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What’s In For Outside Design

As an alternative to natural stone and concrete, porcelain pavers are a big trend in outdoor design. Though porcelain tile options have long been available for outdoor use, these thick, high-tech pavers are made from the highest grade porcelain and are specifically designed for easy installation over a variety of foundations, including grass, sand, gravel, and standard mortar installations. Their precision sizing and uniformity make for easier and faster installation, plus they may be lighter in weight compared to natural stone.

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GIO_Thick 1.0 Installed over grass and gravel.

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In addition to the easy and flexible installation, porcelain pavers are incredibly durable and easy to maintain.

  • The color will not fade in harsh sunlight or the most abusive weather.
  • The very dense surface allows for minimal moisture absorption, making them 100% frost resistant (they won’t freeze and crack in very cold weather).
  • They are impermeable, which means that de-icing salts can be used without damaging them.
  • They do not require sealing and are naturally resistant to stains and the growth of mold and moss.
  • Porcelain pavers are extremely easy to clean with a hose and standard household cleaners and, if necessary, low pressure washing systems.
  • Unlike concrete and stone, porcelain pavers have no efflorescence (a crystalline deposit of salts often seen on the surface that occurs when water leaves behind salt deposits).

Porcelain Pavers are also slip-resistant. Slip resistance is an important safety feature in outdoor environments, and even more so when it comes to areas prone to slipperiness, such as walkways near irrigation systems and swimming pool patios. Many natural stones won’t be slip-resistant unless a special finish is applied as a separate step after installation.

GIO is proud to offer a beautiful line of the highest quality porcelain pavers that are designed to withstand the most challenging of commercial environments. GIO_Thick 1.0 is a collection of 12mm thick pavers available in an extensive range of looks suit any design scheme. While we introduced this series a few years ago, we have recently added even more on-trend looks to the lineup. Here’s a look!

Natural Stone Looks

Natural stone looks include Limestone, Marble, Slate, and Flagstone in 24″ x 24″ rectified field tile and Sandstone in 18″ x 36″ rectified.

Concrete Looks

Our concrete paver lookalikes are available in four hues, 24″ x24″ rectified.

Quartz Looks

The quartz looks are available in four hues, two in 18″ x 36″ and two in 24″ x 24″. All are rectified.

Wood Looks

And last, but not least, the wood looks are available in a range of seven colors and sizes include 24″ x 24″, a6″ x32″ and 12″ x 48″, all rectified.

 

GIO_Thick 1.0 Special Accessories

Special accessories for our porcelain pavers include coping/stair treads, coping/stair tread corners, grip stair treads, pool grids, pool grid corners. Pedestal supports for raised laying are available in multiple heights (raised laying facilitates ease of care and maintenance for wiring and piping systems).

 

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GIO Looks at the Advantages of Exterior Porcelain Pavers

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GIO_Thick 1.0, 20mm porcelain pavers (Click the image to see more of this collection.)

While concrete and natural stone pavers have long been go-to options for exterior horizontal surfaces, we’re seeing porcelain tile options become increasingly popular alternatives for outdoor flooring installations. Thanks to modern methods of tile manufacturing, we now have more porcelain tile products that are fully viable for exterior applications. These porcelain surfaces offer technical specifications that meet or exceed the performance of natural stone and concrete while providing a wide range of looks to answer just about any design style desired for outdoor installations.

The latest advancement in porcelain for hardscaping these days is porcelain pavers – slab-like tiles fabricated from the highest grade porcelain and specially designed and engineered for direct installation over grass, sand, gravel and standard substrates. So, what are some of the benefits of this high-tech surfacing material?

Stain and Chemical Resistant

Unlike concrete and stone, porcelain pavers require no sealing to resist stains. They naturally resist stains and are virtually impervious to chemicals, making cleaning and maintenance a breeze. Porcelain pavers  are extremely easy to clean with a hose and standard household cleaners and, if necessary, low pressure washing systems. Porcelain pavers will retain their beauty far longer than stone and concrete.

Slip Resistant

Porcelain pavers are designed so that the top surface is extremely slip resistant, an important safety feature when it comes to areas prone to slipperiness, such as walkways near irrigation systems and swimming pool patios. Many natural stones won’t be slip resistant unless a special finish is applied as a separate step after installation.

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Durable

There’s no denying the superior durability of modern porcelain pavers. Their colors will withstand the most intense sunlight and abusive weather. The pigments in concrete pavers will fade over time, and even natural stone can show signs of weathering in harsh conditions.

And when it comes to water absorption, porcelain pavers allow minimal water absorption and are 100% frost resistant. This is in contrast to natural stone, which can absorb a significant amount of moisture that can lead to freezing and cracking in cold weather.

Design Potential

Thanks to advances in digital printing technology, porcelain pavers are design chameleons with the ability to beautifully mimic natural materials like wood and stone. The design and color choices available are nearly endless – you are only limited by your imagination when it comes hardscaping with porcelain pavers!

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Ease of Installation

Porcelain pavers are designed for easy installation over a variety of foundations, including grass, sand, gravel, and standard mortar installations. Their precision sizing and uniformity make for easier and faster installation, plus they may be lighter in weight compared to natural stone.

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With porcelain’s advantages as alternatives to concrete and natural stone for exterior installations, It’s no wonder that porcelain pavers are truly what’s in for outside design! Be sure to check out our GIO_Thick 1.0, 20 mm porcelain pavers. 

 

GIO Tile brings you only the finest commercial grade products, hand-picked from global sources based on our focused knowledge of what you need to to transform commercial spaces. Contact us anytime – we’re here to work with you!

GIO Looks At What’s In For Outside Design: Thick Porcelain Pavers

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Tile manufacturers world-wide are constantly pushing the envelope and exploring new frontiers in ceramics. The quest for creating novel flooring and covering solutions has led to industry game-changers such as digital inkjet printing to replicate just about any look, and large format, thin porcelain panels. One of the most exciting recent developments in the tile industry is the advent of 20mm thick porcelain pavers, which are starting to replace stone as the go-to solution for outdoor flooring.

Twice as thick as most tiles, porcelain pavers have the same benefits as regular porcelain – slip resistant, extremely durable, frost resistant and easy to clean – but advances in technology have given these thick tiles incredibly high breakage loads, making them perfect for both major commercial and residential exterior projects. They’re suitable for gardens, terraces, roof decks, plazas, walkways and all high-traffic outdoor areas. Here are some advantages to using porcelain pavers over natural stone.

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The single layer of load-bearing porcelain is designed for use in conjunction with raised pedestals and deck support systems, as well as direct installation over grass, sand, gravel, and standard mortar installations, allowing for unparalleled flexibility in design applications.

natural_slate_biancoEasier Transport and Installation
Due to their comparatively lighter weight, porcelain pavers are easier to transport and install, saving both time and money. Porcelain pavers are ideal for high rise applications, because they can be transported in service elevators.

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High-tech manufacturing processes result in a porcelain tile of unique strength and hardness that is extremely resistant to external abrasion. Completely nonporous, porcelain pavers will not stain and require no sealing.  Superior wear resistance combined with extremely high slip resistance insure a durable floor area that is safe wet or dry.

Our new GIO Thick 1.0 collection of porcelain pavers boasts an outstanding combination of qualities. Available in 20 natural stone and wood looks, GIO_Thick 1.0 is suitable for direct laying over grass, sand, gravel, and standard substrates.

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