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20mm Quartz Twilight Paving in sunny garden patio

When it comes to selecting the right outdoor tile, there are a lot of different factors to take into consideration.

Choosing the wrong tile could be potentially dangerous, as walking across an unsuitable surface in wet weather could cause someone to slip and have an accident. If a tile is not durable enough for the wear and tear of outdoor conditions, it could crack and fracture, creating dangerous sharp edges or potential tripping hazards.

There are a lot of different traits you should look for when selecting a tile for outdoor use, but here are the top 5 factors that define a suitable outdoor tile:


Any outdoor tile is likely to be exposed to a range of different conditions. Whether your tiles get wet from rain, or a water fight with hoses and water balloons in the hot summer months, it’s vital that the tiles be slip-resistant. Having a non-suitable tile could result in someone falling and having a potentially dangerous accident.

Low Maintenance

If you’re looking for tiles for outdoor use, low maintenance is a great benefit. Having a tile that requires minimum upkeep like waxing and sealing, or doesn’t need to be cleaned regularly, is a great feature to look out for. By selecting a low maintenance tile, you’ll be spending less time cleaning and upkeeping your tiles, and more time enjoying and making use of your beautiful outdoor space!


Durability can refer to a lot of things, but in this context, we’re referring to a tile that’s stain, fade, and scratch resistant. Outdoor tiles are likely to go through a lot, such as having food and drink spill, chairs dragged, not to mention being exposed to the elements 24/7. Having a tile that can stand the test of time and look just as good years down the line is important.

Frost proof

The weather in the UK is known for being temperamental: jumping from a beautiful sunny day to hail and sleet in seconds, you never know what will be next. Having an outdoor tile that’s sturdy enough to withstand the elements is vital. Some outdoor tiles such as concrete have significant water percentages – in cold temperatures this can cause them to expand, shift, dislodge, crack, and sustain damage.


Perhaps one of the most important factors of all, any outdoor tile must be strong and capable of withstanding a large amount of force. Throughout their lifetime, outdoor tiles are subjected to all manner of conditions from extreme weather, heavy foot fall, tables and chairs being dragged, broken bottles and bouncing balls. You need an outdoor tile that can endure all of this and more without chipping or cracking.

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If you’re looking for a tile that checks all of these boxes, we’ve got just the product for you! Porcelain paving tiles are the perfect blend of durability, slip resistance, and low maintenance. They’re also incredibly diverse as they’re suitable for use both inside and outside.

If you’d like to browse the range of outdoor tiles available from PrimaPorcelain, check out the link below. As you browse, you can order up to three samples completely FREE! If you want to order more than three, any additional samples are only £2.00 each!

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Read More: How to Choose the Right Paving Colour for Your Patio

Choosing a paving colour

One of the key benefits of porcelain paving is its versatility. Porcelain tiles come in such a wide variety of colours, designs, and sizes that there's an option to please almost everyone.

One drawback of this diversity is that it often leaves people overwhelmed with options. With so many beautiful porcelain products to choose from, how can anyone be expected to choose just one?


indoor forest oak porcelain paving

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.


One of the advantages of using porcelain paving is its incredible diversity. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to tile design, colour, and size, it can be hard to know where to start. If you’re someone who’s looking to break away from the mainstream and bring a bit of excitement into your patio, this is the place for you.

We’ve gathered our favourite unusual paving slab options and pulled them together for this collection; if your aim to have a patio that stands out from the rest, look no further. Let's get into it!


20mm Slate Rust Porcelain Paving


20mm Slate Rust Porcelain Paving

This tile really stands out with its contrasting slate grey and metallic rust style dual-tone. Bringing distinctive contrasts and outstanding character to your garden with these daring tiles. Not only are these Slate Rust porcelain tiles gorgeous but they also have the benefits of all porcelain tiling products, as they're low maintenance and incredibly durable.

  • Dimensions: 450 x 900mm
  • Thickness: 20mm
  • 12 design variations
  • Grip Factor: 4
  • Textured Grip

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We have dozens of different paving colours on offer here at PrimaPorcelain, and we love it when our customers combine two of those colours to create a spectacular two-tone patio.

There are many different ways to utilise contrasting colours when designing your patio, and each method produces strikingly unique results. Read on for some eye-catching examples of this 'mix and match' approach to paving your garden!


Black and white checkerboard patio paving

1. Checkerboard Patio Paving

One of the most popular two-tone patio designs is the 'checkerboard' style, where dark and light tiles are alternated to imitate the appearance of a chess board. This customer achieved that very look using our Henley Black and Hampton Silver paving slabs.