It is no secret that porcelain has taken over the landscape market. It's being chosen over natural stone paving time and again. Beauty and style are obvious. We present ten more reasons why you should choose an exterior porcelain tile.

This beautiful space is an award-winning garden from Kate Gould Gardens designed using our Florence Grey Porcelain Paving from our extensive range of outdoor tiles.

1. Blends indoor and outdoor living

Extend your living space into the garden and create a seamless look using porcelain. Porcelain is adaptable. Use it both internally and externally. Don’t be afraid to use the same exterior porcelain tile colour both inside and outside to unify your space.

Wood effect porcelain is the perfect alternative to real wood. Garden designed by Karen McClure and built by Esse Landscapes using our Cinder Porcelain Paving.

2. Durable

One of the main advantages of porcelain tiles durability. It is manufactured from pure clays and minerals that are shaped by dry pressing and then firing at extremely high temperatures. The result is a fully vitrified tile with an extremely low level of water absorption. High-quality porcelain is harder, stronger, and more durable than any natural stone – even granite. Its durability means that it is the perfect choice for highl-traffic areas.

3. Requires minimal maintenance

Porcelain tiles are non-porous and stain-proof. This makes them extremely easy to maintain and keep looking their best. Pet-proof, child-proof, party-proof, they are ideal for any home that is lived in! Porcelain will still mark, but it does not weather in the same way as natural stone.

4. Frostproof

A high-quality exterior porcelain tile is impervious. This means that there is no opportunity to absorb water, freeze, expand, and then crack. Perfect for unpredictable British winters.

This beautiful design is from Hythe Garden Landscapes and features our Cream Porcelain Paving.

 5. Water-resistant

As porcelain is virtually impermeable, it is a great choice for any space that is likely to be covered in water. Some examples are around swimming pools, outdoor showers, or just to improve the longevity of your driveway from predictably wet conditions.

6. Stain-resistant

Because our porcelain paving is virtually non-porous, all spillages remain on the surface and do not soak into the product. Spills can simply be mopped up, leaving no visible staining. Occasionally, chemical cleaning may be required, but restoring exterior porcelain tiles to their newly-laid state is much easier than with natural stone.

7. Fade-resistant

The pigment of the tile is "locked" into the porcelain during manufacture. This means that your choice of paving will remain unaffected by the sun 's UV rays and the colour will resist fading.

Combine different porcelain paving to create impressive designs. This scheme is designed by Caroline Davy Studio and built by PC Landscapes using our Rovere Porcelain Paving.

8. Scratch-resistant

The hard, dense nature of our porcelain materials means that they are resistant to abrasions. Whether it’s pet claws or furniture scratches, marks can be brushed away with no visible scratching to the surface.

9. Slip-resistant

Surely porcelain is slippery? It's a frequent question. But no, exterior porcelain is slip-resistant. All the colours across our porcelain paving ranges are at least R11 rated – the British Standard for exterior paving.  This means they are approved for use for steps and around swimming pools too.

10. Guaranteed

Enjoy total peace of mind, knowing that in the unlikely event of a fault occurring, money won't be wasted. All our porcelain outdoor tiles come with a ten-year guarantee.

Find more information on why porcelain is perfect paving for patio, paths, terraces and driveways. With so many styles and colours to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

Take a look at our comprehensive range and be inspired by our products.

Updated November 2022.