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Why you should consider porcelain paving slabs for your next patio

If there’s anything that the last few years have taught us, it’s the value of having a functional and practical garden that looks good and is an appealing place to want to spend your spare time. Creating defined living spaces in your outdoor area is the best way to make use of the garden available to you. That could mean having a section to showcase all your flowers and shrubs, perhaps a play area for the littlest members of the family or a patio for eating, entertaining and of course, enjoying!

If you’ve decided that now is the time to take the plunge and finally go ahead with those garden improvements, then the next thing you have to do is work out exactly what it is that needs to be done. Although it can be daunting, either installing a new patio or refreshing your existing one is a quick, easy and affordable way to transform your garden – especially if you choose to order our quality paving slabs here at Stone Paving Direct.

We want to make the process of getting a new patio that little bit easier, at least where the paving slabs you choose are concerned. When it comes to patios, we highly recommend porcelain paving slabs. There are so many reasons why porcelain tiles should be on your list, and we’re going to explore exactly why… by the end of this article, we hope we’ve explained why porcelain paving patios are perfect for your garden in 2022 (and beyond).

Where else to begin than what is ultimately one of, if not the most important factor you’ll take into consideration when picking your paving? What could we be talking about other than the appearance of porcelain paving stones? Our porcelain tiles are printed digitally, giving them both the desired colour and texture. As a result, these slabs can take on the aesthetics of natural stone, without the accompanying price tag. Some of the porcelain tiles we supply here at Stone Paving Direct mimic the look of limestone, granite, sandstone and slate… all you need to do is decide which design you like the best and place your order! Even better, the colour of your chosen slab is present throughout the whole tile, from the outside right through to the centre, giving a high-quality and faultless finish.

Gardens are now often considered an extension of our homes, and such an array of designs allows you to pick a look that perfectly suits your own personal taste. Gone are the days when uniform concrete grey patios were the norm… nowadays you can pick from warming creams and beiges, midnight blacks and cool and contemporary greys – whether you decide to follow a trend or pick a classic and timeless design, you can’t go wrong with a porcelain paved patio.

For the wow factor, try using our Anthracite Black Porcelain Paving Slabs, whilst the Kandla Grey Sandstone Effect Porcelain Paving Slabs are both sleek and modern, displaying varying shades of grey – the garden version! If you’re after a more traditional look, you may want to consider our Ash Monolith Porcelain Paving Slabs, or for a textured slab, why not take a look at our “Hammer” range?

Whilst you certainly won’t be struggling for choice when it comes to the style of your porcelain slabs, the performance of porcelain won’t disappoint either. You could say that they are made for patios, thanks to their hard-wearing and robust properties. Patios are made to be used, and that means being able to withstand footfall (especially important for family gardens), patio furniture and here in the UK, often needing to be able to cope with our changeable and at times, extreme weather.

It’s just as well then that our porcelain paving slabs resist scratching, strong loads and crucially are easy to look after. A standard jet wash will get the job done, no hassle and no fuss. We advise you not to underestimate the advantages of being able to clean your patio quickly and with standard cleaning tools. If you’re a fan of barbeques, like eating outdoors during the summer months, or have young children who are fans of playing in the garden, it’s likely that your patio will need a sprucing up every now and again. It always pays to be prepared as far as we’re concerned!

With a 20mm depth (CE standard), our slabs are a good thickness for patios, whilst the risk of chipping, scratching, fading and splintering is much reduced – porcelain stones can deal with it all, keeping your patio looking “as good as new” for longer.

And remember that earlier we told you that the colour is retained throughout the tile? This should give you peace of mind in the unlikely event that they should become chipped due to general wear and tear over time, the consistent colour match keeps any disruption to the look of these slabs to a minimum. Presenting with a non-porous surface, water absorption is reduced, lowering the risk of discolouration from the water itself, mould or mildew. The good old British weather is no match for our porcelain paving stones!

In our opinion, a new garden patio crafted using porcelain paving slabs is something that you can’t go wrong with. Whether you plan to use it to relax after a hard day’s work with a glass of wine in hand, for al fresco dining or as a place to kick back at the weekend and read your latest novel, a patio that looks good and is long-lasting is just what you need.

If you’d like to take a look at the full range of porcelain paving slabs (and all the other ranges) that we offer here at Stone Paving Direct, please take a look at our website. We provide high quality paving at affordable prices, giving you more variety and flexibility when it comes to planning your next garden project. And if you’ve got any questions, our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable team are always on hand to help.

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