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Luxury Italian Porcelain

Large non-slip outdoor Luxury Italian paving tiles fuse the practicality of porcelain with authentic and sophisticated finishes. Each paving slab is made with 40% recycled material and produced using energy from renewable sources.

The vitrified porcelain pavers will suit a variety of different surfaces and laying patterns. The range comes in a wide range of styles from contemporary concrete greys to more traditional polished woods, perfect for any garden or outdoor space.

laminate flooring benefit Low maintenance & easy to clean
laminate flooring benefit Scratch & stain resistant
laminate flooring benefit Beautiful contemporary designs
laminate flooring benefit Will not fade from sun exposure
laminate flooring benefit Up to 10 years warranty
laminate flooring benefit Made from recycled materials

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about porcelain tiles or the collections we provide? Check out the below sections. If you still can't find an answer to your question, please check out our FAQ page or contact us on +44 (0) 208 088 4888 or info@envirobuild.com

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What is porcelain made of?

Finely-ground sand, feldspar, and colour pigments are added to refined white clay and water in a kiln and baked at high temperatures between 1,200 and 1,400°C.  Under great pressures of up to 500kg per cm2, the materials are moulded into porcelain tiles. The materials used to create EnviroBuild’s Luxury Italian Porcelain is 40 percent recycled, and they are also produced using energy from renewable sources.

This blog explains porcelain’s production process and its benefits in more depth. 

What is vitrified porcelain?

Vitrified porcelain is porcelain that has been baked at such high temperatures that the tiles end up having a very low porosity level of less than 0.5%.

Luxury Italian Porcelain is fully vitrified with all our ranges having tested lower than or equal to 0.06% in the water absorption test.

How are vitrified porcelain tiles made?

Vitrified porcelain tiles are created by combining clay with quartz, silica or feldspar, unlike ceramic tiles which are made from earthen clay and water. The extra minerals create a glass-type mass when heated at high temperatures giving porcelain tiles a sleek and smooth texture. The glass substrate also makes vitrified paving extremely strong, durable, and water-resistant meaning that there’s no need for an extra layer of glazing.

Furthermore, ceramic tiles are usually coated with a glaze and colour after being created, whereas vitrified porcelain has the dye mixed in with the other materials before being placed in the kiln. This ensures that if the tiles have any abrasions or chips, they won’t be as noticeable.

How strong is porcelain paving?

Porcelain paving is one of the most hard-wearing tiles on the market due to its density. The high temperatures porcelain is heated at and the great pressure of up to 500kg per cm2 ensures that Luxury Italian Porcelain complies with the requirement average of a 1300 N for a tile thickness of 7.5 mm. It can, therefore, be used from the quietest of gardens to the busiest commercial areas. 

What weight can my paving withstand?

The breaking load for Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles is as follows:

600 x 600 mm: 14.8kN

1200 x 400 mm: 4KN

The average strength for Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles is as follows:

600 x 600 mm: 57.2MPa

1200 x 400 mm: 51.2MPa

Can my paving tiles shatter?

Luxury Italian Porcelain has been tested using the Impact Resistance Test. This test measures how well porcelain tiles will do when dropped or attempted to break. It measures the coefficient of restitution (COR), which is expressed in a ratio (1 being perfectly elastic and 0 being perfectly inelastic). Luxury Italian Porcelain achieved a rating higher than 0.75 COR in this test.

Luxury Italian Porcelain has also been tested for its breaking strength, its compressive strength and its modulus of rupture. These tests give an accurate measurement of the tiles’ tensile strength, their resistance of breaking under pressure, and their tensile strength in bending respectively. These are the results:

Breaking strength: Requirement average ≥ 1300 N for thickness ≥ 7.5 mm (complies)

Compressive strength: ≥ 200 N/mm2

Modulus of rupture: ≥ 35 N/mm2

Are your porcelain tiles stain resistant?

The low porosity of vitrified porcelain means that any spills cannot soak into the tile and cause stains. Luxury Italian Porcelain has a water absorption level that’s smaller or equal to 0.03% for the Ergo, Luna and Arboreo ranges, and one that’s smaller or equal to 0.06% for the Ceres range. All Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles also have a chemical resistance to low and high concentrations of acid and alkali.

Are your porcelain tiles scratch resistant?

Luxury Italian Porcelain is extremely scratch resistant. It achieved Class 0-5 when tested for its resistance to surface abrasion. It has also been tested using the Deep Abrasion Resistance Test (EN ISO 10545/6) that requires a result of less than 175mm3. The dense Ergo, Luna, and Arboreo ranges passed with a result of less than 130mm3 and the Ceres range passed with a result of less than 175mm3.  If any marks are made by furniture, for example, these can simply be brushed away, leaving no visible scratching on the surface.

Is your porcelain slippery?

The risk of slipping on Luxury Italian Porcelain is minimised due to its low porosity. The tiles have been tested using a Slip Resistance Test (R11) in which they were rated with a low slip potential (Dry: 67, Wet: 49) making them perfect for use in any area.

Will my paving look natural?

As Luxury Italian Paving is vitrified, the dye is mixed with the other materials prior to heating, which ensures the colour appears throughout your tile. If your paving were to chip, your tiles will still look natural. Each tile has also been carefully crafted with intrinsic, embossed patterns to give the appearance of natural stone. To enhance the natural appearance of your paved area, we recommend choosing tiles from different boxes when laying the tiles. 

We also recommend you order free paving samples here, which will allow you to see the true nature and colour of Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles.  

Please note that the colours represented on our site and in our sample packs must only be considered as an example of the many possible colour shades.

Will my paving fade?

The high temperatures at which Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles are heated, effectively locks the pigmentation into each tile.  This reduces the risk of colour fade over time and ensures the tiles are UV-resistant.

Can frost damage my porcelain tiles?

Porcelain is highly frost resistant with Luxury Italian Porcelain tolerating sub-zero temperatures as the tiles passed the Frost Resistance test (EN ISO 10545-1). This important quality makes it an ideal solution for patios, swimming pools, and hard landscaping in cold climates.

Are your porcelain tiles low maintenace?

As Luxury Italian Porcelain is less porous due to its density, it is not only resistant to water absorption, but also liquids and chemicals. Fungus growth is also mitigated, and the tiles are stain and mildew resistant. As a result, there is no need to apply a sealant and only requires an annual jet wash with warm, soapy water. If there’s any loose dirt, this can also simply be brushed off making it very low maintenance.

Can I use porcelain tiles indoors?

Luxury Italian Porcelain can be used for both indoor and outdoor use. This allows you to create a seamless transition from your interior to your exterior space by using the same design in both locations. It can also create a contemporary, contrasting effect such as in our paved veranda case study, which can be found here.

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here. Advise on maintenance and care can also be found in the installation guide.

Why do you recommend having a 10% surplus?

Almost all projects will require some paving slabs to be cut. Therefore, we recommend adding a few additional tiles to allow for any breakage. Furthermore, it is also advisable to have a few extra paving slabs for any future repairs. 

Are porcelain tiles easy to install?

Porcelain isn’t difficult to install, but due to the weight of the slabs, we do recommend having some assistance.

Below are the steps for laying porcelain on your patio, but we also recommend to read our installation guide prior to installation for useful tips and to find out how to install paving on different surfaces:

1. Position the slabs onto the grass to find your favourite arrangement.

2. Use a spade to cut the ground around the edge of each paving slab. Dig the soil to a depth of around 60 mm.

3. Add a layer of gravel (particle size 5-10 mm) into the holes to provide a firm, flat substrate. Use a broom, or something similar, to level the gravel.

4. Place the slabs, making sure the top face is level with or slightly below the surface of the ground.

What do I need to install porcelain paving?

Here’s a list of what you may need when installing porcelain on your patio:

- Paving slabs

- Gravel

- Shovel or spade

- Broom (to level the gravel)

- Rubber mallet

- Diamond saw (for cutting paving slabs)

For installation on other surfaces, please check our installation guide for the materials you’ll need for installation.

Do I need butt joints?

Although Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles are uniform in size and thickness, we do not recommend butt joining and advise that you always leave a joint of at least 4-5 mm.

For more information on installing Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Do I need to leave my paving for a bit after installation before walking on it?

If installing porcelain onto a cement, mortar or adhesive base you must allow enough time for it to cure and harden before walking on the finished porcelain surface. Once it is hardened, you can grout the joints.

Is it possible to cut porcelain tiles and if so, what blade do I need?

Yes, although it is harder to do so than with natural stone. You will need to use a blade specifically designed to cut porcelain, such as a diamond saw. We also recommend using water whilst cutting which helps to keep the blade cool. This reduces the risk of chipping and prevents injuries to you and those around you. It is not recommended to use a 115mm angle grinder to cut porcelain. Those are too small, which means the blade may not get the time to cool.

Is Luxury Italian Porcelain sustainable?

Each Luxury Italian Porcelain tile has been crafted with 40% recycled materials and has been created with a focus on the reuse of reject output, waste reduction and energy saving. Luxury Italian Porcelain has been manufactured using energy from renewable sources, and does not require treating over its life, meaning that no harmful chemicals are required to keep your floor looking great.

How else is EnviroBuild sustainable?

We ensure that the materials we supply are certified with; a high recycled content & recyclability level, long working life, plus where possible, the manufacturing process incorporates environmentally beneficial best practices. To go a step further, we donate 10% of our profits to sustainable causes to help become a carbon negative business. Read more about our environmental pledge here.

Porcelain Paving

What is porcelain made of?

Finely-ground sand, feldspar, and colour pigments are added to refined white clay and water in a kiln and baked at high temperatures between 1,200 and 1,400°C.  Under great pressures of up to 500kg per cm2, the materials are moulded into porcelain tiles. The materials used to create EnviroBuild’s Luxury Italian Porcelain is 40 percent recycled, and they are also produced using energy from renewable sources.

This blog explains porcelain’s production process and its benefits in more depth. 

What is vitrified porcelain?

Vitrified porcelain is porcelain that has been baked at such high temperatures that the tiles end up having a very low porosity level of less than 0.5%.

Luxury Italian Porcelain is fully vitrified with all our ranges having tested lower than or equal to 0.06% in the water absorption test.

How are vitrified porcelain tiles made?

Vitrified porcelain tiles are created by combining clay with quartz, silica or feldspar, unlike ceramic tiles which are made from earthen clay and water. The extra minerals create a glass-type mass when heated at high temperatures giving porcelain tiles a sleek and smooth texture. The glass substrate also makes vitrified paving extremely strong, durable, and water-resistant meaning that there’s no need for an extra layer of glazing.

Furthermore, ceramic tiles are usually coated with a glaze and colour after being created, whereas vitrified porcelain has the dye mixed in with the other materials before being placed in the kiln. This ensures that if the tiles have any abrasions or chips, they won’t be as noticeable.

How strong is porcelain paving?

Porcelain paving is one of the most hard-wearing tiles on the market due to its density. The high temperatures porcelain is heated at and the great pressure of up to 500kg per cm2 ensures that Luxury Italian Porcelain complies with the requirement average of a 1300 N for a tile thickness of 7.5 mm. It can, therefore, be used from the quietest of gardens to the busiest commercial areas. 

Luxury Italian Porcelain

What weight can my paving withstand?

The breaking load for Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles is as follows:

600 x 600 mm: 14.8kN

1200 x 400 mm: 4KN

The average strength for Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles is as follows:

600 x 600 mm: 57.2MPa

1200 x 400 mm: 51.2MPa

Can my paving tiles shatter?

Luxury Italian Porcelain has been tested using the Impact Resistance Test. This test measures how well porcelain tiles will do when dropped or attempted to break. It measures the coefficient of restitution (COR), which is expressed in a ratio (1 being perfectly elastic and 0 being perfectly inelastic). Luxury Italian Porcelain achieved a rating higher than 0.75 COR in this test.

Luxury Italian Porcelain has also been tested for its breaking strength, its compressive strength and its modulus of rupture. These tests give an accurate measurement of the tiles’ tensile strength, their resistance of breaking under pressure, and their tensile strength in bending respectively. These are the results:

Breaking strength: Requirement average ≥ 1300 N for thickness ≥ 7.5 mm (complies)

Compressive strength: ≥ 200 N/mm2

Modulus of rupture: ≥ 35 N/mm2

Are your porcelain tiles stain resistant?

The low porosity of vitrified porcelain means that any spills cannot soak into the tile and cause stains. Luxury Italian Porcelain has a water absorption level that’s smaller or equal to 0.03% for the Ergo, Luna and Arboreo ranges, and one that’s smaller or equal to 0.06% for the Ceres range. All Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles also have a chemical resistance to low and high concentrations of acid and alkali.

Are your porcelain tiles scratch resistant?

Luxury Italian Porcelain is extremely scratch resistant. It achieved Class 0-5 when tested for its resistance to surface abrasion. It has also been tested using the Deep Abrasion Resistance Test (EN ISO 10545/6) that requires a result of less than 175mm3. The dense Ergo, Luna, and Arboreo ranges passed with a result of less than 130mm3 and the Ceres range passed with a result of less than 175mm3.  If any marks are made by furniture, for example, these can simply be brushed away, leaving no visible scratching on the surface.

Is your porcelain slippery?

The risk of slipping on Luxury Italian Porcelain is minimised due to its low porosity. The tiles have been tested using a Slip Resistance Test (R11) in which they were rated with a low slip potential (Dry: 67, Wet: 49) making them perfect for use in any area.

Will my paving look natural?

As Luxury Italian Paving is vitrified, the dye is mixed with the other materials prior to heating, which ensures the colour appears throughout your tile. If your paving were to chip, your tiles will still look natural. Each tile has also been carefully crafted with intrinsic, embossed patterns to give the appearance of natural stone. To enhance the natural appearance of your paved area, we recommend choosing tiles from different boxes when laying the tiles. 

We also recommend you order free paving samples here, which will allow you to see the true nature and colour of Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles.  

Please note that the colours represented on our site and in our sample packs must only be considered as an example of the many possible colour shades.

Will my paving fade?

The high temperatures at which Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles are heated, effectively locks the pigmentation into each tile.  This reduces the risk of colour fade over time and ensures the tiles are UV-resistant.

Can frost damage my porcelain tiles?

Porcelain is highly frost resistant with Luxury Italian Porcelain tolerating sub-zero temperatures as the tiles passed the Frost Resistance test (EN ISO 10545-1). This important quality makes it an ideal solution for patios, swimming pools, and hard landscaping in cold climates.

Are your porcelain tiles low maintenace?

As Luxury Italian Porcelain is less porous due to its density, it is not only resistant to water absorption, but also liquids and chemicals. Fungus growth is also mitigated, and the tiles are stain and mildew resistant. As a result, there is no need to apply a sealant and only requires an annual jet wash with warm, soapy water. If there’s any loose dirt, this can also simply be brushed off making it very low maintenance.

Can I use porcelain tiles indoors?

Luxury Italian Porcelain can be used for both indoor and outdoor use. This allows you to create a seamless transition from your interior to your exterior space by using the same design in both locations. It can also create a contemporary, contrasting effect such as in our paved veranda case study, which can be found here.

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here. Advise on maintenance and care can also be found in the installation guide.

Paving Installation

Why do you recommend having a 10% surplus?

Almost all projects will require some paving slabs to be cut. Therefore, we recommend adding a few additional tiles to allow for any breakage. Furthermore, it is also advisable to have a few extra paving slabs for any future repairs. 

Are porcelain tiles easy to install?

Porcelain isn’t difficult to install, but due to the weight of the slabs, we do recommend having some assistance.

Below are the steps for laying porcelain on your patio, but we also recommend to read our installation guide prior to installation for useful tips and to find out how to install paving on different surfaces:

1. Position the slabs onto the grass to find your favourite arrangement.

2. Use a spade to cut the ground around the edge of each paving slab. Dig the soil to a depth of around 60 mm.

3. Add a layer of gravel (particle size 5-10 mm) into the holes to provide a firm, flat substrate. Use a broom, or something similar, to level the gravel.

4. Place the slabs, making sure the top face is level with or slightly below the surface of the ground.

What do I need to install porcelain paving?

Here’s a list of what you may need when installing porcelain on your patio:

- Paving slabs

- Gravel

- Shovel or spade

- Broom (to level the gravel)

- Rubber mallet

- Diamond saw (for cutting paving slabs)

For installation on other surfaces, please check our installation guide for the materials you’ll need for installation.

Do I need butt joints?

Although Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles are uniform in size and thickness, we do not recommend butt joining and advise that you always leave a joint of at least 4-5 mm.

For more information on installing Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Do I need to leave my paving for a bit after installation before walking on it?

If installing porcelain onto a cement, mortar or adhesive base you must allow enough time for it to cure and harden before walking on the finished porcelain surface. Once it is hardened, you can grout the joints.

Is it possible to cut porcelain tiles and if so, what blade do I need?

Yes, although it is harder to do so than with natural stone. You will need to use a blade specifically designed to cut porcelain, such as a diamond saw. We also recommend using water whilst cutting which helps to keep the blade cool. This reduces the risk of chipping and prevents injuries to you and those around you. It is not recommended to use a 115mm angle grinder to cut porcelain. Those are too small, which means the blade may not get the time to cool.

Environmental Pledge

Is Luxury Italian Porcelain sustainable?

Each Luxury Italian Porcelain tile has been crafted with 40% recycled materials and has been created with a focus on the reuse of reject output, waste reduction and energy saving. Luxury Italian Porcelain has been manufactured using energy from renewable sources, and does not require treating over its life, meaning that no harmful chemicals are required to keep your floor looking great.

How else is EnviroBuild sustainable?

We ensure that the materials we supply are certified with; a high recycled content & recyclability level, long working life, plus where possible, the manufacturing process incorporates environmentally beneficial best practices. To go a step further, we donate 10% of our profits to sustainable causes to help become a carbon negative business. Read more about our environmental pledge here.

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Luxury Italian Porcelain Applications

  • Paving Slabs
  • Patio Tiles
  • Paving Stones
  • Garden Slabs
  • Balcony Paving
  • Roof Terrace Paving
  • Gardens
  • Public Spaces
  • Terraces
  • Offices
  • Pool Paving
  • Gyms & Spas
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LUXURY ITALIAN PORCELAIN ECO CREDENTIALS

Each paving tile has been crafted with 40% recycled material, created with a focus on the reuse of reject output, waste reduction and energy saving. Produced using energy from renewable sources, the Luxury Italian Porcelain range does not require treating over its life and no harmful chemicals are required to keep your floor looking great.

To go that bit further, EnviroBuild are proud to donate 10% of profits to sustainable causes, unmatched in the industry. It is our aim that our complete activities are carbon negative and we help create real long term solutions without simply ‘greenwashing’.


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Sustainability

Provide industry-leading products with the highest available recycled content, donating 10% of all profits to sustainable causes.

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Quality

A one-stop-shop for long-lasting materials and products which can stand the test of time.

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Value

Providing support and solutions from concept to completion, so that any project can be realised.