link below.

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Our beautiful porcelain tiles and paving slabs can be used to transform the look of your balcony space completely. We have a gorgeous range of balcony flooring products that vary in both colour and style, all made from the same superior porcelain material. If you’re new to the concept of porcelain tiles then let us briefly guide you through their wondrous qualities, and why they’re a superior choice when it comes to balcony flooring and roof terraces alike.

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The fine Italian porcelain we use for our balcony tiles outperforms all its rivals in every single way. Our tiles require no regular maintenance, so this means no time and labour is needed to keep your floor intact! The slabs we use also resist water, frost, fades, fire and slippages too; not to mention the fact they are strong and durable enough to be used for commercial use. What we are basically proposing to you is a material which looks as luxurious and appealing as natural stone, but comes with none of the drawbacks!

As our porcelain is such a fine performing outdoor material, it makes the perfect choice for those looking to revamp their balconies and roof terraces. Using pedestal supports, our balcony tiles can be dry installed – the beauty of this is you can create a level surface while also benefiting from acoustic and thermal insulation! Not only that, but this method of installation also allows for pipes, leads, and cables to be laid between the void.

You could even lay the tiles yourself, no adhesives or mortars are needed making it a relatively easy task for keen DIY enthusiasts. As nothing is sticking the tiles down they can also be removed easily – this is ideal should you need to lay wires, or remove them altogether.

One of the best things we think our tiles can offer your balcony is a complete makeover! If you have an outdoor space already that is a bit worn, weathered, and warped, realise its full potential through our sumptuous porcelain slabs. Made to look like some of the most exotic natural stone available – as well as also creating some new shades and finishes of our own – our tiles will transform your balcony into a pristine space that yearns to be used!

Browse through our gallery and case studies for visual evidence of the décor- dreams we realise; or why not get the ball rolling by ordering a FREE sample of our balcony tiles, so that you can have tangible evidence of its calibre.

If you have questions regarding our range of porcelain tiles & paving, do not hesitate to contact us today! 

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