What is porcelain paving? The new stone

Jump to section

Porcelain paving has become an increasingly popular choice for homeowners and designers alike.

Porcelain is a natural, non-porous material that requires very little maintenance.

With many styles to choose from, porcelain is the perfect option for any outdoor space!

In this blog post we will discuss what porcelain paving is, how it differs from other paving options, and why it’s such a great choice for your home or business’ outdoor spaces.

What is porcelain paving?

What is porcelain paving?

Porcelain is an incredibly durable material that has been used since 18th century Europe as it was first developed to make porcelain ware such stone sinks. 

The fine sand and feldspar are mixed with refined white clay in a kiln that is heated to high temperatures under pressures of up to 500kg per cm2, minimizing cavities and voids.

This makes for dense porcelain tiles that are tough but not brittle.

Some types of Italian Porcelains also use 40% recycled materials which make them environmentally friendly as well!

It was first used on sidewalks and driveways, but with its unparalleled durability and quality, porcelain paving is quickly becoming a popular alternative to natural stones for residential or commercial projects.

Why are people opting for porcelain paving?

Porcelain paving has many outstanding qualities when compared to stone or concrete paving.

The material is non-porous and therefore does not absorb water.

This means that it requires very little maintenance, making for a long lasting investment with minimal upkeep costs It’s also extremely durable which makes porcelain paving resistant to cracking or chipping when compared against other materials such as concrete.

Porcelain slabs are available in many different colours so you can create the perfect look without worrying about staining your stone surfaces.

The tiles themselves have an attractive sheen due their high gloss finish on both sides of each tile meaning they work well indoors too! Unlike natural stones like granite there will be no need to seal them regularly because it doesn’t stain easily.

See this helpful article explaining the benefits of porcelain paving


Porcelain paving is more difficult to install than both sandstone and concrete paving due to the higher degree of accuracy needed with its calibrated edges. That said, with enough patience a handy individual could install their own patio.

Have a read of our article on installing your own paving and check out our paving calculator to give yourself the best chance of success!

As Amazon associates we earn from qualifying purchases