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Are you thinking about redesigning your garden using high-quality porcelain tiles but are stuck because you're not sure about how thick they need to be? Well, you've come to the right place!

In this blog, PrimaPorcelain walks you through the right profile thickness that you should be looking for when redesigning an outdoor space to get the most out of any new floor.

So, what are we waiting for? Let's get to it...


Choosing the right tiles for your outdoor space 

Historically, porcelain paving has been designed and manufactured using thin profiles of around 9-12mm thick, offering a reasonable amount of strength perfectly suited for a variety of indoor spaces. However, more recently, porcelain outdoor tiles have been able to be produced in a thicker, more dense profile of 20mm, which are much more suited for outdoor environments. 

But why? Well for starters, by installing a thicker tile, you'll be able to place heavier loads on top without the fear of damage, ideal for driveways and garden paths where heavy traffic and footfall is expected. Thicker tiles are also more capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions than thinner tiles, making 20mm porcelain tiles perfect for patio areas where there may be heavy garden furniture as well as exposure to rainfall and high winds. 


Benefits of using 20mm outdoor tiles 

While we've touched upon some of the benefits of thicker tiles above, such as offering superior strength and being weather resistant, here are a few more reasons to choose 20mm tiles for your next outdoor project. 

Extremely easy to clean 

As a result of their state-of-the-art manufacture and going through a process known as 'vitrification', outdoor porcelain tiles are finished with a smooth, glass-like finish that is extremely easy to clean. Unlike other types of tiles such as ceramic, if you ever have a spill or stain on your porcelain patio, all that is required is a simple wipe clean to remove. 



With 20mm porcelain outdoor tiles, you get a product that is finished with a textured grip surface, perfect for several outdoor spaces such as poolside, walkways and commercial spaces that require high levels of grip. Each one of our outdoors tiles has a slip resistance rating of R11 or above, making them suitable for every and any outdoor space. 


Variety of styles 

One of the great things about outdoor porcelain tiles is that they are able to look like any other popular type of tiles such as concrete, limestone and slate. So, no matter what may be trending or in style, you are sure to find a porcelain equivalent that provides all of the same aesthetic beauty with none of the drawbacks.


Simple to install 

Probably the biggest advantages that 20mm outdoor tiles have over thinner profile porcelain tiles is that they are extremely easy to install as they do not require any messy adhesives such as cement or mortar. In fact, you can dry-install our outdoor tiles using our revolutionary pedestal system or Easy-Frame, ideal for any DIY enthusiast.


A seamless transition 

According to some of the world's top designers, modern living spaces are all about a seamless transition between your home's interior and exterior. Lucky for you, you can create just that using our matching 10/11mm indoor tiles with our 20mm outdoor tiles!


Best places to install our 20mm porcelain tiles 

If you're wondering where you can install 20mm thick porcelain tiles, wonder no more! Here is a list of all the places where our outdoor tiles can be laid:

  • Swimming pools 
  • Garden 
  • Driveway 
  • Walkways 
  • Terraces & Balconies 
  • Patios 


So, to summarise, when wondering how thick outdoor tiles should be, the answer is always 20mm. The thicker the better! As these will be much more suited to outdoor environments over thinner indoor tiles. 

Want to know more? For further information on our collection of outdoor tiles, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the PrimaPorcelain team today - we'd be more than happy to answer any questions that's you may have.

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