The new Tiselo range of vitrified paving is manufactured by Bradstone – experts in garden paving – and exclusive to Buildbase.
Bradstone Product Manager, Lee Dunderdale, explains the reasons for the product’s growing popularity:
Porcelain paving is the way the market is moving while vitrified paving is a product made slightly differently, perfect for the trade on a budget or where the customer wants porcelain but can’t stretch to meet the cost.
While natural stone has been used for many years as a premium alternative to concrete, this type of paving is the next generation.
Why is this? Today, customers are looking for a contemporary paving product that requires low maintenance. That’s what makes vitrified and porcelain paving perfect.
The paving is designed in such a way – with a mixture of materials fired at high temperature – to make it both durable and non-porous. Having a low level of water absorption helps hugely with maintenance as it doesn’t need sealing and is resistant to stains and mildew.
Along with its water-resistant properties, the paving is also scratch resistant and carries a good slip resistance rating. This is certainly an effective way to move away from using stone for paving.
Installation – fitting with confidence
The market for porcelain paving has been increasing over a number of years and is now truly emerging as an alternative option to concrete and natural stone.
So, for contractors who have experience with porcelain, you will see no difference in laying and installing vitrified paving. As you might already know, you need to use a slurry primer to enable the paving to adhere to the base.
Also, the paving is sized consistently which makes it easier to lay with thinner joints and cleaner lines. That makes installation easier to plan in advance.
If you do need to cut the paving, it’s necessary to use the right cutting equipment with a high quality blade designed for cutting porcelain and water feed.
For installers, there can be an initial feeling of caution about working with porcelain or vitrified paving but are soon converted after the first time they use it. The combination of low maintenance along with its technical qualities means there are few issues for the end customer. Remedial work is unnecessary, so the installer can fit with confidence and move on.
With modern home trends now featuring sliding doors that link the house with the garden, porcelain and vitrified paving complements this well. Having a 10mm-sized product in the porcelain range allows the paving to flow through from the inside to the outside and vice-versa.
The contemporary feel of Tephra and Brooklyn ranges works well with modern garden design, though Arenaria, a more traditional looking product can be laid with thin joints to give it a contemporary twist too.
The Buildbase Tiselo range is a product that provides quality and longevity. In other words, you’ll be installing something that will look as good in 10 years as it does today.
Click here for more information about the Buildbase Tiselo range of paving and also Buildbase Tiselo kitchens, which complement the indoor-outdoor feel of porcelain paving.
Assured installers of paving are available via Bradstone whose work carries warranty and guarantee.