Having just completed our 4 month house renovation, I feel like we’re coming out of the fog. It’s been exciting and daunting in equal measure, but I’m very happy that it’s all over. I do have quite few friends, in real life and on the internet that are doing similar things though, and we chat lots about the decisions (the million decisions) that have to be made on a daily basis. Only the other day I was discussing patio tiles and slabs with a friend, the pros and cons of different types and the time that it takes to find the right one. Sourcing products for any kind of renovation project sucks hours from your day, and what starts out being great fun, can become a real chore over time.
Now the inside of the house is done, I have tentatively (and I mean that sincerely) been thinking about the back garden, and how it’s been very neglected over the last few years. It really needs some serious attention. It doesn’t work for our family any more and much of it is hard to maintain. I’m hoping that we’ll have the finances and inclination to do some long overdue work to the garden this Spring and Summer, so watch this space.
Like my friend, we too need to find some new garden tiles, replace some of the old, and maybe create a new seating area in a different part of the garden. The layout of our space just doesn’t really work for us any more, the children want more area for playing badminton, and the much-loved trampoline needs to be moved. Our shed is in completely the wrong place, and takes up a lot of our patio. So one product I’ve been looking at, with a fresh eye recently, is porcelain tiles, like these from PrimaPorcelain.
Porcelain Tiles can be used both outdoors and indoors, and are a wonderful alternative to natural stone, giving a contemporary finish. The can be smooth or textured, showcase the natural stone look, or even have a wood effect finish. They are becoming in increasingly popular choice for outdoor use and here’s why.
The Benefits of Porcelain Tiles:
- Recent advances in the manufacture of porcelain tiles means they can be made to a greater thickness. Now at 2cm thick they can be used as stuctural paving slab, increasing the outdoor uses for the tile.
- They are slip, fade and stain resistant and they are really low maintenance, requiring just a wash in soapy water once a year. For a busy family this is a huge benefit.
- Porcelain tiles are frost resistant too resisting sub-zero temperatures making them perfect for patios and swimming pools (wishful thinking!).
- With such a sleek finish, and being suitable for both indoor and outdoor spaces, they make a seamless transition from one area to another.
I love the contemporary, smooth finish, and are very different to the textured tile that we’ve had in place for nearly a decade. The children would have no problem skating and riding their scooters around the garden across these tiles. Learning to ride a bike in our garden would have been a much kinder experience if we’d had porcelain tiles in place.
So, much to think about during the cold winter months, but the New Year always has me considering what projects we’re going to tackle. Maybe this time it’s the turn of the outdoors, and we’ll finally put the garden to better use.
What do you think of porcelain tiles? Do you have them? Are they a success in your home or garden? I’d love to know your thoughts.
All images courtesy of PrimaPorcelain