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Porcelain paving and deck boards
 
There are all kinds of different outdoor flooring materials on the market, and while we at PrimaPorcelain obviously believe that our porcelain paving slabs are the best of the bunch, we will concede that other options do have their charms. Decking, for example, can look fantastic in the garden - the real wood look is very appealing, especially if you're a fan of more traditional outdoor designs.
 
That said, timber boards also have plenty of drawbacks when compared to porcelain paving. For one thing, they require quite a lot of maintenance; wood must be sealed to prevent warping and water damage, whereas our porcelain products can handle the weather without any work on your part. You could, of course, opt for a low-maintenance plastic deck, but this has problems of its own: plastic is prone to bowing and cracking, and it never looks quite as good as real wood.
 
However, if you really want to add a deck to your garden, there is a way around all of the problems mentioned above, and it's called composite decking. This material is made by combining polymer resins with real wood fibres, resulting are the best of both worlds, requiring less maintenance than solid wood but offering a more authentic look than cheap plastic products.
 
Outdoor living space
 
If your heart is set on planks instead of paving, we'd strongly recommend taking a look at composite solutions - if you choose a good supplier, you'll get something that's attractive, durable, and low-maintenance, which will save you a lot of headaches in the long run.
 
Of course, there's no reason why you can't use both decking AND porcelain paving in your outdoor space. That's what the owner of this garden did, and look how well that worked out for him:
 
Decked and paved garden in Pontprennau
 
Porcelain paving and composite wood decking are natural partners: they both have an elegant, contemporary look, and they both require practically zero maintenance. Combining these two materials is a great way to give your outdoor living space its own unique style - contact us now to discuss the best way to use both of these products in your next project!
 

Porcelain Decking: Tiles That Look Like Wood!

 
Alternatively, if you can't decide between paving and decking, why not choose paving slabs that look like decking?
 
 
 
We offer a range of wood effect porcelain tiles that combine the beauty of natural wood with the practicality of water-resistant paving. Our 'Forest' range is a fantastic choice for any who can't decide between porcelain and decking!
 

We firmly believe that porcelain paving is the perfect choice for just about any outdoor space. Today, we'd like to show off some of the different looks and styles that can be achieved using PrimaPorcelain's alluring outdoor tiles; come wander in the garden with us...

 

Limestone Midnight
 
1) Striking & Contemporary
If you're a fan of bold, modern designs - and who isn't? - our porcelain tiles make it easy to satisfy your contemporary tastes in the garden. As you can see, our black paving slabs are very eye-catching indeed, and they look particularly stunning when set against lush, vibrant greenery.
 
 
 
2) Back to Nature
Pictured: Modena Gunmetal
We love the natural, unrefined look here at PrimaPorcelain, and to that end, we offer a variety of attractive outdoor tiles that emulate natural metals whilst doing away with their demanding maintenance requirements. For example, our granite-effect tiles have all the beauty of genuine granite slabs, but their low porosity means that they never require sealing.
 
 
Limestone Champagne
 
3) Neutral Beauty 
Neutral colours look fabulous on the patio or balcony. We are particularly fond of the creamy hues found in our Italian Limestone range - they're beautiful without being overwhelming, and as you can see above, they look truly amazing on a sunny day!
 
 
 
4) The Mediterranean Look
If you want to capture the spirit of the Mediterranean in your outdoor space, look no further than our quartz twilight tiles. Each slab has a slightly different hue to the next, creating a stunning overall look that's more reminiscent of a sun-kissed Italian balcony than a garden patio in Britain!
 
 
Bolzano Grey
 
5) Professional Elegance
Pictured: Bolzano Grey
Finally, if you're a landscaper and you're designing an outdoor space for an office building, we think you'll find a lot of great options to choose from here at PrimaPorcelain. We think that our Bolzano Grey tiles (pictured above) are particularly well-suited to this purpose, creating a sleek, professional-looking space that's nevertheless very bright and attractive.
 
What kind of look are you trying to create? Browse our outdoor tiles here, or contact us now to discuss your project's requirements with a member of the PrimaPorcelain team.

Balcony with Porcelain Tiles

From decking to stone paving to artificial turf, there are many different ways to floor a balcony. Still, we feel that porcelain paving is the best choice of all – our porcelain slabs are sturdy, water-resistant, and very beautiful indeed!

One customer in Berkshire certainly agreed with this point of view. They ordered 39m2 of our beautiful Limestone Champagne paving for their balcony, and the results are really rather stunning!

Here’s a ‘Before and After’ photo:

Berkshire Balcony Flooring - Before and After

What a transformation! Not so long ago, the balcony was a grimy, grubby-looking thing, with weeds poking between the paving stones and a rather tired appearance in general. But now that our porcelain products have worked their magic, the balcony is all but unrecognisable. The champagne-coloured tiles look fabulous as usual, bringing a hint of classical decadence to the customer's outdoor space, and that beautiful white balustrade looks perfect alongside them!

And it’s the perfect time for it, too – we’re right at the height of summer now, and we’re positive that the view from this client’s balcony is absolutely astounding in the Berkshire sunshine!

Would you like us to transform your tired-looking balcony? Call 029 2080 3750 today, or visit our dedicated Balcony Flooring page for further details. Remember to order your free paving sample!

Decked and paved garden in Pontprennau

Both decking and paving are extremely popular choices for the back garden, but it's somewhat rare to see a garden design that utilises both. A lot of landscaping enthusiasts think of this as an either/or decision, but deck boards and paving slabs will quite happily go together, and if you're after a stunningly unique look for your outdoor space, this is definitely a tactic worth considering.

But how best to combine these two contrasting materials? Here are a few ideas...

Multiple Levels

This is the strategy that our architect deployed when designing the garden in the photo above. The doors open out onto a stylish paved patio, with a raised deck just beyond. This two-tier look is very appealing indeed, making the whole garden feel larger and, in a way, giving you two equally beautiful outdoor spaces for the price of one.

Keep 'Em Separated

If you've got a reasonably big garden, you may consider splitting it into different sections. Instead of sticking with that large, blank patch of lawn, you could install a small seating area at one end of the garden, and a nice little patio at the other. You could even have a hot tub in the corner - both composite wood and porcelain paving make great slip-resistant tub surrounds!

Blended Together

Decking and paving, used together

This approach is a little trickier, but the results are well worth the effort. We found the above image on Pinterest, and it's the perfect example: the duality of that design makes for a smooth, elegant outdoor living space. Mind you, you'll have to cut your boards and pavers quite precisely if you want to create that flawless transition between them.

No matter what you have in mind for your outdoor space, we at PrimaPorcelain can help. In addition to our spectacular porcelain paving products, we are also able to supply low-maintenance deck boards, and if you want to use one or both of these materials in your garden, our experienced in-house architect will be more than happy to help with the design.

Our thick Out 2.0 paving slabs in action

When it comes to outdoor paving products, the general rule of thumb is as follows:

The thicker, the better!

Some consumers are happy to purchase relatively thin paving slabs – after all, they’re cheaper, and they don’t look all that different once they’re laid. What’s the problem?

The problem lies beneath the surface. Thick paving slabs can bear heavy loads without showing the strain; they can stand up to reasonably high levels of foot traffic; they can stay strong in the face of wear and tear for years on end. Thin paving slabs...can’t.

Our 20mm porcelain paving is the thickest porcelain product available. It is sturdier, more robust, and longer-lasting than the competition, meaning that your outdoor space will stay beautiful for longer.

Oh, and one other thing: the superior thickness of Out 2.0 paving allows it to be installed without mortar, cement, or adhesives of any kind. We use a revolutionary pedestal support system that makes laying your paving slabs a quicker, easier task than ever before.

So, to sum up...

Thick paving slabs are better because:

  • They can handle heavier loads
  • They are less likely to be damaged by large of volumes of foot traffic
  • They will last longer in the average outdoor space
  • They can be dry-installed

Thin paving slabs simply can't compete! Order your Out 2.0 paving sample today.

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