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EnviroBuild Garden Furniture REALISE THE BEAUTY OF YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE WITH THE LUXURY PORCELAIN GARDEN PAVING SLABS

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
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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’.


WHY LUXURY ITALIAN PORCELAIN


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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 0208 088 4888 or info@envirobuild.com

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What is porcelain paving made of?

Porcelain is a man-made product created from natural materials, including feldspar, kaolin, quartz and clay. These materials are mixed with water and colour pigment, then pressed in moulds and baked in a kiln at temperatures up to 1250˚C.

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

What is vitrified porcelain?

Luxury Italian Porcelain is fully vitrified meaning that the tile is baked at such high temperatures that the individual grains and particles of the mineral ingredients melt and fuse together from a single mass. This makes the tiles extremely hard with a very low porosity of less than 0.5%.

How are vitrified porcelain tiles made?

Vitrified tiles differ from other forms of tiles due to their contrasting composition. Ceramic tiles, for example are made from a combination of earthen clay and water, whereas vitrified tiles are created combining clay with elements like quartz, silica and feldspar. This creates a glass substrate throughout the body of the tile, giving it a sleek and smooth texture. As a result of this glass-type product, vitrified paving tiles are very strong, durable, and water-resistant without the need of glazing for protection.

Vitrified porcelain tiles also use a dye that is mixed in with the clay and other elements before being placed in the kiln which results in a consistent colour throughout the whole of the tile. This is unlike ceramic where the plain composition is coated with a glaze and colour after being created, meaning any chips or abrasions to the tile will be far more noticeable.

How strong is porcelain paving?

Porcelain is denser in composition and more hard-wearing than standard ceramic tiles. This is because the materials used to make porcelain are pressed to 4600 tons (400kg/cm2), and then baked at 1200-1250˚C for 90 minutes. This process gives porcelain the breaking strength of over 9500N making the slabs suitable for outdoors, and areas with high foot traffic.  

What weight can my paving withstand?

Luxury Italian Porcelain has been tested using the Static Loading Test (EN12825). This test is carried out on the material sitting on the pedestals and is only applicable for raised paving. A 25mm steel cube is pressed onto the tile with an increasing force and the pressure at which the tile breaks is recorded. The test is repeated in three locations: the centre, the centre point of the edge, and diagonally.

The results for Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles are as followed:

Centre: 6.4kN (= a force of 652.6kg) Centre point of edge: 7.43kN (= a force of 757.6kg) Diagonal: 4.14kN (=a force of 422.2kg)

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Can your paving tiles shatter?

Luxury Italian Porcelain has been tested using the Impact Resistance Test (UNI EN ISO 10545/5). This test is carried out on tiles fixed to a solid base with a resin adhesive. A 19mm diameter chromed steel ball is dropped from a height of 1m, any cracks, fractures or breaking of the tile are then measured.

Luxury Italian Porcelain achieved a rating of 0.73 in this test.

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Are your porcelain tiles stain resistant?

Luxury Italian Porcelain are very moisture resistant. Their low porosity means that any spills cannot soak into the tile and cause stains.

Are your porcelain tiles scratch resistant?

Luxury Italian Porcelain has been tested using the Deep Abrasion Resistance Test (EN ISO 10545/6) that requires a result of less than 175mm3. The dense, hard Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles passed with a result of 139mm3. If any marks are made by furniture, for example, these can simply be brushed away, leaving no visible scratching on the surface.

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Is your porcelain slippery?

Since Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles have a low porosity, they absorb very little moisture. Surface water will also evaporate very quickly, which minimises the risk of slipping. Each of our products are awarded a Grip Factor rating (1 to 5) to help you choose a suitable slip-resistant tile for your space.

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Will my paving look natural?

The marked chromatic variation (colour shade variation) and the veining of the product is an intrinsic feature and re-creation of the randomness and richness of the colour shading in natural stone. For these reasons, when laying porcelain tiles, we recommend choosing tiles from different boxes and sections of the pallet in order to enhance the natural random effect. Due to these intrinsic features of the product, the colours represented on our site must only be considered as an example of the many possible colour shades.

Will my paving fade?

Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles are weather and UV-resistant, which reduces the risk of colour fade over time. All raw materials are cooked at 1,200°C, effectively locking the pigmentation into each tile.

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Can frost damage my porcelain tiles?

Porcelain is highly frost resistant with Luxury Italian Porcelain tolerating sub-zero temperatures. This important quality makes it an ideal solution for patios, swimming pools, and hard landscaping in cold climates.

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Are your porcelain tiles low maintenace?

Luxury Italian porcelain have a very low porosity level of less than 0.5%, so they never need to be treated. The only maintenance required is an annual jet wash with warm, soapy water. If there’s any loose dirt, you can simply brush it off.

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.

Why do you recommend ordering 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:

Step 1: Dig ±150mm deep hole and fill it with 100mm of aggregate (also called hardcore / MoT grade 1). Compact this down in two separate layers (i.e. 50mm at a time) using a compacting machine

Step 2: Add a 30mm bedding layer of concrete (made from a 4:1 mixture f sharp sand to Portland cement)

Step 3: Apply a primer to the back of each porcelain tile which helps it to stick to the concrete as the low porosity makes it harder to stick. Be careful not to get any primer on the front of the porcelain tiles. Lie one single tile at a time and tap into place using a rubber headed mallet.

Step 4: Fill the gaps between the porcelain tiles with a jointing compound of a colour you choose, press it down and into the corners. Wash the joining compound away with water and repeat as necessary.

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

- Shovel or spade

- Hardcore Cement (for mortar bed)

- Sand (for mortar bed)

- Slurry-based primer

- Rubber mallet

- Broom

- 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 a joint of around 5mm should still be allowed for.

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. These blades are available to purchase from London Stone, if required. We also recommend using water whilst cutting which helps to keep the blade cool, which 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 paving made of?

Porcelain is a man-made product created from natural materials, including feldspar, kaolin, quartz and clay. These materials are mixed with water and colour pigment, then pressed in moulds and baked in a kiln at temperatures up to 1250˚C.

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

What is vitrified porcelain?

Luxury Italian Porcelain is fully vitrified meaning that the tile is baked at such high temperatures that the individual grains and particles of the mineral ingredients melt and fuse together from a single mass. This makes the tiles extremely hard with a very low porosity of less than 0.5%.

How are vitrified porcelain tiles made?

Vitrified tiles differ from other forms of tiles due to their contrasting composition. Ceramic tiles, for example are made from a combination of earthen clay and water, whereas vitrified tiles are created combining clay with elements like quartz, silica and feldspar. This creates a glass substrate throughout the body of the tile, giving it a sleek and smooth texture. As a result of this glass-type product, vitrified paving tiles are very strong, durable, and water-resistant without the need of glazing for protection.

Vitrified porcelain tiles also use a dye that is mixed in with the clay and other elements before being placed in the kiln which results in a consistent colour throughout the whole of the tile. This is unlike ceramic where the plain composition is coated with a glaze and colour after being created, meaning any chips or abrasions to the tile will be far more noticeable.

How strong is porcelain paving?

Porcelain is denser in composition and more hard-wearing than standard ceramic tiles. This is because the materials used to make porcelain are pressed to 4600 tons (400kg/cm2), and then baked at 1200-1250˚C for 90 minutes. This process gives porcelain the breaking strength of over 9500N making the slabs suitable for outdoors, and areas with high foot traffic.  

Luxury Italian Porcelain

What weight can my paving withstand?

Luxury Italian Porcelain has been tested using the Static Loading Test (EN12825). This test is carried out on the material sitting on the pedestals and is only applicable for raised paving. A 25mm steel cube is pressed onto the tile with an increasing force and the pressure at which the tile breaks is recorded. The test is repeated in three locations: the centre, the centre point of the edge, and diagonally.

The results for Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles are as followed:

Centre: 6.4kN (= a force of 652.6kg) Centre point of edge: 7.43kN (= a force of 757.6kg) Diagonal: 4.14kN (=a force of 422.2kg)

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Can your paving tiles shatter?

Luxury Italian Porcelain has been tested using the Impact Resistance Test (UNI EN ISO 10545/5). This test is carried out on tiles fixed to a solid base with a resin adhesive. A 19mm diameter chromed steel ball is dropped from a height of 1m, any cracks, fractures or breaking of the tile are then measured.

Luxury Italian Porcelain achieved a rating of 0.73 in this test.

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Are your porcelain tiles stain resistant?

Luxury Italian Porcelain are very moisture resistant. Their low porosity means that any spills cannot soak into the tile and cause stains.

Are your porcelain tiles scratch resistant?

Luxury Italian Porcelain has been tested using the Deep Abrasion Resistance Test (EN ISO 10545/6) that requires a result of less than 175mm3. The dense, hard Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles passed with a result of 139mm3. If any marks are made by furniture, for example, these can simply be brushed away, leaving no visible scratching on the surface.

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Is your porcelain slippery?

Since Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles have a low porosity, they absorb very little moisture. Surface water will also evaporate very quickly, which minimises the risk of slipping. Each of our products are awarded a Grip Factor rating (1 to 5) to help you choose a suitable slip-resistant tile for your space.

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Will my paving look natural?

The marked chromatic variation (colour shade variation) and the veining of the product is an intrinsic feature and re-creation of the randomness and richness of the colour shading in natural stone. For these reasons, when laying porcelain tiles, we recommend choosing tiles from different boxes and sections of the pallet in order to enhance the natural random effect. Due to these intrinsic features of the product, the colours represented on our site must only be considered as an example of the many possible colour shades.

Will my paving fade?

Luxury Italian Porcelain tiles are weather and UV-resistant, which reduces the risk of colour fade over time. All raw materials are cooked at 1,200°C, effectively locking the pigmentation into each tile.

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Can frost damage my porcelain tiles?

Porcelain is highly frost resistant with Luxury Italian Porcelain tolerating sub-zero temperatures. This important quality makes it an ideal solution for patios, swimming pools, and hard landscaping in cold climates.

For more information on the technical specifications of Luxury Italian Porcelain, click here.

Are your porcelain tiles low maintenace?

Luxury Italian porcelain have a very low porosity level of less than 0.5%, so they never need to be treated. The only maintenance required is an annual jet wash with warm, soapy water. If there’s any loose dirt, you can simply brush it off.

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.

Paving Installation

Why do you recommend ordering 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:

Step 1: Dig ±150mm deep hole and fill it with 100mm of aggregate (also called hardcore / MoT grade 1). Compact this down in two separate layers (i.e. 50mm at a time) using a compacting machine

Step 2: Add a 30mm bedding layer of concrete (made from a 4:1 mixture f sharp sand to Portland cement)

Step 3: Apply a primer to the back of each porcelain tile which helps it to stick to the concrete as the low porosity makes it harder to stick. Be careful not to get any primer on the front of the porcelain tiles. Lie one single tile at a time and tap into place using a rubber headed mallet.

Step 4: Fill the gaps between the porcelain tiles with a jointing compound of a colour you choose, press it down and into the corners. Wash the joining compound away with water and repeat as necessary.

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

- Shovel or spade

- Hardcore Cement (for mortar bed)

- Sand (for mortar bed)

- Slurry-based primer

- Rubber mallet

- Broom

- 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 a joint of around 5mm should still be allowed for.

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. These blades are available to purchase from London Stone, if required. We also recommend using water whilst cutting which helps to keep the blade cool, which 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.