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what size porcelain paving slabs should i get

Are you wondering what size porcelain paving slabs you should get? Our 20mm porcelain paving slabs come in five different shapes and sizes so you have plenty of choice when it comes to finding the right paving for your garden. If you have a specific patio design in mind, we can provide porcelain paving slabs of different sizes to bring your design to life.

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The price of porcelain tiles varies enormously depending on the seller and the quality of their products. At their very cheapest, porcelain tiles might cost £15 per m2; at their most expensive, porcelain tiles can cost as much as £100 per m2. Those are the minimum and maximum price points, but most purchases fall somewhere in the middle of these two extremes.

If you're looking for good quality at a reasonable price, you should expect to pay £25 to £50 per m2 for indoor porcelain tiles, and £35 to £60 per m2 for outdoor tiles.

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Thickness is quite a good indicator of a tile's overall quality (although there are other factors to consider, such as grip and the number of different 'faces' a product has). The thicker the tiles, the more you should expect to pay for them; outdoor porcelain tiles generally need to be thicker and harder-wearing than those designed for indoor use, so building a patio is likely to cost more than tiling your kitchen floor.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put a lot of our summer plans on hold, but there is a silver lining! Being stuck at home has given homeowners the opportunity to renovate their gardens and create a little slice of heaven that they can enjoy all year round.

We asked 400 people to complete a survey about the renovations they'd done in their home since the coronavirus pandemic started. Here you can see the responses to the question: Have you made any additions to your garden because of the COVID-19 lockdown measures? 

We gave 16 options for respondents to choose from and allowed them to tick any number of answers (including none at all). Here are the results...

results from pandemic garden survey

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ysgol glantaf

We recently donated 40 m² of our popular 20mm Limestone Ivory paving to Ysgol Glantaf in Cardiff! They wanted to transform their outdoor area to make it more appealing and accessible for their students.

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As a company with roots in Cardiff, we were keen to help this fantastic Welsh school and give back to the community. We know that the children and staff at Ysgol Glantaf will get years of enjoyment out of their new garden space and we're so pleased with how it turned out.

What Ysgol Glantaf Said:

“We would like to say a big thank you – the garden is lovely and we have already spent a lot of time working and playing there. Having the garden has made a huge difference to us all. It is a safe place for us to have some fresh air and move about.”

The project was featured on an episode of Prosiect Pum Mil on the Welsh TV channel S4C that aired on Sunday 29th November. The programme's presenter, Trystan Ellis-Morris visited our showroom in Cardiff to discuss the project. To cover the necessary area, we gifted them roughly £1,200 worth of Limestone Ivory paving. We're so pleased we did because the finished space looks amazing

If you missed the episode of Prosiect Pum Mil that we featured on, you can catch up on BBC iPlayer. Click the button below to watch it now!

Watch the episode on BBC iPlayer

If you'd like to learn more about our Limestone Ivory paving, or if you'd like to collaborate on a similar project, please don't hesitate to get in touch. You can also order up to 3 free paving samples here!

how to cut porcelain slabs

The porcelain slabs that we supply here at PrimaPorcelain come in a range of standard sizes including, 40cm x 80cm, 60cm x 60cm and 20cm x 120cm. However, when it comes to laying your new porcelain paving in your home or garden, you may need to cut the slabs down to fit in a certain gap or around an existing feature. In this blog, we'll talk you through the equipment you'll need and the method you should use to cut your porcelain slabs up safely. Our full installation resource can be found here

To cut porcelain slabs, you will need:

  • A circular saw
  • Durable cutting blade
  • Gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Mask

1. Safety precautions

Before you start cutting your porcelain slabs, it's paramount that you take the necessary safety precautions. While cutting your porcelain slabs, you may see flecks of stone and dust in the air. These can be dangerous because they might a) hit you at force and cause an injury or b) enter your lungs and cause irritation. Therefore, you should make sure that you have and use appropriate personal protective equipment (listed above) before cutting your porcelain slabs. 

2. Choosing a circular saw

Here at PrimaPorcelain, we recommend the Rubi TC-180 circular saw which is designed for cutting porcelain. This comes with two different blade options, the dry blade (model number Rubi TCR31975 180mm), or the wet blade (model number Rubi CPC230955 180mm).

3. Choosing the right blades

Porcelain slabs are notoriously hard and dense, which means a regular circular saw might not be capable of slicing through them. Cheap blades will wear down very quickly and are far more likely to chip or shatter your porcelain slabs as you make your cuts. We'd recommend investing in a high-quality diamond blade for your circular saw. This will ensure that the cuts are clean and will reduce the likelihood of broken or damaged tiles.

We often recommend that our clients use a wet blade to cut their porcelain slabs because this method allows the most precise cuts. The water keeps the blade cool while it cuts through the tough material, this means there's less friction which means less chance of a crack or split. 

Cutting the tiles

To cut your porcelain slabs accurately, we'd recommend marking where you need to cut. This ensures that you get a straight and precise finish. Line the circular saw up with your pre-drawn mark and begin to cut down into the tile, applying light pressure.

One of the biggest tips we can give you is to take your time! Porcelain slabs are notoriously hard and brittle and will begin to chip if you cut too deep too quickly. Ideally, you'll be using a wet blade which, as we've previously mentioned, will help to keep the blade cool as well as making for a cleaner cut. 

If you want to cut your porcelain tiles along a curve or radius, you may need to use a hand-held circular saw rather than a fixed one, to allow you to create a contour as you cut. This method is perfect if you have garden features that you need to work around. 

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Hopefully, this guide will help you cut your porcelain tiles in a safe and accurate manner. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about installation - 029 2080 3756.

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